Is there a second contender for ‘Smallest Priority Pass Airport Lounge in the World’?!

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Back in July, we brought you some pictures of the Priority Pass lounge at Iguazú Falls airport in Argentina.  Reader Graeme had been passing through – see his report here – and believed it was a strong contender for the title of ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge in the World’.

Here are a couple of shots of the Aeropuertos VIP Club.  You can see Graeme’s point:

iguazu falls vip lounge seating 2

andiguazu falls vip lounge seating

Let’s be honest.  Many of us have more seating at home!  Sadly the lounge has now left Priority Pass so your chance of trying it out has gone.

However, it turns out that there is a new contender for the ‘Smallest Priority Pass Lounge’ prize, and it is a lot nearer than Argentina.

Welcome to the Ireland West Executive Lounge in Knock!

Click on any picture to enlarge – not that there is much else to see 🙂

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Nominated by reader Paul, he reckons that capacity is around eight.

Cunningly, you can only get in by inputting a code on the door which is only available from the airport information desk landside – so if you have already cleared security, you’re stuck.  It is one way of keeping down capacity I suppose.

From the outside, it looks substantially more impressive:

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Of course, with onlya handful of departures per day on average from Knock, you’re unlikely to hit rush hour anyway.

But is any good?

“Sadly the coffee was all instant, the food selection a bit dull, and the room somewhat hot.  Given how relatively empty and relaxed Knock departures was, it didn’t add much for me than a quiet place to get on a couple of calls.”

If you can find somewhere smaller, let us know!

Ireland West lounge Knock Airport

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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  1. I can nominate Male! Not sure how many seats there were (around 8 seems right), but the food was repress by apples, oranges and coffee! Lovely staff though 🙂

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I’d say about a dozen seats at MLE but yeah it’s tiny!

    • I assume you’re referring to Male Domestic terminal? The (only) lounge in the International terminal is somewhat larger with multiple seating areas and an ok (ish) buffet

  2. Douglas Barrett says:

    The Smallest lounge I encountered is at Podgorica Airport. Very much like the lounge in Knock…

  3. Stuttgart, Eli Beinhorn Lounge. I think it’s been mentioned before – and STR is actually a fairly “mainstream” airport, with BA, Air France, KLM, Delta, Turkish among many others.

    • I’ve been to the Stuttgart lounge a few years ago with my young family and it wasn’t even as modern as priority pass app suggests it is now. Seating for 6-8 I reckon, 1 in an old massage chair!!

      • My kids always make fun of it. It’s horrible. I seem to have read it is closed for refurb now?

  4. I refuse to believe any lounge can be smaller than the one at Brno Airport…

    • Brno actually has very decent lounge with table service and absolute privacy….smallest lounge winner for me is Goa airport – two tables coned off in the corner of the only airport bistro there

    • I didn’t realise it actually opened. Always been closed the three times I’ve flown out of there.

  5. Both of these micro lounges remind me of Air Canada’s old Maple Leaf Lounge at YQR (Saskatchewan’s capital Regina) which also required getting the door lock code from a check-in agent.

  6. SKG lounge might be smaller.

  7. Malta Airport – Arrival Lounge. They have a priority pass lounge to wait for your luggages, very small.

  8. Puerto Plata in the Dominican! I may be wrong but I remember 4 seats. Its an arrivals luggage VIP station so there were two staff members and they were wonderful.

  9. Patrick Purcell says:

    I live in Ireland but Cluj in Romania is the smallest lounge that I gave been in.

  10. SATA Lounge, Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal

  11. I think the airside lounge in Marisa Alam is smaller. About 4 seats, 1 member of staff and the only food is pizza from the pizza takeaway next door.

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