This is my review of the Sala Velazquez Iberia VIP Lounge at Madrid Barajas Airport.
After two days in Madrid it was time for me to fly to my last destination of this trip: Frankfurt. That flight, on a LATAM 787 with a flat bed seat, was actually pretty cool – but more on that tomorrow.
I checked in at the LATAM counter at Madrid’s Terminal 4 and was handed a paper invitation for the Sala Velazquez VIP Lounge. Click on any of the pictures to enlarge:
The lounge is at terminal 4S and you have to take a train to the RSU gates.
Once you arrive take the escalator up, turn left:
…. and walk through the Duty Free shop. The entrance to the lounge is on the left.
Similar to the Iberia Dali VIP Lounge at Terminal 4 which I reviewed last May, the lounge consists of two identical parts and you can either go to the left or to the right at reception.
For clarity, this lounge can only be accessed by premium or status passengers. It is not part of Priority Pass or Lounge Club although those schemes have access to five other lounges across the airport.
Next to the reception was a selection of magazines and newspapers:
The lounge had a very good amount of seats and the fact that it is effectively two lounges in one means that it should rarely be an issue finding a seat.
There was a separate TV room:
…. and an area with computers.
The open bar in the middle of the lounge had a good selection of spirits:
The wine bar at the far end is probably the highlight of the Velazquez lounge. It’s by far the largest selection of wines I’ve ever seen in an airport lounge!
Breakfast is from 9am, lunch from 2pm and dinner from 9:30pm. I arrived at the lounge just before lunch (by UK standards, it was already lunchtime) and the Velazquez Cafe still had the breakfast buffet out. There were cereals, pastries, yoghurt and juices.
At 2pm the lunch buffet was brought out. As well as a good salad buffet there were spanish tortillas and pasta bakes.
All in all the lounge looked decent, however I was a bit surprised that this chair had not been replaced:
To give you a better impression of what you can expect, here is a short YouTube video of the Sala Velazquez Iberia VIP Lounge Madrid Airport. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not automatically appear below.
The Sala Velazquez Iberia VIP Lounge at Madrid Airport is spacious with a good selection of food and drinks.
Let’s be honest. It isn’t going to win awards for design or style. That said, I thought it had a welcoming atmosphere and the large window front brightens the room.
You might expect a little more in terms of flair for the ‘home’ lounge of a global airline, but the average HFP reader won’t be passing through there every week. You’ll get a seat, you won’t go thirsty and you won’t go hungry.
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