Updated on April 9, 2015
When Katie and I were heading back from Paris this past May we flew from Paris to Madrid before continuing on to the US. We were flying on Business class award tickets which entitled us to the Iberia Business Class lounge in MAD, which was great since we had a 4 hour layover!
Our Trip so far:
Once we deplaned our flight from Paris we needed to go through immigration as we were now leaving the Schengen Zone and heading internationally. The Schengen Zone is the area that encompasses the European Union for the most part and functions as one country for immigration purposes. Had we been staying in Spain from France we would not have had to leave this zone but since we were headed back to the US immigration was required. Once through, we headed to Terminal 4S where our flight left from as well as the location of the Iberia Velazquez VIP Lounge.
Once you take the train to 4S you are directed through a duty free shopping area. Halfway through this shopping area is where you will find the Iberia Business Class Lounge
Once you enter there is a desk immediately in front of you where you can show your Business Class ticket to gain entrance. While you’re up there, be sure to ask for an internet password card. This was the one negative of this lounge. While you could obtain as many of these internet cards as you needed, they only lasted 30 min before needing to get another card. As we had a 4 hour lay over, I had to make several trips.
Once you pass the front desk you will see a wall of windows in front of you stretching the length of the lounge in both directions. From this point you can either go left or right to enjoy basically the same amenities. The lounge is a mirror image of itself on the left and right.
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Once you have chosen your direction you will see that there are tons of windows for plane watching!
To go along with the view there is a small room with chairs all facing a TV with soccer playing, several shower rooms, a self serve bar for liquor and beer, self serve bar for wine, a fridge for sandwiches and snacks as well as a buffet of fresh hot meals!
When we first entered the lounge we found a great place to relax and grabbed some snacks from the fridge. Shortly after that all fresh hot meals were placed on the buffet that we had to try them all out!
After grabbing some great food it was time to try some of the great Spanish wine!
This was my first experience in an international lounge and as I am sure there will be others that best this one. This lounge certainly blows any US domestic lounge (outside of the Centurion Lounge) out of the water. There was plenty of seating, plenty of food, several screens with all the flights as well as overhead announcements. If there was one thing I could change about the experience, it would be the internet, as I didn’t enjoy having to disconnect and go get another card every 30 min or hour depending on how many I was given. That being said, we had a wonderful time stay in this lounge for 4 hours and I would be happy to visit again!