Aspire Lounge 41 – AMS

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  • Aspire Lounge 41 - Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Aspire Lounge 41 – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    The Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport serves a large and diverse set of airlines departing out of the airport’s non-Schengen area. AMS has surprisingly few lounges: KLM, the dominant carrier, operates a large Crown Lounge for SkyTeam airlines, while the British Airways Terraces Lounge serves oneworld members. All other airlines, including Star Alliance members, Gulf carriers and regional airlines use the Aspire Lounge. The club also welcomes pay-in customers and members of lounge access programs such as Priority Pass and Lounge Club.

    In its former incarnations, the Aspire Lounge was a Menzies lounge then a Servisair lounge, prior to being completely remodeled and then rebranded as Aspire, Swissport‘s premium lounge brand.

    Aspire Lounge 41 design

    The Aspire Lounge 41 boasts a fresh, clean, and modern design which strikes the right balance between convenience, functionality, density and privacy, with a uniquely European flair.

    Aspire Lounge 41 - Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Aspire Lounge 41 – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Light tones dominate the space, with a few touches of more vivid colors and darker furniture. The clean lines and overall simple elegance of the décor make the unique light fixtures stand out: the crooked floor lamps and elaborate ceiling lights add a touch of creativity and foster a dynamic vibe.

    The long window wall lets plenty of natural light in while offering patrons exciting views on the tarmac. The lightweight partitions that break up the space let the light flow throughout.

    The seating arrangement accommodates small groups as well as solo travelers. In the back, groups will find a cozy and uplifting living room area around an amusing fireplace video, while individual travelers will enjoy the private seats by the windows with plenty of personal space and the best views in the house. All seats come with a power outlet, and most benefit from a side table or coffee table. There are also a few dining tables close to the entrance, as well as high-top seating along the partitions.

    The Aspire Lounge is typically busy given the number of airlines that it serves, yet it rarely feels excessively crowded, thanks to the open layout and abundant natural light.

    Aspire Lounge 41 amenities

    Aspire Lounge 41 - Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Aspire Lounge 41 – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    A stylish buffet offers a selection of food and drinks. Patrons will find an espresso machine, fresh fruit juices as well as an assortment of soft drinks. The mineral water in glass bottles is an especially classy touch. Alcoholic beverages include Heineken beer on tap, red and white wines, and a pretty typical range of liquor and spirits.

    The food selection is a mixed bag. There are definite highlights – the hot breakfast mushroom and cheese puffs are delicious and the soups are tasty – but the spread is overall limited to basic salads, cold cuts, and various snacks. If you’re hungry, skip the lounge altogether and stop by one of the airport’s multiple cafes and restaurants for a far more satisfying experience.

    The bathrooms are perfectly functional and clean, but with only a few stalls, lines are pretty common. Showers are available, albeit at a cost for pay-in users and premium passengers alike.

    Speaking of fees, Wi-Fi comes in two flavors: basic and premium, with a charge for the latter. In our experience the basic service performed satisfactorily, yet we don’t find that charging for Wi-Fi in any form to be acceptable at an international business class lounge.

    Other amenities include a smoking room adjacent to the bathroom as well as a small selection of newspapers and magazines.

    Aspire Lounge 41 - Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Aspire Lounge 41 – Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

    Reserved section

    In an explicit acknowledgement that the amenities and food selection don’t quite meet premium international standards, some airlines reserve the rear section of the lounge for their customers. Singapore Airlines typically occupies the space in the morning. Their fortunate passengers benefit from more private seating, substantially superior catering with hot food, and a dedicated attendant.

    For everybody else, this means no access to the most elegant portion of the lounge and the three computers.

    Aspire Lounge 41 bottom line

    The design of the Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport is a winner – the space is beautiful, bright, and modern, and boasts exciting views on the tarmac. The seats are comfortable and reasonably private, and the beverage selection is enticing. However the food selection is underwhelming, and the nickel and diming is truly low class.

    We understand that premium airlines would reserve the best section of the lounge – that’s to their credit – but the combination of the “walled-off garden” and fees for showers and premium Wi-Fi is distasteful. Aspire is supposed to be a premium brand, but if it weren’t for the gorgeous design, the Aspire Lounge 41 at AMS would feel like any run of the mill contract lounge. It’s also worth noting that the Aspire Lounge is far away from a number of gates, so be sure to plan accordingly.

