The new Istanbul Airport just got a SkyTeam lounge that can accommodate around 145 guests. The lounge is on Level H, in the airport's West Wing. Spanning over 6,200 square feet, the newly opened lounge is conveniently open 24/7. Seven SkyTeam airlines will be using the lounge, and they include: Aeroflot, Air France, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia and TAROM.

Those flying in First Class, Business Class or SkyTeam Elite Plus members who are flying on an eligible flight will be able to access the lounge. On another note, SkyTeam Elite Plus members can bring an accompanying guest to the lounge, provided the guest is also traveling on a SkyTeam member airline operated flight.

The new SkyTeam lounge at Istanbul Airport offers a reception area with living moss walls, a variety of comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the facility, plenty of charging stations and warm showers. The lounge is an oasis of calm, and whether guests want to relax, make a call before a flight or simply read the paper, there is a place for them at the new lounge.

Istanbul is both a European and an Asian city, and this is apparent even in the airport lounge. There is plenty of Turkish cuisine available, along with European-style dishes. Guests will appreciate the on-demand cooking station as well. Along with snacks, soft drinks, beer, traditional tea and coffee, and spirits, visitors can enjoy Turkish wine while they are at it.

At this time, Priority Pass members don't have access to the lounge in Istanbul. However, Priority Pass members can visit the SkyTeam Lounges at London Heathrow, Dubai and Vancouver

There are now seven SkyTeam branded lounges in the world, and the plan is to open another location in Santiago, Chile sometime early next year.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: