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Lounge Review: Le Anfore Lounge Rome Airport (FCO)

At Rome Fiumicino airport, the lounge options are relatively limited. Alitalia has a lounge, but most everyone else (i.e. not Skyteam) is sent to Le Anfore lounge, which is also accessible via Priority Pass. The lounges are right next to each other, and the entrance is near gate G11.

Entrance to the lounges

Entrance to the lounges

Airlines and access rules for the Anfore Lounge

Airlines and access rules for the Anfore Lounge

The lounge is a decent size with tons of seats. But there’s not a ton besides seats. There aren’t electrical outlets, and the things that look like windows are actually just illuminated wall panels to give you the impression that there’s natural light (the lounge is located below the main concourse).

Plenty of seating (note that those aren't actual windows)

Plenty of seating (note that those aren’t actual windows)

More seating

More seating

Work area

Work area

Magazines

Magazines

There’s a bar, and the bartender was super friendly. They also have a table of food, but the food was honestly pretty disgusting. I’d say that the savory food in this lounge is the worst lounge food I’ve ever encountered, which is kind of a slap in the face given how good food is in Italy. I can’t even imagine how they manage to make such bad food.

Pretty sad food options

Pretty sad food options

More sad food

More sad food

There is a shower in the lounge, although I did not use it. And the people working in the lounge were friendly, so there’s that. But otherwise, besides a place to sit and wifi, there’s not much that this lounge has to offer.

Trip Report: Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Airport Review

Besides flying Qantas First Class on the A380 (which turned out to be a really disappointing experience), I was super excited to visit the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney, given that I had heard it was one of the best airport lounges in the world. While I didn’t get to try the complimentary spa services (which have been shortened over time) since I was at the lounge after the spa had closed, the parts of the lounge that I did try were very good.

The iconic departures board

The iconic departures board

My first order of business was to eat some food. The Qantas First Class Lounge has a proper dining area with table service. They have a pretty extensive seasonal menu, and I may or may not have gone slightly overboard with ordering (essentially, I said yes to everything that the server recommended).

Winter menu (sorry for the annoying hand shadows...)

Winter menu (sorry for the annoying hand shadows…)

I tried the grilled sesame tuna, the cobia sashimi, the salt and pepper squid, and the fettucine with soft egg (minus the bacon). For dessert, I had the chocolate croissant bread and butter pudding and the pavlova.

Tuna

Tuna

Cobia

Cobia

Calamari

Calamari

Fettucine

Fettucine

Dessert

Dessert

The food was good–easily some of the best food I’ve eaten at an airport. I think I still prefer the food at the JAL First Class Lounge at Narita, but then again, I’m Asian (obvi). I think most people will find some things that they’ll enjoy a lot.

Pretty nice dinner view

Pretty nice dinner view

Dining room

Dining room

Open kitchen

Open kitchen

The decor of the lounge is pretty cool. It’s one long, curved room with large windows that provide some fun airplane viewing. There’s plenty of seating, and lots of areas to get work done, have some privacy, or talk to others. The majority of people were in the dining area when I was there, so that area did get a bit crowded, but the lounge is spacious.

Exploring the lounge

Exploring the lounge

Lots of seating

Lots of seating

Private room

Private room

So many seating options

So many seating options

And more

And more

The service in the dining area was good, but I’m not sure if there’s much service outside of the dining area to speak of. No one seemed to be going around to check on people or offer drinks, but perhaps that was because it was late at night and most passengers were in the dining area.

Overall, this is a great lounge. While Qantas’s onboard product left me underwhelmed, the First Class Lounge in Sydney is a great airport lounge.