Amsterdam Schiphol KLM Crown Lounge (April 2011)

April 12, 2011

Previous posts for my quasi-‘Round the World trip:

On Delta, if you are a Gold Medallion or higher, you get Skyteam Elite Plus status, which allows you access to many partner lounges around the world even if you are flying in economy.  You are also allowed one guest in addition to yourself.  But I have two guests?  What should I do? A few possibilities came into my head:

  1. Elite pluses have access to both KLM lounges in AMS, so I could guest one of my friends in the first lounge, leave them there, then my other friend and I go to the other lounge, and we stay there until our flight leaves.  That separates us, but it would guarantee access for all of us.  The other problem is that the lounges are really far apart from each other.  The only way to get to both is by walking, and it was at least a 10-15 minute walk.
  2. I could try negotiating with with the lounge agent to see if I can guest both of them in.  But I would need to be really persuasive and charming.  And after staying up all night, I wasn’t feeling it.
  3. Or I could stand near the entrance and eye up somebody who looks like another Elite Plus member, and ask them if they could guest my 2nd friend in since we were only allowed one guest.

After discussing our best option, I decided to try to find another passenger to guest one of them in.  If that didn’t work out after a few minutes we would go with option #1.  Luckily, I saw some briskly walking to the lounge, and politely negotiated him to guest one of my friends in.  SCORE!!!

They both slept in the airport that night, I stayed up all night in the hostel, and we were all dying to take a shower.  Soon after check-in, we put our names on the list for the shower rooms.  We had to wait 2 people before it got to the 3 of us.  No problem.  Give me time to enjoy a mimosa or 4, and check out the lounge.  This lounge was ENORMOUS.  It could easily be the same, if not bigger, than ALL the Delta Sky Club’s in Atlanta put together (There are 8 lounges in ATL).  I should’ve checked the capacity, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it could easily accommodate 500.

Area to the right of check-in

First area to the left of check-in

Researching a little bit after writing this post shows the capacity of this lounge is 840.

There were 3 large areas, two to the left of the check in desk, and one to the right.  If I remember correctly, going all the way to the end of the area on the right, there was a whole other section that was closed for cleaning or something like that.  We camped out next to the window in the farthest area to the left of the check-in desk.

View of the tarmac from our camp

Each of the sections to the left of the desk had their own food and drink set up.  The one to the right had the showers and bathrooms there, and the closest food/beverage station for them would have been the closed section.  We were only there for their breakfast set up, but of course there was still a full selection of drinks.

One of the food/drink stations

Other side of food/drink station

"Pasta salade pesto en rucola...Pasta salad pesto and rocket"

Cream of Tomato soup and Beef broth soup. Some green onions for garnish. Was a little excited, until there was no tomato soup available.

Hard boiled eggs & French toast. They didn't provide any syrup. 😦 The toast only had some sugar on it.

Eggs, toast, a banana, and a mimosa. Breakfast of champions.

When we first arrived in AMS before seeing the city, I did swing by the lounge quickly to check it out and use the internet for a minute.  So I was able to take a few pics of what they served for lunch.

Didn't get the exact names, but the top was like mashed potatoes, and the bottom was a rice dish.

After my 2nd mimosa, it was my turn for the showers.

Shower room

The amenities weren’t that great compared to the LHR (London Heathrow) Skyteam lounge showers, but large rain shower head definitely made up for it.


6 Responses to “Amsterdam Schiphol KLM Crown Lounge (April 2011)”

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  4. Great planning! I had a total FAIL with exactly the same situation. My 2 guests were my husband & son, who’s 7. I’m STE + like you. They refused to allow me to pay for a second guest, or use miles. This, after flying 14 hours. My patience was absolutely tapped out. It was a bad scene. No love for Elites of their business partners apparently! Additionally they were checking everyone’s documents like they were guarding f****** Fort Knox instead of a third-rate shabby rec room.

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