Airline: Turkish Airlines
Lounge class: Business
Airport: Ataturk International Airport
Reviewed by: Gary Allen
Service with a smile
The very friendly lounge staff greet you as you walk through the door. All you need to do is scan your boarding pass at the turnstile and in you go.
The two-storey Turkish Airlines Departures Lounge is beautiful and inviting. On entry, your first view is of a library room with big chairs and a pool table. Immediately to the right is a storage room with individual compartments to lock your things away. The spacious lounge is accented by large plants and big rounded archways. It’s light and bright with collection of different chairs and tables on wooden floors. Plenty of natural light filters in and, with its high ceilings, the lounge has a nice open feeling. At nearly 6000 square metres, the lounge is spacious with a capacity for more than 1000 guests at one time.
Reading materials and entertainment
You couldn’t get bored here if you wanted to. There is a movie theatre, state-of-the-art simulated golf, a slot-car track, video games, a pool table, and extensive reading material in the library. There’s also a media wall of television screens playing channels from around the globe, with headsets provided so you can tune in.
There were access points throughout the lounge for power and charging devices.
While there was no table service, the food was great. Options included local fare like freshly made gozleme and other assorted hot dishes, as well as plenty of Turkish sweets like baklava. There was also an entire station devoted to olives.
There was freshly made Turkish tea and coffee, plus a variety of alcoholic drinks available. There were plenty of “help yourself” refrigerators around the lounge, each containing water, soft drinks, beers and ayran (Turkish yoghurt drinks).
The lounge offers massage and ironing services, and showers for travellers needing refreshment. It’s best to seek the showers out as quickly as possible as there may be a wait. There are also a number of sleeping suites for long-haul passengers with long connection times.
Flight information is broadcast on screens located throughout the lounge.
Amenities for families
There’s a dedicated children’s play area, Curio City (with glass walls so parents can keep an eye on them) and older kids will enjoy the video games, golf simulator, slot-car track, movies and pool table.
Biggest wow factor
The wow factor is in the ambiance of the lounge, thanks largely to the décor, high ceilings and abundant natural light. It’s a beautiful lounge – one of the best I’ve ever visited.
Grand Piano in the lounge