IST: Istanbul Yapi Kredi World Airport Lounge

 

Yapi Kredi lounge Istanbul Airport
Istanbul Yapi Kredi Istanbul Airport lounge
Quite simply, wow. If you're on a lounge crawl around the world - or even just for a few hours at Istanbul Airport - it's worth checking out the Yapi Kredi World Lounge. Not for the facilities, which have a strong alcoholic bent - but for the design. The Yapi Kredi Lounge Istanbul is quite simply one of those lounges which take your breath away. Perhaps not for the right reasons, it must be said, but you'll certainly remember it.

Designed in a 1960 glitter-ball-disco style, the Yapi Kredi World Lounge Istanbul was designed by Karim Rashid design as a homage to the 1960s era of glitz in Constantinople. The remit was 'you are invited to a dream', and so it certainly is.

Yapi Kredi World Istanbul lounge Airport
Istanbul Yapi Kredi World Istanbul Airport lounge

There is for example, a floor designed as a 1960s disco floor, with tiles that light up with primary colours as the disco music pounds. Then there are the 'snuggle booths' around the edge of the dance floor, designed for one and a half people to 'get close'. The chairs are thankfully in wipe clean beige leather.

The chairs are half-round eggshell swivel creations, or beanbags for 'you pleasure'. All around the wall there is swirly pattern wallpaper, without a single right angle in the wall. The bar at the far end is shaped like a kidney shaped swimming pool. Around the wall there are TV monitors showing 1960s TV shows and disco hits.

Yapi Kredi World lounge Istanbul
Istanbul Yapi Kredi Istanbul Airport lounge

And don't miss what the Yapi Kredi World Lounge Istanbul says is the chance to 'before travelling, relax', where you can "fatigue escape to dispose massage chairs". Quite what that is, no one who has been in the lounge can remember to even begin to forget, but there is definitely a room there with vibrating chairs. Yikes!

Food

Food is so-so in the Yapi Kredi World Lounge Istanbul. Provided by the Airport Authority, it is pretty much the same as in most of the lounges, with sandwiches in sealed plastic wrappings, and lots of little pastries well displayed on large trays in the fridge.

There is also a tub of hot soup, and some bowls of fruit.

Yapi Kredi World Istanbul lounge Airport
Istanbul Yapi Kredi World Istanbul Airport lounge

Bar

It is for the bar that most people head straight to the Yapi Kredi World Lounge Istanbul. It is top notch, and unlike the Prime Class lounge you don't have to wait to be served. You can just pour the spirits. Now, this may be a bad idea before getting on a plane, but most passengers in here enjoy the great selection of spirits you won't have seen since the 1960s.
Yapi Kredi World lounge Istanbul
Istanbul Yapi Kredi Istanbul Airport lounge

You can even wash it down with a glass of Blue Nun wine.

On a slightly more mundane note, beer is the standard airport selection of Efes beer on draft.

Yapi Kredi World Istanbul lounge Airport
Istanbul Yapi Kredi World Istanbul Airport lounge

Bathrooms

In lounge, and if the lounge itself makes your eyes pop, so will the bathrooms!

Business Facilities

Outside the door, there is a pretty dull business room with computers and a meeting room.
Yapi Kredi World lounge Istanbul
Istanbul Yapi Kredi Istanbul Airport lounge

Access

The lounge has a slogan above the door that says "I will cut off your feet to fly many more services in the Yapi Kredi World Lounge". However, relax. You either need a Super Executive Elite Yapi Kredi Platinum Card. Or pay 25TL to get in the door.
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Yapi Kredi World Istanbul Lounge
Yapi Kredi Airport Lounge rated: 7 out of 10
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