You know those long-distance travel stopovers, when it’s too little time to venture out of the airport but too much time to keep your spirits up and the momentum going? Deadly, for sure.
This past trip, I hit on the perfect solution when my itinerary changed and I found myself in Pakistan taking care of family business after a work trip to Dubai. And I had seven hours to kill in Istanbul before heading back home to New York City.
The solution: The Business Lounge of Turkish Airlines, where I spent seven luxurious hours feeling pampered and well-fed!
The airport and lounge opened in October of 2018, designed by global Grimshaw Architects, in partnership with the Nordic Office of Architecture.
Located on the upper level in the main concourse, the lounge is massive—capable of seating up to 700 passengers. The dimensions of the space make it pleasing to the eye, and though it may hold many people, it doesn’t feel crowded. It is sleek, light and airy and divided into sections for a range of leisure and business pursuits.
The variety of choices is enticing. There are different sitting areas each with a different theme, private meeting rooms, a small business center and conference room, a movie lounge, a hookah lounge, a tea lounge, a bar, a coffee station and a dessert lounge that added 5 lbs to my waist.
The amenities fit any five-star hotel: spa-like showers, ironing services and — best of all — free private suites to catch up on a few hours’ sleep. Feel like more active R&R? There’s a golf simulator, video games and a kids’ play area to keep the young ones occupied.
The food is to-die-for: plenty of live cooking stations to please your Turkish palette, both traditional and modern. (I gorged on baklava!)
Two of my favorite stations were the yogurt and country butter stations. Safe to say, I did all the damage there on my seven-hour stay.
You know my fondness for a cup of good coffee. I was converted once I sank into my lounge chair with my baklava and delicious Turkish tea.
Yup, that’s how good I felt there. So good that I didn’t even venture outside to the duty-free shopping area —and you know how I love to shop!
What’s your favorite business-class lounge?