For those flyers who find themselves in Madrid without access to an airline-specific lounge, the Cibeles Lounge, Madrid T1 is well worth trying. As far as pay-at-the-desk lounges go, this is one of the best. Of course, airline business class tickets flying from T1 can enter and compared to a top tier gold card lounge, this won’t blow you away. However, I was expecting something small, crowded and functional at best. Actually it was spacious, well stocked with a great view of the runway and ample space to relax or work.
Only those flying from gates A and B can enter as you’ll need to pass through passport control to get there. Once inside, there is a very long buffet bar with hot and cold food, fruits, desserts and a range of wins and spirits including decent cava.
There are many workstations with power points in the first section as you enter, a lounge stocked with newspapers and a relaxing area in front of the window with a view of the gates. There is also a children’s play area. It is open 24 hours and maximum stay is 4hrs unless the flight is delayed.
- Reception, passenger services and flight information
- Food and drinks
- Newspapers and magazines
- Free Wi-fi
- Relaxation area
- Left luggage office
Price for those without lounge access frequent flyer cards, business class flight tickets or other membership such as Priority Pass:
- Adults (aged 11 and over): €30.60
- Children (aged 6-10): €15.30
- Children (aged 0-5): free
For more info or to book in visit their website