The KLM Crown Lounge at Schiphol Airport has been a frequent stop for me over the years. As the primary resting spot for business flyers through the KLM Dutch Airlines hub of Schipol it maintains appeal to me.
Let’s take a tour inside the KLM Crown Lounge
Located on the upper tier of Schiphol Airport, the lounge (no 52) is an exclusive hideaway as access is by invitation only. You may remember in my Amsterdam Schiphol Airport review I didn’t allow you to see inside. Well now I’m sharing my exclusive lounge access with you before my next flight with the KLM Dutch Airlines.
The KLM Crown Lounge can also be found as an executive lounge in the schengen area (Terminal 1) of the Airport Schipol in Amsterdam. Since I rarely fly with KLM to schengen countries I can’t really comment on this lounge. As a result I’ll just focus on the KLM Crown Lounge found as executive lounge no. 52 in Terminal 3.
Inside the KLM Crown Lounge there is a lot of space once you pass the registration desk. My lounge pass was effectively either a business class ticket for my next flight (either KLM or a SkyTeam partner) or my high status in the KLM frequent flyer program Flying Blue.
Wander off to the left and you see the main food area, lots of highly occupied seats. Keep venturing further and you will come across the Business Corner in the airport lounge at Amsterdam Airport. There are work desks outside with computers ready to use. Or go inside the special pod area for a range of work desks where you can rest your computer for quiet working. Not so long ago I remember there being TV screens by these desks but these have some how vanished now. However there are odd TV screens scattered around this lounge in Schipol Airport.
Beyond here the KLM Crown Lounge offers a designated smoking room. Often popular which is consistent with my observations of various Dutch people being smokers. If you are one of them then note the closing times on the door for cleaning. I noted a tannoy announcement was made in advance of the 3 – 3:30 smokers lounge cleaning time.
There are various refreshment islands across the KLM Crown Lounge. They offer a range of self service drinks from teas and coffees to Heineken beer (far from my preferred choice) to red and white wines and spirits.
Food selection is not something to write home about. It’ll keep you going for a little while but don’t expect a large meal. This KLM Executive Lounge has the best selection of food at the central food island. On the day of my KLM lounge review the primary offer was hot beef stew with mash (this was yummy). There was also some sides of veg and salad. It was also possible to find soup plus sausage rolls. I remember that years ago, prior to refurbishment the KLM Crown Lounge offered a mix of savour snacks as standard. Whilst limited I always liked them.
There were also some fruit, biscuits and the odd novel snack.
Like all modern airport executive lounges worth their salt the KLM Crown Lounge in Schiphol Airport offers free wifi throughout the lounge. The wifi access code is “KLM” followed by the date in the format of ddmmyyyy. Fairly easy to remember and it saves me asking for the latest code each time I visit the Amsterdam Schiphol lounge. Don’t you just love it when KLM Dutch Airlines make things straightforward?
Directly behind the check-in desks are KLM service desks plus a desk dedicated to Flying Blue (the Air France – KLM frequent flyer scheme).
If you pass the service desks and keep walking you are likely to come across where I tend to find the quieter area of the KLM Crown Lounge. A lot of the furniture remains the same, a wide array of low back, soft furnished brown chairs which each come with a fixed side table, lamp and power socket. Admittedly some of them now appear worse for wear and could do with re-upholstering.
There are also some funky high back red swivel chairs to be found. Always fun to tell your travelling companion to “go swivel” without meaning to offend anyone.
Along this side of the lounge you will also find the “Deep Rest” area. This is where the KLM Crown Lounge offers an area to snooze or sleep. Inside the room it is very dark and restfully quiet through good sound proofing. There are a range of loungers which are sectioned off between each other. I can’t imagine how you wouldn’t get some sleep in here. However beware. The KLM Crown Lounge does not offer a wake up service. Mind you come to think of it the lounge does not announce flights so you have to monitor the KLM flight status screens around the executive lounge to make sure you don’t miss your flight.
Past the Deep Rest area is a further expansion of the KLM Crown Lounge. I rarely find this area open, however I was in luck today. It was open and scarcely populated compared to the rest of the KLM Dutch Airlines lounge area. However having said that I’ve just been told the area is now closing for the day, darn it :-(.
The KLM Crown Lounge is the premier KLM Business Lounge Amsterdam Airport has to offer. Whilst it is not in the same luxury category of an Emirates Business Class Lounge it’ll do for me.