Tuscany Trip Report: Iberia Lounge Madrid

people sitting at tables in a building

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!a close-up of a door

a white line with black text on it

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.

a hallway with signs and lights

a sign on a wall

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”.

a sign on a wall

One floor up and you arrive right in the midst of security, with the Iberia SalaDali across the way.

a close-up of a sign

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.

a bathroom with a sink and shower

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. 🙂

a glass container with a bottle of liquid in it

a close-up of a shower

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.

a room with a wood ceiling and a wood paneled ceiling

a row of electrical outlets on a counter


There were two main food sections on either side of the lounge desk with another beverage center (with snack items food options).
a buffet table with food

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.

a row of wine glasses on a counter

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.

people sitting at tables in a building

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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