The recently-remodeled Middle East Airlines (MEA) Cedar Lounge in Beirut is spacious and comfortable.
To be honest, I stopped in this lounge only long enough to take the pictures below. A late departure from Dubai cut my connection in Beirut by an hour, leaving me little time to check out the lounge.
That said, here’s what the lounges offers:
- An expansive buffet with hot and cold items
- Children’s area
- Spa (closed during my visit)
- Staffed bar
- Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water
- Restrooms (no showers)
- Smoking room
Here are some pictures from the lounge, which I found aesthetically attractive.
I was so tempted to swipe one of those ashtrays from the smoking room. Not that I would use it, but I love how everything, even the lounge, is stamped with the MEA cedar logo. I did not walk away with any souvenirs…
The coffee was a letdown, but seems to be a recurring theme in the French-speaking world.
Tarmac views were decent:
Be sure to allow time to head to your gate, as you’ll need to clear security before reaching the gate area. Although my visit was brief, I would not have minded a longer layover.