The lounge situation at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport isn’t great, since part of the terminal burnt down a few years ago. Two years ago, South African Regional Business Class gave me a voucher for a rather terrible coffee shop instead of any lounge access. Now Turkish Airlines has invested in a proper lounge at the International Terminal 1E – the Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge.
This lounge is accepting Star Alliance Gold members for any flights (like my flight on Ethiopian Airlines). The lounge shares most of the design elements with the business class lounge at Istanbul Airport. It looks brand new and the design is just marvelous.
However, this is where the greatness of this lounge ends. The food is very mediocre (and not up to the excellent Turkish standards) and the WiFi is slow and cuts in and out. It’s also really loud in there, from the work being done underneath the terminal building.
The best thing to do (if you drink) is to grab some beers, put your headphones on and zone out of the lounge as quickly as possible.