Alitalia Lounge review-Rome Fiumicino airport

 

 
 
Date: November 2015
Airline: Croatia airlines
 
It had been quite a while since I was in Rome so I was looking forward to trying out Alitalia’s business class lounge on Terminal 3 at Fiumicino airport. A couple of things surprised me!
 
 
I had a quick business trip booked last minute to close a deal (yay!) so I had to stop over at Rome to get on a strange connection that would get me to Zagreb before the end of the day. I was thrilled because really, I couldn’t remember the last time I had been to Rome. Other than 10+ years ago when I proposed to my lovely wife, that is!
 
My Croatia Airlines flight was departing from the G2 gate on Terminal 3, so after check in and going through security, I had to go up a flight of stairs and get on a People Mover, which took me  to the Gates. These are in a separate building, literally 200 meters away, so it takes about 30 seconds to get there. Really.
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People mover at FCO airport
Gates G1 to G14 are located in this diamond-shaped building, and although it looks a bit dated, it is quite functional and getting around proved quite easy and fast.
Boarding area G1-G14 map
Boarding area G1-G14 map
 
Once you get there, you need to follow the signs to Gate G14 until you find the “Airline Lounge” sign next to the Dolce & Gabbana store.
Find the D&G store to get to the Lounges
Find the D&G store to get to the Lounges

 

 
There are 2 Lounges, strangely not organised by Arline Alliance as usual with one exception. The Le Anfore lounge is located on the same floor and caters for mostly Star Alliance, plus Meridiana, Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airways and a few others. You can also access it without an airline card, either through credit card or other membership card ownership (of certain types) and you can also pay 30 Eur for the privilege.

 

Lounge hallway
Lounge hallway

 

Downstairs you can find another access to the Le Anfore Lounge, as well as the Alitalia Lounge, which caters to Sky Team guests, plus Air China, American Airlines, Etihad, United, and a couple of others.

 

Downstairs access to Le Anfore Lounge, plus the Skyteam Lounge access
Downstairs access to Le Anfore Lounge, plus the Skyteam Lounge access
Once you enter the lounge, the reception is on the right. It was staffed by 3 agents who quickly waved me in.
 
Alitalia Lounge Reception
Alitalia Lounge Reception
 
I was positively surprised by how well decorated the lounge is. Very minimalistic, with white floor and ceiling, as well as nice, comfortable leather seats, it is bright, airy and full of space. On the left  of the reception there’s a small news stand, mostly with international newspapers, next to 2 screens showing flight departure details.

 

News stand with Departure information
News stand with Departure information
 
When you look straight ahead, there is a small, well organised spirits area, mostly with Prosecco, the italian champagne-like bubbly. If you go around it there’s two small areas with water, soda, salads, pasta, cold cuts as well as other bits and pieces. After that there’s the full bar, with a few high chairs, and a wonderful italian coffee machine (of course!).

 

What you see as you enter the Lounge
What you see as you enter the Lounge
drinks and nuts area
drinks and nuts area
The salads area
The salads area
Cheese, cold cuts and sweets
Cheese, cold cuts and sweets
 
The bar faces the access to the full lavatories, which include showers and seemed well maintained and clean. In turn, to the right of the lavatories, there is a small business area with office chairs, tables and power sockets, where you can catch up on pending work.

 

Showers area
Showers area
General view of the bar
General view of the bar
 
On either side of the bar there are seating areas throughout, but if you are looking for some peace and quiet I recommend going all the way to the very end of the lounge (whether left or right), where you can find some chaises longues to relax. As a bonus, most seats have easy to access power sockets, so it’s easy to ensure that juice keeps flowing to your mobile and other power sucking devices!

 

A quiet area to relax or work
A quiet area to relax or work
Finally, a word to say that internet access at the Alitalia lounge was the way it should be: select network, click start and Go! Decent speed and coverage (less so in the corner areas), no nonsense passwords, more time to focus on work. How refreshing!
 
With 2 hours to kill, I proceeded to charging all my devices, getting a bit of work done and grabbing a quick bite to eat.
 
Soon enough, it was time to get to the boarding gate and say goodbye to what was a pretty good experience at the Alitalia lounge on Terminal 3, Gates 1-14.
 
 
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