Review: Sala VIP Puerta Del Sol Madrid T3

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My flight from London landed at Madrid Airport’s Terminal 4 but, as I was connecting to a non-Iberia/oneworld flight, I had to catch a bus to Terminal 3.

The buses that connect the various terminals at Madrid Barajas Airport depart from directly outside Terminal 4 and I had just a short wait before I was on the 10 minute ride to T3.


There was no one in line at the Air France/SkyTeam priority check-in desks so, after I confirmed that I only needed the one boarding pass for all of my flights (I’d never seen three flights on one boarding pass before)…..


…I was soon on my way to the priority security lane:

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The security line had just 3 people in it and it couldn’t have taken longer than 2-3 minutes to get through – that’s the sort of speed I like!

The Puerta Del Sol Lounge is next to Gate 69 in Terminal 3 and is a good 7-10 minute walk from where you exit airport security. The most obvious access to the lounge is via the staircase that faces you as you walk past gate 69…..

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….but there’s also an elevator just past the stairs:

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The entrance to the lounge is nondescript….

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…and, once through the automatic doors, the reception desk is directly ahead.

The Puerta Del Sol lounge is open from 04:30 to 23:00 7 days a week and caters to both SkyTeam and Star Alliance flyers departing from Terminal 3. It’s also a Priority Pass lounge so, if you don’t have status and you’re not traveling in a premium cabin that’s another way to get access.

The lounge is built around the central stairs that lead up from the departures level so if you walk around it you’re essentially walking in a circle.

To the right of the reception desk is where the food and drinks are set out across two buffet tables (one small, one large) and a chiller cabinet.

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On my visit the smaller of the buffet tables housed salad items as well as sodas, water and alcoholic drinks:

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The chiller cabinet offered a mixture of items…..

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…including more sodas, baguette sandwiches….

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…..smaller individually packed sandwiches…..

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…..and small tubs of fruit salad:

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The larger of the two buffet tables had coffee machines at either end…..

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…..a selection of tea bags for those who don’t like coffee….

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…and a selection of hot and cold food in the middle:

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The hot food items were rice and pasta-based:

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While on the cold food front there were yet more sandwiches……

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….as well as a selection of pastries and rolls:

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On either side of the longer buffet table is where the lounge has the dining tables and chairs…..

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…and just past these tables and chairs is where the lounge opens up to its largest seating area:

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The armchairs here are comfortable and, just as importantly, are well served by power outlets located between each seat:

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The power outlets are European spec. so, if you’re visiting from anywhere outside of continental Europe, you’ll need and adapter.

Around the outside of this large seating area are the floor to ceiling windows that let in a good amount of light and which have comfortable seats with great views of the airport apron:

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The one negative to these seats is that there aren’t any power outlets close enough to allow you to recharge your devices as you relax.

If you follow the lounge around from the main seating area there are more armchairs and swivel-seats….

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…and this area looks out over the airport concourse below:

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Next to this seating area is a glass-walled TV viewing room with more comfortable armchairs:

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While the last part of the lounge (effectively behind the check-in desk) holds a little surprise – indoor sun loungers 🙂

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This was a very nice 3rd party lounge. The staff were very friendly, the complimentary wi-fi was a good speed and the space was bright and airy.

The choice of cold food was pretty good but the hot choices could have been better and more plentiful….but that’s about all the criticism I have for this lounge.

The lounge checked all the main boxes for me – it had a feeling of space, it wasn’t overcrowded, there were plenty of power outlets, the wi-fi was good and the staff were friendly. I’d happily return.

Next Up: Review – Air France A320 Business Class (MAD-CDG)


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