I was connecting in Madrid (MAD) on to a British Airways 767 flight to London-Heathrow (LHR) and had a little under 2 hours to kill before catching my next flight. As British Airways does not operate their own lounge in Madrid, I headed for the Iberia Sala VIP Velazquez Lounge.
As I mentioned before, I opted to redeem American Airlines miles for my return trip in business class. Thanks to my business class ticket, I had complimentary access to the Iberia Lounge in Madrid. Since I also hold OneWorld Sapphire status, I would have had complimentary access to this lounge as well even on an economy class ticket. It does not appear that you can purchase a day pass for the Iberia Lounges, though I would imagine if you went in to the lounge that they would have a day pass rate.
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After quickly deplaning from my Iberia flight from Lisbon, I headed towards the gate for my flight to London. The Iberia Sala VIP Velazquez Lounge was located in the middle of the duty free area, which was a bit strange. I actually walked right past the entrance without even realizing it. The entrance features frosted glass and lists all those that have entrance to this lounge on the door.
Upon entering the lounge, I was quickly checked in by a friendly associate who welcomed me to the lounge. The first thing I noticed was how bright and open the lounge was. The lounge finishes were absolutely gorgeous as well and everything looked brand new.
Immediately upon walking in, I was greeted by a huge screen that was rotating through all of the departures.
You enter the lounge in the middle and there are two nearly identically set up sides.
Each side featured a large variety of leather chairs and tables and there was ample space available even though the lounge seemed to have a good amount of people in it.
The far sides of the lounge each featured a buffet spread that offered eggs, bacon, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, deli meats, fish and cheeses.
Each side of the lounge also offered a selection of local sausages, fresh breads with butter and jam available and light pastries.
There were also a few cups of instant noodles available.
There was also a small selection of cereal and muffins.
As usual, there was a selection of fresh juices, milks and a coffee machine.
Each side of the lounge also featured a massive cooler that contained pre-made sandwiches and wraps, fresh cheese, desserts, yogurt, soft drinks, waters and beer.
Overall, I was massively impressed with the spread that was on offer and the freshness of everything that they had available. I have spent my fair share of time in a lot of lounges and can easily say this was hands down one of the best when it comes to food and drinks.
Each side of the lounge also had a large self-serve bar that was set up with a variety of liquors, wines, champagne and mixers.
One thing that I thought was a nice touch was that each side of the lounge featured a small kids play area. Although I prefer my lounges kid-free, I thought it was nice that they offered this small area for the kids to play in.
There was also a meeting room that could be reserved ahead of time. I would not have thought a feature like this would get much use, but there were people in it the entirety of my stay in the lounge.
On the far side of the lounge was also a television area set up with some leather chairs and glass end tables. This area was completely empty throughout my stay, but I do like that this lounge offered such a wide variety of seating options.
I grabbed a cup of coffee and a bottle of water and took in the tarmac views for a bit.
I hopped on the wifi to kill some time and although the lounge had a good number of people in it, the wifi was fast. My one complaint was that this lounge suffered from a lack of power outlets and there were no international converters in sight. I have a hard time with this issue given the global society we live in. If this was a domestic terminal, I could understand it. But for an international terminal, I expected at least a few international style plugs.
As with everything else in the lounge, the restrooms were spotlessly clean as well and carried through the modern style touches.
I ended up spending a little over an hour in the lounge before deciding to go meander through the terminal to kill some time before my next flight. I was definitely impressed by the Iberia Sala VIP Velazquez Lounge though and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone traveling through Madrid on a OneWorld flight!
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the Iberia Lounge. The tarmac views were fantastic, the lounge was new, spacious and extremely clean, the wifi was fast and the food and drinks spread was impressive. I would definitely not hesitate to book a long layover in Madrid just for this lounge!
What is your favorite lounge at Madrid Airport?
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