Primeclass Lounge – IST International

  • Primeclass Lounge - IST International

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  • Primeclass Lounge - Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    Primeclass Lounge – Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    The primeclass Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk airport International Terminal is an independent club run by TAV, a major Turkish airport services provider, which operates a burgeoning network of airport lounges worldwide. The club welcomes premium and elite passengers of several airlines, in addition to members of several popular airport lounge access programs, such as Priority Pass.

    The primeclass lounge is located below the food court – make a right after going through security, walk all the way, then take the escalator down.

    Primeclass Lounge design

    The primeclass Lounge is a bit of an oddball, design wise – a mix of traditional and borderline old fashioned, with modern touches and an abundance of brutally reflective surfaces and materials, such as marble, white tile and mirrors. Perhaps the designers wanted to mitigate the subterranean location, which deprives patrons of windows and daylight. The space is certainly well lit, though the ambiance, especially in the main seating area, stops short of being relaxing and inviting.

    Primeclass Lounge - Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    Primeclass Lounge – Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    To the left when entering is a classy area with sparse seating, a fireplace, and a dining space with a small buffet. The room has a traditional vibe, with marble and wood panels. In the same area are two conference rooms, with glass walls – a rather odd design, which obliterates the privacy of the occupants.

    Opposite the dining area is the main seating area, where the bar and the larger buffets are located. It tends to be significantly busier, and the hardwood floors are worn out, while the metallic surfaces along the televisions and on the ceiling seem to implicitly encourage passenger turnover. Power outlets are available in every seat.

    When we visited, the lounge was littered with dirty cups and plates – and there is empirical evidence that this wasn’t an exception. The staff was virtually invisible, and the club neglected. The lack of service certainly left a poor impression on us.

    Primeclass Lounge amenities

    Primeclass Lounge - Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    Primeclass Lounge – Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    The primeclass Lounge boasts a wide array of amenities.

    The food selection includes a variety of snacks, hot entrees with a focus on Turkish fare, and desserts. Several espresso machines are located throughout the lounge, along with a selection of juices and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are available at no charge from the bar. Again, when we visited the service was lacking, and the buffet was not replenished on a regular basis.

    Decked in fine marble, the bathrooms and showers are gorgeous. The bathrooms are spacious, individual unisex stalls. The shower rooms are definitely on the small side, but elegant and functional. Unfortunately, both the bathrooms and showers were dirty when we visited, and the stock of towels was depleted. Based on our experience, we’d think twice before showering at the primeclass lounge.

    Primeclass Lounge - Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    Primeclass Lounge – Istanbul (IST) International Terminal

    A small family rooms offers kids a colorful retreat with a variety of toys and video games.

    A few work cubicles are available. As pointed out above, the lounge also includes two well-appointed conference rooms, with comfortable seating, a wall-mounted monitor, and indoor plants – the lack of privacy just happens to be a major flaw.

    Other amenities include a selection of newspapers and magazines, as well as, naturally, complimentary Wi-Fi.

     

     

    Primeclass Lounge bottom line

    The primeclass Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk airport International Terminal has a lot of potential. With ample real estate, a solid array of amenities including work cubicles, conference rooms, showers and a family room, the primeclass lounge is one of the better appointed clubs at the airport. Passengers will enjoy a solid food and beverage selection, as well as a comfortable place to sit, even though the design isn’t especially appealing in our opinion.

    However, there is a significant issue with overall upkeep and maintenance. It is not acceptable for a bathroom to be dirty at a premium lounge, or for dirty cups and plates to linger on tables long after patrons leave.

    The much smaller Comfort Lounge and HSBC Lounges, two stories above the primeclass Lounge, while far less impressive in terms of amenities, have significantly higher maintenance standards, and are also available to Priority Pass and Lounge Club members.

    The pluses
    • The food and beverage selection.
    • The shower suites.
    The minuses
    • The lack of windows and daylight.
    • The sloppy service and lack of housekeeping.
    • The overall lack of maintenance.
  • You may have access to Primeclass Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.

    Star Alliance

    Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.

    Lufthansa (LH)Lufthansa (LH)    

    oneworld

    Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.

    British Airways (BA)British Airways (BA)    

    Etihad Airways Partner

    Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Etihad Airways Partner member airlines only.

    Air Serbia (JU)Air Serbia (JU)    

  • Primeclass Lounge at Istanbul - Ataturk Havalimani (IST) welcomes:

    • All passengers, regardless of airline and class of service, for a fee.
    • Select premium customers and elite members departing on an airline served by this lounge (see airlines served).


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  • Overall Rating:
    4 comments

    1. Magda pokorny

      Terrible rude staff. I paid 35 euros pp to get in. Then when we arrived the two girls at the desk said it’s ok this time but next I have to pay 90 euros pp and this time it’s ok for what they called “free even though I showed them the receipt that I paid for 2 tickets. Then once inside we sat on a sofa and just put our heads back with feet on the ground. Again one of those girls rudely woke me up by poking saying ” no sleep no sleep not allowed “. I pointed out to her all the people there sprowled on the sofas with feet up and no shoes like a bed and they’re sound asleep. She just looked at me with no answer. Then more people came in and totally stretched on the sofas so I pointed that up to her again she still didn’t answer me and she didn’t say anything to them. I have no idea why we were singled out and why they were so rude. Then 2 hrs before the flight I asked nicely to get a wheel chair. They said they called and it’s on the way. And that the flight was delayed. I got that answer 5 times. Until an hour and fifteen minutes later I insisted that she calls again and rushes them then finally a wheelchair chair came. They lied because the flight was not delayed and we barely made it to board and were told that in 5 more minutes we wouldn’t have been able to board. Just like the review below for some unknown reason they single you out. While I was standing there waiting for the wheelchair they let a lady in for free to use the shower and others were charged only 20 euros pp.
      Find a different lounge don’t use this one. Never been treated so rudely at any lounge.

    2. Venus Lee

      Complete disappointment! The lounge itself was okay; spacious, lots of chair. However, the toilet was dirty, one of the two showers on site was out of order, the girl at the reception was extremely rude and unprofessional. WIFI service was intermittent. I will not go back there again.

    3. Damian

      I was dissapointed. Buffet means piece of chicken and cheese pastry.
      You cannot get alcohol by yourself and you have to wait 10-15 minutes for man working by the bar.
      I have been to nearly 40 lounges and it was the worst one but it is quite nice.

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