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Qatar Al Mourjan  Business Lounge

Do not confuse this lounge with the boringly named Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge in Doha. You seriously don’t want to go to that one, when you hold a business class ticket. Make sure you head to the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge. After reading other reviews we are seriously excited to see the ultra modern lounge with a la carte dining options. We visit at breakfast time and have a 2 hour gap before our next flight to Singapore on the Qsuite configured plane. 

After experiencing the awful and we mean, truly bad London Gatwick North Club Aspire Lounge, that Qatar uses for its business class passengers, we are mega eager to review Qatar’s flagship lounge in Doha.

Put your sunglasses on and prepare for some major bling! This is one shiny lounge with great lighting!

 

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Up these shiny stairs is a central main seating area in the Al Mourjan business lounge in Doha.

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 the Qatar Al Mourjan business Lounge Location

Spacious Al Mourjan lounge Doha entrance sign
Come on in to the business class lounge in Doha.

After passport control in Terminal 2 you go through the duty free shops. Keep following the signs.

The lounge is located up an escalator or you can gain access from a lift/ elevator. 

 

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Go up the escalator after the Duty Free shops to get to the Al Mourjan business lounge, Doha.
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You can get to the Doha Al Mourjan business lounge via a lift/ elevator.

 

 

                                                                                                              

Qatar business class dress code

There is no dress code. Ladies, please respect  the fact that this is a Muslim state and dress appropriately.

Doha Al Mourjan business lounge
Follow us up the stairs for pictures of the buffet area!

                                                                                    

Who can Get In

Anyone holding a Qatar Airways business class ticket or higher. Clearly, if you are travelling first class, you won’t lower yourself to mix with the plebs in business class. You will be using the Al Safwa first class lounge!

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If you’re holding a business class ticket, make sure you head to the Al Mourjan business lounge.

If you hold a Oneworld business class ticket, you can also come in. You cannot bring a guest, unfortunately, so leave the mother in law in the main terminal!

Economy class passengers of Qatar Airways can purchase entry for 450 Qatari Riyals which is about US$120. You probably only want to consider this option, if you have at least three hours to kill.

                                                                                    

Seating in the qatar al mourjan business lounge

The Al Mourjan Lounge is enormous!

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It’s a big lounge in Doha. The Qatar Airways AL Mourjan business lounge is set over two floors.

We had our work cut out navigating all the different areas and taking photos. It is a short stop over between London and Singapore, so try to book a flight with a longer layover than 2 hours to take advantage of all the Qatar Al Mourjan business class lounge has to offer.

 

Seating zones Al Mourjan Lounge Doha
Comfortable and padded armchair style seats, separated by a partition for privacy.
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Bright and funky chairs in the centre ‘aisle’ seating area on the ground floor of the lounge.
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There are quiet ‘family areas’ that you can go to for relaxation. Recreate the feel of your living room, minus the TV!
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Eat to your heart’s content in the buffet area. These restaurant cafe style tables are located in the buffet area on the upper floor of the lounge, near the food.
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These luxurious seats can be found on the upper floor, near the buffet area.

The a la carte area has bench style and table and chair style seating. There is also booth style seating. The a la carte area is on the lower floor, furthest away from the entrance of the lounge.

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The a la carte dining area at breakfast time. You can seat yourself on high chairs, more intimate tables or booth seats.
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Tables for two in the a la carte dining area on the lower floor.

Now if you don’t want to sit, there are also lots of snooze areas. Some of the snooze areas are more communal and some of them are for single snoozers.

Spacious Al Mourjan lounge Doha snoozing beds
Don’t fancy sitting? Lie down instead on these long reclining beds. Blankets are not provided. These beds are in the communal area. There are more private areas with the same beds.
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There are sleeping booths which offer more privacy if you need to lie down in the AL Mourjan business lounge between flights.

                                                                                    

Wifi and business facilities

There is a full on office area with separate cubicles and huge glass tables to work on in the business centre. It even had its own concierge. This is pretty impressive if you’re actually using a business class lounge, to do business in! Some overworked person was clearly loving the facilities, because he had lots of business paraphernalia spread out all over the place.

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A few poor people are actually working in the business centre!

On the wired computers the internet is very fast and you don’t need a password. 

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Individual booths for working at in the business centre have very fast wired internet connection. The same cannot be said for the wi-fi internet connection.

The wi-fi internet is however another story. Despite not needing a password and your phone showing you’re connected, we could not surf. We didn’t have time to complain or get the staff to help us out for the wi-fi connectivity.

In the business area, there are also seats and a small breakfast bar selection. You can find pastries, fruit, bread and soft drinks. It’s more cafe style in an enclosed room.

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There are smaller cafe style breakfast options dotted around the Al Mourjan business lounge in Doha. Here you will find continental breakfast style options.

                                                                                      

Bathrooms and Showers at the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge

Time to get wet! Unfortunately the showers areas were very busy. There is a wait list. There are however two shower areas and the one further from the entrance is less busy and there was no wait time.

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The shower rooms are more like mini bathrooms. They have a toilet and vanity unit.

Similar to the lounges that Emirates, Qantas and British Airways operate, the showers are more like mini bathrooms in the Qatar Airways AL Mourjan business lounge in Doha.

