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CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:57 am

CNN News have picked up 10 of their favourite airport lounges:


1. Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

2. British Airways Concorde Room, Heathrow Airport

3. Etihad's Diamond First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi International Airport

4. Finnair Lounge, Helsinki Airport

5. Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport

6. The Pier, Hong Kong International Airport

7. Qantas First Lounge, Sydney Airport

8. Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha International Airport

9. Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges, Singapore Changi International Airport

10. Swiss Lounge, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

Personally happy to see Finnair Lounge (non-Schengen) there, though the picture shows the wrong lounge (Schengen), similar desing though...

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/17/tr...rport-lounges/index.html?hpt=hp_c2
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:03 am

I have been to QR's First Class lounge in the premium terminal and it was nothing special except for good wines.



[Edited 2012-08-18 02:06:31]
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:09 am

Quoting gr09 (Reply 1):
Which Finnair Lounge are they talking about?

The ranked one is their largest lounge, in the Non-Schengen terminal ("Asia wing") between gates 36 and 37.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:17 am

Quoting HELyes (Thread starter):
10. Swiss Lounge, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

Is this one better than the one at ZRH?
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:21 pm

Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 3):
Is this one better than the one at ZRH?

Yes its the design which makes it better IMHO . The catering is your standard LX lounge snacks. Not bad but nothing amazing.

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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:21 am

Can't help but to notice there are no US airline lounges on here...  

I am quite partial to Delta Sky Club in terminal D in Atlanta.
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:52 am

Quoting n797mx (Reply 5):
Can't help but to notice there are no US airline lounges on here...

I wonder why?
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:05 am

The Delta Sky Clubs in NRT are quite nice. Okay, they may not be in the US, but they are run by a US airline.  

And the joint Skyteam lounge in LHR is also very nice.

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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:23 am

Don't know where the Asiana first class at ICN ranks. But back in 2004, I was quite impressed with it.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:34 am

Quoting HELyes (Thread starter):

CNN News have picked up 10 of their favourite airport lounges:


1. Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

2. British Airways Concorde Room, Heathrow Airport

3. Etihad's Diamond First Class Lounge, Abu Dhabi International Airport

4. Finnair Lounge, Helsinki Airport

5. Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport

6. The Pier, Hong Kong International Airport

7. Qantas First Lounge, Sydney Airport

8. Qatar Airways Premium Terminal, Doha International Airport

9. Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges, Singapore Changi International Airport

10. Swiss Lounge, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

Such a load of rbbish. I been to the top 5 several times and QF First Lounge is 100% better than all others.
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:05 am

I found the Helsinki Airport as a whole to be splendid. But the tier leading to the lounge was warehouse-like.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:12 am

Hmmm... strange not to see Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at IST on the list... One of the nicest and most impressive lounges I have been to!
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:14 am

Quoting n797mx (Reply 5):
I am quite partial to Delta Sky Club in terminal D in Atlanta.

Dear Lord, please tell me you're joking.

Is it the fluorescent lights? The oh-so-comfortable seating? The luxuriously sized bathrooms?
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:13 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Quoting aznmadsci (Reply 3):
Is this one better than the one at ZRH?

Yes its the design which makes it better IMHO . The catering is your standard LX lounge snacks. Not bad but nothing amazing.

The LX lounge at BSL was unfortunately timed. It was designed to serve the old Crossair hub at BSL which was inherited by Swiss and then shut down in conjunction with LX disposing of all their ex-Crossair Embraer 145s and Saab 2000s. The lounge is now far too big for LX's current operations at BSL and is usually almost empty. The last time I used it it was also starting to look like it needed renovation, especially the wood floors.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:21 am

This reminds me exactly why "rankings" of this sort (like SkyTrax) are usually utter rubbish. They are entirely subjective, and only look at a few lounges as possibilities - I doubt the author of this "ranking" has been to all the lounges of the world to be able to compare them.

Personally, my favorite lounge by far is the TK Business Class lounge in IST. The TG lounge in BKK is also pretty nice.

However, I have never been in a F class lounge, and I haven't even visited 1/10th of the thousands of lounges in the world. So therefore, I won't authoritatively call the TK lounge "best in the world" - I'll merely say that it's a quality lounge.
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:42 am

Quoting CRFLY (Reply 11):
Hmmm... strange not to see Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at IST on the list... One of the nicest and most impressive lounges I have been to!

I too have visited the Star/TK lounge in IST and found it be absolutely one of the best I've visited. The catering was amazing in terms of quantity, quality and diversity. Moreover, the dark theatre room was a nice place to grab a quick nap. And, despite the fact that they only have the one lounge, it has never seemed too crowded.
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:02 am

I am surprised that the JFK Clubhouse is #1, yet the flagship LHR Clubhouse (though getting a bit tired) is absent from the list.

