After my flight from Krakow, and an afternoon spent in Athens, I killed the balance of my time in Athens’ airport. There are three priority lounges, and I visited them all! Here were my thoughts and favorites.
The first lounge I visited was the Swissport Lounge, which was oddly decorated. It reminded me of a weird 1990s Eastern European music video, or something along those lines. Despite that, I spent some time here catching up on emails. There was an area with some light snacks behind an aquarium of fish.
The snacks looked less than appetizing, though. Of course, there was complimentary wine, beer, and spirits, too. I had a water and found a seat past the closed smoking room (really?).
After about an hour, I took a walk over to the next lounge, the Goldair Handling Lounge. This lounge seemed to be used by airlines on contract, like Emirates. The food here was much, much better than the previous one. It’s leaps and bounds beyond what I’ve seen in (most) lounges in the US.
I definitely had some greek salad here. It was pretty busy, so I decided to move on to the third lounge, the Skyserv Lounge.
Food here didn’t look terrible, but it wasn’t as appetizing as the Goldair lounge. In addition, the lounge was PACKED with passengers on contract airlines like American. I ended up staying for only a few minutes before my flight.
Overall, I loved having options at Athens Airport, and for free! Keep in mind, your credit card can get you access to these for free. Consider the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Chase Ritz-Carlton card, or American Express Platinum card (and feel free to reach out if you have questions!).