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KLM Crown Lounge Schengen Area Amsterdam Airport

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The KLM Crown Lounge Schengen Area Amsterdam Airport is located at the second floor of the departure area of the Schengen departure area. You can have access to the lounge free of charge just by obtaining a Skyteam elite or elite plus status with one of the airlines, or you can just pay 25 Euro to enjoy everything there.

The check in desks now are manned with staffs that doing the check in manually, however, I have read from their inflight magazines, a new auto-mated check in machines is underway to replace their human staffs that are manning at the desk all the time, just like what SAS did for all of their lounges to cut down costs.

The amazing thing with this lounge is that the amount of seating spaces available, although you can’t compare them with Lufthansa lounges, they do offer a selection of things that meets some of the basic needs for business travellers.

The lounge is equipped with showers just beside the restrooms.

They have amazing amount of seating arrangements which suits all kind of needs depends on the travel group.

Here you can see there’s a smoking lounge with multiple times closed for cleaning, it’s quiet smart of them to not make their smoking lounge looks like filled with smoke or fog from the outside.

You can see that the office tables equipped with computers are spread around the area, however it could be a problem as whoever walks through can see what you are doing and surfing through.

You can have a view into the departure hall directly from the lounge which is quiet nice as you don’t have to hear the noisiness down there.

You can have access to almost all kinds of office work you need to do while travelling as they offers printing machines and fax machines for the traditional kind and the abundant selection of newspaper they offer is also quiet impressive.

The drinks selection is decent and up to standards for Business class passengers and are delicately presented throughout the counter.

It’s also very smart of them to include their national beer Heineken.

It would be amazing if they could do something up a notch with their catering options as the decent food they provide is quiet cheaply cooked and doesn’t seem to raise your appetite.

One of the cool features inside this KLM lounge is that it’s that they have a completely quiet news room where the TV doesn’t really give off sound but when sit down and lay back you can hear everything is broadcasting from the speaker next to your ear built inside the sofa. Very thoughtful and details-orietated.


Bottom Line:

KLM lounge is the best lounge you can find at Amsterdam airport, so it’s very useful to have access to it just by having a Skyteam elite card. They might be relatively low-scored compare to other European flagship carriers, but they don’t featured any first class products so it would still be okay for the quality they have now.

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Air France Salon Lounge Lyon Review, France

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The Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the second main hub for Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP!, the airline is created to help Air France to keep market share, the only all year round Air France flight operates from Lyon is a feeder route to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The lounge is newly renovated earlier this year and it’s located right outside the gate 21B boarding area; the auto-sliding door at the entrance will get you a lot of attention from people waiting for boarding outside.

Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details
Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details

Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

  • Air France
  • HOP! by Air France
  • Aeroflot
  • KLM

Admission:

  • Business Class, First Class on contracted airlines
  • Skyteam Elite
  • €25 or 6,000 Flying Blue Miles *subject to availability

Opening Hours:

  • 5:40-22:00

Area Size:

  • 280 sq. m.
  • 85 seats
  • Dedicated Platinum Ultimate area
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance

Seating Area:

Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon
Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon

After the renovation earlier this year, the lounge now looks in line with Air France’s new design concept of French chic and elegance, the seating are more comfortable, with different layout options that suits to different passengers need.

Seating Area Near Concourse
Seating Area Near Concourse

In addition to newer seating design, Air France went one step ahead with more dedicated attention for its first class La Premier and Platinum Ultimate passengers with an exclusive seating area which are blocked for them, this corner will get you special attention from lounge staff which includes a light conversation regarding your personal life and then they will bring the slev service items from the counter all the way to you, and even more, they might prepare you with the selv-serve counter snacks to be nicely unwrapped onto a plate in the kitchen and serve it to you with fork, knife and napkins. You will of course also get all the eye attention from other normal elites through the glass wall.

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Platinum Ultimate Area Lyon Air France Salon Lounge


Food & Drinks:

The food and drinks options are rather limited, this can be the problem for all Air France Salon Lounges, packaged biscuits and crackers are hardly something people really want to eat, there are as daw as chewing wax, but they are served only for the purpose of having things to offer.

Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter
Drink Service Cups
Drink Service Cups

Although the hot drink cups came with a new design, so came the cost-cutting measures like having the chocolate or tea bag being fixed to the cup itself which kan save their staff more time to do inventories check while passengers can feel more like visiting a fast food joint.

Drinks & Beer Display
Drinks & Beer Display

Conclusion:

The Air France Salon Lounge at Lyon airport came with the newly expanded Terminal 2 building, facilities and amenities inside the terminal are kept at the minimum while being new and clean, so is what I have to comment about the new lounge. The lounge decor is up to date with Air France’s overall new service concept, while cost cutting had been put into practice at every aspect possible. I certainly wouldn’t recommend paying in any form to gain access to this lounge, as during quieter hours, the terminal itself has more area to sit and explore than this.

Being a frequent traveller these days can only remind people of lowering their own expectations, though the hallway inside the lounge does bring you some peace and solitude while being at such a hectic place like the airport.

Tarmac View From The Lounge
Tarmac View From The Lounge

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