Review: British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Visited March 2018

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol

Where is it?

The British Airways Lounge is located in the non-Schengen transit hall between departure lounges 2 and 3 and between concourse D and E. The entrance is two floors above the main transit hall and shopping area and can be reached using the lifts, stairs or escalators.

All lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol also have a number which are used on all signs. The British Airways Lounge is called “Lounge 40”.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Signs for the lounge

How do I get in?

The standard OneWorld rules apply which means that access is provided to passengers travelling in business class or first class with British Airways or another OneWorld carrier. Access is also given to British Airways Silver and Gold members as well as OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald member travelling the same day with British Airways or another OneWorld airline.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
The entrance with the small lobby and reception desk

What’s it like?

The lounge in Amsterdam has the lastest British Airways Galleries Lounge design with most of the design in black, grey and dark brown. Compared to the older Terraces design the newest Galleries design is fairly simple and minimalistic, yet quite elegant.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Inside the lounge with the dining area

There are several seating areas in the lounge placed along the panorama windows facing the apron. The lounge is basically divided into two different sections with the first section after the entrance and reception desk with the self-service buffet and dining area. This section is suitable for quick visits, for guests who just want to grab a snack or a coffee or check the e-mails.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Seating areas in the second section of the lounge

The second section is located behind a wall and is a more relaxed space with sofas, armchairs and TVs. A section suitable for longer visits and for passengers who want to relax in the lounge.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Armchairs overlooking the apron

Food and drinks

The self-service buffet area is located to the right after the entrance and is quite spacious. However the selection is not as impressive as in some (or even most) other British Airways lounges. In fact it is rather disappointing and really not up to the standard normally offered by British Airways in their lounges.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
The self-service buffet area

The selection of food is surprisingly basic and limited to soup, bread rolls with cheese and ham, some cold cuts, croissants, pastries and basic cocktail snacks such as nuts and crisps. There is very little substantial to eat.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Food and snacks at the buffet

The drinks selection is slightly better but still far from spectacular. Beer, red and white wine as well as a standard selection of spirits are available. There are also two coffee machines and of course the standard selection of soft drinks.

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
The drinks selection

Facilities

Newspapers and magazines are available, there are several TVs and of course there is free wireless internet.

Restrooms are located just outside the entrance. No showers are available.

Anything else not to miss?

The best part of the lounge is definitely the great and completely unobstructed view of the apron and two of the runways through the large panorama windows, which go all the way from the entrance and the reception desk to the seating areas at the opposite end of the lounge.

If you enjoy watching the action on the apron this is probably the best place at the entire airport (although the view from the Aspire Lounge nextdoors is not bad either).

British Airways Lounge, Amsterdam Schiphol
Wonderful view of the apron and the runways

Final impression

The new British Airways Galleries lounge design is quite stylish but the selection of food and drinks is disappointing for a BA lounge. The best part of the lounge is easily the wonderful view of the apron and the runways.

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