The Chennai Airport domestic departures has 2 lounges, one being the TFS lounge which everyone might be aware of. Other one is the new lounge, which is less known to many and so less crowded comparatively. This review is about the new TFS lounge (Near Gate 1) which also accepts all cards, just like the other.
|Type||Premium Airport Lounge|
|Card accepted||Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club & many more|
|Location||Take right after security (Near Gate 1, 3rd floor)|
|Plug points||Yes, in plenty|
|Ambiance||Amazing interiors & spacious|
|Food options||Good, usually South Indian|
This is the best airport lounge at Chennai Airport domestic terminal. If you find this lounge crowded, you may also explore the other TFS lounge (Near Gate 5, 3rd floor) which also has same food menu but relatively average interiors.
I’ve been to this lounge multiple times, got access once using the Business class ticket issued by Vistara and other time using an American Express Credit Card. Checkin was smooth and fast. I also saw an old lady get-in using Digital Priority Pass on her iPhone, which was validated in a blink of an eye.
Seating & interiors
The lounge has one of the best modern interiors with variety of seating options spread across the lounge. Its typically divided into 3 sections,
- As you enter, you see a straight comfy lounging area to sit and relax, with some drink by side.
- The middle area is primarily for dining and has dining tables and chairs spread across.
- The last area contains high stools which can also be used for dining and it overlooks the departure gates.
You would be lucky if your gate is nearby. So you can see when they start boarding and leave the lounge accordingly. The lounge anyways has the display if you want to know the flight status. It also has a silent TV with News being played on it. Have a look at the wonderful interiors:
Food & Service
I had been to this lounge both during breakfast and lunch hours. Breakfast options are decent, can have more options though and for lunch I was impressed to see soft chapattis and tasty curry.
The service is also good whenever you want it. That being said, expect some lounge guys to approach you for an Amex airport offer. They also have a bar area and you’ve an option to avail the alcoholic drinks on paid basis.
If you’re visiting the lounge, you shouldn’t miss the filter coffee served here. As Chennai and the nearby Kumbakonam is famous for the filter coffee, its good to see it in the lounge – an idea that needs great appreciation.
The taste is 10X better than the one we get from coffee machine, even the Starbucks coffee stands nowhere to this taste. I wish there is filter coffee in every lounge around the world. It just needs some marketing 🙂
- Wifi: Yes
- Food: Yes, decent spread
- Recharge Station: Yes
- Dining: Separate dining area available
- Cardexpert Rating: 4.7/5
Overall, its a very nice lounge to spend your free time at Chennai airport to have a tasty filter coffee apart from decent food spread. I would rate it as one of the best airport lounge in the country, next to 080 lounge at Bangalore.
I fly in and out of Chennai quite often and this lounge helps me very much during my transit.
Have you been to this TFS Travel Club lounge and tried the Filter Coffee? Feel free to share your experiences in comments below.