MAD: Madrid Iberia Dali Iberia Dali VIP Lounge
The Iberia Madrid Dali Lounge is designed for all Schengen flights - in effect everything around Europe (except the UK) and the Canary Islands.
It really is huge, up in the roof, with a wide variety of seats. The lounge is split into two, with a central kitchen, but there are no controls on which side you go into. As you go in past the main desk on the right is the main lounge area, under a huge flying saucer UFO sculpture in the sky.
There is one bar here, then as you walk around you find there is a small corridor with glass dining chairs. It is this area that has a great view of the gates, and airport apron. Further around is another bar with a wine tasting area, and then racks of more seats. In the far corner of this room is a sleeping area with four daybeds, and a TV area.
As you head back full circle there are the newspaper racks, a door to the bathrooms (which are very chic and designer, with lovely round stone basins) and shower suites.
It is in many ways an excellent lounge - it's a shame the same standard may not be evident on the Iberia flight you get on.
Windows run all the way along the lounge, with a great view of the gates and runway.
FoodFood is poor. During the day there are just packets of crisps, Galletas biscuits, packets of raisins, and peanuts.
At each end of the lounge there is a buffet, which in the evening has a selection of ham & cheese rolls, fruit, peanuts, more cheese and biscuits.
BarIt is for the bar that many people come to the Iberia Madrid Lounge Dali. It is great, with a vast selection of Spirits. In the wine tasting area - with a special wine tasting session some afternoons - there are 8 whites and 5 reds in full sized bottles racked up here.
There are plenty more bottles of wine in miniature bottles - in the fridge, along with miniature bottles of Cava (Jaume Serra). There are three beers: the real ale like Yuste in bottles, plus cans of Red and Blue Laiker Sin Mahou.
BathroomsIn lounge, with excellent shower suites.
Business FacilitiesBack by the main desk is an area with 6 computers - all top of the range, and very fast. There are lots of big screens advising of flight departures, and flights are also called in the lounge.
There are also several TVs on the wall, Spanish Newspapers and Magazines, free wifi (free 30 minute wifi cards given out at the desk), Fax and Phone.
Newspapers are on the stand behind the main entrance desk.
AccessThere are three different lounges at Iberia's new terminal at its Madrid hub - and you can always select the correct one, because you are forced into it by a complex mesh of glass screens and network of floors. In effect, you don't have any options, and you can't lounge-hop.
The Dali lounge handles flights from the main terminal (most Schengen flights and Ibiza/Canary Islands). In the Satellite - a ten minute train ride away - there is the Dali lounge in the central area on Level 1 at T4S, for long haul (open 0600-0130) which also has a pre-flight dinner service, and the Goya lounge on Level 0 for domestic (open 0600-0000).
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