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Each shower room has a toilet, shower and vanity unit with sink. If you can get into the shower rooms, they’re more like mini bathrooms.
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The toiletries provided in the shower rooms are by Rituals. Qatar Airways use the same brand throughout their aircraft fleet too.

Food and Beverages in the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge

Feeling hungry? You better be. The Al Mourjan lounge has a global deli and patisserie. In addition, there is a continental and oriental brasserie. Naturally, a full bar is also present. All food served is halal, with many vegetarian options too.

The presentation of the food is stunning. Well in the promotional pictures. We find it to be pretty standard. There are any negative reviews of this lounge, for the space, but not the food. Unfortunately, we didn’t think the breakfast selection was fantastic. Also the a la carte options were only sandwiches and salads. Ok, this may be different later in the day. We visited at breakfast time, so there were no exotic dishes to try for a la carte. Next time, we’ll have to schedule our lounge visit for a lunch or dinner time stop over!

Al Mourjan lounge Doha a la carte options at breakfast time
The breakfast al la carte options were disappointing. There are salad and sandwiches made to order.

There is a lot of food available, but the selections were similar in all the buffet areas. 

But how does it all taste? Is it all beautiful on the outside but tasteless on the inside? 

                                                                                    

The breakfast

 

The cold options are a Western style selection. On offer for breakfast is fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals and muesli. For the Middle Eastern selection there is hoummous, olives, labna and flat breads. 

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You have to try the signature mint and lemon drink with your breakfast. It goes so well with the cold, middle eastern selection of pickles, labna and hommous.
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Indulge in some hot breakfast before your next flight in the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge Doha.
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There is a wide selection of cold meats on offer for breakfast in the buffet area.
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The middle eastern cold selections in the buffet area. Labna and hommous mini portions.

Now onto the hot food. There’s what we call a full English. There are baked beans! We thought that was a little un-classy. Baked beans do not present themselves well in any container.

hot English breakfast AL Mourjan business lounge
No way baked beans in Doha! They don’t look good in any container.

There’s also international food for the hot buffet, like pasta and spiced meat options.

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The beverages

Any international business class lounge worthy of its class has to have a good selection of alcohol. Whilst Qatar doesn’t offer premium alcohol, like Emirates does, the variety is good.

A drinks bar Al Mourjan business lounge
The finishing on the bars certainly look impressive, but are the drinks as impressive?

You must order the Qatar airways signature drink. It is a refreshing lemon and mint mocktail, made fresh to order. It even ran out on the Qsuite flight from Doha to Singapore, it is so popular! Make sure you order one in the lounge, if like us, you’re a new fan!

Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge bars
Settle in for a pre flight drink at one of the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge bars. The familiar brands of liquor are present. Pommeray champagne is available.The quality of the wines isn’t as good as in the Emirates lounges. The wines are about half the price of those you find in the Emirates lounges worldwide.

 

The soft drinks selection is pretty standard. Individual teas in sachets and coffee from a coffee machine. Disappointingly, even if you order a coffee from the bar, it’s not barista made, it comes from a pre-set menu machine.

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There are a few of these ‘bars’ to help yourself to soft drinks, randomly placed around the lounge.

                                       

Entertainment rooms 

If you have a long stop over, take advantage of the playrooms. Indulge your inner child with a game of table football/ soccer. Why not hop inside the racing car and test your driving skills? If that doesn’t take your fancy, how about some good old-fashioned Nintendo?

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Need to stretch and play after your flight? Get active in the playroom in the Al Mourjan lounge, Doha.
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There’s more than one entertainment room in the Al Mourjan lounge. See if you can find someone to play with!
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There are 3 play rooms in the Al Mourjan lounge, Doha in Qatar.

Final Thoughts on the Qatar Al Mourjan business lounge

Some people have slated the Qatar Al Mourjan lounge as super sterile and devoid of character. We think it is a solid 7 out of 10. It is gigantic. It is spread over two floors. It is very shiny and clean. In keeping with being modern, we guess that goes hand in hand with the word sterile. Yes, the chairs are replicated all over the place and the eating booths and spaces lack character. It’s one thousand times better than the Qatar lounge at  London Gatwick North (Club Aspire). Never, ever fly out of Gatwick, fly from London Heathrow. It’s a mistake we will never make again!

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 No.1 Lounge Gatwick North review

Gatwick North terminal in London is not the best airport for top business class lounges. Apart from the Emirates and Virgin Atlantic lounge there isn’t much to choose from. Qatar Airways uses the terrible Club Aspire Lounge for its business class customers at Gatwick. Avoid at all costs. The No.1 lounge Gatwick North is quite a decent offering. The No.1 lounge is also in the Priority Pass program. This means that entry to the lounge can be paid for and therefore is not that exclusive.

Quick Index no. 1 lounge Gatwick

                                  

 the number 1 lounge Gatwick Location

After passport control you go down into the ‘Lounge Pavillion’ area. Gatwick North is not a large terminal building. You cannot get lost. Just follow the signs for airport lounges.

