This article is part of my trip report 'Westward bound'. The trip report index will appear below once all posts have been published.
Turkish Airlines is trying to become a globally competitive airline and is adding a new country to it's list of destinations almost every week.
Istanbul airport is small airport which makes frequent use of buses to get people to their respective gate.
To support their claim the airline has invested into a new lounge and have created something really unique. The lounge feels just very different and 'warm'. It has it's own movie theater, a kids club and hundreds of seating options.
Pastries and bread rolls are baked directly on site (you can see them go up in the oven!) and hot food is directly prepared in the lounge. It stops short of table service but the self-service buffet is impressive and has a number of high quality items.
It features a really interesting interior architecture and has plenty of natural light. The Internet works fast even when crowded.
Access to the lounge is for guests flying Turkish Airlines Business Class and for Star Gold flyers.
Although I only had about half an hour – I was thoroughly impressed by the lounge – it's a mini airport in its own. Next time I will opt for a 'lounger layover' in Istanbul!