Lounge Review: Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid
The Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid is an independently operated lounge at the Madrid Barajas Airport. The lounge is part of Priority Pass and also used by several airlines, including Lufthansa. For me, the lounge was a very positive surprise. Read more in this extensive lounge review!
When departing from Madrid with Lufthansa, I had the chance to check out the Puerta del Sol Lounge. While I didn’t have a lot of time, I took a moment to enjoy the facilities. Even though I came with low expectations, I was positively surprised. The lounge is located after security control, just a few steps from most gates in this area of the terminal.
You can find the lounge one level above the gates, the signage is quite good. Thus, you won’t have problems finding the Puerta del Sol Lounge.
Seating in the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid
The Puerta del Sol Lounge has a very interesting layout. It is circular, but not a full circle. Upon entering the lounge, you’ll find yourself in the main area with some seating to the left and the buffet right in front of you. Further to the window, there’s mainly more comfortable seating, which consists of armchairs and some daybeds.
Closer to the buffet, there are some dining tables with cheap-looking chairs. Additionally, there are even some meeting rooms of-sorts. Further into the lounge, there is some more seating consisting of more armchairs and some turning chairs.
To my surprise, the lounge continues after the main area with a cinema of sorts, followed by two closed-off rooms, one for kids, one for relaxation with a couple of daybeds.
Along the window front, you can have a great view of the tarmac in all areas of the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid.
All in all, this might be the best contract lounge I’ve ever been to. The lounge is bright, very spacious and offers lots of comfortable seating. You can also find washrooms in the lounge.
Buffet of the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid
The Puerta del Sol Lounge has a very big buffet area in the middle of the lounge. At the same time, the choice is not all that great, which is the norm for Spanish lounges in my experience, even for the Iberia Lounge Madrid. There are some packaged sandwiches and soft drinks in a fridge, more sandwiches and a few salads on the main buffet.
Plus, there are some carbs including croissants and pain au chocolat on another buffet. Additionally, a few packaged snacks are located around the buffet area.
All in all, the choice isn’t bad, but it’s also not very substantial, in my opinion. When it comes to drinks, there are soft drinks, water, juices, wine, beer and a Nespresso coffee machine.
During my short visit in the evening, I couldn’t locate any spirits, but I’ve seen a couple of people with a drink, so there must be some.
Entertainment in the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid
While I didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy the entertainment, the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid offers a decent choice in that regard. There are several different Spanish newspapers and magazines available.
Additionally, you can find a couple of international newspapers. Moreover, Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge and is easily accessible and fast. I couldn’t locate a proper business center though.
Overall impressions of the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid
All in all, I enjoyed the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid, which is way better than most other contract lounges I know. The layout is great, the lounge is very spacious, has comfortable seating and an amazing view of the tarmac. The buffet is nothing special, but totally fine for a quick snack. The entertainment options are decent and the location close to the gates is great. I’d highly recommend spending some time in the Puerta del Sol Lounge Madrid prior to your departure!