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After immigration, turn left, look up and follow the signs.
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Look up and follow the signs for lounges.
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Gatwick North terminal in London is not big. Keep following the signs for your business class lounge experience.
No.1 lounge Gatwick North review lounge signs
Premium lounges await at Gatwick North terminal. Keep walking!
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When you get to the lifts, or elevators, for our American friends, choose your lounge                           

                                

number 1 lounge class dress code

They say it’s  a smart casual dress code for this lounge. However people are wearing jeans, shorts, track suit pants/bottoms and T shirts. There are a few people wearing shirts, but, the majority of people are wearing casual clothes. Not many people wear ‘business’ clothes in business class anymore.                                                                                                                                

                                

Who can Get in 

Anyone can get in since the No.1 Lounge is a paid lounge too. It is part of the Priority Pass Program. So if you have a few hours to kill you can pay $30 US to get in. There is a time restriction of 3 hours for the lounge when it’s busy. Pre-booking is possible. Opening times are daily 04:00 to 22:00.

                                

Seating in the no.1 lounge Gatwick

The lounge is spacious. There’s a big bar area and a separate dining area. In addition there is a library area with comfortable sofas and bench style seating. Don’t miss your flight by sitting near the big TV, adjacent to the bar area.

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Feel like you’re in a restaurant at the dining tables in the No1. Lounge, Gatwick North.
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Padded comfortable bar stools to help you prop up the bar!
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If it is daytime you can eat and watch the planes from the bench type seating.

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There’s a quiet area outside the library area with a comfortable long sofa.

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If you don’t want to sit with people inside the lounge, head outside, near the entrance door.
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Studded sofas in the library area of the No.1 Lounge, Gatwick North, London.
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Relax in the quiet corner of the library on an armchair, in the No.1 Lounge.
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Don’t miss your flight! Sit in the TV area to remind yourself of your boarding time.                                                                                             

                                

Bathrooms and Showers number 1 lounge Gatwick

This is an easy part of the review. There are not any showers!!! The toilets are however reasonably glamourous. They contain L’occitane hand soap which is a leading French cosmetics brand. The toilets have shiny black tiles and are modern.

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There are toilets , but, no showers in the No1. Lounge at Gatwick North terminal, London.
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Each toilet cubicle is shiny and modern.
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High end hand wash and lotion by L’occitane in the No.1 Lounge wash rooms.

                              

Food and Beverages at the number 1 lounge Gatwick

The food and beverages consist of hot and cold dishes. There are also some pretzel like snack foods. All the food is arranged in one central area, with options to take your food all over the lounge. There are small round bar tables to eat at, long communal benches or formal dining tables.

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The food is in the centre of the lounge.
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The food options are laid out in the central area, after the bar in the No.1 Lounge.                           

                              

The Dinner

We visit at dinner time. The hot food doesn’t look great, it is all a bit brown. There are some salads and vegetables to brighten up the spread.

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Buffet style food is pretty standard at most business class lounges. There’s no a la carte service at the No.1 Lounge, Gatwick North terminal London.
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Chicken chasseur, macaroni cheese, lentil and root vegetable ragu and garlic and rosemary roast potatoes. Help yourself. Whilst not the most appetising to look at, it is a lot better than what’s on offer in the Club Aspire Lounge.
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Lighten and brighten up your meal with some salad selections.
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Finish off your meal with a selection of desserts.
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If you’re not too hungry and only want a nibble, snack on these tasty offerings.
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Here is the dinner plated up. We try to make it look elegant! There’s a bit of mac n’ cheese, a roast potato, some lentil ragu and a blob of chicken chasseur.

                              

The beverages

The bar area is comfortable and has three beers on tap.

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Amstel, Indie and Stowford Press are your beer selections on tap at the No.1 Lounge Gatwick North, London.

There is a bar person to fix you a cocktail.The selection of alcohol is pretty much like the selection in other Priority Pass lounges, like the one in Bangkok we have also reviewed.

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Prop yourself up at the bar before your flight. Your friendly bar tender is there to assist.

The tea selection is pretty standard. Black tea and herbal teas by Twinings. You can get hot water from the coffee machines which are next to the tea bags.

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Twinings is an English beverages company specialising in tea. Good tea at a British airport!
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You can get hot water only from the coffee machines. The coffee machines deliver ok lattes and cappucinos.

The coffee machines make ok cappucino and lattes.

Soft drinks are available too. Some mystery juice is on offer.

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There are some self serve soft drinks, including mystery juice in the No.1 Lounge Gatwick North.

Wifi and charging stations

The wifi wasn’t working and no one knew the password!  The computer stations outside the lounge were not working either.

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They look nice, but, they were not working and no one even knew the password! Tut tut.

The grumpy staff member on the door telephoned someone and they had no idea. That’s a real strike against a lounge. Wi-fi that works is a minimum expectation for travellers.

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You can charge your devices in the library area, but, don’t count on the wi-fi working!                                                        

                              

Final Thoughts on the no. 1 lounge Gatwick

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The No.1 Lounge just might be the top choice for paid lounges at London’s Gatwick North airport.

Here’s a summary of what you get and what you don’t in the No.1 lounge at Gatwick North terminal in London.

