ATH: Athens Olympic Airlines Melina Merkouri Lounge

 

Olympic Air Athens Melina Merkouri Lounge July 2008
Athens Olympic Air Melina Merkouri Lounge
The is the much more workaday lounge for the Olympic Airways shorthaul flights around Europe, and domestic. It is however identical is size to the Aristotle Onassis lounge, despite seeing more traffic.

Usefully, it is open 24 hours a day to allow for some of the silly flight times that Olympic has, although between 2am and 5am it is more usually used as a crew rest area. At this time you may almost feel as if you are disturbing the staff and getting in the way of their canteen. There are likely to be a lot of between-shift Olympic employees passed out on the sofas and enjoying the bar at this time, which really says a lot about Olympic, and the state it's in.

Olympic Air Athens Melina Merkouri Lounge July 2008
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As you enter, instead of the shrine to Onassis, you get the rather odd tribute to Oozo, screwed to to the wall. There are very poor views of the runway: if you want to see what's happening outside, you may be better to wander out and squint through the other side of the corridor.

There are leather armchairs & sofas, with strange waist high dividers, a smoking area, a TV in one corner, and a magazine rack with lots of Greek newspapers & magazines. There are now English papers, but some American ones. There are two TVs, normally on very loud to one of the myriad of Greek channels. At the far end, around the false wall to the left, are four beds. Alas, the light here is very bright, so sleeping isn't really an option.

Olympic Air Athens Melina Merkouri Lounge July 2008
Athens Olympic Air Melina Merkouri Lounge

Food

There is a Food area, but it is much poorer than the international side. All you'll get here are some pastries and cakes. Sandwiches (again, idential to those on the flights) make an appearance later in the day.

Bar

The bar looks like a rather 80s version from a dodgy business hotel, however there are a couple of bar stools if you feel like perching there: much more comfortable tables are next to it. The bar itself is really nothing to write home about. There are cans of Mythos, and mini bottles of white and red. It's the same muck as you get on the plane, but don't think about taking it out of the lounge - the lounge dragon and security are very hot on this.

Bathrooms

At the far end, unusually for a short-haul lounge, there are a couple of shower rooms which are actually OK.

Business Facilities

At the far end there is a Business Center with four of the oldest computers you are ever likely to see. There is even a dot matrix printer, along with a fax and photocopier. Internet Access is very slow.
Olympic Air Athens Melina Merkouri Lounge July 2008
Athens Olympic Air Lounge

international and local newspapers and magazines (though mostly Greek and Spanish for some reason).

Access

Olympic Air Athens Melina Merkouri Lounge July 2008
Athens Olympic Air Melina Merkouri Lounge
There are two Olympic Air lounges at Athens: one is on the Schengen side (the Melina Merkouri, for domestic and short haul flights) and one on the non-Schengen side (the Aristotle Onassis, for US, Canadian, African, and UK flights). Both are identical, although the Melina Merkouri is open 24 hours a day. They are after boarding card checks, but before security checks, so don't wander through the X-ray in the hunt for the lounge.
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