Chennai Airport (MAA) has a new international terminal that is yet to start looking and functioning like an international airport terminal. In the meantime an airport lounge there has started out in the right way to be a really nice airport lounge. Called 'Travel Club', this lounge serves Priority Pass members and is also a MasterCard and Visa (Signature, Infinite) lounge apart from being the lounge for Jet Airways and Emirates Airlines (as of March 2015). Travel Club Lounge is located close to gate number 11 of the new Chennai airport international terminal is open 24 hours a day. Once you cross security check, a few sign boards marked "Airline Lounges' will lead your way to Travel Club. In March 2015, they had already been open for a few months but still not up to speed a 100%. In this page you will read about what I liked in this lounge and what I did not. Keep reading...
|Travel Club Priority Pass Lounge Chennai International Airport|
|Travel Club Priority Pass Lounge at Chennai International Airport|
Features and facilities
Travel Club Lounge has separate but moderate sized seating and dining areas that get crowded in the evening when the frequency of flights leaving the airport increases. Guests may need to share dining tables but food can be carried to the seating area so that is not a real problem. There are a couple of flight monitors and an equal number of flat screen TV sets. A small selection of newspapers & magazines, and a free WiFi keeps the guests connected with the world. The wash room (I saw the one for gents obviously) was small but clean. There are no other facilities in the lounge.
|Food Buffet at Travel Club Priority Pass Lounge Chennai International Airport|
|Food Buffet Travel Club Priority Pass Lounge Chennai International Airport|
The choice of food & beverages is good. There is a breakfast menu in the morning after which a lunch/snacks/dinner/snacks buffet continues.
|Bar counter at Travel Club Priority Pass Lounge Chennai International Airport|
There is a bar counter that serves alcoholic (whiskey/scotch/brandy/rum/vodka/beer) and non-alcoholic drinks (canned fruit juice/aerated drinks, etc). There is another beverages counter where they keep an automated tea/coffee machine, lime juice, iced tea, aerated/soft drinks, fruit juice in tetra packs, cookies, a few packed snacks, savouries, cut & whole fruits, etc.
What I liked
1. The lounge area is well appointed and is well air-conditioned, not too hot or too cold.
2. Food was prepared & presented well, and kept warm. The food was all Indian except a vegetarian Pasta (Penne). There were three vegetarian curries, two non-vegetarian curries, plain & fried rice, salads, Indian plain yoghurt (really nice), sandwich bread and Indian flat bread.
3. The free WiFi was password protected & fortunately required no registration. The password slips were kept at the counter. Internet speed was excellent.
5. The staff seemed well trained and eager to please.
What could be better
1. The food & beverages service could be improved. There were no cocktails, no mocktails, not even tomato juice or any variety. No wines too but the staff told me that a couple of wines will get added to the menu in April 2015. No such hope for tomato juice though.
2. The food tasted good except the Penne that seemed a little too undercooked. The Indian flat bread (Paratha) was not so well prepared. The tea/coffee machine seemed to miss the right mix of ingredients because even after a double dose of coffee, my cappuccino was too light.
There was nothing serious to complain about really. Overall, Travel Club lounge is good and shows promise. I am sure they will bring about improvements and make it even better.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|