Tuscany Trip Report: Iberia Lounge Madrid
At 6 in the morning Madrid immigration was completely empty and I sailed through in a few minutes and took the train from T4S to the main Terminal 4 in search of the Iberia lounge and a shower.
I appreciated the signage and rather wish US tram stations did the same!
Coming up from the train I spotted a Sala lounge sign pointing to the left and I headed to the end of the hallway only to discover I’d found the wrong lounge.
Oops. Apparently I should have taken a slight right when I came off the train to the elevator, but hard to know since all the lounges are called “Sala VIP”.
One floor up and you arrive right in the midst of security, with the Iberia SalaDali across the way.
The first thing I wanted was a hot shower so I got the key to one of their Melia Hotel branded shower rooms and squeezed in.
It was clean but very narrow and had only basic amenities – shower cap, shampoo, and conditioner. No soap, not even body lotion. I made do just fine, was happy to have access to a shower, but not not a luxurious representation of Melia hotels. 🙂
When I emerged the lounge had already begun to fill up for the morning. It is a fairly large space with multiple sections, including a water fountain, sleeping room, TV area, and coffee bar seating with lots of power outlets.
There were two main food sections on either side of the lounge desk with another beverage center (with snack items food options).
There were the usual cold breakfast items – yogurts, pastries, and muffins, as well as “all day” offerings – hagan daaz ice cream, olives, crackers, etc.
There was also an impressive self-serve wine bar that was set up around 10AM.
I tried out the sleeping room for an hour or two as soon as one of the 5 futon/beds opened up. Not super private, but quiet and dark and good for dozing.
What I loved most was the Madrid airport ceiling (which you don’t need to be in the lounge to enjoy) which gives a feel of spaciousness and of being in a modern art museum.
My one complaint about the lounge was the poor internet access. The signal would periodically disappear with no warning and only near the central eating areas could you get a strong enough signal to pull up websites and get work done.
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