JONAS
Jonas Rask Eilersen
Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International Airport, International Terminal
23rd September 2015

Although not as impressive as the mother of all lounges, the revamped Istanbul flagship lounge of Turkish Airlines, the brand new Sabiha Gökcen outpost is not to be dismissed.

Comfort
Easily reached via a flight of stairs from the main concourse, the lounge is a breath of fresh air in a quite stuffy terminal. There were hardly any other passengers visiting when I was there - so I could really spread out. Lots and lots of space to sit and relax.
Cleanliness
Über clean - everywhere. Very impressed with the level of cleanliness in the restroom areas.
Food and Drink
A more than satisfactory and varied selection of food and drink, with friendly and capable staff on hand to assist.
One main cooking station with live/show cooking. Choose from soups, salads, breakfast, meats.
Coffees are made by baristas, large fridges stocked with all manner of drinks
Facilities
A library and pool table, plenty of comfy chairs for relaxing, eating and drinking. I loved the futuristic see-through lockers. TV wall with plenty of screens. I really appreciated how friendly and calm the staff were: this is not common with Turkish Airlines in general (neither on board, nor on the ground). The reception staff were exceptionally friendly.
There are no sleeping areas (not really needed given the limited number of flights to and from this airport – all are regional) – but there are shower facilities and gorgeous fresh-smelling, clean bathrooms.
Service
Immaculate - although, as is unfortunately too common with Turkish Airlines, the staff's proficiency in English leaves something to be desired.
Verdict
The lack of longhaul routes explains why there are no sleeping pods and why the facilites are slightly less impressive than at Atatürk. However, this lounge puts many a competing airline's flagship lounge to shame. I will happily fly via Sabiha Gökcen again, knowing that I can relax at this fabulous lounge.