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Inside the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Train Station

January 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

For all the travel we do, maybe because of it, we appreciate the little joys along the way and train or plane lounges rank right up there. When we come across a modern gem like the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Station our heart gives a little leap: it’s a seriously cool place to chill while waiting for your train.

Entry into the lounge, which reopened on April 2 of this year after a major overhaul, takes a Club, First-Class or Grand Comfort class ticket. Once you’re in you can choose from at least five different areas to park it, all with a different look and feel. There’s a self-serve drinks area with a few complimentary snacks as well – nothing spectacular, but enough to get you through until you board your train and can enjoy the first-class treatment on board.

(Want to see more? Check out the photo gallery!)

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San Diego's Newest Airline Lounge Welcomes One and All for Peace and Quiet

June 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Your travels to and through San Diego just got that much better, as there’s a new airport lounge now doing its thing at the airport. Airspace Lounge is a pay-to-play rest and relaxation zone for any and all travelers, so there’s no need to be a frequent flyer or hold some kind of special credit card to gain entry—although those with an American Express Platinum Card can visit for free.

The new lounge does its thing between Terminal 2 East and West at San Diego International Airport, and its location should be convenient for those traveling with as many as 12 different airlines.

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The Newest Fancypants Airline Lounge Amenity Will See You in HEL

Where: Finland
May 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

When we think of awesome airport lounge experiences, our mind typically turns to big, bad international carriers like Lufthansa or Cathay Pacific. However, there's no reason to overlook the smaller major carriers from other regions, such as Finnair, especially now that the airline is installing a full-fledged sauna right into the hustle and bustle of the terminal.

Finnair just released details on their new premium lounge at their home in Helsinki, schedule to open its doors on July 1, which is perfect timing to delight the summer tourist rush to Scandinavia.

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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Vancouver’s Main Street

September 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

Vancouver’s Main Street feels like a microcosm of the entire world with its resident population spanning social groups and cultures. The street itself is lengthy, slowly unfolding from the night markets of Chinatown to the hip digs of a nouveau-retro tiki bar.

To begin, the area from Mount Pleasant down to Broadway is rife with indie coffee shops, one-off clothing stores, watering holes and, increasingly, craft breweries like the Main Street Brewing Company and the soon-to-be open Brassneck Brewing.

Keep moving south and you enter what feels like the main drag of a small town in the 1960s. There are antique and thrift stores galore, hip eateries and specialty bakeries. This Main Street area is way off the beaten path, so tourists and solo travelers would be best to venture here with a progressive dinner-type tour with Off the Eaten Track.

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Inside Virgin Australia's Lounge at Sydney Airport

November 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM | by | ()

We've already told you about our experience onboard Virgin Australia's new(ish) business class product. It's now the time to give a peak into the airline's lounge at Sydney's domestic terminal.

After a short hunt like a mouse looking for cheese, we eventually worked out the signage and rode a virtually unmarked elevator to the second floor. A flash of our Business Class boarding pass and we were in. On first impression, the space looked quite tired and nothing like our visit to the shiny new lounge at Brisbane, but it's still a huge upgrade from sitting at the gate with everyone else.

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Inside the Virgin Australia Lounge at Brisbane Airport

December 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

From repainting planes to overhauling terminals, Virgin Australia has had their plates full trying rebrand their entire operation, while changing the image from an all-economy service to a full-service airline. From the looks of things, the livery is flying all over Australia with more planes to come and re-Virgin-ized airport spaces. This goes for new airport lounges in major cities.

We took advantage of the fact that Virgin allows lounge access to Gold and Platinum Velocity Rewards members without actually flying, and checked out the Brisbane lounge for lunch. Yea, we went to the airport just for lunch. On first impression, the design is slick and the check-in fast and friendly, as expected from the brand.

One thing worth mentioning are the new staff uniforms, done up in a sultry, yet professional, red with Virgin-purple color pops in the form of neck scarves. So super glam.

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An Eco-Friendly Airport Lounge? It's American Airlines' New Project

September 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

There are many things that we enjoy about airports, but even the best people watching eventually gets a little boring. That’s why we’re big fans of airport lounges, and the ability to sneak away from the riff raff and enjoy a little quite time. Now we’re looking forward to relaxing and "being green" at the same time, thanks to American Airlines’ new environmentallyl friendly Admirals Club.

Of course an eco-conscious lounge would be found at San Francisco International Airport, and the new lounge is part of American Airlines’ move into the newly renovated Terminal 2. The U-Haul trucks are expected to roll up to the airport next spring to switch everything over.

