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.
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.
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.
Cuisine and Beverages
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.
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.