Update: Please find the renovated lounge’s review, here.
Delhi is a frequent destination for me given my family is based in Delhi. While Vistara, one of the airlines I used at Delhi has their lounge which is pretty good, however when flying on Air India or Jet Airways, I end up heading to the American Express Lounge. Delhi is currently the only airport in India with an American Express lounge, given their Mumbai lounge shut down after the Carnations Lounge was booted out of Terminal 1.
Last week, I was flying out of Delhi, so I headed to the American Express Lounge one more time. I have been to this lounge over fifty times, and it is my go-to lounge in Delhi Terminal 3, accessible with the Jet Airways American Express Platinum Credit Card I hold.
The lounge is located at the perfect spot in Delhi Airport T3’s Domestic Atrium, as soon as you arrive on the other side of security. On the left, you’d usually depart for Jet Airways and Vistara gates, and on the right, you would walk for Air India flight boarding.
At the entrance, I presented my Jet Airways American Express Platinum Credit Card, which allows free access for one to the lounge. My card was authenticated using a PIN, and I was on my way.
The lounge has to seat for approximately 20 people. They had a large couch around the lounge, which they knocked off, and most seats are now for 2-3 people each.
Taking advantage of their prime location, the lounge also has some fabulous views of the tarmac. So I usually try and get a spot next to the tarmac. On this day, my favorite table was open, and there were tonnes of excellent views outside.
As soon as I took a seat, I was brought a menu, along with a bottle of packaged water and a glass. I first requested for some soda water and a slice of lime to be brought over, while I was going to look at the menu.
The lounge has some finger food available if you would like to have that, but the key strength of this lounge is a-la-carte dining and a full bar. The lounge has a variety of beers and some spirits but is a paid bar. The dining is complimentary.
Here is a look at the menu on offer. There is a separate breakfast menu available from 5 AM through 10:45 AM, and then food that is served through the day.
For the longest time, I have stuck with the Penne Arrabiata here, which comes with some nice garlic bread on the side. However, I was not very hungry today, so I went with a smaller portion and tried the Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Jalapenos today. It was just the right size, and it was brought to me in 15 minutes.
Here is a look at the finger food on offer, including fruits, juices, muffins, cookies and finger sandwiches.
Just outside the lounge is a flight information board, which would keep me updated on flight status. Too bad they have not been able to get one inside the lounge for a very long time. I was keeping an eye on my plane while I was eating, so I knew when it was time to go.
I was not around in the lounge for a long time, but this lounge is good enough to spend a short time before your flight. I only wish American Express invested some more resources in adding more lounges around India, which they call a focus market for Amex.
The obvious question is, how to access the lounge. You can access it via the American Express Centurion Card, the American Express Platinum Card (including the Corporate Version), the American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card and the Jet Airways American Express Platinum Credit Card.
This is one of the best lounges in Delhi Airport, accessible to a select few. I’d just hope they would add more of these as time goes forth and invest some resources in making them the Centurion standard as they have in the USA.
Have you been to the American Express Lounge at the New Delhi Airport? How do you like it?