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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.