The Air India Lounge Delhi is one of four Star Alliance Lounges at the airport. While there is also a domestic lounge, this review features the international Air India Lounge Delhi. The lounge itself looks quite nice, but the buffet is relatively lackluster for an international lounge.
Even though we were actually flying domestic in Air India’s regional Economy, our flight to Bengaluru was checked-in at the international terminal. This also meant that we had the option to choose between the Lufthansa Lounge Delhi, the Singapore Airlines Lounge Delhi and the Air India Lounge Delhi.
Yet, due to the departure in the afternoon, the Air India Lounge was the only lounge open. However, this was not too big of a problem as the lounge looked quite nice at first sight.
When it comes to Air India, you generally hear a lot of horror stories. Upon entering the Air India Lounge Delhi, I couldn’t confirm any of these.
The lounge definitely was renovated lately and comes with a fresh and modern design. The lounge is relatively large and easily fits 200 people. In the Air India Lounge Delhi, you can find several different seating areas, which mostly come with lounge style seating.
While some armchairs come with only small side tables, there are also some areas where you can find real tables. Nevertheless, I kind of missed a real dining or working area with normal tables.
Nevertheless, the Air India Lounge Delhi is relatively bright and comfortable even though it neither has a view of the tarmac nor the terminal. I also liked the design, which was a nice mix of contemporary and modern.
There’s definitely nothing bad to say about the Air India Lounge Delhi when it comes to the seating!
The buffet area at the Air India Lounge Delhi is large. There is space for several hot and cold options. However, the choice was slightly limited when we visited the lounge.
At first, there were just a self-service salad station, a soup and some snack items available. Later on, two hot dishes (chicken and chickpea curry) with rice and vegetables were brought to the buffet.
The quality of the food was okay, but definitely nothing to write home about. When it comes to drinks in the Air India Lounge Delhi, it’s worth mentioning that there are self-service fridges with soft drinks and beer and a bar where you can order other drinks.
Yet, the bar was not staffed during we visited the lounge.
Air India offers its passengers a decent choice of entertainment options in its flagship lounge in Delhi. You can expect to find a choice of many Indian and a few international newspapers and magazines in the Air India Lounge Delhi.
Moreover, there are three computers, which you can use free of charge. Other than that, there are also several televisions in the lounge and you can use the free Wi-Fi.
However, be aware that you need a so-called “scratch card” to use the Wi-Fi. You can get one at the reception free of charge. The speed of the internet was totally fine, but again not great by any means.
It’s worth mentioning that there’s also a First Class section of the Air India Lounge Delhi, which Ben from OMAAT reviewed a few months ago. Nevertheless, there’s not too much of a difference between the two lounges, which both come with modern and stylish seating and the same buffet area. Sadly, the latter is a little disappointing compared to the besides very nice lounge.
What’s extremly nice as well are the modern washrooms, which are among the best I’ve spotted in lounges so far! I didn’t expect much of the Air India Lounge Delhi, but I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was not very accommodating though. Nevertheless, I’d definitely return to the Air India Lounge Delhi!
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