During my travels back and forth across the country for work, I’ve passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport a number of times. Thanks to the Priority Pass membership I have through my Chase Sapphire Reserve card, The Club at ATL has been my go-to spot for waiting during layovers.
Location, hours, and how to access
The Club at ATL is one of “The Club” network lounges, which have locations at a number of domestic airports. I’ve also visited The Club at Seattle, San Jose, and Phoenix over the past couple years. Access is complimentary with a Priority Pass membership through a premium card such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, or American Express Business Platinum, all of which allow the cardholder and two guest to access lounges for free. You can also access The Club at ATL with a Lounge Key or Lounge Club membership.
The Atlanta location is on the mezzanine level in Concourse F, which is at the east end of the airport and is the concourse for a number of international flights. If you’re departing on KLM, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, or Lufthansa, you can check in at the international terminal and make your way through security right into Concourse F. The Club at ATL is also the contract business class lounge for passengers of British Airways and Lufthansa (maybe others as well). Those flying Delta partners will get SkyClub access.
The Club at ATL opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. daily. One note for families: children 12 years of age and under are free.
My priority pass card had scanning issues, as always. I need to get my digital card set up, as the lounge also accepts that. This is something I’ve procrastinated way too long. After typing my number in and then obtaining my signature, I was headed into the lounge.
While I have read about instances where folks were denied entry to The Club at ATL due to capacity constraints, I have not experienced this. I *might* have come close this trip, as they were apparently just finishing up a wait-list and callback system that had been implemented when I arrived.
Seating at The Club at ATL
The Club at ATL is basically one open room, but it does have a variety of seating options. There are a number of armchairs, some square dining tables tables, and some two person high tops, as well as bar seating. The business center is a small section behind a couple partitions.
In general, I’ve found The Club at ATL to be very full. There were only two empty tables when I arrived, which made enough sense, given that they had been wait-listed. I’m surprised they even lifted it, considering how full the lounge was. As the only true Priority Pass lounge at ATL (the other options are both Minute Suites), it is a popular place.
I found a high-top near the bar that was unoccupied, dropped my stuff, and grabbed a bite to eat.
Food at The Club at ATL
Food options included a salad bar that had spring greens and just a handful of other veggies. The roasted red bell peppers are excellent, and I devoured two plates of salad while on a conference call. While I don’t mind Delta’s in-flight Luvo wraps and often order one on the flight from Sacramento, the fresh greens and veggies were very welcome.
Other food options include soup, bread, and hot dogs. Yup. Hot dogs. Fine dining, that. I’m glad they have the salad bar, as it would be a pretty sad lounge without it. There are often some sandwich options as well. I paired this with a glass of rosé.
On the other side of the lounge are the snacks, ranging from wasabi peas to Chex mix. I’m sure my kids would have been in heaven had they been here.
Keeping with an Award Travel 101 tradition and in-joke, I finished things off with a small bowl of gummies.
Bar and drink options
The drink selection is fairly extensive, at least in my very unqualified opinion. Expect that there will be a range of wines and beers and plenty of cocktail options. I’ve ordered a rosé and a Merlot and that’s about it.
The service during this visit was excellent. Dishes were collected promptly, and one of the bussers asked me more than once if I needed or wanted anything, even bringing me a new glass of tea on one occasion. Much better than any other The Club lounge I’ve visited.
The Club at ATL is now my go-to when I’m at Hartsfield-Jackson during a layover. The food is decent, and it is typically a nicer atmosphere than the crowded, busy terminal, even though it can get busy itself. I’ll be back every time I’m in Atlanta, unless I’m simply unable to make the trek to Concourse F and back in time.