Lounge Review: Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid
The Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid is Iberia’s only lounge for intra-Schengen flights at Madrid Barajas Airport. While there is another lounge for international passengers, we were already positively surprised by the offerings of the regional lounge. It’s especially worth noting that the lounge is rather modern and comes with a nice food spread compared to many other lounges in Spain.
Spain definitely isn’t my favorite country when it comes to airport lounges. Lately, I had horrible experiences on Tenerife and Barcelona just to name two and also had to write very negative lounge reviews. The Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid in contrast was a real pleasure.
Upon entering the lounge right after security check, you’ll instantly recognize that the lounge is rather modern. After checking-in, you may either proceed to the right or the left. While both sides are not totally similar, they are very close.
There’s also a hallway on the opposite side of the reception to change from one side to another without stepping by the reception.
Seating in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid
Iberia’s Dali VIP Lounge in Madrid is quite large and so comes with several different seating arrangements. There’s a lot of basic lounge seating which means armchairs with small tables.
Interestingly, these armchairs in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid got several different colors, which somewhat mixes things up.
Other options include some couch style seating in separated areas, high-top seating with plugs and Ethernet cables, normal high-top seating and several dining tables.
While the seating is not extremely comfortable, it’s totally fine for spending some time in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid. What’s a little sad is the lack of a nice view, something I really like to stress in lounge reviews as it adds so much coziness.
Most seats got no view, while a few at least come with views of the airport and limited tarmac view through the terminal.
Buffet in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid
Something that really surprised me positively is the buffet which was offered in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid. While I’m used to extremely weak buffets in Spanish lounges, the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge really delivered.
Even though there are no hot dishes, the options are actually decent. There’s a choice of different packaged salads, sandwiches, wraps and a few other items out of a fridge.
Moreover, there’s a selection of pastries, mueslis, yoghurts and fresh fruits. What’s definitely also worth mentioning is the selection of Häagen-Dazs ice cream!
When it comes to drinks, you may choose one of several cold drinks including soft drinks, juices and milk-based drinks or opt for the alcoholic selection of the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid, which was not bad either.
Entertainment in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid
Spending time in the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid can also be quite enjoyable due to the good entertainment options available.
There are two separated areas with couches and a television where you can watch a news channel and relax a bit. Moreover, there are work spaces with computers, which you may use free of charge. What’s definitely most important for a lounge review is that there’s Wi-Fi, which was relatively fast and reliable during my visit.
The selection of newspapers and magazines at the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid may not be heavily impressive, but it’s totally okay.
Bottom line Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid
For Spanish standards, the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid definitely is a top-notch lounge. While there might be a few better lounges in Europe, I must admit that I was heavily impressed what Iberia offers its premium passengers and frequent flyers. For an airline which is not even offering free drinks on three hour regional flights, the lounges are more than just decent.
There are also shower cabins in the Iberia Lounge, which you may use prior your flight. If you fly Iberia or any other oneworld carrier out of Madrid and got access to the lounge, you definitely can’t go wrong with spending some time at the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge Madrid prior your departure!