November 24, 2015

Review: KLM Crown Lounge 52 Intercontinental, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)


KLM Crown Lounge 52 entrance

Date of visit: November 18, 2015

Location: Non-Schengen Area, 2nd floor
Access:  Flying Blue Platinum, Gold and Skyteam Elite Plus cardholders + 1 guest; Business Class passengers flying on Air France/KLM and other Skyteam member airlines
Opening hours:  Daily from 4:45am until the last KLM flight departs

Seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

KLM Crown Lounge 52 seating

Dining

KLM Crown Lounge 52 buffet area

KLM Crown Lounge 52 buffet area (on the newer section)

KLM Crown Lounge 52 dining area

KLM Crown Lounge 52, warm buffet offering meatballs among others which I thought were really salty.

KLM Crown Lounge 52 cold buffet including pickled cucumber and salads during lunch and cheese and salami during breakfast

KLM Crown Lounge 52 warm buffet during lunch:

Chicken Thigh with Beans and Pickles
Vegetarian Stew with tofu

Chicken Soup
Vegetarian Soup

Warm buffet during breakfast:

Kaiserschmann with Apple Compote and Vanilla Sauce
Hard Boiled Eggs

KLM Crown Lounge 52 cold buffet

KLM Crown Lounge 52 salami and cheese

KLM Crown Lounge 52 snacks and drinks station

Bar

KLM Crown Lounge 52 bar

KLM Crown Lounge 52 self-serve bar

KLM Crown Lounge 52 bar

KLM Crown Lounge 52 bar

Business Center

KLM Crown Lounge 52 business corner with printer, fax and PCs

KLM Crown Lounge 52 business center with PCs. There is complimentary wifi throughout the lounge.

KLM Crown Lounge 52 business center with PCs

Smoking Room

KLM Crown Lounge 52 smoking room

Wardrobe & Locker

 KLM Crown Lounge 52 open wardrobe and 12 lockers with no keys

Shower room & Toilet

KLM Crown Lounge 52 shower room

KLM Crown Lounge 52, one of ten shower rooms

KLM Crown Lounge 52 shower room amenities including shaving kit, toothbrush, comb and shower cap from The Spa Collection

KLM Crown Lounge 52 gentlemen's toilet

CONCLUSION

First, I have to say that this lounge is really huge, with lots of seating space. It was a bit busy during my visit but it was no problem finding a seat as there were just lots of it. The lounge itself boasts of using energy efficient light bulbs with the lounge's modern design matching it. With complimentary wifi and charging facilities in almost every seat, I was able to do some work as well. I thought the food selection from the buffet during breakfast and lunch was good but could be improved, as is the case on most European lounges. On the other hand, the drinks selection (alcoholic and non alcoholic) was probably in par with other lounges offerings. There are 10 shower rooms which according to their website uses a special circulation system that warms the water which is a plus. Unfortunately, I had to wait for more than an hour before I could use one. There is also a rest area where one can have a nap although no announcements are made so you basically have to set your own alarm in order to avoid missing your flight. A smoking room is located on the far left corner of the lounge. Strangely enough, they have lockers located to the left of the reception but there are no keys to lock them. Overall, the KLM Crown Lounge 52 is a nice lounge worth a visit before a long flight.


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