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  • Writer's pictureMark Vogel

The Dan Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport: Kosher Buffet in Tel Aviv

Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel


The Dan Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport
The Dan Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport

While waiting for a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to New York City, I spent some time at the Dan Lounge in Ben Gurion Airport. I found it to be convenient and comfortable, albeit on a smaller scale compared to other airport lounges.


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“I then pondered if it would be a smart idea to have potato salad right before taking a long flight. Since the staff had just brought out a new batch, I decided to live on the edge and take a chance. Thankfully I made the right decision, as it was quite delicious.”

The Dan Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport

The Dan Lounges, managed by the Dan Hotel Chain and QAS, are located both at the B and C concourses. My time at the Concourse C lounge was marked by its accessibility and ease, with clear signage leading me there after security, right by Gate C2. The lounge is not only accessible to Priority Pass members but also to business and first-class passengers on select airlines and members of the Dan Club loyalty program.


The lounge itself is modest, a far cry from the grandeur of more lavish international lounges, but its simplicity belied a certain charm. Open 24 hours, except on Yom Kippur, it offered a respite from the busy terminal. The layout was straightforward—a long room with clusters of chairs around tables and some bar-style seating. It wasn't too crowded initially, but it gradually filled up. A notable inconvenience was the scarcity of outlets, but I was able to find one to use.



The Dan Lounge at Ben Gurion Airport

As for amenities, the lounge provided small bathrooms and reliable free Wi-Fi. Departure screens were available for flight monitoring. The lounge didn't have showers, which wasn't a significant shortfall considering many of the flights from Tel Aviv aren't long-haul.


The kosher buffet was small but adequate, serving a modest selection of soup, bread, yogurts, cheeses, olives, cereal, and pastries. There was also a coffee machine, a fridge with soda, and water. I had a coffee and a whole grain roll topped with oats and seeds alongside two types of crackers including one with sesame seeds. I had the pasta salad with olives which was very tasty. I also had a peach yogurt – as dairy products are staple elements in a typical Israeli breakfast.


I then pondered if it would be a smart idea to have potato salad right before taking a long flight. Since the staff had just brought out a new batch, I decided to live on the edge and take a chance. Thankfully I made the right decision, as it was quite delicious.


The Dan Lounge may not be the place one arrives hours in advance to enjoy, but it serves its purpose well. My experience was overall positive, grounded in the practicality and convenience that the lounge provided. As I departed for New York City, I was content, well-fed, and ready for the long journey ahead.


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