After hanging out and grabbing something to eat at the Delta Sky Club lounge at HNL, I popped in to check out one of the two Priority Pass lounges at the Honolulu Airport. I had very little time before my flight was boarding so I chose to visit the IASS Hawaii Lounge because it was closest to my gate. (Although the other Priority Pass lounge in HNL is a lot nicer, there was not enough time to visit.)
The IASS Hawaii Lounge is located in the Overseas Terminal. To access the lounge take an elevator or stairs downstairs from the gate area to the outdoor Garden Court.
My first impression of the IASS Hawaii Lounge was that it is tiny. It is basically one small room. The lounge was pretty empty (there were only 3 other people there) which was a nice change from the crowded Delta Sky Club I had just come from.
IASS Hawaii Lounge is very bare bones and lacks many of the things you would expect from a lounge. The lounge does not offer any food, snacks or alcohol. The only beverages are coffee and a few drinks in the fridge.
On a positive note, I liked that there was bottled water and I grabbed one for my flight.
I did not see a bathroom in the lounge. I asked the employee working at the lounge and she mentioned a restroom next door but I did not ask for more clarification.
There is a TV in the lounge and a rack of non- English newspapers/magazines.
For those looking to work, there is a desk where you can charge electronics and also free wi-fi with a password.
The other odd thing about this lounge is that it is closed a half hour for lunch- probably because there is only one employee and it is her lunch break.
Overall, the IASS Hawaii Lounge is just a tiny room with no food or restroom but it does have free wi-fi and bottled water. For those with more time, I recommend visiting the other Priority Pass lounge at Honolulu International Airport- the Plumeria Lounge in the Interisland Terminal. If you are only interested in free bottled water or a quiet place to work, the IASS Hawaii Lounge would be acceptable.
Index (rest of series):
Delta Sky Club, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (Concourse F/G)
Delta One First Class, Minneapolis to Honolulu
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Hawaiian Airlines Economy Class – Honolulu to Kauai
The St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kauai
Delta Sky Club, Honolulu Airport
IASS Hawaii Lounge (this one)
Delta One First Class, Honolulu to Minneapolis
Escape Lounge at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport