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BA6501 Oct 28, 17 5:05 pm


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 28986784)
I think we are still waiting for a definitive timeframe for the closure of Dalí but that is the lounge for your flight, in the main terminal building, and the indications are that for your flight you will be given a refreshment voucher and a wifi code instead of lounge access. And you won't be able to get to T4S, nor frankly is it practical, it could easily add 30 minutes to your trip just getting there and back. If you moved to a BA metal flight then you do get lounge access, but perhaps that has to be balanced against the fact that depending on your tastes the IB flight should offer better food catering during the flight.

Where are you connecting from? If you are arriving into T4S you can access the lounge there before "boarding" from an S gate onto a bus straight to the gate over in T4.

Yllanes Oct 29, 17 3:38 am


Originally Posted by BlackBerryAddict (Post 28978597)
Have they reinstated the Häagen-Dazs ice cream in the refurbished Velazquez lounge ?

I am in the new Velázquez lounge right now and I am happy to report that the ice cream is still there. Although I am among those who preferred the old Mövenpick ice cream.

swiss_global Oct 29, 17 4:57 am


Originally Posted by BA6501 (Post 28977280)
The initial plan was for it to close the day after Velázquez opened. That was supposed to be Monday, but was today. I'd expect it to be closed from tomorrow onwards, and I can report back as of next Thursday.

I'm just sitting in the Dalí Lounge (T4/HJK gates). It is still fully open.

According to the lovely lounge dragon, renovation will only start around mid November and should be completed by year end, latest mid January.

As others have stated earlier, the lounge will be closed entirely (not half/half like Velasquez).

GaryK84 Oct 29, 17 6:38 am


Originally Posted by swiss_global (Post 28989864)
I'm just sitting in the Dalí Lounge (T4/HJK gates). It is still fully open.

I'll be flying out of MAD T4 on 12 Nov - now I'm very curious to see if I'll have a lounge to go to or not!

710 77345 Oct 29, 17 10:31 am


Originally Posted by Southlondonbonviveur (Post 28987194)
it appears they have gotten rid of the urinals, and no cubicles were free so I just went in the main terminal building.

I do hate it when there aren't any urinals, but I'm not I'm brave enough to join you in your dirty protest :D

Yllanes Oct 29, 17 4:29 pm

In case somebody doesn't know, there is a nice Priority Pass lounge in T4.

Passmethesickbag Nov 8, 17 2:48 am

I visited this lounge for the first time the other day. As somebody who used to book with *A, I remember the Spanair lounge well, where the food consisted of a large bowl of crisps. So whilst the food selection in the Velásquez lounge, smoked salmon apart, isn't that great, it's still an improvement for me, and the lounge certainly looks great. The big difference to me was the staff, and their spontaneous interaction with guests. One chap was walking past whilst I was struggling to open my cava miniature, and immediately offered to help. Another one greeted me as I returned to the wine bar, and started explaining to me which of the reds he considered the best, and why. Imagine BA's harried contract staff at the LHR GFL doing that! They could so easily arrange tastings of the food and wine for them, like a good restaurant does, but that's so far removed from their way of doing things.

With its limitations, the food at the Velásquez lounge is perfectly packaged for pilfering, if you're that way inclined, to the point that it almost looks like they're expecting passengers in their meager economy class to do that. Not only are miniature water bottles available, but also miniature cava bottles, crisps, and sandwiches in plastic wrapping. I must admit to pinching a couple of containers of Spanish grated tomato/garlic/olive oil mix for my airline food survival kit.

BA6501 Nov 8, 17 4:33 am

They are designed to be taken away ;)

(IB's take on providing free F&B on shorthaul flights in Y to status pax)

mmxbreaks Nov 8, 17 4:37 am

I was in there yesterday. It's nice. Food isn't abundant, but otherwise everything was decent.

rockflyertalk Nov 9, 17 6:30 am

Hi, I have asked on the Iberia forum, however I like this forum more :D a question...

My parents are on IB from AGP - MAD - LGW tomorrow, both BAEC Silver, do they have access to this new snazzy lounge?

Prospero Nov 9, 17 6:35 am


Originally Posted by rockflyertalk (Post 29039287)
Hi, I have asked on the Iberia forum, however I like this forum more :D a question...

My parents are on IB from AGP - MAD - LGW tomorrow, both BAEC Silver, do they have access to this new snazzy lounge?

I'm afraid not - the MAD-LGW flights are operated by Iberia Express and will leave from the main terminal

rockflyertalk Nov 9, 17 6:55 am


Originally Posted by Prospero (Post 29039302)
I'm afraid not - the MAD-LGW flights are operated by Iberia Express and will leave from the main terminal

Is the Main terminal lounge still operating?

BlackSkyuk Nov 9, 17 10:44 am

I got to use the lounge on Saturday. Realy nice Lounge, thought very quiet.

TravellerFrequently Nov 9, 17 11:19 am

The food availability varied IME but the wine variety was pretty good.

How are both now?

rockflyertalk Nov 9, 17 1:19 pm

Is there any paid for lounge access in T4? I’d like to treat my parents if there is no provision for IB pax!


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