After having a quick bite at the HSBC Lounge during my layover in Istanbul back in April, it was time to continue the Priority Pass lounge hopping. The second port of call was the Comfort Lounge which is located across from the HSBC Lounge.
To get there from the terminal, you need to turn right after the security check and head towards the food court. Once you see the “food court” sign, you will also see a set of escalators.
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The Comfort Lounge is one level above the main floor.
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After checking-in at the reception, I was handed a piece of paper with the wi-fi credentials. The reception is located on the edge of the lounge’s main (and more or less only) part.
In the center of the room (and along the left wall) – taking up most of the available space – was a relaxation area with sofas and lounging chairs. At the time of my visit it was more or less full.
At the far end of the lounge, there was a self-service bar with some counter-height seating.
There was also a buffet area, and a small seating area with dining tables and chairs.
Along the right wall, there was a small business center with four cubicles and a couple of computers. There were also some lockers.
Along the same wall, there was also hallway leading to the restrooms and shower rooms.
The shower itself, it was alright – good pressure, easily adjustable temperature, and so on. The shower room was rather simple with just the shower itself, a mirror, and a dryer – but more than sufficient.
On the other hand the “towel” they provided was a joke. I would definitely have appreciated if they provided real towels rather than single-use thin-cloth “towels” which barely worked. Next time, I will use the shower in Primeclass CIP Lounge (another Priority Pass lounge at the airport) instead.
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Food & Drinks Selection
As for the drinks and food selection, it was quite similar to, if not slightly better than, the HSBC Premier Lounge.
There were bottled Coca-Cola products, juices and beer in a refrigerator below the buffet counter. There was also wine and some hard liquor on the bar.
As for light meals and snacks, there was a selection of pre-packaged bread, fruits, cakes, salads, and cookies.
On the hot side, there was a tomato soup (all three of the lounges I went to had the same one), and also some hot dishes including fish.
Comfort Lounge Istanbul Summary
Overall, the Comfort Lounge offers decent food and drink selection – not topnotch, but comparable with other contract lounges. In addition to that it also offers showers, so is good for the times you need to get refreshed during a transit.
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