After arriving from Frankfurt aboard the A321neo, I had an extended layover in Istanbul before my connection to Atlanta. I decided to spend the night in the lounge instead of leaving the airport, a decision I did not regret.
A Beautiful Pair Of Turkish Airlines Lounges In Istanbul
Turkish Airlines has two large lounges in Istanbul (IST), a Miles & Smiles Lounge and a Business Class Lounge. The lounges are essentially mirror images of each other with the same amenities, including several live food stations and an extended buffet, an excellent selection of drinks, and plenty of seats to relax in.
They are also quite stylish.
My extra-long layover did not qualify for a free “Private Suite” within the lounge:
You need a layover between 4-9 hours and to be connecting to/from a longhaul Turkish flight in business class (of at least eight hours)…my layover was ironically too long.
Nevertheless, I made use of one the of the daybeds and was quite comfortable:
(with cappuccinos on demand just a few paces away)
And I still had access to the shower suites:
Stay tuned for a full review of both lounges, though again they were identical as far as I could see.
I could have left the lounge and stayed at the Yotel or even in one of the IGA Sleep Pods, but I was so comfortable in the lounge I decided not to move.
Here’s the bottom line: Turkish Airlines offer a phenomenal lounge product in Istanbul that never ceases to remind me how valuable having Star Alliance Gold status is. Furthermore, this lounge is so much better, in terms of food and drink, than the nearby IGA Lounge, a lounge use by non-Star Alliance airlines and Priority Pass.
If you’re traveling through Istanbul and have access, make some time to visit this lounge, because in many ways it serves as an archetype of what other business class lounges should look like.
Have you visited the Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul?