After a fantastic stay at the Element, I called an Uber to take me to Schipol Airport. On the way there, someone nearly ran my Uber driver off the road and he proceeded to deviate between English and Dutch in calling the other driver every name in the book. A ride AND a show!
After quickly checking in at a kiosk for my flight, I asked to be directed to the business class security line. I was extremely happy that I asked as the regular security line was easily five hundred people deep, while the business class line had only one other person in it. I was through security in a matter of minutes and headed towards the KLM Royal Crown Lounge.
KLM and Air France share an awards program called FlyingBlue, so they are pretty intertwined with each other. As a result, Air France does not maintain a lounge at Amsterdam (AMS) Airport. Instead, all Air France flights utilize the KLM Lounges. Since I was traveling on a business class ticket, I had complimentary access to the lounge. SkyTeam elites (Elite Plus only) also have complimentary access to this lounge. In the event you are not traveling on a business class ticket or do not hold SkyTeam elite status, you can buy access to this lounge for between 25 and 45 Euros.
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I followed the escalators up towards the lounge and food court area. At the top of the escalators, to the left was the entrance to the KLM Royal Crown Lounge.
As was my experience with the check-in at the KLM Crown Lounge in Houston (IAH), the associate who checked me in was not especially friendly. The check-in was quick though and within a minute I entered the massive lounge. I opted to head towards the back right of the lounge to drop my bag as it seemed a bit quieter. Heading towards the back of the lounge, I passed the dining area which offered a large amount of dining seating options.
I made my way towards the back where there numerous rows of comfortable leather seats.
I quickly dropped my bag and headed for the food spread to see what was on offer. The food spread was in a big oval shape and started with a selection of juices and milk.
That was followed by some coffee machines, a selection of teas and cookies, as well as some wrapped candies.
Continuing on there was a selection of whole fruit, as well as some deli meats and cheeses.
That was followed by a selection of soups with fresh bread.
Next to the soup were a selection of vegetable and pasta/potato salads.
There was also a small selection of salty snacks like nuts and pretzels.
Lastly, there was a selection of donuts and cookies.
Across from the buffet was a small bar that housed a selection of spirits, wine, champagne and soda.
And, of course, no KLM lounge is complete without some delicious Heineken on tap!
After wandering through the buffet, I headed towards the other section of the lounge that offered a large selection of seating, along with another smaller buffet.
The far side of the lounge offered a cool circular television room that featured everything from sporting events to news.
Just outside the television area was another large seating area with some various seating choices.
Past that was a small bank of computers for use.
In the back left hand corner of the lounge was a sealed off smoking room. Surprisingly, even though there were several people in and out of the room the entire time I was in the lounge, I never once smelled cigarette smoke.
The far back right corner featured another small seating area with the comfortable chairs.
I ended up grabbing a Heineken (or three) and caught up on some e-mails.
The wifi remained fast even though the lounge ended up getting packed towards the end of my stay. My one complaint though was there were no USB or international style power plugs anywhere to be found in the lounge. Since this part of the terminal serviced international departures, I was actually a bit surprised by this.
After a few hours in the lounge, I headed towards my gate excited to finally fly on the quirky A318 for the short hop to Paris (CDG)!
The Royal Crown Lounge was definitely one of the larger lounges I have ever been in. But, with the exception of international style plugs, it had absolutely everything a traveler could want. It was not so exceptional that I would go out of my way to spend extra time at this lounge, but it also was not a lounge that I would mind spending a long layover in.
What is your favorite lounge at AMS?
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