Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles / Star Alliance Gold Lounge (IST / Istanbul, Turkey)
Istanbul’s new airport offers two Turkish Airlines Lounges: (1) Business Class Lounge for passengers having a business class ticket, and (2) Miles & Smiles Gold Lounge for Star Alliance Gold Members and passengers travelling on Turkish Airlines’ business class.
1. Getting there and Eligibility/Access
Turkish Airlines’ Gold Lounge is located right after security check in the international departures area.
Based on what I have been told, the following groups of passengers can access the lounge:
Holders of Turkish Airlines Business Class Tickets
Star Alliance Gold Customers (+1 Guest)
Turkish Airlines Elite and Elite Plus members
2. Service and Staff
Lounge staff was attentive and not intrusive.
3. Food and Drinks
Multiple stations offering a big spread of foods and drinks:
Turkish Food, Italian Cuisine, Asian Cuisine, Vegetarian Meals. Whatever you want to sample, it’s there.
4. Seats and Beds
The lounge offers different areas with different lights and shades. This translates into different kinds of chairs, couches, and mixes thereof. As far as beds go, it’s available in some kind of “private” rooms, which, however, are limited.
5. Conclusion (4/5)
Turkish Airlines’ Star Alliance Gold Lounge is my new favourite Star Alliance Gold in Europe. The food spread is great, whether you’re vegetarian or a meat lover, there sure is something you will give it a go. The atmosphere was nice, and far less crowded than the old Turkish Airlines Lounge at Ataturk Airport. This, however, is mainly because of the larger airport and the fact that there are two Turkish Airlines lounges now. I am looking forward to visiting this lounge again.