Introduction: Spring Break in Florida
Review: American Airlines (ERJ-140) Economy Class – Wichita Falls to Dallas
Review: The Club – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Review: American Airlines (A321) Economy Class – Dallas to Tampa
Review: The Café by Mise en Place – Tampa International Airport
Review: The Lure – South Tampa
Review: Delta Airlines (A321) Economy Class – Tampa to Atlanta
Review: The Club – Hartsfield Jackson/Atlanta International Airport
Review: Delta Sky Club – Hartsfield Jackson/Atlanta International Airport
Review: Delta Airlines (737-700) Economy Class – Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach
Review: The Crab Shack – Fort Walton Beach
Review: Mama Nu’s Kitchen – Fort Walton Beach
Review: American Airlines (CRJ-900) Economy Class – Fort Walton Beach to Charlotte
Review: Admirals Club – Charlotte International Airport
Review: Admirals Club – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
We rolled into parking at Gate T6, which is located in the Domestic South Terminal. I have not traveled through Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport extensively so it took me a second to get my bearing. I finally spotted signage for the International Terminal (Concourse F) and was on my way. I took the airport’s SkyLink to the last stop. From there, it was a short walk to escalator, which I took to the Mezzanine Level. The Delta Sky Club and The Club are located adjacent to one another.
As I stated before, I wanted to visit this lounge to compare it to The Club at DFW. The entrance to The Club was two stained, automatic sliding doors.
Just on the other side of the doors was the reception desk. I was greeted with a hearty “good morning” from the person working the counter. Providing my boarding pass and Priority Pass card, I was in the lounge within minutes.
To the left of the front desk was some decorative chairs. Well, at least they looked too uncomfortable for anyone to sit. There was also a sign, which welcomed Qatar Airways premium passengers. I imagine this lounge gets busy during peak hours.
A small hallway separated the reception area from the main area of the lounge. Prior to the entering the main area, there was an additional room that was roped off.
The main room was separated into three sections: bar, business center, and dining. I will describe these starting clockwise with the bar. The bar was empty, as you can imagine at 0700. There were bartenders available to make drinks upon request.
The business center was located just after the bar. It included a couple of computers, copier/fax, and a few chairs for lounging.
The dining area included main dining tables in the center, three rows of lounge chairs, and the buffet. The lounge felt crowded even though there was plenty of seating available. Maybe it was because of the spacing between the chairs.
One thing that did not disappoint was the breakfast buffet. It included bacon, eggs, potatoes, bagels, cereal, fruit, etc. Let just say that no one should have left there hungry.
At this point, I approached the reception desk to inquire about taking a brief video of the lounge. The same guy who checked me in told me that I could take it…well, the manager had a different take. See below:
Oh well, you cannot win them all.
As far as the comparison to The Club at DFW, I do not think there is one. The Club at DFW has separate rooms for guests to enjoy depending on their noise tolerance. Additionally, The Club at DFW only (as far as I know) allows Priority Pass customers. The deal with Qatar Airways could make the lounge unbearable at peak hours. The food at both lounges was just about the same, while The Club Atlanta scored points with the standalone business center.
All in all, I would visit the lounge again, preferably in the morning before it gets crowded.