The Aspire Lounge 26 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport serves all airlines operating within Europe’s Schengen area, except for SkyTeam carriers, which use the KLM Crown Lounge next door. In addition, the club welcomes members of lounge access programs such as Priority Pass.
The Aspire Lounge used to be known as the Menzies and Servisair lounge, prior to a recent rebranding as Aspire, Swissport‘s premium lounge brand. (Swissport is one of the leading global airport lounge operators.)
Aspire Lounge 26 AMS design
The Aspire Lounge is located on a mezzanine above the concourse level, around an atrium which offers a glimpse at the concourse below but unfortunately does not deliver any natural light. The club stretches on both sides of the reception desk, though the area to the left is designated as overflow and opens only at peak times.
The design is simple and modern, with an emphasis on light tones and clean lines, and an overall European flair. The attempts at decorating the walls to create a backdrop range from good to mediocre: we like the white, translucent curtains by the atrium which let light flow while fostering a feeling of privacy; the large scale picture of Amsterdam Schiphol airport that runs along the wall opposite the window is an interesting touch; however the forest and nature scenery decals which adorn the outside walls and window look good on pictures but feel cheap in reality.
The main seating area is comfortable, albeit pretty densely furnished. Most seats come with power outlets. To the right of the reception area is a dining zone with high-top seating and dining tables, which unfortunately lacks power outlets. Opposite the window is an odd elevated communal area with three long U shaped benches. The space feels exposed and it’s no wonder that it seems relatively little use, save for the counters with power outlets on the edges.
In the back is an additional seating area which seems to predate the rest of the lounge and features loungers that are perhaps a tad more comfortable but lack privacy and light.
Aspire Lounge 26 AMS amenities
The buffet offers a substantial selection of drinks with an espresso machine, several fresh juices, soft drinks and water in a cooler – the glass bottles are classy! – as well as a few bottles of wine and a limited, traditional range of liquor and spirits.
The food selection, on the other hand, is virtually non-existent. Even at breakfast time, when it’s reasonably easy to offer a decent spread at a moderate cost, the choices are limited to yoghurt, fruit and a few pastries. Don’t come in hungry or you’ll be disappointed.
A small selection of newspapers is available by the reception desk.
Aspire Lounge 26 AMS bottom line
Overall, the Aspire Lounge 26 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport in the Schengen zone is mostly a quiet place to sit and enjoy a drink. It is comfortable and peaceful, but lacks natural light and doesn’t offer any substantial food. It is difficult to see much value in paying the entry fee, seeing that the airport offers free Wi-Fi and a plethora of cafes and restaurants.
The following is a sample selection. Actual offerings may vary. All food and beverages are complimentary.
Morning (05:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
- Selection of Jams
- Mini Raisin Buns
- Fresh Fruit
- Selection of Cereals
Lunch (11:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.)
- Fresh Soup
- Fresh Fruit
Afternoon (2:00 p.m. - 09:30 p.m.)
- Nut & Ptretzel Mix
- Fresh Fruit
- Diet Coke
- Bitter Lemon
- Orange Juice
- Apple Juice
- Tomato Juice
- Sparkling / Still Water
- Tea / Coffee / Hot Water
- Juliper Beer
- Hoegaarden Beer
- White / Red Wine
- White Rum
You may have access to Aspire Lounge 26 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.
Austrian (OS) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) TAP Air Portugal (TP)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
Finnair (AY) Iberia (IB)
Eurowings (EW) Icelandair (FI) TUIfly (X3) Vueling (VY) airBaltic (BT)
Aspire Lounge 26 at Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS) welcomes:
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- 2.5Based on 22 ReviewsJoe C.2018-09-16 23:38:54So compared to the alternative - fending for myself in the quite crowded Amsterdam airport after an overnighter - this lounge option is fantastic. Compared...Philip L.2018-04-30 18:03:23An okay lounge, some hot couscous, deli meat, and lots of snacks and drinks. But it's a victory anytime priority pass works! Comfy large chairs, restrooms...Jason C.2018-04-22 00:24:35Worst lounge I've been to in Europe so far. Limited food. Bad layout. This place is before passport control in lounge area. Fresh squeezed juice isn't...Benjamin S.2018-02-13 22:57:15Nothing. Literally nothing worth coming here. Crowded, with the ambience of a US United lounge. Food: hard pan cooked eggs, a fruit salad, turkey and...