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Ahlein: Priority Pass Lounge Review Beirut

Priority Pass Lounge Review Beirut is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.

Every piece of advice I received in Lebanon was a gross exaggeration (see Guns & Butter: (Overrated) Beirut Travel Guide). Another one was as to when I should arrive to the airport. “Make sure you are there at least three hours early,” the hotel said as did my Lebanese friends. I arrived 3 hours before and promptly made it through security, check-in, and immigration without incident. That was in sharp contrast with my time in Tel Aviv (see “You Leave Only with Passport!” Detained in Tel Aviv Again). With nothing to do for 2 hours and 45 minutes, I went to the duty-free to buy some rum for my eventual return to Puerto Rico.

a shelf with boxes of liquor
Wondering what $150 rum tastes like? Come to PR and find out.

With 2 hours and 15 minutes left, I went to the Ahlein Lounge.

a sign on a wall
Ahlein, welcome to the lounge.

people at a bar a group of people sitting at tables in a room with a staircase

You may think I’m meze-d out at this point (see Turkish Business IST to Beirut: Just the Basics). You would be correct, but I had to try lounge hummus and tabbouleh. My suspicions were confirmed as I wrote in both the Travel Guide post and my Best Shawarma Beirut post, that hummus is hummus. Either it is good or it is bad. Here it was bad. That made me feel a little better about overspending for Lebanese food on this trip. Surprisingly, the tabbouleh was good. Tabbouleh takes a long time and plenty of effort to make, so I don’t know how they did it so well and at volume.a tray of food on a table

The good food continued with the little burgers and egg rolls. I also liked the rice. I went back for seconds, something that I rarely do unless I’m trying to put on mass (see Fat Guy in the Lounge: Tahiti Edition). Jokes aside, the food was good for a basic lounge. Now I needed to figure out what to do for the next 1.5 hours.a tray of baklava on a table a plate of food on a table

TPOL’s TIP: You have to go through security one more time before going to your gate. Leave time for that.

If you enjoy hummus and the Priority Pass Lounge Review Beirut, read the rest of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


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