There’s natural light, which always makes you feel less claustrophobic when on lower levels of an airport terminal. However, since we visit at night we don’t feel the benefit of sunlight.

The lounge is a reasonable size, unlike the Club Aspire Lounge we visit on the same day. There’s enough space to feel like you’re getting away from the crowded terminal.

Adding some showers would be a great idea, in our humble opinion.

Although the food isn’t anywhere near gourmet standard, at least it is edible! That isn’t to say that it is tasty, it is palatable if you’re hungry. The drinks selection is what we expect from a Priority Pass Lounge, this being our third worldwide lounge in the program. The Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge has far better food, even offering 5 made to order dishes which were good. Click here to read about the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge.

Most importantly, in the 21st century, everyone wants wi-fi that works. 

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Qatar Business Class Lounge Gatwick also known as the Club Aspire lounge Gatwick 

Qatar does not have a business class lounge at Gatwick Airport in London. Instead Qatar business class customers must use the Club Aspire lounge Gatwick. This is probably the worst business class lounge we have ever been to! Yes, even the one in Denpasar, Bali is better! At least the one in Bali had a shower. Albeit a shower you wouldn’t want to use, but, still, it has a shower!

Before entering, we must say that Qatar make it very difficult to find out which lounge is used at Gatwick for business class passengers. After many internet searches, we find out that Qatar business class passengers use the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick Airport. After even more reading of reviews of the Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick, we are not anticipating a great experience.

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There is no dedicated lounge for Qatar Airways business class customers. Inside the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick North Terminal, you will see a section reserved for Qatar customers. However, you are free to sit in the other areas of the Club Aspire Lounge.

The Club Aspire Lounge is also in the Priority Pass program. This means that entry to the lounge can be paid for and therefore is not that exclusive. Avoid this lounge if possible. We checked out the No.1 lounge before this one and should have stayed in it. Little did we know. Oh well, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger as the saying goes!

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Qatar Airways uses the Club Aspire Lounge at Gatwick. North Terminal. There is no dedicated Qatar Airways lounge.

Here is our review of the lounge that Qatar business class passengers use in London Gatwick.

Quick Index Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 the Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick Location

After passport control you go down into the ‘Lounge Pavillion’ area. Gatwick North is not a large terminal building. You cannot get lost. Just follow the signs for airport lounges.

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The lounges are clearly signed. We wish we had access to an Emirates lounge! Instead we get access to the worst business class lounge ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Club Aspire Lounge class dress code

There isn’t a dress code for this lounge. People are wearing jeans, shorts, track suit pants/bottoms and T shirts. There are a few people wearing shirts, but, the majority of people are wearing casual clothes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Who can Get in 

Anyone can get in since the Aspire Lounge is a paid lounge too. It is part of the Priority Pass Program. Qatar business class passengers are given a voucher which gives them free access to the Gatwick Aspire Lounge. There is a special area cordoned off for Qatar business class passengers, but it’s not great! Our top tip, if you’re a Priority Pass member, go to the No.1 Lounge instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Seating in the Club Aspire lounge Gatwick

The good news is that the lounge is quite new. There are 2 seater sofas and armchairs in a purple colour with lots of soft padding. The seating throughout the lounge is actually good and has variety.

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There are a couple of 2 seater sofas that you can relax on.

The single chairs with the small tables and the padded wall section are very comfortable.

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There are different types of chairs and stools in the Club Aspire lounge, Gatwick North terminal, London.

The lounge has different seating zones and near the TV there’s a place where groups can congregate on high backed leather booth like seats, you would find in a restaurant.

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A quieter area in the Club Aspire lounge used by Qatar Airways business class passengers at London Gatwick airport.
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We like to call these ‘Starbucks’ chairs. Cafe style lounge tables and chairs.
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Traditional restaurant style tables to eat your food at.
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Bright red chairs help soften the blow of how rubbish the Club Aspire lounge is for Qatar business class customers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Bathrooms and Showers Club Aspire Lounge Gatwick

This is an easy part of the review. There are not any showers!!! Remain smelly and un-refreshed. The toilets smell like they could do with a good clean. There are bits of toilet tissue on the floor, which isn’t a good look. 

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The toilets look like those found at a shopping centre. Nothing special. They also smell and could do with a good clean!

                                                                                                                                              

Food and Beverages at the Club Aspire lounge Gatwick

The food and beverages are laid out in the centre of the lounge on two stone benches.

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The food (which isn’t great) is laid out in the centre of the small Club Aspire lounge used by Qatar business class passengers.

We visit in the evening, since we have a 20:40 hrs departure time to Doha with Qatar Airways on the 787 -8 Dreamliner plane. Note it isn’t the Qsuite

The food choices are appalling. We can barely bring ourselves to eat anything. Everything looks dry and tasteless. The food looks like it has been sitting there for a long time. 

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Dry and unappetising food sitting under the hot lamps. Not very business class at all!
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It’s slim pickings at dinner time in the Club Aspire lounge , London Gatwick North. This is the lounge used by Qatar business class customers. Please use another lounge Qatar, this is a horrible pre- flight experience!

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Dinner

We’re going to loosely call this dinner, by default. It’s evening when we visit. There are breakfast items like a pancake machine. 

