After my father and I arrived in Houston, we spent a few minutes in the KLM Crown Lounge during our layover, which gives me a chance to update my review.
KLM Crown Lounge Houston Review
In short, this lounge is virtually unchanged from its pre-pandemic state. The only difference is the rotation of food. Instead of merely soups and sandwiches, this visit there was a fajita station with grilled chicken, beans, rice, cheese, and pico de gallo.
There were also three salads: grain, green, and fruit.
Hummus, pita bread, cheese, and tomato soup as well:
I still appreciate this option as part of the Priority Pass network, but be prepared for crowds.
My original review, published on April 15, 2020, is below.
During my recent trip through Houston Bush Intercontinental, I only spent a few minutes in the nearby Air France lounge and spent the majority of my time in the KLM Crown Lounge, a lounge that serves both SkyTeam elite and business class passengers as well as Priority Pass members.
KLM Crown Lounge Houston Location + Hours
The lounge is located near Gate D8 and open daily 6:00AM – 9:00PM daily (though currently closed due to the pandemic). Your Priority Pass card entitles you three hours of access.
For reasons I cannot explain, I love the exterior of this lounge.
KLM Crown Lounge Houston Seating
After entering, you’ll see a main seating area that includes brightly-colored furniture, though it has recently been refreshed and there are now some neutral colored chairs as well. Walk past the food area and you’ll find more seating in the hallway which leads back to a larger sitting area in the rear of the lounge. Even the bright reds and blues don’t make up for the lack of natural light in the lounge, especially in the rear seating area.
Power ports are not difficult to find and wi-fi worked better than in the Air France Lounge, though the airport network is just as strong/fast as the lounge network.
KLM Crown Lounge Houston Restrooms
Restrooms, but not showers are available. The restrooms are past their prime, but clean enough and I like the European toilets.
KLM Crown Lounge IAH Food + Drink
Ok, a confession. I love Miss Vickie’s potato chips and as far back as I can can remember, this lounge has always had Miss Vickie’s chips. That’s a quick 250 calories I won’t burn off flying in airplanes, but I just love these, especially the jalapeño flavor.
Oh, there’s other food as well. Soups, sandwiches, salads, hummus with pita bread, cheese, cold cuts, fruit, and a generous section of cookies.
I really liked the chicken Florentine soup.
Alcohol is self-serve and there’s a decent selection of beer, wine, and spirits. There’s also bad coffee which I do not recommend.
Most people don’t like this lounge, but I find it comfortable enough…and the Miss Vickies…
It’s really not a bad place to wait out your flight and while some airports have really nice gate areas that are comparable to lounges, Houston is not one of them.