Prior to taking a flight from Istanbul to Vienna, I had a chance to visit all three Priority Pass lounges in the international terminal of Ataturk airport. The first one I hopped into was the HSBC Premier Lounge.
To get to the lounge, you have to turn right after security. When you reach the food court area, you will see a pair of escalators.
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The HSBC Premier Lounge is one level above – on the second floor.
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After entering the lounge – which is basically one large room, I was welcomed at the reception desk where my Priority Pass card was swiped.
To the left of the reception was a hallway leading to the restrooms. There were also some lockers for personal belongings and smartphone chargers.
To the right of the reception, there was a small business center with four computers and a printer.
In the main part of the lounge, on the left side, there was the dining area with a buffet (more about that further down) and some counter-height seating as well as dining tables.
The rest of the HSBC Premier Lounge is more or less a relaxation zone with a variety of sofa and lounging chairs – some with a view of the terminal. And, some with a view of a large TV.
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Food & Drinks Selection
Going back to the buffet, it offered an acceptable selection of drinks and snacks.
There was a soda dispenser with the usual Coca-Cola products, a couple of juices, and tea and coffee.
There was also some wine, liquor, and even beer on tap.
As for food, there were some cold snacks – including cookies, pastries, cakes, bread, and salads.
On the warm side, there was one dish and tomato soup.
HSBC Premier Lounge Istanbul Summary
Overall, while the HSBC Premier Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk airport is decent, if you are a Priority Pass holder, I would suggest you to visit the Primeclass CIP Lounge. Of course, if you have the unlimited membership, there is no reason not to give this lounge a quick visit too – the cheese cake was pretty good!
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