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Why is there a pancake machine at dinner time? Oh, we understand, some people eat pancakes for dessert.
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No amount of photo editing is going to make this food look good! Dismal dinner at the Club Aspire lounge. SO different to the promotional pictures!
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Un-named cake for dessert at the Club Aspire lounge London Gatwick.
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Call us bread snobs, but there certaibly isn’t any artisan sourdough here. The bread is definitely from a supermarket .

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The beverages

The first shock is that you have to pay for champagne or Prosecco!

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Seriously??? You have to pay for Prosecco in a business class lounge? Come on!

Any international business class lounge worthy of its class should have ALL beverages, alcoholic or non alcoholic, for free.

The selection of alcohol is pretty much like the selection in other Priority Pass lounges, like the one in Bangkok we have also reviewed.

The tea selection is pretty standard. Black tea and herbal teas by Twinings. At least it’s not Lipton black tea! Every true Brit tea drinker knows Lipton black tea sucks. We mean really sucks, you need about 3 tea bags per cup! Sorry to go on about it, but C is British and knows a good cuppa!

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There’s no barista service. A self serve coffee machine stands next to fizzy drinks.

There’s an uninspiring coffee machine with soft drinks on tap next to it.

If you look down when you are at the centre bench, you’ll see a fridge with juices in it.

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There’s a juice fridge in the centre aisle. Warning – 100% orange juice does not mean freshly squeezed.

Wifi and charging stations

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Free wifi is a minimum expectation in a business class lounge. The wifi worked adequately.
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It’s English sockets only at the Club Aspire London Gatwick North lounge. Bring your own adapters for your laptop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Final Thoughts on the Club Aspire lounge Gatwick

Here’s a summary of what you get and what you don’t in the Club Aspire lounge used by Qatar business class passengers.

It’s a horrible lounge and should not be used by an international carrier like Qatar for its business class lounges. The No.1 Lounge is better than this one. We will never, ever, fly out of London Gatwick again. What a disastrous way to begin your business class journey. We think, even if you don’t pay for this lounge, you’ll be highly disappointed! This is not the pre-flight experience we were expecting with an international carrier like Qatar Airways. We have thoroughly depressed ourselves looking at footage of the Qatar lounge at Heathrow on Youtube and other travel websites. Shame, we couldn’t sneak into the Emirates lounge!

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The Club Aspire lounge at London’s Gatwick airport gets the thumbs down. Qatar Airways business class passengers are given a raw deal here. It’s a terrible lounge. Only1invillage says fly out of Heathrow instead!

You don’t get a lot of space. The Club Aspire lounge at Gatwick North terminal is tiny! Plus, there is not a dedicated working area or mini business area. 

There is some natural light. But we are on a night flight, so it’s all artificial. Avoid this lounge if you can. Qatar Airways, if you are reading this, please stop using this lounge, it’s not fair on your business class passengers. It rates as a new low in business class lounges.

The food is inedible, unappealing and down right nasty looking. The drinks are ok, but paying for Prosecco, not even champagne, is just unacceptable.

It’s definitely memorable, for all the wrong reasons. Qatar say on their website for London’s Heathrow Qatar lounge that it is ‘warm, elegant and exclusive’. This lounge in comparison is exactly the opposite, anyone can use it and it looks cheap.

The lesson here is never fly out of London Gatwick with Qatar Airways, only fly from London Heathrow.

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Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge

Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge

Here is our review of this shiny and modern lounge. Bangkok Miracle first class lounge is one you can pay for. Contrary to its name, it is not for first class passengers. Will water get turned into wine? How miraculous is the lounge? Read on to find out!

This lounge is part of the Collinson Group. The Collinson Group introduced the Priority Pass Program which basically allows anyone on any airline, regardless of travelling class, to use their network of lounges. The maximum time you can spend in here is 2 hours. Compare what you get in a fee paying lounge to other business class lounges directly affiliated with airlines such as Emirates, British Airways and Qantas.

Before entering, we expect it to be a bit like the American Express lounges in size and facilities offered. It is way fancier than an American Express lounge. Keep reading to find out why!

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As you enter the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge, you see this on the right hand side. It gives the lounge a light and spacious feeling.

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 the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge Location

After passport control you go up to Level 3. The Bangkok Miracle first class lounge is located opposite gate D6. It is well signed, so you will be able to find it easily.

Our next flight is to Dubai via Emirates in economy class. Yes, we fly economy too! We don’t get to go to the Emirates  business class lounge in Bangkok, unfortunately. 

                                                                                                                                                                            

Bangkok Miracle First Class lounge dress code

There doesn’t seem to be any particular dress code enforced. However, be careful to cultural sensitivities in many countries.  

                                                                                                                                                                            

Who can Get In

Anyone who has joined the Priority Pass Program and their guests! You can book a slot online or just go from lounge to lounge to see which one has space during busy periods.

 

                                                                                                                                                                            

Seating

The lounge is a good size. There is a variety of comfortable padded armchairs for lounging in and harder chairs at dining tables. They come in a variety of colours, textures and comfort levels.

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This is the quieter seating area because it’s further away from the food!
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Light and well padded armchairs are arranged neatly on the right hand side of the lounge, as you enter.

