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My first European lounge was a success!  After heading into Amsterdam via train and exploring he city for a few hours, we rode back to the airport, checked in, and hung out at the Aspire Lounge for about an hour before our KLM CityHopper flight to Dresden.  Here’s my review of the Aspire Lounge

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If you see these stairs, you’re going in the right direction!

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Aspire Lounge Access

The Aspire Lounge in Amsterdam has two locations at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.  One is in the EU/Schengen terminal near Gate 26, and the other is located near Gate 41 and the rest of the non-EU departures.  Our flight was on KLM Cityhopper, from Amsterdam to Dresden, Germany, so we stopped by the Aspire Lounge near Gate 26.

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You’ll see this cool sign when you get there!

Go through security, follow the stairs up to the top level right near Gate 26.  Swipe your Priority Pass, and you’re in!

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Aspire Lounge Food and Bar

I’ll be honest with you guys:  I was a bit disappointed with the food here.  There was plenty of snacks, but only one real dinner option – some tomato soup with warm bread.  They did offer a lot of cold fruit and veggies though, so that’s a plus.

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Though the options were limited, the tomato soup was excellent.

Heineken is on a self-serve tap next to some juice options, a soda machine, wine, a small liquor shelf, and a coffee machine.  I think the food at the Aspire Lounge is subpar as far a Priority Pass lounges, but if you just need a quick bite, or something to take the edge off your long flight, you’ll fit in well here.

a shelf with bottles and glasses a coffee machine and coffee maker

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Aspire Lounge Seating

The Aspire lounge is huge!  Although it was busy on a Saturday afternoon, we didn’t feel too crowded.  There’s plenty of seating options – low tables and couches to lounge in, armchairs by the windows, and cafe style tables to sit and have a meal.  All of the couches and many of the chairs have outlets built into their bases.  You won’t need to look far to charge our battery, and there’s plenty to go around.

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When I looked up the app on Loungebuddy, there were a number of reviews that mentioned restrictions on Priority Pass and LoungeKey members.  AMS is a busy airport, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Aspire Lounges reach capacity on peak travel days.  Luckily, we didn’t run into any issues!

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Aspire Lounge Review

This was the first time I’d encountered twin lounges in two different terminals.  If I’d had more time, I might have gone to the other Aspire Lounge to compare the two!

a group of tables and chairs in a room

Some high-tops near the entrance

The Aspire Lounge is a great place to grab a snack as long as you’re not expecting a full meal.  There’s plenty of seating, and I have a hard time envisioning it full, but I’m sure it happens sometimes, given the reviews on LoungeBuddy.

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