After landing early from Jakarta on my Garuda First Class flight, I had a long wait before my room was ready at the Andaz Prinsengracht. Thank goodness for Priority Pass — it gave me access to the Aspire Lounge 41 for several hours.
Let’s dispense with the niceties: this was one of the most crowded lounges I have ever been in and should be avoided if possible during the morning hours. It took me 15 minutes to find a seat and was so filled you had people eating breakfast on the buffet station. The picture below I took after the lounge had “emptied” out.
Aspire Lounge 41 Seating
Notice all the plates and glasses in the picture above–staff was extremely slow to collect these items, leading to a cluttering of both people and dishes.
Aspire Lounge 41 Hours
Hours are from 6am – 11:30pm but in from around 8am-12pm it becomes packed. SkyTeam has its large KLM lounge and oneworld has the British Airways lounge, but everyone else in the non-Schengen area seems to use this lounge for premium passengers.
Aspire Lounge 41 Food + Drink
Walking in, you first encounter the buffet, which has a continental set-up for breakfast. Three coffee machines are stationed around the lounge, but one was broken and the coffee from the other two just wasn’t great (the same H-Milk problem I mentioned at the Andaz). But there were stroopwaffels!
I found lunch to be much more appetizing. I enjoyed a nice salad and a couple slices of flatbread pizza with a bowl of tomato soup.
Aspire Lounge 41 Internet
Internet is two-tiered in the lounge. The standard speed is free and slow: the higher speed is fairly expensive (5EUR/hr), though you can log in with your Boingo account.
The Lounge Within the Lounge
In the back of the lounge is a roped-off section reserved exclusively for Singapore Airlines passengers in the morning, prior to the departure of SQ323 at 10:25a. It contains hot food and a dedicated staff member to serve you drinks. After 10am, that section is opened but the hot food is removed.
Aspire Lounge 41 Bathroom + Wi-Fi
The bathrooms were clean and shower rooms were available, though I just waited till I arrived at my hotel.
Aspire Lounge 41 Smoking
There is also a smoking room behind the bathrooms.
When I flew out a couple days later on United, I did not even bother to stop by the lounge. Instead, I just spent an extra half hour at the hotel and cut it close at the airport. If your flight is in the morning, be prepared to fight for a seat. If you are flying out later in the day, a seat should be much easier.