Salon Puerta del Sol, Madrid Barajas Terminal 2: What a difference!

I left The EDITION Madrid about 2h15 before my flight to Lisbon.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypePost
1DiaryConference in Paris and weekend in Madrid
2LoungeUnited Club, Boston Logan
3FlightUnited Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9
4FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Washington Dulles – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A350-900
5LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
6FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Copenhagen Kastrup – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 737-800
7HotelLe Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt
8FlightTAP Executive, Paris Orly – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A321LR
9LoungeTAP Lounge, Lisbon Portela
10FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Madrid Barajas, Embraer 190
11HotelThe Madrid EDITION
12LoungePuerta del Sol Lounge, Madrid Barajas
13FlightTAP Executive, Madrid Barajas – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A320
14FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO
15HotelMoxy Paris Val d’Europe
16FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Oslo Gardermoen, Boeing 737-700
17HotelMoxy Oslo X
18LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Oslo Gardermoen
19FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Oslo Gardermoen – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A320NEO
20LoungeEventyr Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
21FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Copenhagen Kastrup – Boston Logan, Airbus A321LR
Today’s itinerary

Check-in and ground experience

I checked in about 30 hours before the departure of my flight to Lisbon and Paris.

This time, there was no go-show available at OLCI, so I checked in for the flight I originally booked, and downloaded my PDF boarding pass and Passbook cards.

Leaving Madrid in the middle of the day, this time I used public transport to get to Barajas airport.

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It was a combination of Cercanias from Renfe, the Spanish railways, and of Madrid metro that took me to the airport’s Terminal 2.

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As I had no luggage to check in, I went straight to the Fast Track in Terminal 2, located to the left of the check-in counters, which is never overcrowded, and therefore very smooth.

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Location and welcome

Once airside, I could have gone to the nearby Puerta de Alcala lounge, already reported here, but I prefered the brighter and slightly larger Puerta del sol.

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So I made my way to the E gates, then took the stairs to the lounge.

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The reception was a little slow because of the computer system used, but I was welcomed into the lounge with a smile.

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Lounge design

The lounge’s design hasn’t changed since my last visit. A mix of lounging and dining areas bathed in outside light and a superb view of the tarmac.

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Catering

What an effort! The food and beverage on offer at this lounge was truly top-notch, served in mouth-watering pre-prepared portions.

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Fresh and alcoholic beverages were also of good quality and available.

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Bottom line

A pleasant lounge with a qualitative catering offer. A good renovation would not be out of place, but the basics are there. More frequent clearing out would be nice, too.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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