BKK: Bangkok Thai Airways Concourse E West
Thai Airways Lounge Concourse E West lounge is a Royal Orchid, rather than a Royal Silk lounge – and you may well ask, what do you get extra. The answer seems to be – slightly comfier seats, and an extra bottle of wine on the table.
But then again, it was designed for First Class Thai passengers, but now when the Royal Silk lounge opposite is shut during the day this lounge takes all comers: First, Business, even Star Alliance Gold who have been kicked out of the main lounge. As a result the lounge has a kind of “drag ‘em in off the street” feel, particularly if you are here before the main departures at midnight when this place gets packed. SAS also use it as their main lounge in Bangkok (and it makes you badly miss the old airport, where SAS used to operate their own small lounge).
This lounge also boasts the most stupidly designed slumber rooms of any lounge. They are hard up against the far wall, where one wall is a sheet of glass, with no curtains or anything. The sun glares in. As a result, no one ever uses them. There are also a couple of Private sitting rooms: they are generally reserved for the Thai Military.
The good news in this lounge is that the showers (at the back of the lounge: turn right as you go in) are here.
The central part of the lounge had lots of leather armchairs: there are a few purple cloth armchairs near the entrance.
FoodThere is the usual spread of food on the table in the middle of the main lounge, but somehow it always manages to be better than the food in the other Concourse E lounge.
There are the usual pastries, in a heated cupboard. This is quite good, with everything from sausages in a bun, to mixed meat pastries.
There is a salad bar: this one is pretty decent: there is also ham and cheese. There are also the usual sandwiches in plastic.
At breakfast time, there is quite a spread, with bacon, eggs, sausages, and tomatos.
BarMuch is made of the Bar in this lounge, however it is pretty poor: worse even than the C lounges.
The bar consists of a small tray of spirits, with Chivas Regal, Drambuie, Martini (x3). However there is the sheer joy of wine in this lounge: that's the Royal Orchid difference. True, the wine is poor, but at least there is some.
There is a fridge with cans of Carlsberg, Chang and Singa beer. Alas, wine here rarely makes an appearance.
BathroomsThis lounge has showers: and well used they are too. There is often quite an extensive queue to access them. They are up the corridor to the right of reception: ask the cleaners (they sit in the cupboard) for the next available shower: they will also provide towels.
Business FacilitiesThe computers are OK here, but there are only three of them. It can be a fight to get access at night.
There are three in small cubicals overlooking the windows, with private printers, but the general hubub of the lounge precludes work: the lounge in C-East is better.
There is free fast wifi in the lounge.
This lounge is poor for newspapers, with only a few international papers here; mainly German.
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