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Review: Istanbul Turkish Airlines Business Lounge

To the point Here is our review on the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge at Istanbul's new airport.

Foreword

Our visit to this lounge was rather hectic!

Indeed, when we arrived at the“Business”lounge, only 1 out of 12 showers was in operation! This involved several hours of waiting before we could get a place (and after a day of walking in Istanbul and before an 11am night flight we were really waiting for this shower!)

After discussions with the lounge supervisor, we were redirected to the“Miles and Smiles”lounge which is actually a perfect copy of the “Business” lounge:

  • same capacity (765 people in seating…)
  • same area of 5,600 m2 (60,000 p2)
  • same number of suites and showers
  • same play area for children

The only difference is the presence of a 130 m2 museum in the Business Lounge.

So we spent 2 hours in one and then 2 hours in the other before our flight to Kuala Lumpur!

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

Useful information about the lounge

Location

The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge is located after security near the E gates of Istanbul Airport (BCN). The Turkish Airlines Miles and Smiles Lounge is close to doors C.

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The two Turkish Airlines lounges

Il faut compter 7 minutes de marche entre ces deux salons, ce qui vous donne une idée du gigantisme de cet aéroport.

Les deux salons sont situés en mezzanine.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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The airport was opened in 2019: everything smells like new!

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Opening hours and access

Le salon Turkish Airlines Business Lounge est ouvert 24h/24. Pour y accéder, il est nécessaire:

  • de voyager en classe affaires sur Turkish Airlines
  • ou une compagnie aérienne membre de Star Alliance sur un vol international

Si vous êtes membre Star Alliance Gold, vous pourrez accéder au salon Miles & Smiles (vous ne perdrez pas au change: les deux salons sont identiques).

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To enter the lounge, simply scan your boarding pass.

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In front of the entrance gates, a gigantic screen that displays videos of destinations served by Turkish Airlines. To welcome me, what better than a panorama of Nice in France, my birthplace, and Paris!

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And right in, you can drop off your carry-on baggage in a secure storage space if you wish.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

Amenities available

A list of the main amenities offered in this lounge is provided below:

Espace enfants

Douche

Wi-Fi

Alcool

Buffet

Rafraîchissements

The different spaces for relaxation and work

Avec près de 800 places assises réparties sur 60,000 pieds carrés, le salon Turkish Airlines Business Lounge est l’un des plus grands au monde.

Il y a donc différents espaces pour se détendre entre 2 vols.

Que ce soit un cinéma:

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A “news room”:

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A library with dimmed lights:

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Multiple chairs:

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Spaces to work in:

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A museum:

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An electric car circuit:

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A Golf simulator:

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A grand piano (automatic):

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

With the kids?

It is of course possible to access the living room with children, especially since it has a playground dedicated to them!

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

Au programme:

  • une réplique d’un cockpit d’avion
  • des jeux vidéos
  • des films sur différents écrans
  • des livres de coloriage
  • divers jeux et puzzles
  • de nombreuses tables et chaises à leur taille
  • une machine à pop-corn
  • et bien d’autres choses !
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The meal

The Turkish Airlines lounge is above all: food in abundance!

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

There is an impressive variety of buffets and most international cuisines are represented, with many stations!

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

For the most part, chefs are present and prepare food in front of you.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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And Turkish specialties are of course in the spotlight.

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Here is a collection of the different foods:

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And several sections reserved for desserts.

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And alcohol, you’ll might say? Several bars are self-service throughout the lounge!

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

Showers and restrooms

Comme expliqué en introduction, nous n’avons pas pu visiter les douches et salles de repos du salon Business. Par contre, celles du salon Miles & Smiles sont identiques.

Pour obtenir une douche et une salle de repos, il est nécessaire de signaler son intérêt au Concierge du salon: à certaines heures de la journée, l’attente peut être longue.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

I was impressed by the quality of the facilities: the thickness of the carpet to the showers, the woodwork chosen, through the soundproofing of the different rooms.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

A flawless performance from Turkish Airlines.

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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul
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Turkish Airlines Business Lounge - Istanbul

Unfortunately, all the restrooms were occupied, so we could not visit them(unlike our last visit to the old Istanbul airport).

Conclusion

Ce salon est incontournable si vous transitez par l’aéroport d’Istanbul en classe affaires. Comptez y passer au moins 2 heures pour profiter des installations !

C’est une très bonne option pour souper sur place avant d’embarquer pour son vol (souvent en plein milieu de la nuit) et d’éviter de rester éveillé pour le souper à bord !

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