Full house at the Crown Lounge

Author: Mange  |  Category: KLM, KLM Crown Lounge

I was surprised to see so many people in the lounge today. I thought that the volcano ashes were to blame but according to supervisor Marijke Rietveld – Nederveen, this is normal for this time of day and day of week.

There are two KLM Crown Lounges at Schiphol, Marijke explains. One european and one international. Apparently the international one is bigger. This lounge remains to be explored though.

Today I kindly asked permission to take a picture of the girl sitting at the front desk and Mascha was kind enough to consent.

Sala Pau Casals at Barcelona [BCN]

Author: Mange  |  Category: Barcelona [BCN], Sala Pau Casals, Sky Team Lounges

Barely visible behind a tall counter sits Sara to greet the guests of the Sala Pau Casals. The temperature is a bit too warm for my taste but probably comfortable to natives in Barcelona.

Aeroport del Prat means the airport on the field where Prat apparently is the name of the area which literally means plain or field.

Sara is a little bit shy and reluctant to have her picture taken but after a few tries I manage to get a non fuzzy one that will fit this review just perfectly.

One nice feature I haven´t seen before are real cosy rest places where you can lie down for a little nap. Nice!

Small bread rolls are served along with snacks such as chips and peanuts. Cold beverages can be found in the fridge. The coke is served in cute 250 ml mini cans.

I go grab a Cafe Cortado and a bottle of water and ask Sara if there are showers in the lounge. She says yes and immediately offers to rent me a towel in case I have none of my own. Nice!

Another nifty thing is the mobile charger station where you can lock up your cell phone in a small compartment containing the power outlet. There are different compartments for different types of phones. Very nice but obsolete once the micro-USB becomes the standard form factor of chargers. You can pay with one or two euro coins.

The stationary computers are really good with a splendid Vaio keyboard and a very sharp high resolution Vaio screen. Nice! Your internet session lasts for an hour and then you can request a new one.

The restrooms are adequate however not as clean as one had hoped. Male guests are dripping on the floor…

The small breadrolls are exchanged for cinnamon rolls and I just have to try the ginormous olives. I eat them “sole” but they are apparently meant for martini condiments. They taste good nonetheless.

I found apples! Nice!

Through the panorama window wall you have a great view of the runway where you can see planes land and take off. A television quite loudly shows Spanish news. The rest area is recommended for some peace and quiet.

Now its time for another Cafe Cortado and a cinnamon roll.

Sala Formentor at Palma de Mallorca [PMI]

Author: Mange  |  Category: AENA Lounges, Lounges, Palma de Mallorca [PMI], Sala Formentor, Sala Miró

When I enter Sala Formentor I am greeted by the beautiful Ana at the service desk. I hand her the slip of passage that was prepared for me at the check in counter and is granted access to the lounge.

To my right is a beautiful display of local mallorcan craftmanship, including Majorica perls, Lladró porcelain and Lafiore glass.

The lounge is not very big but contains everything you need. Comfortable chairs and couches with functional tables. At the far end there is a lofty space where I park my backpack. I have spotted a power outlet on the wall and since I have only a borrowed laptop with no battery, external power is what I need.

The cleaning lady (Matilde) has a beautiful singing voice that she exercises while sweeping the floors with a proud grace and elegance.

Sitting on shelves is an assortment of alcoholic beverages and water bottles. In bowls you can find small bags of snacks. At one end of the lounge there is a larger counter with more beverages and snacks. The counter is flanked by refrigerators containing cold sodas, beer and sandwiches.

The sandwiches are quite small and there are only three present as I serve myself. A hungry cyclist could probably put all three of them in his mouth and swallow without chewing. You can choose between ham or cheese.

On the cookie front you can find Valencianas, a sponge cake that very much resembles Magdalenas, and Quelis, a local biscuit made in Inca according to the very knowledgeable Lola.

A coffee machine from Saeco (first time I see one IRL) offers you spanish coffee, including cafe con leche, cortado and cafe corto. I choose the cappuccino to see if it whips up a mountain of cream atop, just as in Mallorcan cafés. Nope, it doesn’t.

The lighting is soft and cosy and right above my seat is a spotlight that provides me with adequate working light.

I fetch a bowl of peanuts and a bottle of cold water from the fridge and discuss the spanish name of peanuts with Ana and Matilde. In spanish its cacahuetes but sometimes referred as Jamón de Mono (ham of monkey).

The lounge offers wifi (open) and stationary computers that unfortunately have a spanish locale. I click “Aceptar” in a few dialog boxes and hopes that none of my passwords will be saved on the computer.

The restrooms are clean and odorless. In the handicap toilet there is a nursing table and the only negative thing is the odor automaton hanging loose by the urinoar. Still works though.

I take a quick stroll over to the Sala Miró. I am greeted by the pretty Lola that tells me about local Mallorcan beverages. Sweet liquor before dinner and mixed liquor after dinner. And of course, Saccao, the chocolate beverage of choice, according to Lola and Maria Ángeles. Its the best!

At lunch, some more edibles shows up in the fridge. Small cold pizza slices and traditional mallorcan omelett with potatoes and onions.

The things missing in Sala Formentor and Sala Miró are showers and fresh fruits and vegetables and maybe something warm to eat.