Recently (early September), I had the chance to visit the Primeclass Lounge at the Domestic Terminal of Milas Bodrum Airport. As this facility is a major gateway to Turkey’s southwest coast and the warm sunny vacation spots scattered all over the place, many travelers from all over the world may find themselves passing through and using this lounge. Although the airport has an international terminal, those traveling on Turkish Airlines would more likely pass through the domestic side when connecting via Istanbul. Let’s take a look at what the Primeclass lounge had to offer.
Packed masks are located at the entrance to the salon. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight
My travel companion and I arrived at the airport quite early to sort out a check-in and boarding pass issue. With over two hours before boarding even started, I really regretted not having prepaid lounge access through Turkish Airlines, which was $14 per person. While the Turkish Airlines lounge was visible and its exit doors in the airside section, its entrance appeared to be landside, with its own security checkpoint. Due to this unexpected oddity, I decided not to even attempt to visit the Turkish Airlines lounge to see if that was a possibility, opting instead for the close and convenient Primeclass facility.
Although this lounge accepts PriorityPass and a number of credit card-based lounge passes, I had discontinued my American Express Platinum card in 2020 – a card that offered unlimited lounge access for the cardholder and a guest. For the annual fee of over $500, this card was definitely a bargain for frequent travelers – but with the pandemic and other life changes, I decided it wasn’t worth keeping the card. . So as a result I was a paying guest, paying almost 640 Turkish liras to enter. At the time of writing, this is roughly equivalent to $36, depending on your bank/credit card’s exchange rate.
Visiting on a Friday morning, there were no queues and the lounge reception was polite and attentive.
The living room also has a separate smoking room for those who need it. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight
Space and seats
I would say that this fair is on the small and medium business side. There are two main sections: On one side is a dining area with restaurant-style tables and chairs. On the other side are larger, padded chairs. The padding of these seats is rather rigid and the backrests are rather straight. Overall this meant comfort was “ok” but not great. At least you’re less likely to fall asleep and miss a flight, right?
The living room has lovely lights hanging from the ceilings but during the day it is mostly lit by large amounts of natural light entering through the windows. Unfortunately, however, the windows face the city side, providing a view of airport shuttles and taxis. With hard tiled floors, the sound in the living room bounced everywhere, although that wasn’t too much of an issue, although sounds from the terminal and the kitchen filled the area. At the same time, the music was set at an acceptable level, the genre being quite “lounge” – not too mellow and sleep-inducing, but also no intense, upbeat pop or rock music.
Upon entering you will find a fully staffed full service bar on the right and a self-serve beverage and coffee station on the left. Straight ahead was the dining room and all the food the living room had to offer.
food and drinks
Naturally, that brings us to our second point of scrutiny: food and drink. Selection of cold refreshments was ok. It wasn’t as diverse as the other lounges, but there was bottled water, coca cola, and a few other canned sugary sodas. The coffee machine had an out of service sign hanging above it, although drip coffee was available.
Arrived around 09:30, the lounge was in ‘breakfast mode’, serving boiled eggs, scrambled eggs and a selection of foods you would expect as part of a Turkish breakfast, such as sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, sliced meats, etc. As for hot dishes, the lounge also offered a creamy lentil soup and mushroom caps stuffed with cheese. Near the bar and reception, guests will also find a cooler stocked with ice cream bars – a sweet treat to grab on the way out!
Other points to consider
Visiting the facilities, the washrooms were quite small and could only accommodate two people at a time. That’s not too surprising considering the size of the terminal and the size of the living room. Fortunately, the toilets were clean and in good condition.
The toilets were small but clean. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight
Wireless internet seems to be a bit of a challenge at Turkish airports. Here and in Istanbul, there is free Wi-Fi accessible – but only by receiving a code sent by SMS to a mobile phone. My wife and I tried with our respective devices and different phone numbers (I had a US number), but neither of us received an activation code. I thought internet access could have been easier in this lounge, but it also required SMS verification. Thus, my time at the lounge was without wireless internet – something non-Turkish travelers may need to mentally prepare for.
Foreigners may have difficulty connecting to the Internet. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight
Another thing I noticed during my visit was the lack of frequent cleaning of the dishes. During my first half hour in the lounge, I noticed dirty plates and cups on several tables. Some staff would walk past them and ignore them, presumably leaving that task to other specific workers. However, it was quite some time before someone managed to clear the tables. I found this a little odd considering how quiet the salon was when I visited.
It took a while to see the cleaning staff come by to collect the dishes. Photo: Chris Loh | single flight
Conclusion: Is it worth it?
So, after spending about two hours in this small lounge at Bodrum Airport, is it worth the “price of admission”? For those who have access by credit card and lounge pass, I would say “sure, why not!” And for those without a special membership, I’d say it’s worth it if you have some time to kill at the airport. Maybe an hour before airside boarding, a visit to the lounge might not be worth it. However, with 90 minutes or more, I’d say the $35-36 access fee is worth it – especially if you arrive with an empty stomach.
The breakfast food may be simpler, but I hope the lunch/dinner offerings are a bit more diverse. Unfortunately I was visiting at the wrong time to see if the food selection was better – or at least different!
I hope you found this salon review helpful. Have you ever visited this lounge or other Primeclass lounges? Share your experience by leaving a comment!