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Best Pay-In Airport Lounges

Pay-in airport lounges allow us, the non-first-class frequent flyer, to indulge in some pre-departure, layover largesse. So, excuse us, but while you slump miserably at the gate in a stupor, we will be in the nap room with a massage therapist.

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Menzies Lounge 21, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
5:30am – 9:30pm (daily), single entrance for £19.00*

Alas, Menzies Lounge 21 is not a cannabis coffeeshop but the Schiphol refuge is where the wise and travel-weary go to take the edge off.

Where to stay: Sofitel Legend Amsterdam The Grand

Amsterdam City Guide

Oryx Lounge, Doha International Airport
Open 24 hours, QAR 140 / US$39 / £22.00 (3 hrs) or £25.00 (6 hrs)

Doha International’s sleek Oryx Lounge accommodates 164 passengers at a time. Perks include Wi-Fi, international fax machines, a nursery room, conference room, work desks, showers and food and beverage.

Where to stay: Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa

Doha City Guide

Plaza Premium Shower & Relaxation Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport
Open 24 hours, HK$150 shower, HK$250 shower with breakfast

Left luggage, a nap room and showers make Hong Kong International’s Plaza Premium (one of several pay-ins at the world-class hub) a foremost layover sanctuary.

Where to stay: Hotel LKF By Rhombus (Lan Kwai Fong) Hong Kong

Hong Kong City Guide

Plaza Premium International Arrivals Lounge, Indira Gandhi International Airport
Open 24 hours, INR 1000 (2 hrs) per person, INR 2000 single / INR 3000 double (3 hrs) per room, INR 3000 single / INR 4000 double (6 hrs) per room

The airport that serves India’s massive National Capital Territory has a sweet pay-in with supplementary on-call massage service, showers, free Wi-Fi and local calls, refreshments and international newspapers and magazines.

Where to stay: Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi

New Delhi City Guide

Plaza Premium Green Market Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport
6am – 1am (daily), all day set menu (from S$32 – S$42 per person)

Singapore Changi is forever in the “best airport in the world” picture because of incentives like the Plaza Premium Green Market Lounge. From the ample buffet to oxygen therapy, this is the place to power-up while in transit.

Where to stay: Grand Heritage Doha Hotel & Spa

Doha City Guide

Business Class Lounge, Dubai International Airport
Open 24 hours, from £25.00 per person

No surprise that the Gulf states deliver gold standard lounge luxury. Dubai International is a pacemaker, with a (relatively) affordable Business Class Lounge that comes with free showers, Wi-Fi, a hot and cold buffet, alcoholic beverages and, for a nominal fee, a private bedroom with en suite bathroom.

Where to stay: Grosvenor House Dubai Hotel

Dubai City Guide

Plaza Premium Pearson Lounge, Toronto Pearson International Airport
5am – 9:30pm (daily), CA$35 (3 hours)

Canada’s cardinal airport is the business gateway to the country and duly caters to execs (and anyone, for that matter) with a sublime food, beverage and chillout lounge.

Where to stay: Hotel Le Germain Toronto

Toronto City Guide

Oasis Lounge, John F. Kennedy International Airport
4am – 1:30am (daily), US$45 (day pass)

JFK’s Oasis Lounge is just that – a foremost island of calm in New York City. Free national calls, liquor, wine – and bagels of course.

Where to stay: Distrikt Hotel New York City An Ascend Collection Hotel

New York City Guide

reLAX Lounge, Los Angeles International Airport
8am – 12:00am (daily), US$30 (3 hours)

reLAX (get it?) has free Wi-Fi, snacks and beverages, massage service and ultra-comfortable, ergonomic furniture. The sanctum of Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Where to stay: The Elan Hotel Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Guide

Atlantic Lounge, Munich Airport
5:30am – 9:30pm (daily), single entrance for £19.00

Europe’s best airport also has the best pay-in lounge. The Atlantic has apron panoramas, free Wi-Fi and laptop use, showers, en suite toilets, satellite televisions and a wide range of food and beverages.

Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Munich Hotel

Munich City Guide

* all prices as of November 2012

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