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Colombo</B> The Emirates Lounge - Araliya Business Class Lounge Nov 2011
Colombo Araliya Business Class Lounge
The Emirates lounge in Colombo is the Araliya Lounge for First, Business and Skywards Gold passengers, which is shared with other airlines like Thai, Qatar and Singapore. It is also the HSBC Premier Lounge in Colombo. At times it can get very busy, however the Emirates Colombo Lounge keeps on changing. It was the Serendib lounge for a long time, but now finally it is the Araliya Lounge.

To find the lounge once through security walk upstairs from the gates, and then as you walk in you think isn't this dull. It has the atmosphere of an office reception, with dull blue carpet, and chairs that are straight out of a two star hotel lobby. The single (plastic) pot plant, and the glass topped coffee tables with (plastic) flowers add to the rather grim atmosphere. There are windows overlooking the apron, but with the aircon on full, there is a constant mist of condensation running down the glass. At least there is a decent telly, showing BBC World.

Food

There's quite a lot of food, although the presentation is as barren as the seating area, arranged along a dark wooden sideboard, in the hole at the far end of the lounge. The only redeeming feature is the hot food cabinet, which offers some decent mainly Sri Lankan curries, plus a few sandwiches.
Colombo The Emirates Lounge - Araliya Business Class Lounge Nov 2011
Colombo Araliya Business Class Lounge

In the main chiller on the centre cabinet the sausage and pineapple salad has to be eaten to be believed. Try the desserts and you'll never live to regret it. To top this off, there are three main dining room tables, also glass toped, with the most uncomfortable metal chairs you'll ever find in a lounge.

Colombo</B> The Emirates Lounge - Araliya Business Class Lounge Nov 2011
Colombo Araliya Business Class Lounge bar

Bar

At right angles to this is the bar, which is pretty basic. There are two bottles of wine: one red, one white (in the bucket) which are typically Indian wine: Indian SavyB anyone? It is truly dreadful. There are also eight spirits, arranged on a red table cloth, with cheap mainstream brands such as Red Label and Bacardi.

Business Facilities

There are computers in the Araliya Colombo lounge, with 6 internet terminals in high wooden desks, which have large signs asking you to avoid drinking or eating at the desks, despite which people do, and other passengers let their children play on the computers for hours: getting hold of one to do some work can be a problem. Opposite the computers are newspaper racks with Sri Lankan newspapers and Emirates inflight magazines.
Colombo</B> The Emirates Lounge - Araliya Business Class Lounge Nov 2011
Colombo Araliya Business Class Lounge, the food and dining area

Bathrooms

There are toilets and showers in the lounge, however the showers don't have any shampoo or soap: indeed, getting hold of a towel can be a problem, because many people take a shower here before eating & getting on the late night planes. Seeing how hot and sweaty Colombo is, that isn't really surprising. Colombo is also the main jumping off point for many people before starting a cheap RTW ticket.
Colombo</B> The Emirates Lounge - Araliya Business Class Lounge Nov 2011
Colombo Araliya Business Class Lounge computers

This is easy to do, as you don't have to go landside on arrival in Colombo, but to allow for a misconnect, many passengers spend hours here after their arrival before the first flight of the RTW starts: as a result, there can be many people sleeping here before the 2am departure to Dubai: a favourite of the RTW crowd.

Araliya Lounge Colombo
Food:
►OK food, mainly salads and pastries.
►Plenty of hit dishes in the evening
►Salads in the fridge.
Bar:
►Free alcohol, free pour
►Beer: Sol, Heiniken, Pride
►2 red & 2 whites
►No Champagne
Business Facilities:
►three fast PCs, printer
Entertainment:
One TVs in lounge. Newspaper rack.
Showers & Bathrooms:
In lounge, one shower
Other airlines using the Independent Araliya Lounge:
► Emirates lounge Colombo
► Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge Colombo
► Thai Airways Colombo lounge
► Cathay Pacific lounge Colombo
► HSBC Premier Colombo lounge
Independent Araliya Lounge rated: 3 out of 10
from 5 visits by loungeindex taking 23 images.
 
 

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