The Irish House: Kolkata’s Premium Airport Lounge Review

By | July 6, 2022
Kolkata premium airport lounge - The Irish House

If you’re a business class traveller flying out of Kolkata and don’t prefer crowded lounges, you’re fortunate to have a premium airport lounge. I recently accessed this newly opened lounge and here’s a quick look into the same.

Overview

TypePremium Airport Lounge
Card acceptedPriority Pass & business passengers
LocationFollow lounge signboard & take left from TFS lounge
Plug pointsYes
AmbianceBeautiful interiors & spacious
Food optionsDecent food spread

This is the best airport lounge at Kolkata Airport. So as long as you’re able to access this lounge, you should be avoiding the other crowded TFS lounge.

Location

Most sign boards would take you to the other lounge that’s named as: Travel Club Lounge. Fortunately The Irish House is also located in the same floor.

Just follow the sign boards that take you to the entrance of the Travel Club Lounge, then take left, walk few steps and you should be able to find The Irish House on the right.

Check-in 

I used my Priority Pass that I received with HDFC Infinia credit card to get access to this lounge. If you’re wondering what else can get you access to the lounge, here’s a quick look at it,

kolkata premium airport lounge access

From what I’ve noticed, the lounge is accessed by business class travellers and Airline crew most of the time. As the airside is shared both by domestic and international passengers, I saw an international flight crew in the lounge. 

I was also surprised to see someone use lounge key membership (foreign credit card) to access the lounge. 

Seating & Interiors

The lounge has proper dining tables, lounge seats and then some comfy green lounge chairs that looks so beautiful. Here are some lovely pics for your eyes:

kolkata premium airport lounge - Seating
kolkata premium airport lounge seating
kolkata premium airport lounge - Food Options

Food

The food spread is almost same as what I saw at the other lounge the same day, except that here the stock is full and look clean. Additionally, there was also someone nearby to help you with whatever you need. 

Taste is quite good and that Uttapam was truly delicious, so much so that I went for 3 rounds. It’s good to see south Indian dishes tasting well here. The Idly though is nowhere good across north/east India (even in hotels).

kolkata premium airport lounge - Food
kolkata premium airport lounge - Food Options
kolkata premium airport lounge - Food Spread
kolkata premium airport lounge - Food - Chutneys

Bottom line

  • Cardexpert Rating: 4.5/5

After Bangalore, I’m happy to see a dedicated lounge at Kolkata airport for premium travellers. This one does make it to one of the best airport lounges in India to spend some time in.

Though, there is one thing you need to keep in mind, which is, it opens only by 8am. This was the reason why I had to waste some time with the crowd at the other travel club lounge before I finally moved to this one, as soon as it opened.

So if you wish to access this lounge, you can’t take an early morning flight!

Have you been to the newly opened Kolkata airport Lounge? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.

25 thoughts on “The Irish House: Kolkata’s Premium Airport Lounge Review

  1. Divyanshu

    New lounge in Bangalore opposite to Plaza Premium, is the best lounge in India, do visit and make a review on it.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yeah, visited last week, lovely one. Covering next.

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  2. Chinmoy

    Priority Pass holder with cattle class ticket ( I mean non business class) – are they allowed to use the lounge ?
    Also I thought using Priority Pass in India will attract fees . Am I missing something here ?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      – Yes, I was travelling Cattle Class for that matter. 😀
      – Yes, most of them are chargeable, but few cards has this advantage.

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      1. aka

        Which ones Sid ? Please elaborate

        Even the one issued through Yes bank exclusive attract fees for me.

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  3. NIHAL BASNET

    Bro IRISH HOUSE is not newly opened. It was there since ages. I have utilised it many times many years back. However, not many knew about it, as most of the times they didn’t used to accept card entry.

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  4. Prateek Mittal

    Hey Sid, Thanks a lot for wonderful review. Just wanted to understand if we can actually use priority pass in India. As far as I know, if we use priority pass in India, it will be charged. I have priority pass issued along with Infinia. Kindly clarify.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Not all PP has this advantage, but yes, Infinia issued PP is free for domestic usage as well.

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      1. Credit enthusiastic

        Can you please name other cards which has free domestic Priority pass lounge access?

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        1. MT

          Infinia , YB Exclusive , Citi Prestige are the cards i know of who’s PP when swiped domestically do not attract charges

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          1. Siddharth Post author

            YB revoked this benefit recently.

    2. Subhash Agarwal

      Priority pass issued with regalia have a mention that if used in India is chargeable but Pp issued with infinia can be used in India.

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  5. Kshitij

    The lounge is decent but I visited the lounge twice within a span of 10 days and found the following:
    1. There was leakage from AC vents on both days.
    2. The food spread was absolutely same on both days down to the salad and placement of dishes.
    3. My friend accompanied me as plus one guest at the HDFC infinia PP card did not charge me for the same.
    4. Liquor is available on chargeable basis.
    5. There is no washroom on the entire floor including that in the Travel Lounge.
    6. Rest observations are same as those mentioned in opening post.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for your inputs, have dropped the rating a bit.

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    2. Arvind

      Are you sure there is complimentary guess access for Infinia PP?

      It is chargeable as far as I know – USD32 – could be billed much later.

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  6. Shivi

    Hi Sid!

    About this phrase “”I was also surprised to see someone use lounge key membership (foreign credit card) to access the lounge”:

    IndusInd is providing complimentary LoungeKey membership on its Crest & Heritage credit cards. It is also available on Citibank World Debit Card as well as on HSBC Premier MasterCard credit card.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for the info, Shivi. AFAIK, most Mastercard World Elite cards has it, inbuilt. So Yes Private card MC version also has it.

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  7. Debajit

    Had a great time here last week with family. Accessed via Priority Pass (Infinia) – both for self and wife (add on). Ambience was superb (also very less crowd compared to the other Travel club lounge on the same floor which had a long queue) . Food spread looked decent, we only tried a few things and they were delicious. Overall way better than most of the crowded lounges now a days.

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  8. Tanoy Kumar

    This lounge is now accepts American express card, dragonpass, intramiles, nearby voucher, easemytrip voucher,mmt voucher as well.

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  9. Gajanan Vaidya

    I have used this lounge on 24th July using HDFC Infinia – Priority Pass . Initially , they said can be used for 3 hrs and then again have to swipe the pass for extended use. I was there for 3.5 hrs but they have not asked for re swipe.

    As said in review by SID , it was less crowded and food was excellent and wide buffet spread. Must Visit Lounge.

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  10. vicky

    I used Axis PP at this lounge thrice since December 2021. Surprisingly all three PP charges on my Axis select were fully reversed. Anyone experienced this?

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