The armchair style chairs have a small coffee table in front of them. You can bring your finger food and drinks to these areas.  As usual, the tables are way too small to fit much onto them. However, most people aren’t travelling in large groups and you can always put two tables together, if the need arises.

When you walk past the seating area, in the picture above, you come to the dining area. There is a long dining bench to eat. If you prefer looking at your dining companion, there are smaller square tables with 4 chairs around each table.

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The shiny and clean dining area has more formal tables and a long dining bench.
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You can sit at the dining bench on the comfortable bar stool chairs with a back. There’s also a view of the gates and sometimes a plane.

If you turn left, when you come in there is another area of various seating available arranged in mini zones.

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If you’re travelling alone, take a seat here!
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There are some high backed armchairs near the ‘library’ area immediately to your right, as you enter the lounge.

There’s a business area with a long communal desk with charging points. It’s at the back of the lounge.

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There’s a dedicated internet zone in the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Bathrooms and Showers

It’s shower time! There are two showers in the Bangkok Miracle lounge.

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Follow the signs!
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There is one shower for ladies and one shower for men.

They are quite new, so still shiny and clean. The soap is of an unidentified brand. If you’re fussy or have sensitive skin, we recommend you bring your own.

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The shower room also has a toilet and sink, so is more like a mini bathroom. It gets cleaned and towels replaced after each use.
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There’s no brand name for the shampoo and body wash, but it does the job!
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A close up shot of the toiletries. The Miracle is a hotel chain in Bangkok. Extra amenities are a toothbrush kit, conditioner, body lotion and a shower cap.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Food and Beverages

Most business class lounges change their food according to the time of the day. We visit at 4pm so in between lunch and dinner time. There’s a reasonable variety of hot and cold choices, including some unique Thai food. However, there are breakfast items available. This is probably because the lounge wants to provide a 24 hour menu.

The food is rather reminiscent of an American Express Lounge. It is not quite up to the standard of an airline lounge like Emirates, Singapore Air or Cathay Pacific. The food selections however, are better than an American Express lounge. Plus, there is the added benefit of made to order dishes.

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Looking like a restaurant kitchen, personnel are ready to make you one of four dishes on demand. The kitchen is shared withe the Bangkok Miracle Business Class Lounge, which, is on the other side of the glass. We think this feature makes the lounge look quite glamorous.

There’s no made barista made coffee, instead it’s a machine which whips up your latte or capuccino. Tea consists of a heated water jug and various caffeinated and herbal tea bags for you to choose from. If you need milk, there is milk in the fridge.

You do however get to order a selection of dishes, made freshly upon request. They are quite small, but, if you’re hungry, you can order more than one!

                                                                                                                                                                          

The Food

The best part of the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge is the made to order little dishes. We say little, because they really are small! You can order two at a time and they come out of the kitchen with lightning rapidity!

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Order 2 at a time of these small dishes. There is soup in the prawn won ton bowl when served. The food in the display bowls is real, not plastic like in Japan.

We really want to try everything but feel bloated so we only get the won ton soup to share.

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You get 2 shrimp won tons with soup. It’s not much, but very tasty and you can order 2 meals at a time.

There is a selection of hot food in the silver serving dishes with lids.

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The hot meals are displayed alongside the cold salad selection.

There are 5 hot dishes on offer. The most colourful dish is below. The range and taste of food is good. There are  western and eastern options.

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The stir fried vegetables dish on offer in the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge is tasty and not too greasy.

Throughout the lounge there are sweet and savoury treats. There are some wrapped foods, presumably so you can take them away.

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There are some wrapped sandwiches, presumably for take away. Maybe they’re just wrapped to keep them fresh? Anyway, they are available on both sides of the lounge, not just the dining area side.
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If you’re on breakfast time you can get some pancakes and toast. Or, if you just fancy pancakes and toast, you can have them anytime of the day.

There are two sides to the lounge and the food on both sides is the same. You can only get the freshly made dishes however, on the dining room side.

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The snacks on both sides of the lounge are the same. There are some chips/crisps, biscuits, danish pastries and small cakes on offer.

                                                                                                                                                                            

The beverages

The fridges contain the usual soft drinks, like, Coca Cola and Sprite, water and beer.

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The tall fridges contain soft drinks, beer and one red wine and one white wine. Next to the fridge is one area of spirits, where you can mix your own alcoholic drinks.

There is one red and one white wine offering. The hard liquor consists of familiar worldwide brands you can buy in the supermarket. It’s make your own and help yourself time!

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There are 2 help yourself bars in the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge. The alcohol selection of spirits is the same in each section.

The hot drinks selection is tea and coffee.

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There’s no human to make your coffee. Press the buttons to get your caffeine fix from the coffee machine.
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Make yourself a refreshing cup of tea from the Dilmah or Lipton selection. There is milk in the fridge and in the silver jug.

There is no bubble tea, which is a current craze in soft drinks. Basically it’s milky sweet tea with tapioca pearls in it. Know any lounge that serves this kind of tea? If you do, let us know. Maybe in Taiwan, where it originates from?

Wi-fi and Charging Points

If you get a wall seat, there are sockets in the wall by the armchairs. If you don’t, don’t panic! Look down at your feet and you will find charging points in the floor. The wi-fi did not seem to work in the lounge and we were too busy eating and taking photos to ask someone!

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There are sockets in the floor to charge your devices. However, as you can see, you’ll need to bring an adapter, as there are no USB outlets.

About the Collinson Group and Priority Pass

The Collinson Group is behind the huge network of airport lounges across the globe, that you can pay for. They have approximately 1300 lounges worldwide. They claim that their lounges ‘transform the airport experience from an endurance test to a moment of indulgence’. We can certainly agree with the sentiment of endurance when you fly economy class. 

The idea of getting away from the noise and crowds of airport terminals for the masses is great. Whichever airline you fly with, you can gain access into one of these lounges by paying for each visit or if your membership allows, gratis.

Priority Pass membership rates

Here’s how much it will cost you to get into a Priority Pass Lounge.

There are three membership tiers: standard, standard plus and prestige.

Each tier gets more expensive as you would expect. Everything is priced in US dollars and converted back to your local currency when you join. 

Standard yearly membership is $99 USD. Each time you want to use a Priority Pass Lounge you pay USD $32 and so does your guest.

Standard Plus yearly membership is $299 USD. You get ten free visits per year and thereafter $32 USD and so does your guest. Note, your guest doesn’t get 10 free visits!

Prestige annual membership is $429 USD. Every time you visit a Priority Pass Lounge, it’s free for you! Your guest pays, you’ve guessed it $32 USD to join you.

About Suvarnabhumi International  Airport

Suvarnbumphi is a huge airport in Bangkok, the Thai capital. The airport itself is quite new. It was completed in 2006. Suvarnabhumi airport is all glass and metal, a shiny modern mega building. Previous to this, Don Meuang Airport was the international hub for flights into and out of the City of Angels. Yes, to Thai people ‘Krungthep’ is the city of angels. Only foreigners call Bangkok, by the name, well, Bangkok.

Flights still land and take off from Don Meuang. Notably the low cost carrier Air Asia still uses Don Meunag International. The ‘new’ Suvarnabhumi Airport has a direct sky train link to Phaya Thai station which is on the co- constructed German – Thai built sky rail (BTS – Bangkok Transit System). You can also get a free transit bus between Don Meuang and Suvarnbumphi.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Final Thoughts

Here’s a summary of what you get and what you don’t in the Bangkok Miracle First Class Lounge.

You are on limited time. You can stay for a maximum of 2 hours only. However, we stayed longer and no one asked us to leave!

It’s quite a large and spacious lounge with some seats overlooking the main terminal. This means you can hear all the noise of the people at the gates nearby. But, that also means, there is an occasional plane to look at.

You get some natural light and free wi-fi.

There’s a shower if you need to freshen up.

What you don’t get is gourmet food. Don’t expect the food to be up to the standard of a ‘real’ business class lounge.  However, the food is quite decent. 

You also don’t get premium alcohol and barista made coffee. All in all, it’s a decent offering and a space to get away from the crowds in the main terminal building (even though you can see people through the glass!)

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Qantas International Business Lounge Melbourne 

Here is our review of this shiny and modern lounge. It is spacious and comfortable with fast Wi-fi. A calm oasis to relax in, before your long haul flight. We visit at both breakfast and lunch time. The menu changes at mid day. Only1invillage tells you what you get and what you don’t, in the coffee Capital of Australia!

Australia’s national carrier Qantas has recently spent a lot of money refurbishing its domestic lounges. Are the lounges of the same standard for international passengers in Melbourne, Australia? When Down Under, find out if you’re getting a dud or a gem, when you fly through or from Melbourne International.

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 the Qantas International Business Lounge Location

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The Qantas business class lounge for international passengers is after security in Terminal 2. Look up for the signs!                               

After passport control in Terminal 2 you go through the duty free shops. Keep following the signs. The lounge is located down an escalator and is opposite the Singapore Airlines and American Express Lounge.

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Keep following the signs to get to the Qantas business class lounge at Melbourne International Airport.
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The Qantas business lounge for international passengers is on Level 1, airside, opposite the AMEX and Singapore Airlines lounges.

                                                

Qantas International business class dress code

Quite a lot of people can use this lounge. Before you get dressed though, please read our guide of what to wear and what not to wear! How embarrassing if you get refused entry because you’re not properly dressed!

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Would you let this man in? Make sure you’re properly dressed for the business class lounge. Qantas are quite fussy. You don’t have to wear a shirt and sunglasses. They are optional.

                                                

Who can Get In

Emirates code share customers who are flying business class can use this lounge, but will probably opt for the Emirates lounge. Also business class passengers of the following airlines. Get ready for the long list! Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Sri Lankan Airways, LATAM (Chilean), China Airlines, China Southern, China Eastern, Garuda Indonesia, Fiji Airways, Jetstar, Vietnam Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

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Who let him in?!! A lot of people can get into the Qantas lounge.

You can also gain entry if you have racked up enough points with your airline. Usually if you’re in the top two tiers and have jewel status of at least a sapphire, you can use the Qantas international business lounge in Melbourne. For Qantas you have to hold gold status. For Emirates, gold and platinum status gets you in. If you’re a Oneworld alliance flyer and have sapphire or emerald status, come on in!