Some of my favorites, in no particular order:

- LH FRA First Class Terminal
- TG BKK Royal First Lounge/Royal Orchid Spa
- CX HKG The Wing and the PIer
- QF SYD First Class Lounge
- BA LHR Concorde Room (T5)
- BA LHR Galleries First (T3)
- VS LHR Clubhouse
- TK IST CIP Lounge
- AC YYZ Maple Leaf Lounge
- UA HKG United Club/IFL
- OZ ICN First Class Lounge
- SQ SIN The Private Room
- NH NRT Suite Lounge
- SkyTeam LHR Lounge T4
- DL MIA Sky Club
- LH B46 FRA Senator Lounge "City Lights"
- LH MUC First Class Lounge
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:00 am

Quoting chopchop767 (Reply 15):
I too have visited the Star/TK lounge in IST and found it be absolutely one of the best I've visited. The catering was amazing in terms of quantity, quality and diversity. Moreover, the dark theatre room was a nice place to grab a quick nap. And, despite the fact that they only have the one lounge, it has never seemed too crowded.

Been there last Saturday morning and it was packed to the roof. Could not find a seat. It's a great lounge in general but can't be compared to the First Class lounges on the list.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:50 am

Quoting CRFLY (Reply 11):
Hmmm... strange not to see Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at IST on the list... One of the nicest and most impressive lounges I have been to!

Indeed certainly is one of the best in terms of design but as below if its packed it can be a bit like a train station.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 13):
The lounge is now far too big for LX's current operations at BSL and is usually almost empty.

Indeed it was like you say built for another era. Shame really and it has always been quiet when I was there too.

Quoting CODC10 (Reply 16):
- BA LHR Galleries First (T3)

Yes I love that lounge too especially the breakfast  
Quoting CODC10 (Reply 16):
- TK IST CIP Lounge

As above very nice lounge.

Quoting CODC10 (Reply 16):
- AC YYZ Maple Leaf Lounge

I wasnt expecting much when I was there back in December but was really pleasantly surprised. Liked it alot.

Quoting gr09 (Reply 17):
Been there last Saturday morning and it was packed to the roof. Could not find a seat. It's a great lounge in general but can't be compared to the First Class lounges on the list.

Indeed I think when its packed it takes away from the enjoyment , if you cant find a seat you get a bad view of it.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:59 am

Quoting HELyes (Thread starter):
5. Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport

The Frankfurt Airport Lufthansa First Class Terminal... definitely my Number One --- now that all the Concordes are grounded.

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The Silver Kris F lounge in Singapore comes nowhere close to it.

  
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:13 am

Regrettably, I am not first class passenger, so I most likely will not experience most of those lounges. However, one I am looking forward to is the new AF lounge in S4 at CDG. While I know it will not stack up to the likes of LH First or QR Premium terminal, I do think it will be a nice change to some of the rather dreary lounges found at CDG.

A work colleague has already passed through it and loved it. Has anyone here given it a try?

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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:46 am

Quoting chopchop767 (Reply 15):
I too have visited the Star/TK lounge in IST and found it be absolutely one of the best I've visited.

Oh the divine food!!!!

A bit too many people in there - it can get really packed - but so wide and so well appointed... with nice staff!

Some of the pastries are to die for...

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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:35 pm

The AF 1st class lounge at CDG is missing also. As said by other posters, this kind of ranking is very subjective and might be questionable. The only thing for sure is that these listed lounges are all nice.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:28 pm

I haven't been to all of the mentioned lounges, but I have been to quite a few of the top ones. I have to say that SK's lounge in CPH is quite up there and the co-branded SK/AC lounge in LHR is nice as well.
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:18 pm

Quoting EBGflyer (Reply 23):

The SK lounge in CPH is pleasant but doesnt have the WOW factor to be honest. Have used it numerous times.
 
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:43 pm

I laughed at the list. Perhaps, the authors were denied entry to the F lounge of Thai at BKK.

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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:20 pm

I can't help but notice that none of the EK lounges are listed... I was REALLY impressed with the EK F lounge @ terminal 3 in DXB...
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RE: CNN News: 10 Top Airport Lounges

Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:07 am

Quoting usxguy (Reply 26):
I can't help but notice that none of the EK lounges are listed... I was REALLY impressed with the EK F lounge @ terminal 3 in DXB...

Indeed and also the EY lounges in DUB and LHR are fantastic .

EY Lounge DUB :

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Even though quite small it has waiter service with full menu for breakfast and dinner.

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