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