When Turkish airlines shift their operation in March the one thing must keep in mind is that their lounge should be as spectacular as the current one in Istanbul airport
This place is massive
To enter you just walk in and scan your boarding pass. They do have folks to help in case there is an issue.
There are glass lockers for you to keep your luggage while you are in the lounge and it frees you up to enjoy.
Two large floors. Massive space. There is a media viewing center (like a private movie theatre) on the upper floor with large comfortable recliners (great for a nap!), newspapers, large TV screens if you need to watch TV.
They also have a gaming station where you can play video games.
Downstairs they also have a small table top facing car station the kids can play.
Also, they have a golf station! Lol, this place has everything.
I used their shower rooms as well (there was a 20 min wait), which were great. There are shower rooms upstairs and downstairs in case the wait upstairs is long.
The food is amazing. Spread out through the lounge they have tea stations, noodle bars, free drinks, snacks and soups and salads
If you need a charger/converter the concierge service can provide it as well.
This may be the best business lounge I’ve been in.
Here’s what you need to know: if I could give this place 100 stars, I would. This is the best business class lounge on the planet. Period. It’s even better than most first class lounges. It is a massive, expansive 2 level lounge with a billiards room, movie theater with recliners, golf simulator, private rooms to sleep in with access to showers, and more food (live stations churning out food constantly) and drink options than you can expect from even a full service restaurant. It’s like a mini hotel and everything is included – no up charges or fees.
The food includes live Kebab stations, fresh Pide (think middle eastern long boat shaped pizza) bakery with different toppings, mezze stations (middle eastern appetizers), pasta and noodle station, sesame bagel cart with country churned butter, olive bars, soup carts, middle eastern crepes made to order, baklava stalls, dessert stalls, and a half a dozen coffee stations serving your choice of Turkish coffee, tea, and espresso based drinks.
The only thing that first class lounges so better – understandably – is the wine and liquor selection.
The private sleep rooms are spacious and come with a TV, bed, desk, and your own carpet slippers to lounge in. However they are hard to get into since it’s first come first serve and they only have 8-10; your layover must be between 4-7 hours and your outgoing or incoming flight must be over 7 hours in order for you to quality to get a spot.
Turkish Airlines knows how to create the most amazing lounge. This lounge is the best one that I have ever been to.
I feel that I am a newbie to lounge access at airports. Before visiting this lounge, I had visited the Air Canada lounge at Terminal 1 in Toronto (international) and a United lounge at Newark. I thought they were great. When I walked into this lounge at Istanbul Airport, it made the other two look like rundown cafes in comparison.
When you walk in, you are immediately greeted by folks who smile and take care of you. My boyfriend and I showed the woman our boarding passes. She indicated when and where boarding would be for us. She gave us wifi passwords and we took it from there.
The lounge is beautiful. There are various areas for beverages, desserts, sandwiches, hot foods, and more. It’s like you are at an upscale buffet.
We stayed in the movie theatre area. You can stretch out on comfortable leather recliners, complete with foot support and beverage holders. Behind us was a popcorn maker. Naturally, I went over to get a bag of hot, fresh buttered popcorn.
The food was yummy. I had pizza, steak, chicken, and a ton of desserts. The split pea soup was deliciously fragrant.
I have been to this lounge three times. We had quite a long layover the first two times, so I know this lounge pretty well.
There are separate areas to work. You can plug in our laptop and make phone calls in that area. There are also lockers where you can store your stuff, lock them up, and move around. There are showers and a grand piano, too.
The washrooms are incredible. The whole place looks like it’s all marble. They are impeccably clean.
If you are fortunate to have lounge access and are in Istanbul, you must come here. It’s a beautiful, functional lounge. It’s simply the best airport lounge ever.
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