Lounge Review: HSBC Premier Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk

Lounge Review: HSBC Premier Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk

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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Istanbul Ataturk Airport Food Court

The entrance to the lounge is located just past this food court sign.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport Lounges

The HSBC Premier Lounge as well as some other lounges are located upstairs.

The HSBC Premier Lounge is one level above – on the second floor.

HSBC Premier Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

HSBC Premier Lounge entrance.

Lounge Overview

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.

HSBC Premier Lounge Reception

Reception desk.
HSBC Premier Lounge Lockers and Phone Chargers

Cellphone chargers and lockers.

To the right of the reception, there was a small business center with four computers and a printer.

HSBC Premier Lounge Business Center

Business center.
Printer

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.

HSBC Premier Lounge Buffet Area

Buffet area.
Buffet

Counters and the buffet area.
Dining Area

Counters and the dining area.

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.

HSBC Premier Lounge Relaxation Area

Lounging area.
Seating

Seating area by the window.
Seating

Seating area by the 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.

HSBC Premier Lounge Drinks

Beer and other drinks.
Drinks

Soft drinks and some fruits.
Drinks

Coffee and tea.

As for food, there were some cold snacks – including cookies, pastries, cakes, bread, and salads.

Pastries

Snacks.
Bread

Bread.
HSBC Premier Lounge Food

Desserts, salads, and sandwiches.

On the warm side, there was one dish and tomato soup.

Hot Meals

Hot food.

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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My Dinner

My “light” dinner – the cheesecake was great!

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