Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge IST Entry

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Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport (IST)

 

I’ve spent the majority of my 13-hour long layover for my flight to Bishkek from Istanbul at the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge in IST. I’ve heard many good things about this lounge, so I was excited to see what the hype’s all about.

 

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge- Location

The lounge is located in the International Terminal’s Mezzanine Floor about across the IGA Lounge. You’ll encounter many restaurants and fashion brands in this floor. A big sign pointing to Gate D should be the best indicator to points you to the right direction to the lounge.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge IST Entry
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge IST Entry

 

Inside Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport

To enter the lounge, you’d need a Business Class boarding pass for your upcoming flight. You can get in and get out as much as you’d like.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Entry Scan
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Entry Scan
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport

To the right of the entrance, there are baggage lockers you can use to put your belongings, so you can freely roam around this huge lounge.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Baggage Lockers
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Baggage Lockers

Next to the lockers is where you can book private suites for better rest. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to hear that the private suites are only available for those who have 4-9 hours of layover shown on their boarding pass. Since my layover was 13 hours, I was not able to book it. It’s a real bizarre policy since 4 hours is too short for a private suite booking requirement, in my opinion. I mean, come on, do you really need a suite if you have a 4-hour long layover?

If you think about waiting until your layover time is within the 4-9 hour range to book the suites, then the answer is no. Your eligibility is based on the layover time from your previous flight to the next on Turkish Airlines flights (not Star Alliance) and one of the flights need to at least be 8 hours long. Not satisfying all requirement prevents you from booking the private suites, which sucks.

But, you can book private showers here that I didn’t get to use since I decided to get a massage during my layover across the lounge at Ambassador Spa & Beauty Salon.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Private Suite Rental
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Private Suite Rental

The lounge’s open-air design lets you see the Mezzanine Floor of the airport below. There are lots of seats that will let you do so.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport View
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport View

There are business meeting rooms available.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Office Rooms
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Office Rooms

Then, there’s a self-playing grand piano.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Piano
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Piano

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport- Food & Beverage

The one thing certain about this lounge is that you won’t go hungry! There are tons of food options with varying Turkish dishes where they’re made fresh by the chefs attending the food stations.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Food Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Food Station

I had around 3 servings of Turkish butter rice with beans. Turkish butter rice is just that addicting and delicious!

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Turkish Butter Rice
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Turkish Butter Rice

There are self-serve options too, like salads.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Station

Then, there’s the pide station (Turkish pizza).

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Pide Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Pide Station

Yes, I did have Turkish butter rice on the side. Please don’t judge my addiction lol.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Pide
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Pide

There’s a cute simit (Turkish bagel) cart with a slab of butter next to it that goes with the simit.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Simit Cart
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Simit Cart
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Tea Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Tea Station

The desserts are quite tasty, but be prepared for its sweetness. It may be too strong for some people.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Turkish Sweets
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Self-Serve Turkish Sweets

There are drink shelves available in many places throughout the lounge that you can freely grab.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Drinks Shelf
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Drinks Shelf

There’s an area called the Tea Garden that provides a quieter and relaxing atmosphere with the digital backdrop of green tea leaves.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden

As the name suggests, you can try out different varieties of tea drinks, both hot and cold.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden Tea Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden Tea Station
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden Snacks
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Tea Garden Snacks

 

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport- Entertainment

The lounge has a few things that may entertain you. There’s a diorama of Istanbul with a mini-race track where you can control an RC car.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Istanbul Diorama
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Istanbul Diorama
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Istanbul Diorama
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Istanbul Diorama

There are even PlayStation 5 stations too if you’re into video games. Keeping up with modern tech!

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport PlayStation 5 Stations
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport PlayStation 5 Stations

Then, there’s a mini-theatre displaying different TV channels, mostly news with audio off.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport TV Stations
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport TV Stations

Wi-Fi is available at the lounge, and with a long layover like mine, you’ll definitely want a working Wi-Fi! IST’s Wi-Fi is very stingy outside of lounges with just an hour allowance of free Wi-Fi before you have to pay.

 

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport- Kids Area

There’s a kids area next to the simit cart with plane aesthetics.

Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area
Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge, Istanbul Airport Kids Area

 

Conclusion

The Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at Istanbul Airport (IST) is huge and comes with delicious food on top. The only disappointing aspect of this lounge is their private suite policy that restrict passengers with more than 9 hours of layover. Since Turkish Airlines fly to the most countries out of all airlines, it’s quite easy to be able to visit this lounge with the right points & miles redemption.

 

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