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Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:50 pm

I don't know if there is already a thread on this topic but here goes:

I never understand why so many airport lounges around the world have no windows or look at into a parking lot or something. You are at an airport and it is great to sit in a lounge with a fantastic view of the airplanes and the runways. It boggles the mind.

So, here are a list of my favourite (for overall airport views) and least favourites (no windows - hello claustrophobia!)

Great Views:
- Sala VIP at Madrid (old terminal). Great view and nice sleeper chairs next to the windows. I purposely check in early so I can spend some quality time here.

- KLM Schiphol lounge (ex-Schengen). Great views over the terminals and the aircraft. The Schengen KLM lounge is nice and spacious, but no direct view over the airport - you can see it from further back though.

- Air France lounge LHR: nice view of the runway

- Delta Crown Room JFK: the one atop the main terminal. Great overview of the international terminal.

- Lufthansa Senator Lounge FRA: nice view of passing aircraft (pretty close) and of runway.

- Alitalia Lounge - Turin

- Skyteam Lounge - CUN

Horrible ones (unfortunately the list is longer):

- Alitalia - Milan Linate - just horrible

- Air France/KLM - LIS

- TAP Portugal - LIS

- Air France EZE

- Alitalia Catania

- A number of lounges at Tom Bradley International LAX

- International lounge (AF/AZ use) at MIA
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:13 pm

Quoting TYCOON (Thread starter):
Sala VIP at Madrid (old terminal). Great view and nice sleeper chairs next to the windows. I purposely check in early so I can spend some quality time here.

Have you been in the new IB lounges at MAD T4, great views in a much nicer environment..........

BTW, do you know who's currently using the old IB lounge at MAD T1?

Quoting TYCOON (Thread starter):
A number of lounges at Tom Bradley International LAX

Agree 100%

Also horribles are IB lounges at BCN and VLC.

OW lounge at CCS is very nice,
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:59 am

Quoting TYCOON (Thread starter):
Alitalia Catania

agreed. However, the "normal" waiting loungel was even worse. When I was there (summer 2005), a new terminal was under construction and should be finished now (?)

For AF lounges :
I like  bouncy   champagne  : CDG-S3 (brand new), YUL, JFK, HKG, BKK, ORD, IAD, ATL (DL business premier lounge on concourse E). They just opened a new lounge at NRT. I didn't see it yet but it's supposed to be very nice.
horrible lounges  vomit   yell   hissyfit  : BOS (Term E, no windows, in a basement), BLQ (airport lounge but that was a while ago, it may have changed), SGN (VN lounge used by AF), LAX (NW lounge at T2 used by AF), EDI (servisair lounge used by AF)
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:33 am

I don't think the London Lounge (Air Canada/SAS) at LHR T3 is all that bad - you get some decent views over some of the gate area and taxiways.
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:41 pm

The SQ lounge in Singpore was surprisingly bad. There are no sleeper seats just hard ones, and there are no windows at all. I get so restless after an hour or so. (Business lounge, haven't been in first lounge).

Also, the lounges in Perth do not have windows.

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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:14 pm

Favorite: BA lounge at LHR (I think they call it the Terrace lounge or something along those lines.

Least favorite: United lounge at LAX terminal 2 I believe.

Quoting TYCOON (Thread starter):
Skyteam Lounge - CUN

This lounge is good, although by the windows there is a large roof which blocks a view of the runway just from sitting down

Just my $0.02 (CDN).

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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:45 am

Here in BOS:

Great lounges: Delta Crown Rooms (terminal A)

Ok lounges: AA Admirals Club (B), UA Red Carpet Club (C), CO Presidents Club (C), BA First Lounge (E)

Horrible lounges: AF F/J lounges(E) , BA Terraces J lounge (E), NW World Club (E) [probably the worst lounge i have ever been in], LH F/J lounges (E)

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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:09 am

Out of the lounges I have been to so far, the SQ First Class Lounge in SIN was a huge disappointment... The only good part were the showers.....
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:46 pm

Best lounge - VS Clubhouse at Heathrow (amazing )
Worst - BA lounge at JFK - furniture reminds me of IKEA
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:52 pm

The good -

BA Terraces at Heathrow with the Molton Brown Travel Spa is one of the best there is.

QF Qantas Club in Sydney domestic is a hell of a good lounge too.

AA Admirals Club in Miami is superb, so is the joint AA/QF lounge at LAX in Terminal 4.

CX in Hong Kong is also excellent.

The bad -

Just about any "third party" lounge is not so good. The one RJ use in Terminal 3 at LHR is crap... outdated decor, no free internet and just generally poor. The one used in VIE for oneworld was also pretty bad, as is the J lounge AY use in AMS.
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RE: Favourite/Least Favourite Lounges

Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:32 am

The worst - the BA Concorde and F lounge at LHR T4. Dated, tatty and going to seed. Obviously not going to spend any more money there until they move to T5 (funny, I was thinking the same thing)

The Business louges IMHO are much better and usually less crowded.

The F lounge in T1 seems quite new and much better than the one in T4.

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