My flight home from Boston to Dallas departed at 2:40 pm. Needing to check out by noon, I took the 11:30 Logan Express to the airport, arriving around noon. Check-in and security only took a few minutes, leaving me plenty of time to explore The Lounge at BOS, a Priority Pass lounge located in Terminal C.
The Lounge at BOS
Terminal C, across from Gate C19. From the Terminal C security checkpoint, turn left, then immediately right towards gates C11-C21.
If you’re in Terminal E, you can access Terminal C via a walkway just past Gate E1. However, the lounge is NOT reachable from gates C40 through C42.
Emirates, Aer Lingus, and TAP Air Portugal business class passengers, in addition to Priority Pass, Diners Club, and Lounge Club cardholders, may access The Lounge at BOS. Any passenger, regardless of class of service, can purchase a day pass for $40 at http://www.theclubairportlounges.com.
I stupidly forgot my Priority Pass card at home, something I actually realized back in Madrid. I also never bothered to download the app, so no luck there, either. Though it wasn’t an issue before, I really didn’t want to sit in the terminal for 2 ½ hours. Thankfully, the lounge offers access to Diners Club cardholders, and I did bring that with me. Yes, I am one of maybe 8 people that still carries a Diners Club, though it saved my bacon this time.
A friendly agent welcomed me inside, and then I started my search for a seat. Which wasn’t hard, as there was only one other person inside. The lounge consists of one large corridor, with most seating to the right of the entrance. This area contains a variety of seating options, whether you’re traveling alone or with a group.
A Segafredo coffee machine and a water station is along the wall to the right. I didn’t try using the machine, so I can’t comment on the quality.
In the back is a departures board with current flight information. No flight announcements are made inside the lounge, so you’ll want to periodically watch the board.
Meanwhile, at the very back of the lounge – a handful of very comfortable lounging chairs with ottomans. This is where I made myself comfortable for my ~90 minute stay. Power outlets are located on the floor between every two chairs.
Notice anything conspicuously missing? Unfortunately, it’s views of the airport. Though the lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, closed shades meant no exterior views. Bummer, because I bet it’s a nice view. Hopefully you’ll encounter better luck outside of midday, when the sun isn’t as bright.
Meanwhile, immediately to the left of the entrance lies a staffed bar, underneath the TV. Or should I say, staffed in theory. Nobody was there seemingly half the time during my visit.
To the left, down the opening in front of the bar, you’ll find the food selection. It’s pretty underwhelming, featuring a fruit basket, sweet and salty snacks, some cheese, and a few vegetables. The cheese was alright, and the veggies were fresh at least. But if you need something substantial, you’ll have to get something in the terminal. Meanwhile, a lounge attendant did make his way back to where I was sitting more than half an hour after I arrived, and I asked for a beer. 45 minutes later, still no beer. Grrr…..
In front of the bar is a dining area with several tables for four, along with a few seats along the window. No doubt, the window seats would make for an awesome spot for planespotting when the shades are up. The lounge also provides a couple of computers for public use on the window-side tables. My one complaint, though, is that the setup looks a little too much like an office break room. Heck, it’s almost identical to the lunch room in my former office. Maybe that’s intentional, but I don’t think it works.
No showers are available at this lounge. The free WiFi is reasonably fast; I managed a couple of Vonage calls without issue.
The Lounge at BOS – Final Thoughts
While comfortable enough, particularly the loungers in the back, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this lounge. It suffers from a subpar food and drink selection, and service was terrible considering how few people were there. More importantly, if you’re flying jetBlue, their terminal space is pretty nice in its own right. More on that in a future post. Overall, I found the lounge disappointing, especially since The Club at ATL is pretty good. Next time, I’ll try the other Priority Pass lounge at BOS, the Air France lounge in Terminal E. Also operated by LoungeClub, it looks like a better option.
Note: this post is part of a multi-part trip report series covering my short trip to Europe in November, 2016. Click here for the introductory post and trip report index.