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LAT Lounge Review - Beirut

LAT Lounge Review - Beirut

This is a mini-review – for a mini-facility – The LAT Lounge at the Beirut International Airport. Even though it’s small, the lounge is mod and funky.  Just in case you are wondering - LAT stands for Lebanese Air Transport.  These folks provide ground handling for a number of carriers in Beirut.

Please note that it's located after customs - but before security - so you need to allow some extra time to get to your gate.

 

Check-In

LAT Lounge Beirut Airport - Front Desk Area    Photo:  Calvin Wood

LAT Lounge Beirut Airport - Front Desk Area    Photo:  Calvin Wood

The LAT lounge is a contract lounge for several airlines including BA and numerous Star Alliance carriers.   When I checked-in at the Turkish Airlines Business Class Counter, they issued me a lounge pass.  All I had to do was show it for entry.  The lady greeting people at the front was very efficient and cheery.

Seating

LAT Lounge Beirut - Seating Area   Photo:  Calvin Wood

LAT Lounge Beirut - Seating Area   Photo:  Calvin Wood

I was at the lounge at 5AM in the morning – so it wasn’t very busy and there were plenty of free seats.  While it’s a little stark, I liked the ambiance.  It had a contemporary – almost Jetson-esque feel to it.  There's white marble everywhere (floors, tabletops,etc) and lots of angular furniture.  The lounge overlooked the main tarmac, so there was plenty to see while I waited.

You might be disappointed if you are looking for a full-service business center.  They did have an official ‘work-area’ – but it was  really just two seats tucked off to the side. During my stay, I connected to the wifi and it worked very well.  It was easy to upload big files including pictures and videos.

LAT Lounge Beirut - Work Area    Photo:  Calvin Wood

LAT Lounge Beirut - Work Area    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Cuisine and Beverages

LAT Lounge Beirut - Snacks   Photo:  Calvin Wood

LAT Lounge Beirut - Snacks   Photo:  Calvin Wood

On the food front they had platters of sandwiches, cookies, salads – and other snacks.  On top of this they had cheese and regular croissants as breakfast options. Nothing on offer was 'stellar' -- but it was nice to have a couple of choices.

The bar was a bit understocked (to put it mildly) – but they did have the basics to keep most people happy.  I was there early in the morning - -so they might have more choices later in the day.  A large “Barista” coffee machine that made an excellent espresso was in full use – so I was thrilled with that.

LAT Lounge Beirut - "Mini"-Bar   Photo:  Calvin Wood

LAT Lounge Beirut - "Mini"-Bar   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Verdict

This is a small lounge but it gets the job done.  I actually liked the mod-décor and the views of the tarmac.   I wouldn’t arrive super early to experience this lounge- -but it’s definitely a great place to relax for a couple of minutes before a flight out of Beirut.

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