Lounge Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is often described as one of the best airport lounges in the world. We’ll expect whether there’s truth to the merit in our extensive lounge review!
If you happen to depart from Istanbul on a Star Alliance airline, the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk most likely is the place to be before departure. The lounge is located airside, approximately five to ten minutes to the left from security control.
Depending on the gate you are departing at, you’ll have to factor in a couple of minutes to get there from the lounge. To access the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk you either have to hold a Business Class Ticket on any Star Alliance airline or any Star Alliance Gold Status as well as a boarding pass for a Star Alliance flight on the same day.
Seating in the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk
The sheer size of the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is easily described as incredible. The lounge spans over two different floors and offers dozens of different seating areas.
Immediately upon entering, you can spot a couple of theme rooms like a library or a children room. You’ll find more of these themed areas in other parts of the lounge. There’s also an area with a couple of lockers for your bagagge.
Further into the lounge, you can choose from several different seating styles. Most of the areas come with relatively basic chairs usually surrounding a small table. These seating areas come with different design throughout the lounge.
Other than that, you can also find seating areas to relax with armchairs and couches and a few working areas with high-top seating and iMacs. Some of the seating areas come with a nice tarmac view. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the whole Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is quite bright.
The design is also very accomodating, making the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk a nice place to spend some time.
Buffet of the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk
The Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is not only massive in size, but also offers more buffets than all other lounges I’ve yet visited.
You can not only find approximately a dozen cooking stations, where you can watch the cooks prepare your food, but also a couple of different buffets, which come with a various selection of items. You might expect the buffets to be rather similar and just to be mirrored due to the sheer size of the lounge. However, the buffets in the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk actually differ.
While you get hot dishes at the live cooking stations (you usually have a choice of approximamtely 10 to 20 different meal options available), the buffets come with a rich selection of salads, appetizers, cake, other sweet items and much more.
It goes without saying that also the quality of the food in the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is splendid.
Entertainment in the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk
I’ve been to the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk a couple of times and always found the entertainment to be a lacking aspect. Why? Not because there wouldn’t be plenty of options to stay entertained.
It’s more about the fact that the lounge tends to be crowded, lacking a real business center without any noise and also having a rather instable Wi-Fi with many people in the lounge. Yet, the entertainment in the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul could hardly be better if you don’t need to get work done.
You can find board games, a libray, tons of newspapers and magazines, computers, a pool table and several other options to entertain yourself. If it’s not for working, the lounge is hard to beat!
Bottom line Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk
I totally see why people adore the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk as it just has an incredible size and comes with a buffet and live cooking stations that are hard to beat. The lounge is also very airy and comes with a nice view, making it a nice place to spend some time.
However, the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is not exactly an amazing place to get some work done. Nevertheless, the Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Atatürk is without any doubt one of the best airport lounges in the world and might also be the best lounge in Europe!