After going through customs and immigration and security in Terminal 4S, I transferred to Terminal 4 for the connecting flight to Palma, Mallorca. I had almost 10 hours to kill before boarding. That was enough time to go to the city for a bit but not knowing anything about Madrid, being tired from the flight from New York, and wanting to catch up on some to do items, I decided to wait it out at the airport in the Iberia Airlines Dali Premium Lounge.
Location, Hours and Access
The lounge is located on the mezzanine level in the north zone of Terminal 4 near the Air Shuttle check-in area. It is open from 5:45 am to 11:00 pm. Access is available with Iberia Plus frequent flyer Platinum or Gold membership, business class passengers from Iberia, first or business class passengers from Oneworld airlines, Emerald or Sapphire members on flights in the Schengen area. All except passengers flying business class on Iberia may bring in one guest for free.
The Dali lounge is huge. It occupies about 21,000 square feet and seats 455. The lounge has two primary seating and dining areas. The north zone is immediately ahead as you enter the lounge. It is designed for customers making a short visit. The south zone is to the right after check in. It is designated for customers who are looking to relax. A large wine bar separates the two zones.
A luggage storage area and a darkened rest area with five lounge chairs is located behind the reception desk.
Every seat has a USB connector and plug to charge any electronic device.
At the rear of the lounge, a narrow corridor with a long work table connects the north and south zones and overlooks the concourse.
Food was the weakest part of the lounge. There were no hot entrees. The buffets contained fruit, yogurt, cold cereals, salads, sandwiches, ice cream and snacks like chips, cookies, and pretzels.
Healthy options such as vegetarian smoothies and gazpacho and salmorejo, gluten-free bread, lactose-free milk and other products for people with different food intolerances are also available.
There are several beverage stations offering bottled water, soda, tea and coffee.
The wine bar was the the nicest feature. It separates the two zones. Customers can enjoy a selection of Spanish reds, whites and a rosé, plus a range of premium spirits, beers and lagers.
There is a row of shower suites located on a corridor in the south zone. The rooms have power, bath amenities, towels, dental kit, and shaving supplies.
A quiet area with cubicles for five lounge chairs is located behind the reception desk.
The private area was a good spot to catch up on sleep.
The Dali Lounge include a children’s room with board games and television programmes for the youngest passengers, flight monitors, free unlimited WiFi, newspapers, conference facilities, and a business center.
The Iberia Airlines Dalí Premium Lounge Madrid Terminal 4 is worth a visit if you have access. I spent nearly 10 hours there before the flight to Mallorca. The best features are the wine bar, rest cubicles and showers. Not having hot food was beneath the standards set by the rest of the longe. To get a satisfying meal I had to visit restaurants in the terminal. Seating is plentiful and comfortable. The beverage selection is commendable, and WiFi is fast. After 10 hours I was glad to board the next flight, but I was happy to have had a lounge like Iberia’s Dali Premium Lounge to pass the time, rest, and work during the layover.