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Inside the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Newark Airport

Where: Newark-Liberty International Airport [map], Newark, NJ, United States
September 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM | by | ()

Tucked behind a Hudson newstand before the security checkpoint in Terminal B at Newark Airport, is the Clubhouse for Virgin Atlantic.

This clubhouse is nowhere near the design spectacular that you will find at JFK, but it still has that certain je ne sai quoi that is unquestionably Virgin Atlantic. It's quite vibrant compared to other airport lounges, which typically go the cookie-cutter route of grey carpeting, brown leather seats, wood-paneled walls and an overall boring, business traveler feel.

But this clubhouse is full of pinks and purples and flat-screen TVs, not to mention little nooks for a library and a computer work area. All in all, it's a perfectly pleasant place to while away an hour or so before your flight. We managed to get in about 30 minutes in the Clubhouse and this is what we found:

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Guam Spares No Expense For Their New 'Sagan Bisita' Airport Lounge

Where: Guam
March 26, 2010 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

We’re sure Guam is awesome, but honestly it hasn’t really been tops on our to-do list. For some reason there’s just other tropical paradises that come to mind first, and maybe it’s just that Tahiti is a little more aggressive with their marketing. However, there’s a new feature that might just put Guam on our radar. Their airport has just swung open the doors on its new Sagan Bisita lounge. The name of the lounge means "stop and stay with us," and we want to do exactly that.

The new lounge is located with the airport’s west concourse across from gates 7 and 8, and its focus is making the fanciest of passengers feel extra comfortable. Delta is paying the bills on this place, but it’s not really one of their ordinary SkyClubs like the ones they have around the US. This place is above and beyond, and it’s only accessible to the most elite frequent fliers or those flying on a pricey ticket in the front of the plane.

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The Club At DFW Is An Airport Lounge For The Rest Of Us

Where: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport [map], Irving, TX, United States
March 10, 2010 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

There’s plenty of airline lounges at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, but most require some kind of costly annual membership dues or a high priced ticket. However, there’s another option and it’s located within Terminal D along with some of the better known lounges from Korean Air and Lufthansa.

The Club at DFW is open to any and all travelers as long as they are willing to part with $35—or at least expense it to corporate. Since most traditional airline lounges cost at least $50 per day, this seems like a solid option especially since free adult beverages are included. Along with everybody in the club getting tipsy, there’s complimentary WiFi access, snacks, showers, and even a smoking section. You’re also welcome to bring in food from outside the terminal to enjoy it away from the crowds—something that’s frowned upon at some of the stuffier airline lounges.

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The reLAX Airport Lounge Welcomes All Flyers...For A Price

Where: Los Angeles International Airport [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States
February 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

We’ve been hot and heavy over airport lounges lately. Unfortunately most of them require first-class tickets or loads of cash to gain access, and this makes us a little sad. One company is looking to bring the comfort and conveniences of the airline lounge to the masses, and they’re starting with a pay-per-access lounge at Los Angeles' LAX Airport.

The reLAX lounge—clever—is located in the Tom Bradley Terminal, welcoming passengers to swing by for a little visit. The place is located next to the Daily Grill on the departure level, so think about stopping by on your next trip out of the area. Once inside the lounge you’ll be enjoying complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and soda. There will be cookies and fresh fruit as well, and you'll be enjoying it all while listening to the best mix of easy listening music—their words, not ours. Of course there will be free WiFi as well, so you can get some work done while watching airplanes come and go through the lounge's large windows.

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Inside the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport

Where: London-Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
February 1, 2010 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

You know when you're flying in economy class and you're walking through the terminal clutching your carry-on luggage and a Cinnabon, desperately seeking out a WiFi signal or comfortable seating, when...you pass a pair of sliding doors that briefly open to reveal what looks like a hidden wonderland within the airport? When this happens to us, our heart melts a little in agony that the experience of a first class lounge is so unattainable at that moment—but it wasn't last week, when Virgin Atlantic invited us into the holy grail of airline lounges: their Upper Class Clubhouse at London's Heathrow Airport.

What can we say about the place, except that it made our wildest airport dreams come true? The fact that free WiFi, complimentary Bumble & Bumble salon appointments, a pool table, an outdoor deck and even a HOT TUB exist in one place at an airport means we're going to need several hours to fully absorb it all, and thus we arrived nice and early.

After the jump, tons of pictures and more about that hot tub...

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