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Lounge Review: Dan Lounge at Tel-Aviv Airport

Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
Dan Lounge in concourse C is small and a little crowded. However, the atmosphere during our visit was still peaceful.

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Ben Gurion Airport is the main airport in Israel. There are 3 Priority Pass lounges in terminal 3. Check our Dan Lounge review in Concourse C.

Ben Gurion Airport

Ben Gurion Airport is the main airport of Israel. It is often called Tel Aviv Airport since it lies between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. More than 22 million businessmen, travellers and pilgrims travel through this busy airport every year. The airport is also the hub for Israeli Airline El Al.

Ben Gurion Airport has 4 terminals. Terminal 1 is meant only for domestic flights. Terminal 2 has already been closed and Terminal 4 has never been officially opened. All international travellers depart via the terminal 3.

Dan Lounges in the Terminal 3

The terminal 3 has 2 Dan Lounges: One is located in the concourse B and the other in the concourse C. We visited the one in Concourse C. This lounge was closest to our gate and it had a nice 'peace' theme.

In addition to Dan Lounges, there are other lounges in terminal 3: Arbel Lounge which welcomes all passengers and El Al King David Lounge exclusively for El Al's passengers and their partners' loyalty customers.

Shalom Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
Shalom Israel

Where to Find Dan Lounges?

The lounges are easy to find but you need to reserve enough time. Ben Gurion Airport imposes really strict security measures that may take a lot of your time as we had. We recommend you arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight.

After you have passed the security check and passport control, finding either one of Dan Lounges is easy. Just check what is your departure gate and choose the nearest lounge to it. Dan Lounges are located in the concourses B and C.

There is a central area on the air side of terminal 3. Concourses B, C and D are all connected to this central square. If you are visiting Dan Lounge in Concourse C, as we did, just head to Concourse C and follow the lounge signs. The lounge is on the same floor as the gates. No need to take stairs up or down. The lounge's door is not easily discoverable as it has grey colours the same as the walls. Furthermore, you may miss easily the lounge entrance because of the unclear logos (not easily visible).

Entrance to Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
You may not realise immediately that you are the at lounge's entrance.
Reception in Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
Behind the hidden door, there was a friendly reception.

Is the Lounge Good for Plane Spotting?

We do love plane spotting and we often do that while visiting lounges. Unfortunately, our arrival at Dan Lounge was late in the evening so it was already dark. We had a view of the tarmac but what do you expect in dark hours? In the daytime, we guess the view to be better but still only a minor part of the tarmac is viewable from the lounge .

How to Get Into Dan Lounge?

Dan Lounges are widely accepting different lounge memberships: Priority Pass, DragonPass, LoungeKey, Lounge Club and Diners Club. Some airlines may also invite their business and first-class passengers to this lounge. In other words, this lounge has a really wide selection of access methods.

Even though we recommend frequent travellers to buy a Priority Pass membership, you don't need it to access Dan Lounge. You can buy a single entry from Lounge Pass and the price will be about 36 euros dollars.

PRO TIP

There are many ways to access airport lounges.

You will find more helpful information from our lounge guide.

The Entrance Fee

Since this lounge is known to be so busy most of the time, we recommend you secure your seat by paying your lounge entry on Lounge Pass beforehand.

Our Rating

The Easiness to Find Dan Lounge

Dan Lounge in Concourse C is easy to find after you reach the concourse itself. Just follow the signs. However, the door is hidden so you may easily miss it.

Comfyness

The lounge was small. It has enough comfortable chairs and tables available. The decoration and the atmosphere were relaxing though the lounge was quite crowded.

Jerusalem Post
Like lounges usually, also this lounge had major newspapers.

The lounge has all basic services: free well-working Wi-Fi, flight information screen, magazines and television. Unfortunately, there are no showers or toilets inside the lounge.

Ceasar reading newspaper in Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
You may relax for example by reading Jerusalem Post.

The lounge had some wooden art and peace-themed wall paintings.

Food and Drinks

The food selection was good but not excellent. There were, for example, bread, salty and sweet pastries, fruits and soup.

Foods Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
The food selection in the lounge was ordinary.
Pastry Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
There were cookies, sweets and salty pastries.

Coffee was available from a coffee machine and cold drinks from the fridge. The lounge also had a beer tap. We didn't find strong spirits or wine.

Soup in Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
Soup was the only warm food item in the lounge.

The catering was quite ordinary. The lack of warm food selections aside from the soup made us decide on this 3-star rating. Catering tables were refilled on time and dining tables were cleaned fast.

Friendliness of the Customer Service

We got a really friendly service at the reception when we arrived. As mentioned earlier, the staff were quick to clear tables and refill the food and drinks

Overall Rating

Dan Lounge in the concourse C is a good lounge. Paying 36 euros for a single visit gives you enough value for your money. You get a relaxing atmosphere to wait for your flights and tasty snacks and drinks. The lounge would be even better if it had toilets and showers and if it was a little bigger.

Info screen in Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
An info screen is vital in the lounge. During our lounge visit, many Americans were departing back home.

Bottom Line

Visiting Israel is a unique experience not because of the strictest security control we've ever had in all our travels. Leaving the country will be more comfortable when you arrive at the airport early and spend your time in the lounge. Dan Lounge in Concourse C is a good choice. We expect the other Dan Lounge to be quite similar.

Art Dan Lounge, Tel Aviv
The lounge was decorated with this nice wooden art.

Have you visited Dan Lounge? Comment below, how was your experience!

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Hard liquor is indeed available at the Dan Lounge, but only upon request. If you want something hard, you ask one of the employees and he takes you to the front entrance. There he opens a closet full of miniatures and you can choose your beverage.

My impression is that they understand that as a lounge, they have to offer hard liquor, but they don't actually want passengers to drink too much of the expensive stuff, so they hide it away. Bottom line, the Dan Lounge is only better than no lounge. If you are lucky enough to fly El Al Business Class, the King David lounge is phenomenal. There is also the new Fattal Private Terminal, but that's way too expensive for me.

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Hello Avi Hirsch

Thank you for sharing extra information. Airline lounges are typically much better than 3rd party lounges but Dan Lounge is still much more comfortable than the public areas of the airport.

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They don’t take priority pass

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Thank you, Lisa.

You are right. It seems that there are no Priority Pass lounges at Tel Aviv Airport anymore.