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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.
Air China (CA) EVA Air (BR) Egyptair (MS) Singapore Airlines (SQ) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
American Airlines (AA) Malaysia Airlines (MH) Qatar Airways (QR) Royal Jordanian (RJ)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following SkyTeam member airlines only.
Aeroflot (SU) Garuda Indonesia (GA)
Etihad Airways Partner
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Etihad Airways Partner member airlines only.
Air Serbia (JU) Etihad (EY) Jet Airways (9W)
Air Astana (KC) Bulgaria Air (FB) El Al (LY) Emirates (EK) Estonian Air (OV) IranAir (IR) Pakistan International (PK) Royal Air Maroc (AT) 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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