Review: Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal Primeclass CIP Lounge

After dropping by the HSBC Club Lounge and stuffing myself full of cake, I made my way down two floors to the Primeclass CIP Lounge. This is the same lounge that British Airways uses operating out of Istanbul.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

It was immediately clear that this lounge offered many more amenities than the HSBC Club Lounge. For one, there are showers, which I always appreciate during a layover, but I also saw headphones for PS3 and individual TV use for loan at the front desk. In addition, there’s a children’s play room immediately to the right upon entering the lounge, which I imagine is very useful for families.

Individual entertainment pods

Individual entertainment pods. You can get headphones from the front desk. Several of these pods were occupied by people sleeping on the floor…

Children's play room

Children’s play room

Nice-looking shower rooms

Nice-looking shower rooms

This lounge is also larger and more spacious than the HSBC club lounge. Although it’s also a one-room format, it’s a much larger room, and it didn’t feel crowded at all when I was there.

Spacious lounge

Spacious lounge

The food options are also much more plentiful, except in the dessert category. It’s clear that both lounges are catered by the same people based on some of the common food options, but this lounge just has more to offer. Although I’m not sure I’d want to eat sushi from an airport lounge in Istanbul…

Soup + breads

Soup + breads

Desserts and cold food selection

Desserts and cold food selection (there’s sushi in the upper right)

Hot food options

Hot food options

I didn’t eat much as I had not exercised restraint on the dessert options at the other lounge, but the food looked decent. They even had pide, which is the Turkish version of pizza.

There was also an ample bar area, but I didn’t see a bartender when I was there, nor did it appear that anyone tried getting a drink from the bar.

Empty bar area

Empty bar area

Overall, I enjoyed this lounge a lot, and it’d be my Priority Pass recommendation for Istanbul Ataturk. The showers alone would be enough for me to recommend it above the HSBC Club Lounge, but the more extensive food options and additional amenities make this a clear choice unless you’re just looking to grab some food to go.

6 thoughts on “Review: Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal Primeclass CIP Lounge

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  2. Dr Stephanie Jones

    I left my charger in the HHSBC lounge on the way out and will be back between 07.45 – 09.50 on Sunday 15 May – so if anyone who works at HSBC lounge sees this message – please keep it for me. It has my initials – SJ – on. Thganks part of it

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