Lounge Review: Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (C)
The Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) is only accessible for passengers flying Air Berlin. Even though the Exclusive Waiting Area is not officially a lounge, it caters for most needs of business flyers before boarding. Especially the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) offers a very decent experience. The only things missing are service, food and alcohol.
The main carrier at the airport, Air Berlin, does not offer a lounge itself. Instead, the airline got so-called Exclusive Waiting Areas that you may also access at other airports in Germany including Dusseldorf, Cologne and Munich.
The Exclusive Waiting Area (Terminal C) in Berlin is worth a special mention as it has real lounge character and is definitely worth checking out. Access is available for passengers holding a business class ticket, fully flexible ticket or a frequent flyer status at Air Berlin’s topbonus program.
Seating in the Exclusive Waiting Area
The Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) consists of two different rooms which are located close to the gates on an upper level with one of the rooms even offering nice views of the tarmac.
Due to its special location, seating in the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) is very relaxing. Even though there is no difference when it comes to seating, the leather chairs provided are comfortable enough to relax pre-flight.
Moreover, there are several tables in between the chairs. These are suitable for working on your laptop or just reading one of the magazines available in the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C).
Drinks in the Exclusive Waiting Area
As I already mentioned, there is no food available at the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C). Nevertheless, you may enjoy one of the cold drinks available in the vending machine.
Usually, there are several soft drinks including Coke, Fanta, Lift and Sprite available. Besides, you may opt for still or sparkling water. In the past, the Exclusive Waiting Areas in Germany always had plastic bottles available, so you were able to grab one and take it with you into the plane.
However, lately several vending machines had glass bottles only, making transportation way tougher. Even though there are no rules about consumption in the Exclusive Waiting Area, it seems like Air Berlin doesn’t like that passengers take bottles with them.
Entertainment in the Exclusive Waiting Area
The entertainment choices in the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) are a little limited.
There is a flat-screen television on mute showing news in the one room, while there is no entertainment at all in the other one. However, you are eligible to grab one of the newspapers and magazines provided right next to the entrance of the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C).
Moreover, free W-Fi is provided throughout the lounge. You may not only use this for browsing the web, but also for downloading newspapers and magazines for your flight if you are more likely to have an electronic copy or want another magazine than the provided ones.
Bottom line Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin
By no means, the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) is comparable to normal airport lounges. There is no food, there is no alcohol and there is no service at all. This means it feels like a normal airport terminal with more calm, complimentary drinks and newspapers available and a little bit of entertainment pre-flight.
Personally, I like the Exclusive Waiting Area Berlin (Terminal C) as it is located very close to several gates and offers all I need pre-flight: Relaxed seating, a bottle of water or coke, newspapers and Wi-Fi. If that’s not enough for you, Air Berlin passengers also enjoy access to the Air France Lounge at Berlin-Tegel Airport.