After a wonderful flight on KLM from Los Angeles on the beautiful 747, my brother and I had a couple of hours to waste at the Amsterdam Airport. After quickly exploring the plethora of shops, outdoor terraces, replicate airplanes on the roofs, green spaces, and the casino (there’s so much to do at Schipol!) my brother and I decided to visit the KLM crown room.
While at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit two KLM lounges. We first visited the KLM Crown Lounge at gate 52 and then the European travel sector lounge at gate 25. Both lounges offered the same amenities, but the lounge at gate 52 was MUCH larger.
Lounge 52 is an oversize lounge that is extremely modern and chic. Its runway and taxiways views are top notch and the “L” shape lounge has a plethora of natural light flowing in from all sides making the place look more alive. There are a number of self-service food & beverage stations (3 if I recall correctly) all offering the same food and beverages. The alcohol selection is great, including a number of international spirits and locally made BOLS liquor, along with white, red, and sparkling wine. Food choices were not as great, but still better than what is found in most US based lounges, offering fresh bread, cheeses, deli meats, and other small items, all great for snacking. The same food and beverage items were also available in the smaller Lounge at gate 25.
Lounge 52 also had a large relaxation room, with large bed-like chairs perfect for napping between flights. Just be aware that no wake up service is provided, and since the room is so dark, one could easily sleep for hours if they do not set an alarm!
Both lounges also offer a business center with newer computers and printers. Wifi is available throughout both lounges and is free of charge. Also, for those of you who need to shower before or after a flight, both lounges have a number of well-equipped showers that may be booked from the information desk
Overall both lounges are very nice, offer just about everything that a traveler needs to relax before boarding a flight. It’s also nice to see that KLM does not provide less food and beverage options in the European travel sector (Schengen region) lounge.
(All Pictures were from Lounge 52)
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