Review: Emirates Lounge Milan Airport

Review: Emirates Lounge Milan Airport

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After spending the night at the Sofitel Athens Airport we flew Aegean in economy from Athens to Milan, which was a surprisingly pleasant experience.

Our flight arrived in Milan at around 10AM, while our connection to Dubai was at around 2PM. So when we arrived in Milan we followed the signage towards the Emirates Lounge, which was quite a haul. Malpensa Airport is super spread out, and the signage really doesn’t give you any sense of how long a walk is. In this case it took us about 30 minutes to get to the lounge.


Milan Malpensa Airport terminal

Emirates’ Milan Lounge is located in Terminal 1, near gates B50-59. This is past passport control, and there was quite a long wait there.

The further issue was that we didn’t check-in online and Emirates didn’t have a transit desk before passport control. The person controlling the queue said it wouldn’t be a problem to go through without a boarding pass. I had no issue, while they gave Ford a hard time, though when he showed the ticket they let him through.

After getting through passport control just walk to the end of the terminal and take the escalator up a level, where you’ll find the Emirates Lounge and Casa Alitalia Lounge.


Milan Malpensa Airport terminal


Emirates Lounge Milan exterior

At the desk we were welcomed by an Emirates employee who printed our boarding passes, though it took forever. I’m not sure why it was such a drawn out process, but it must have taken 15 minutes.

Emirates is very consistent when it comes to their lounges, so there’s almost limited value in reviewing them, since they’re all so similar. The only difference is typically whether the lounge features the “new style” decor (like the LAX lounge) or the “old style” decor (like the CMB lounge). Fortunately their Milan lounge is one of their renovated ones.

The Emirates Lounge Malpensa was huge, and wrapped around the corner of the terminal, so was in an L-shape of sorts. There was seating along the windows, with chairs mostly arranged in rows facing one another.


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating

Then there was a larger and wider seating area further into the lounge.


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating


Emirates Lounge Milan seating


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating


Emirates Lounge Milan seating


Emirates Lounge Milan seating

In the back there was another room with a small entryway. At first I wondered if it was some sort of VIP room, though nope, it was just another area of the lounge. This lounge really is massive.


Emirates Lounge Milan seating


Emirates Lounge Milan seating

Near the entrance to the lounge was a small water feature, as well as a selection of magazines and newspapers.


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport seating


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport magazines & newspapers

There was also a small business center with a few computers and a printer.


Emirates Lounge Milan Airport business center

The dining area was inside the entrance and to the right, and featured dining tables with two to four seats each.


Emirates Lounge Milan dining area


Emirates Lounge Milan dining area

Since the lounge wraps around the terminal, it had nice views of the apron, and even the runways in the distance.


Emirates Lounge Milan view

The lounge had a couple of different drink stations, with one being at the far end of the lounge, and the other being by the main buffet. There was a coffee machine, tea selection, soft drinks, liquor, beer, and wine.


Emirates Lounge Milan drink station


Emirates Lounge Milan coffee & tea


Emirates Lounge Milan drink selection


Emirates Lounge Milan wine

As usual, the main buffet had an excellent food selection, at least when you consider that this is a hybrid first & business class lounge. There was a small circular buffet with some cold dishes, including appetizers, salad, cheese, fresh fruit, and dessert.


Emirates Lounge Milan buffet


Emirates Lounge Milan buffet


Emirates Lounge Milan buffet


Emirates Lounge Milan buffet

Then there was the main buffet, which had things like mixed green vegetables with almonds, aubergine with mozzarella, macaroni with chicken, Milanese style cod, chicken roulade, and more.


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection

There was also soup and a couple more desserts at the buffet.


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection


Emirates Lounge Milan food selection

The lounge also had a prayer room, bathrooms, and then shower rooms inside the bathrooms.


Emirates Lounge Milan bathrooms


Emirates Lounge Milan bathrooms

We had quite a bit of time to kill in the lounge, and I found myself pretty frustrated by the slow Wi-Fi, which seems like something they should get right.

Boarding was scheduled to start at 1:30PM at gate B53, and one of the cool things is that you can board your flight directly from the lounge. Boarding ended up starting at 1:40PM, with all passengers being invited to board.


Boarding directly from Emirates Lounge Milan

It was time to start the very long journey back to the US on my favorite plane!


Emirates A380 taking us to Dubai

Emirates Lounge Milan bottom line

Emirates is remarkably consistent when it comes to their lounge experience. That’s to say that I find this to be a solid business class lounge, though as a first class passenger it’s not all that great, since they don’t do anything special for first passengers.

On the plus side, I find the food in Emirates Lounges to generally be pretty good, and this lounge was no exception.

The extra benefit of the Emirates Lounge Milan is that it offers direct boarding from the gate. However, the disappointment of the lounge was that the Wi-Fi was so slow.  Overall, the lounge didn’t blow me away and it certainly doesn’t rank at the top of the best airport lounges, but I’d still gladly spend some time here before a flight.

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  1. Debit Guest

    Lumma, nice Instagram. It's really a surprise how many interesting things touch our lives everyday until we document them.

  2. Aaron Diamond

    A funny douche, at least.

  3. Pedro Nicolas Guest

    @Lumma - you wanted to be a douche; you’re now a douche.

  4. emercycrite Guest

    Lols at the level of snark just five comments in

  5. chff Guest

    The other room? When I flew MXP>JFK they cornered off that room and had to check everyone that had SSSS and after the check those people waited in that room.

    1. lucky OMAAT

      @ chff -- Interesting, that makes a lot of sense!

  6. K Guest

    Was the lounge a far walk from where a traveler would enter the airport landside, or from where your connection was? Because that seems like an important distinction here.

  7. lumma Guest

    A review on One Mile at a Time? Didn't think such a thing existed

  8. yyc Member

    @lucky, regarding travel packages, have you seen the latest update from SPG lurker on FT? They said, "We will convert existing certificates to similarly valued categories after 8/18". What is your interpretation on this?

  9. dmodemd Guest

    How much of a hard time did Ford get before he actually bothered to show his ticket? What did they do?
    15 minutes for lounge validation? That is insane, are you sure? I would consider 5 minutes to be way out of line.

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Debit Guest

Lumma, nice Instagram. It's really a surprise how many interesting things touch our lives everyday until we document them.

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Aaron Diamond

A funny douche, at least.

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Pedro Nicolas Guest

@Lumma - you wanted to be a douche; you’re now a douche.

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