Day 5 (Around the World in 8 Days), Monday, January 12th: Prague, CZ to Amsterdam, NL
I spent three nights at the Radisson Blue Alcron Hotel in Prague. Monday morning, I made coffee using the Nespresso machine in my room. The hotel bill was less than $100, since the first two nights were on Club Carlson points. I walked to Woodrow Wilson train station where I caught the Airport Express Bus for less than $3. I arrived at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport (PRG), and it was time to lounge hop again. For a description of all business lounges at PRG, see here.
Location: Landside, Entry: Citigold
Say what? A Citigold Lounge!
I’ve seen American Express Lounges and Mastercard lounges, but I have never seen a Citigold Lounge. Since I am a Citigold customer, I walked right in, gave my Citigold credentials, and voila- I was in!
The lounge was fairly empty, but it had wi-fi and some food. It even had Becherovka, a fabulous liqueur made in the Czech Republic. If I was going directly home, I would have bought a bottle, but of course, I wasn’t going straight home – I was going to Amsterdam and then to Tokyo. The lounge was comfortable and included a children’s play area.
Going Thru Airport Security
This was the most exciting part (you know I’m a geek, if I’m saying that). I decided it was time to leave the Citigold Lounge and proceed to the next lounge which was through Security. I asked the best way to get there, and was escorted through the glass doors of the lounge to a special, almost private, airport security screening station. I passed through and then proceeded to the next lounge.
Erste Premier Lounge
Location: Airside, Entry: Priority Pass.
I was looking forward to seeing what this lounge, a premier lounge, had to offer. I was a little bummed to find that the food and alcohol offerings were almost identical to that offered at the Citigold Lounge. Still, I’d say that both of these lounges were above average!
I flew on a KLM flight to rainy Amsterdam. I must have been tired, as I remember that the flight was fine, but I don’t remember any details. These layovers are always so rushed, I question their worth. I used to live in Amsterdam, so I didn’t need to sightsee. I took the train from Schipol Airport to Centraal Station, and then took a tram to my friend Marijntje’s home. We caught up on our lives and had dinner at De Plantage. I recommend it!
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