Berlin Tegel - Which Lounge?

Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:18 am
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Berlin Tegel - Which Lounge?

Flying back from Tegel in a fortnight. I have a DragonPass so can do the BA Terraces or the Airport Club. Which one should I choose?
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:24 am
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Set your expectatons very low, as both are equally disappointing.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:32 am
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I think the BA lounge is fine - nice views, very open and perfectly friendly staff. It's quite difficult to find tho, and being before security isn't great, especially given that the peculiar layout of Tegel makes getting to the gate a very tedious experience.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:38 am
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I see that both of them are landside.

How much time should we leave to get to the gate? I assume they'll prompt us in good time?
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:42 am
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Originally Posted by Peter Ould
I see that both of them are landside.

How much time should we leave to get to the gate? I assume they'll prompt us in good time?
They're all landside, due to the set-up of the airport. Getting to the gate won't take long, it's the length of the queue at the security check (conducted at each gate) that may take the time.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:44 am
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The BA Lounge is easily better than the tiny Airport Club. None of them are great, but the BA Lounge is easily the better one.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 4:53 am
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Originally Posted by Peter Ould

How much time should we leave to get to the gate? I assume they'll prompt us in good time?
With 99,9% likelihood, LHR will be gate A13 and LCY will be gate A12. The distance from the lounge is about 100m. And, yes, they do announce in the lounge when you have to proceed to security for each flight.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 5:05 am
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In my opinion the BA lounge is completly fine, as long as youre not hungry.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 5:16 am
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Never been in the BA lounge but the 3rd party lounge is 'interesting'.

It would be best described as like a staff break room that takes Priority Pass.

Last time I was there our group of 3 were the only customers who weren't uniformed airline staff. At least we had the booze to ourselves!

Also as, others have hinted there really is no such thing as 'airside' at TXL - you pass through security at the gate.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 5:34 am
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Originally Posted by Flip42
In my opinion the BA lounge is completly fine, as long as youre not hungry.
Flying with my wife in CE, so it's all about the lunch on board.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 6:17 am
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Not sure if this is also the case in the Airport Club, but there are no restrooms in the BA lounge.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 6:50 am
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Not sure if this is also the case in the Airport Club, but there are no restrooms in the BA lounge.
...and, being landslide, you're not permitted to leave your luggage in the lounge while you trek down the stairs to the nearest public restroom.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 6:52 am
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The lounges at Tegel are not good. The beauty of Tegel is the location, turn up as late as possible, and walk from your taxi/bus to the gate in 2 minutes. The security queues at the gate are not fun.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 7:35 am
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Originally Posted by Misco60
...and, being landslide, you're not permitted to leave your luggage in the lounge while you trek down the stairs to the nearest public restroom.
I always leave my luggage in the lounge when I go outside to the bathroom. The nearest is not downstair but on the same level: go to the Starbuck in front and turn right.
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Old Nov 2, 2018, 7:47 am
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I always leave my luggage in the lounge when I go outside to the bathroom. The nearest is not downstair but on the same level: go to the Starbuck in front and turn right.
In my experience, the lounge agents always tell guests to take their luggage with them, and there are signs in the lounge saying that luggage must not be left unattended.

The nearest toilets are just past Starbucks, but you still have to go down and up a few stairs.
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