Review: Admirals Club – Philadelphia International Airport

Some weeks ago, I found myself at Philadelphia International Airport after a work trip to New Jersey and Delaware.  I returned the rental car and took the shuttle over to a drop off point between Terminals B and C.  The check in for my flight to Dallas was painless.  As I left the counter, I looked around for signs to the security checkpoint.  An agent saw the bewildered look on my face and told me I could go right to the regular security checkpoint or take the escalator up to the TSA checkpoint at Terminal C.

There was a bit of a wait at the security, but I still made it through in less than 15 minutes.  I made a right towards the shops to seek out the Admirals Club. The club was difficult to find initially because I assumed it would be connected to the main walkway.  In fact, the escalators to the club were just past Starbucks on the left.

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After getting off of the escalator, I made a left towards the front desk.  It was very big and included arrival/departure boards.  The agent working the desk looked bored.  The area remained empty while I checked in.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Entrance
Admirals Club Philadelphia
Admirals Club Philadelphia Front Desk

I provided my boarding pass and military identification to the agent.  She welcomed me to club and wished me a good day.  I made a quick right into the club and could not help but notice the design.  The club was one long room with a majority of seating in the middle of two walkways.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Seating
Admirals Club Philadelphia
Admirals Club Philadelphia Seating

There was a quiet area to the right after entering the club.  I liked the concept, it was also a cellphone free zone.  It was something I had not seen often in airline lounges.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Quiet Area

The left side of the lounge contained many more seats.  I saw families sitting in these semi-private areas.  I appreciated the views of the parking ramp.

Admirals Club Philadelphia

Admirals Club Philadelphia

One decent sized seating area was tucked away on the right side of the lounge.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Seating

Some seating was available at the bar top or on either side of it, in the dining area.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Bar
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Admirals Club Philadelphia Seating

Since it was breakfast, the typical Admirals Club food was offered.  The main area had hardboiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, and bagels.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Breakfast
Admirals Club Philadelphia
Admirals Club Philadelphia Breakfast

Admirals Club Philadelphia

To the left of the bar was the avocado toast station.  This was the best complimentary food offered so the attendant stayed busy.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Avocado Toast Station

There were quite a few drink stations near the bar.  I really enjoyed the coffee machine.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Drink Station

I was not very hungry so I grabbed some eggs with sriracha and a jack and coke.

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Before too long, it was time for me to make my way to the gate for my flight home.  I poked my head into the business center which was located back near the main entrance.  The space was quiet and guests had adequate space.

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Admirals Club Philadelphia Business Center

Final Word

The Admirals Club in Philadelphia was a welcomed break from the hustle of the terminal.  I appreciated the intimacy of the lounge. It was quiet throughout the entire space.  The design shocked me initially, but grew on me.  I enjoyed my short visit to the lounge but I plan to stay longer during the next visit.

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