A lounge at the Shamshabad airport which is open to non passengers too

The flight is landing late? And it makes no sense driving another 50 kilometres back and fro. Stomach’s growling, it’s hot and the seat you occupied earlier is gone. Considering the fact that you are at Shamshabad, dropping in at friends’ and relatives’ place is ruled out. What now? Airport Plaza. Head to this mini business hotel open to non flying passengers and your waiting time is taken care of.

Situated at the car parking level of the Shamshabad airport is Airport Plaza, with a lounge that not only serves breakfast, lunch and dinner but midnight snacks too. It is equipped with a bar, a conference room and a swanky business centre. Besides, there are 28 rooms to take a quick nap and shower during a long transit. While the stay-in facility is open only to those with the boarding pass or a ticket, the lounge, bar and the business centre can be accessed by non passengers too.

Classy interiors

The interiors of the lounge with wooden finish and soft lights are made to resemble the airport lounges of Hong-Kong and Singapore. The seating is kept low and the two row seating arrangements are divided in arrangements of fours and twos. The well-stocked bar with international liquor labels can accommodate four people. The breakfast spread is a mix of English and Indian. The choice of bread rolls and cut fruits and choice of juices makes it for a healthy start-up meal. There are sandwich options in both brown and white breads. Indian fare include the regular idli and a couple of dosa variety. The sandwich and the idli should be definitely tried. One can choose from freshly baked croissant, cinnamon rolls, danish pastries, muffins, doughnut, The sandwich options come in chicken, tuna, egg, tomato, cucumber, bean sprout sandwich. Also try the aloo paratha, chicken sausage and baked beans. The quantity of food on display spread is not huge, so fresh food is an assurance.

The lunch spread is alternated between a mix of cuisines. For the soups one can try the potato and leek soup with soft and hard rolls and breadsticks.

The Indian spread has a very homely touch to the food. The gravies are non-oily and non-spicy but yet lets out the flavour of the spices. The chicken shorba homestyle is to be tried along with hot layered fluffy parathas or mint peas pulao. If still in mood for something try the vegetables and kadhai paneer preparations or the assorted fresh salads with dressings. The Subz milone should be a good idea too. For desserts, it’s lauki ka kheer, sliced cakes and chocolate pastries.

Parking Ample

Lounge open for Non passengers too, expect the nap and shower facility

What to look for Home-style food and midnight snacks

Bar option Available

Selection of food Buffet

Types of food Mixed cuisine

Table for two costs Rs. 1200 (lounge facility only)

PRABALIKA M. BORAH

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