Eight Airport Lounges Worth Waiting In (PHOTOS)

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

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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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