Trip To Panama Flying in Turkish Airlines Business Class
Last month, Mike and I traveled to Panama for the first time where we stayed four nights in the beautiful capital, Panama City. We flew with Turkish Airlines in business class although we had to originate from Budapest instead of Stockholm since the fare was much cheaper starting from the Hungarian capital. Between Stockholm and Budapest, we took the direct flight on Norwegian. Since I have Diamond status with Hilton, we stayed at the Hilton Panama and Waldorf Astoria Panama where we got upgraded to a Master Suite during our stay at the Hilton Panama. We also had a chance to stay at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel which was also a nice hotel, although not as nice as the two Hilton properties we stayed at. When in Panama, you should never miss doing the Panama Canal Tour as it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Take note that they don't have tours everyday so make sure you check the availability beforehand. Our trip to Panama was one of the best trips we've had and having flown in Turkish Airlines business class, it couldn't have been better!
Photoreview: Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul Arrival (IST)
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Review: Turkish Airlines Business Class, Istanbul to Budapest
Date of visit: September 25, 2016
Location: Second floor, entrance is beside Coffee Bean near gate 21
Access: Copa Business Class passengers departing on a same day flight; Copa ConnectMiles Prefer Member Gold, Platinum and Presidential Platinum members departing on a same day flight operated by Copa Airlines; Business Class passengers departing on an international Star Alliance flight (no guests); First Class passengers departing on an international Star Alliance flight (+1 guest)
Star Alliance Gold Members (+1 guest); United Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (+1 guest); Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (no guests); Club Acela cardholders
Opening hours: Daily, 5:45am to 9:45pm
Work & Entertainment
Wifi is complimentary and there are also magazines and newspapers as well as a TV room.
View of the terminal
Having read a few reviews of this lounge on the internet before my visit, I was curious if they actually were true. The lounge actually has its peak hours (just like any other lounge) and when we arrived, there was almost no place to seat and the food on the buffet was disappearing faster than they could get replenished. But as soon as the crowd has gone, the lounge felt more like a lounge again with plenty of available seating and the food was adequate. Of course, the food selection during breakfast was basic as they only had cereals, breads, jams, fruits and after that, there were snacks served. Still it is a good place to stay at while waiting for your flight, specially for those who have kids as they have a family room. The lounge has also two showers. Overall, a nice lounge.