    The pluses
    • The modern and elegant décor with a European flair.
    • The private seats by the window.
    • The hot breakfast pastries.
    The minuses
    • The fees for showers and faster Wi-Fi.
    • The space restrictions when the back of the lounge is reserved for an airline.
    • The limited food selection.
  • You may have access to Aspire Lounge 41 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.

    Air China (CA)Air China (CA)EVA Air (BR)EVA Air (BR)Egyptair (MS)Egyptair (MS)
    Singapore Airlines (SQ)Singapore Airlines (SQ)Turkish Airlines (TK)Turkish Airlines (TK)United (UA)United (UA)

    oneworld

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

    American Airlines (AA)American Airlines (AA)Malaysia Airlines (MH)Malaysia Airlines (MH)Qatar Airways (QR)Qatar Airways (QR)
    Royal Jordanian (RJ)Royal Jordanian (RJ)    

    SkyTeam

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

    Aeroflot (SU)Aeroflot (SU)Garuda Indonesia (GA)Garuda Indonesia (GA)  

    Etihad Airways Partner

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

    Air Serbia (JU)Air Serbia (JU)Etihad (EY)Etihad (EY)Jet Airways (9W)Jet Airways (9W)

    Other airlines

    Air Astana (KC)Air Astana (KC)Bulgaria Air (FB)Bulgaria Air (FB)El Al (LY)El Al (LY)
    Emirates (EK)Emirates (EK)Estonian Air (OV)Estonian Air (OV)IranAir (IR)IranAir (IR)
    Pakistan International (PK)Pakistan International (PK)Royal Air Maroc (AT)Royal Air Maroc (AT)Zagrosjet (Z4)Zagrosjet (Z4)
  • Aspire Lounge 41 at Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS) 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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    American Airlines Admirals Club membership accepted

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  • Overall Rating:
    13 comments

    1. D Rehf

      When it’s not busy, it’s one of my favorite lounges by far. It’s clean, modern, has good food/drinks. But, it does get pretttyyy busy between 8-10am.

      I wish it had a phone call booth somewhere — no where to take a call. Not awesome to see the private area on the other side of the lounge (singapore airlines branded)

    2. Tom

      Four times in a row i was turned away as the lounge was full. Useless if you travel often to Holland to keep a priority card…. There is no alternative on Schiphol for Prioriry Pass holders… Better cancel

    3. Zofia K

      By entrance I asked if the lounge was free of charges for MasterCard Black Card holders. As confirmed (!), I proceeded and only few minutes later I discovered that I had been charged a fee which value I wasn’t even informed. I wouldn’t have paid it, since there’s a limit of 3 hours to use the lounge, there is no place to take a nap and to use a shower you need to pay extra. I’m very disappointed.

    4. Andy

      Dismal. Any cafeteria at any motorway service area has more class than this so-called lounge. Visited on three occasions, same experience every time. Overcrowded, buffet is messy and half empty, the food is more like snack, restrooms untidy. As a frequent flyer on both Etihad and Qatar Airways, I am surprised and disappointed this is what they are offering their guests at Amsterdam airport.

    5. David Law

      A very disappointing experience. Little space and feels tatty, a €17 charge for a shower,, rather severe and unwelcoming reception staff, and a paltry selection of food in comparison with other premium airline lounges.
      I am surprised that Emirates (an excellent airline) attaches its brand to this facility.
      I was also shocked to overhear a traveler who had acquired a flight upgrade was not allowed to enter the lounge.

    6. Julian Davies

      There is nothing ‘aspirational’ about this ‘lounge’. On the day I visited it was so overcrowded that no seats were available, except in the (empty) section reserved by Singapore Airlines.

      There is plenty of better seating in the main terminal, so don’t waste time in this terrible lounge.

    7. Anne

      The worst lounge ever. I would like to explain but I dont have time. I have to hurry get some coffee before they finish cleaning. They are eager to get out of here, the people working here. The lounge closes at 21 o’clock. The servings at 20.15-20.30. Bad food, bad service. No class at all.

    8. Andy

      The lounge does not have international charger sockets, only European ones. Since an international airport lounge, by definition, is supposed to cater to travelers from across the wells, I find this appalling.

      Food options are really limited, some more variety can easily be introduced at a little extra cost.

    9. Diana Villania

      Bathrooms dirty and trash full. More cafeteria than lounge. Seats are mostly at small tables. Very full. Not all seats have electrical. Food poor.

    10. Alexander

      The food and drinks choice is poor in comparison with KLM lounge 52.
      This lounge operates till 23:30. But at 22:30 most of the food is over. Staff starts to clean the area and force moving people from one part of lounge to another.

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