Around the World in 100 Hours: Lotus and Araliya Lounges Colombo

Introduction
United Club San Francisco, International Terminal
United Business Class San Francisco to Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class Lounge Seoul
Korean Air Lounge and Singapore SilverKris Lounge Seoul
Singapore Business Class Seoul to Singapore
Ambassador Transit Lounge Singapore
Singapore SilverKris Lounge Singapore
Changi Airport Free Singapore Tour
Singapore Business Class Singapore to Colombo
Transiting Colombo
Lotus and Araliya Lounges Colombo
Qatar Airways Business Class Colombo to Doha
Qatar Airways First Class Premium Terminal Doha
Qatar Airways First Class Doha to Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai to London Heathrow
British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow
British Airways Galleries First Lounge and Club World Lounge London Heathrow
British Airways First Class London Heathrow to San Francisco


The Colombo airport website lists 4 lounges, but there’s at least one more as Emirates also has a lounge. I had the chance to visit two of the lounges while I transited there.

The Lotus Lounge is listed as a “first class” lounge on the airport website, and it’s also a Priority Pass lounge, which is how I got access. My business class boarding pass on Qatar Airways offered me access to the Araliya Lounge.

The two lounges were almost identical, from the layout to the food offerings to the not-that-nice shower. The Lotus Lounge was perhaps marginally nicer.

Seating in the Lotus Lounge

Seating in the Lotus Lounge

Seating in the Araliya Lounge

Seating in the Araliya Lounge

Computers in the Lotus Lounge

Computers in the Lotus Lounge

Computers in the Araliya Lounge

Computers in the Araliya Lounge

Cold food in the Lotus Lounge

Cold food in the Lotus Lounge

Cold food in the Araliya Lounge

Cold food in the Araliya Lounge

Hot food in the Lotus Lounge

Hot food in the Lotus Lounge

Hot food in the Araliya Lounge

Hot food in the Araliya Lounge

Drinks in the Lotus Lounge

Drinks in the Lotus Lounge

Drinks in the Araliya Lounge

Drinks in the Araliya Lounge

Shower room: can you guess which lounge it's from?

Shower room: can you guess which lounge it’s from?

While both lounges were a little sad looking, both were perfectly sufficient for a layover of a couple of hours, and both were definitely nicer than the vast majority of domestic airport lounges (hot food! shower! not crowded!). Wifi was decent, although I had a couple of sporadic connectivity issues.

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