While expectations were low, especially after the poor service on the Colombo to Jeddah flight, the Saudia Lounge at Jeddah was objectively not bad. In fact, I’d even call it a good lounge.
1.) Plenty of seating
We arrived at 9:30p and the lounge was empty–we literally had to it ourselves. It would fill up over the next five hours, but never to a point in which it felt “crowded” or there was a shortage of seating.
2.) Wi-Fi was fast
During our all-day layover in Colombo, we struggled with productivity due to poor internet speeds in the Araliya Lounge. Internet was fast in the lounge. It made our stay productive and I was incredibly thankful for it.
3.) Excellent food spread
The biggest surprise was the excellent food spread. Honestly, I was excepting very little but an elaborate buffet with a great selection of food and (non-alocholic) drinks was available. I was not all that hungry so I am judging on appearance only, but everything from the salads to sandwiches to hot items to desserts looks tasty. I drank a lot of coffee and water during the stay and appreciated Saudia had good espresso and Evian water.
But No Lounge Is Perfect
Even though there was a separate smoking room, the bathroom smelled like both a sewer and ashtray. I understand that culturally smoking in bathrooms and stairwells may be acceptable, but it was not a pleasant odor when mixed with inferior venting.
I had planned to take a shower to freshen up during the long layover. Ben took one first and reported the water was lukewarm with poor pressure. Thus, I passed.
Last time I flew through Jeddah I was flying economy class and had no Priority Pass membership, so I ended up waiting for several hours in the terminal. This was a far better way to endure a long layover. The lounge exceeded my (low) expectations to a point that I would rate it as “good” not just “mediocre”.
Read Ben’s take on the lounge here.