While not nearly as large or lush as the intercontinental Crown Lounge, the Schengen area KLM Crown Lounge 25 in Amsterdam (AMS) offers basic amenities and a welcome alternative to the gate area for European departures.
KLM Crown Lounge 25 Amsterdam Review
I realized why Amsterdam Schiphol is not one of my favorite airports in Europe: the gate areas are fairly uncomfortable. Seating is limited, power ports are lacking, and that makes airport lounges all the more important.
If you are comparing this lounge to the beautiful Lounge 52, KLM’s intercontinental non-schengen lounge, you will likely be disappointed. There’s not a terrace or barista and the lounge itself looks much more tried. But it is large and you can enjoy a decent meal or shower here prior to your flight within Europe.
Location + Hours + Access Requirements
The lounge is open daily from 6:00AM to 12:00AM and located past security in Schengen area of the Main Terminal. Follow the clearly marked signs for “Lounge 25” and you’ll find the lounge in Concourse D on an upper level nearby the Aspire and Star Alliance lounges. The lounge is surrounded by potted trees.
You can access this lounge as a SkyTeam business class passenger, Flying Blue Platinum or Gold member, or as a SkyTeam Elite Plus passenger. You can also purchase a pass to this lounge for 50EUR, which I consider a very good value if you have a long layover and are hungry. If you are Flying Blue member, even without status, you can enjoy 10% off entry. Flying Blue Silver members get 25% off, as do Gold and Platinum members who wish to bring in more than one guest. If you purchase access online in advance, you can save an additional 10EUR.
The lounge has room for more than 500 passengers, with seating a mix of chairs, tables, and couches. The lounge is primarily divided into a dining area in the center with booths and tables and seating areas arranged in clusters on either side.
Power ports and USB A ports are fairly easy to find, though many seats do not have easily accessible power ports.
Food + Drink
I visited the lounge around midday. While I was not hungry, I noted the selection of food included:
- salad bar
- cold cuts
- pasta with tomato sauce
- beef strew
- grilled tomatoes
Food is located in the center of the lounge while drink stations are on either side. One side features coffee, soft drinks, water, and a beer tap while the other side features a self-service bar.
Restrooms + Showers
Restrooms are located in the rear of the lounge. Showers can be reserved at reception or theoretically by a self-service machine, also located at reception.
There used to be a smoking room in this lounge, but it now serves as an additional seating area, as Dutch law no longer permits smoking areas inside lounges.
This lounge has neither the character nor amenities of its big sister in Lounge 52, but it still beats the gate area of AMS. Especially if you are a SkyTeam Elite flying in economy class, this is a great lounge to tank up in before your flight.