Airport lounge review: Sala VIP Galdós in Gran Canaria airport

Galdós is the airport lounge in Gran Canaria airport (Spain) made available by Aena to frequent flyers, premium travellers and holders of a previously purchased pass. It is the only lounge in the terminal building and can be found on the airside. Passengers with a boarding pass and granted admission may enjoy its facilities regardless of their destination: the VIP lounge in LPA is open for both Schengen, non-Schengen and even regional flights.

Location and opening hours

In order to find the Galdós Vip lounge, you must clear security first and then walk through the World Duty Free store before entering the passenger-only restricted area. The lounge is located on an upper level in between the B and C gates, so you will need to go up the stairs by the O’Learys restaurant. In case it is the first time you visit Gran Canaria airport and you choose the less crowded security screening, it might take you a little longer to spot the lounge, but the terminal is properly signposted and you will quickly find your way to it.

Whether you are taking an early morning flight or just want to refresh and have a drink or snack before travelling back home in the afternoon or evening, the Galdós lounge remains open from 6:00 to 22:00 hours. As a guest, you can stay inside the lounge for as long as four hours immediately prior to your scheduled boarding time.

Gran Canaria airport VIP lounge amenities

The total surface area of the lounge -1050 square metres- accommodates a dining area with two fridges, self-service coffee machines, a buffet table with snacks, fruit and baked goods, tables and stools; a business area with internet-connected PC’s, printers and desks; comfortable armchairs and sofas; flat-screen TVs; daily press; screens displaying updated flight info; toilets and a160-sqm terrace with views to the runway.

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The open-air terrace features comfortable seats and tables, so that travellers can take their drinks, coffee and food with them and watch the landing and taking off of planes under the sun of the island. If they are lucky enough to have an early flight or a late-afternoon one, lounge guests will also witness a breathtaking sunrise or sunset. Remember that you are allowed to enjoy the lounge for a maximum of four hours and plan ahead.

Catering in the Galdós airport lounge in Las Palmas airport

In our view, the food selection inside the Galdós lounge really makes up for the paid admission or membership fee and satisfies the requirements for a varied, light pre-flight meal. There is a choice of hot drinks (chocolate, tea and Nespresso varieties), bottled water, beer, spirits, soda and juice. All throughout the day, guests can have plum cake, doughnuts, assorted nuts, fresh fruit, sandwiches and small baguettes with fillings, as well as pasta and salads.

How to spend your waiting time before boarding in the VIP lounge for passengers at LPA airport

Access to the Aena lounges is no longer restricted to first class or business class flyers, even though you will be granted admission to the lounge in the following cases: when flying with a premium category ticket with most airlines, as a member of frequent-flyer programmes such as Priority Pass or One World Emerald or as a holder of a Diners Club or American Express travel card.

If you want to buy a day-pass to enjoy access to the Galdós airport lounge in Las Palmas airport or any other lounge managed by Aena across airports in Spain, you may purchase it through their official website, upon arrival to the lounge (subject to capacity) or by using the Aena Customer Club App, thus benefitting from a 30% discount off the final price.

At the reception desk, you will be asked to show both your boarding pass and the receipt of your purchase, which can be saved to your phone. If you pay for a worldwide-lounge club membership or fly first class with your airline, simply hand your accreditation to the staff to be admitted.

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