Eight Airport Lounges Worth Waiting In (PHOTOS)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted May 4th 2011 07:30 AM



Whether it's a layover between flights or a delay due to weather, the airport is only a friendly place for about an hour or two. After that, it is easy to slip into an anxious state. To avoid the doldrums of the airport, plan longer layovers and plop down in a lush airport lounge outfitted with TVs, an open bar and snacks.

Some airports do it better than others – snacks are defined by some as stale crackers and string cheese while others know that a light nosh should consist of items like freshly baked croissants, charcuterie plates, and warm waffles with maple syrup.

Similarly, some airlines feel that free Wi-Fi and a desk constitutes a business center, whereas others realize that real deals are made in business suites that feature a 40-inch LCD screen for presentations and a terrace with a viewing area just outside.

Airline lounges can even be hit or miss when it comes to entertainment. Yes, watching planes take off and land can be a beautiful, but lounges with multiple TVs, personal audio entertainment systems, and private rooms with day beds are better equipped to entertain all travelers.

Perhaps the most telling part of a lounge done well is whether or not there is a spa. Are neck and shoulder massages available? Are showers around to clean up before the next leg of a trip?

This may sound like an airport fantasy, but all of these amenities (and more) actually exist in one of these eight airports.

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The V A lounge at terminal 3 is the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 06 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's a pity I will never get to see that room! I will never again go through or to London! The worst human beings I have ever met at Heathrow Airport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 06 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Spent 14 hours in Heathrow and it was miserable. Our flight got in from Edenburgh at night and nothing was open, finally after going to a 2nd terminal, and going down to the lowest level, we found a Starbucks & some cold not to fresh sandwiches. Then we tried to find a place to sit, after going from level to level found a seat as someone was leaving, spent most of the night watchng a mouse crawl around a closed restaurant across from the benches...not a good impression left in my mind!!!

May 06 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I could get used Http://www.budgetravelsite.info to relaxing in that lounge.

May 06 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I work travel&tourism so I fly frequently, one of the top airport was left out of the list: Helsinki Vantaa which was the world's top airport in year 2000 and it's restaurants/bars/cafes were numero uno few years later.
Amsterdam Schipool a top airport too, as well as Madrid, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Larnaca, Marrakech and many more where I have been. The USA airport are bit gloomy, boring, there are no good restaurants, bars.
Senor Rifa, si, Madrid/Barajas es fabuloso.

May 06 2011 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love flying 1st class and using the perks that comes with having money . now if we could get our taxes reduced, ..(even though we write almost everything off now) so we can keep creatiing more jobs with our tax cuts .

May 06 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think all the airport pics are lovely. However, the pictures make me wonder if any of their 'designers' actually ever sat in one of these low backed and square bottomed chairs waiting for a flight. They may be pleasing to the eye, but to sit back and relax is never an option. Some of these layovers are 3-4 hours. It makes for a very uncomfortable sit.

May 06 2011 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Delta--pay attention! You've got a ways to go!

May 06 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Antonio Rifa

you missed the Velazquez Lounge in Barajas Airport in Madrid Spain,a spacious area with all kind of drinks (free!!!),dark
secluded rooms with small beds for napping,internet rooms,showers,very comfortable lounge chairs,and a variete of foods hot and cold,all these make a stop-over a very pleasurable esxperience.

May 06 2011 at 1:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The list needs to distinguish between membership lounges where anyone can join and 1st class international lounges - big difference!

May 06 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply