The flagship lounge of Turkish Airlines is one which we very frequently visit – and do so with pleasure, I might add. Having recently been expanded by a whopping 2,400 square metres, it is also now one of the largest lounges in the world. Read on for our honest review.
The design is completely on brand with Turkish Airlines' identity; this is "the new Turkey", but one which appreciates its design tradition; you'll find plenty of marble in the bathrooms, chandeliers, wooden floors and furniture, and greenery inside. There's even a little "tea garden" where you can sit and enjoy your Turkish coffee (or tea, of course) in midst of the plants.
I particularly like the Turkish food options - they include lahamcun (i.e. "Turkish pizza") and Turkish coffee.
You can even take a seat in the cinema (with warm popcorn). For passengers with longer layovers, there are sleeping rooms (they're free, but conditions apply).
Showers are for everybody (I've used them, and they're fabulous).
Another plus are the massage therapists who walk around doing impromptu treatments - there's no need to book, you simply ask a passing by therapist and you're all set. While this is less fancy than some airlines' in-lounge spa areas, I actually prefer the more informal approach by Turkish.