With a few hours to spare at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman we popped into the Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge for some rest and relaxation before our Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul. After a long day driving through Jordan we needed something to perk us up and, having passed through the very impressive Queen Alia airport, we were excited to see what Royal Jordanian had to offer!
The open plan mezzanine lounge wraps around the outside of the airport and looks over the food and shopping area on the main floor.
The lounge is split into two sections. One side is focused on dining and entertainment and is home to the main food and drinks section as well as the pool area and the individual TV suites. The other, more quieter side, contains the lounge reception, a selection of drinks, sandwiches and deli style food as well as the family area and the prayer and shower rooms.
The lounge on either side of the mezzanine:
Priority Pass Lounges
A Priority Pass membership allows you to access Priority Pass lounges whoever you fly with no matter your class of travel. Anyone who flies regularly should seriously consider joining Priority Pass as their lounges significantly improve the travel experience. We love the app which allows you to check in at each lounge and overall the quality and availability of lounges around the world are very good. We’ve personally used Priority Pass for the past few years and highly recommend it.
There are three options available, standard, standard Plus and Prestige. We recommend the Prestige pass for frequent travellers (it’s the one we use!) which offers unlimited visits throughout the year.
The Crown Lounge has a variety of comfortable seating options with armchairs, couches and leather seats located throughout the lounge. We had no difficulty finding a quiet seat during our off-peak visit and even relocated a few times for some pre-flight variety! Choose carefully if you need to charge electronics as not all the seats had power outlets within reach.
It’s always nice to have the dining and relaxation sections separate and the food areas in the Crown Lounge are equipped with canteen style seating.
Food and Drinks
The main food area, The Chandeliers, is described as a bistro and bakery area. When we were there in the evening time, a selection of salads, breads and hot foods were available as a self service buffet. I’m a big fan of health food in airline lounges so the salad bar pleased me no end! The hot food options included falfael, lamb and samosas and there was a nice variety of breads.
The salad bar:
Sandwiches and cheeses:
Lots of drinks, both soft and alcoholic, were on offer throughout the lounge. There was a good selection of fresh juices, tea, coffee, water and fizzy drinks. A bar was available on both sides of the lounge with wine and beers chilled on the counter and a selection of spirits behind the bar. We were in the lounge very late in the day as a result of a 2am departure and, while there was no drink service, a few guests did serve themselves spirits.
The lounge is equipped with a range of facilities including laptops, a children’s area, a magazine library, a pool table and some individual television rooms. Showers and prayer rooms were located on the reception side of the lounge. We did not make use of the shower facilities but some passengers have reported a charge for use.
Wi-fi is shared with the airport and the strength of the signal varied through the lounge. At times we lost our connection and had to sign on again. The lounge does not offer its own network.
Access to Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge, Amman
Access: Royal Jordanian is part of the One World Alliance. We accessed the lounge with our Turkish Airlines Business Class ticket.
According to the airline website, 3 hour passes can be purchased for 30 JOD.
Note: A strict 3 hour check in policy is enforced at the Queen Alia International Airport and passengers are not allowed through the initial security check and into the check in area until around this time. Our Turkish Airlines check in desk opened just short of 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight time.