Lastly, if you’re a Qantas Club member or you have a single entry pass, then come on in and relax.

                                              

Seating

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Various seating options in the Qantas international business lounge at Melbourne. The one negative is the natural light, There isn’t much of it!

The good news is that the lounge is very big. It can hold up to 350 people apparently. Still you don’t want it to be full and at capacity! You come to a lounge to get away from the terminal crowd.

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Size matters! The Qantas lounge at Melbourne International is spacious.

The best thing for families with small children, is the play area. It would be better however, if it was enclosed, so you can’t hear the screeching of the little darlings. Take a leaf out of Emirates’ children’s area in Dubai. For a review of the Emirates business class lounges in Dubai, click here.

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A dedicated area for little travellers to play in (Melbourne international Qantas business lounge)

There’s a business area with a sleek long desk and photocopier machine/printer at one end, just after the reception desk. Set up here if you need to get some work done.

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Get your business done here! A large office area is available in the Qantas Melbourne international business lounge. Naturally there are plenty of charging points.
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One of the office benches with USB charging points for your devices. If you forget your laptop, you can use this machine!

The seats range from armchairs in small groups to bar stools. They come in a variety of colours, textures and comfort levels. As usual, the tables are way too small to fit much onto them. However, most people aren’t travelling in large groups and you can always put two tables together, if the need arises.

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Sit and have a meal, like you’re at home in your kitchen!
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Take a seat in a padded armchair in the business class lounge at Melbourne international airport.
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Have a chat or watch some sport on these modern round chairs.
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Like the leather look instead? Place your hide on these arm less leather sofas.
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If you like the breakfast bar look, pull up a stool. They are surprisingly comfortable!
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Hidden behind one of the breakfast counters. These weird cylinder stools look funky. But, are they comfortable? Probably not as no one is sitting on them.

                                                

Bathrooms and Showers

Close your eyes it’s time for the shower shots!

You ask for a towel and an amenity kit at reception. It isn’t help your self service and there is no attendant like at the Qantas Sydney international lounge.

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Your towel and toiletries kit includes a bath mat.
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Your towel kit contains a bath mat. You are given a toothbrush and a shaving kit.

The shower area is located in the middle of the lounge. 

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The shower cubicles are located in the middle area of the business class lounge at Melbourne international.

There are also separate toilet areas.

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Separate from the showers are toilet areas.

The showers have a toilet inside them too, so they’re more like a mini bathroom.

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Each shower cubicle is really a mini bathroom. Every shower room also has a toilet and sink inside.

The toiletries have been exclusively designed for Qantas by Aspar. The 500ml body lotion retails at $50AUD per bottle. When you get on the A380 Qantas plane, inside your amenity kit, you will find an exclusive offer for Aspar products. You enter a code on the Aspar website and you get $50AUD discount. Conditions apply.

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Aspar cleansing and moisturising products. They smell good and are mostly organic. Feel nourished, protected and loved! That’s their strap line, not ours.
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Different scents for men? Aspar products add a touch of class to the cleansing experience.
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Almost forgot to show the shower. A powerful shower with adjustable head, in the spacious cubicle.

                                                

Food and Beverages

Feeling hungry? Like all business class lounges, the food changes according to the time of the day. We visit at breakfast time on one occasion and another time for lunch. There’s a very good, not quite excellent, variety of hot and cold choices, including Qantas’ signature ‘made to order’ dish of the day.

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The healthy ‘made to order’ breakfast bowl only takes 5 minutes to prepare. Go on, treat yourself, before your flight. Get a freshly pressed juice to go with it.

The drinks selection never changes, don’t worry. You can still mix yourself a cocktail at 8am!

Being in Melbourne you are guaranteed great coffee. Barista made is best. There are 2 self service machines, but who in their right mind uses them, when you’re in the coffee capital of Australia?

                                              

The breakfast

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You won’t go hungry before your flight. The hot breakfast menu at the Qantas international business lounge Melbourne.

 

The cold options are a Western style selection. On offer for breakfast is fruit salad, yoghurts, cereals and muesli.

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The healthy cold choices for breakfast. Fruit salad (not from a can), yoghurt, cereals and muesli.
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Bright and appealing colours at the breakfast bar in the Qantas international business class lounge. There’s even chia pudding! What do you mean you don’t know what that is?! It’s on the right hand side of the photo.

Now onto the hot food. It’s what we call a full English.

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Here’s a full English breakfast served with fresh barista made coffee.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s pretty tasty, but, not so healthy. Fried or grilled sausages, bacon, eggs, mushroom and hash browns are standard. For the health component grilled tomatoes are usually offered too. It’s not all bad!

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Components of a full English breakfast. Note that for our American friends, hash browns come in one piece, Down Under and in the UK.

If that’s too unhealthy for you, you can always try the special dish of the day. It is cooked to order, so it’s guaranteed to be fresh. The business lounge plate of the day is next to the barista coffee bar. You place your order and hang around for about 5 minutes. They call your name, when your food is ready.

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Place your order for the business lounge dish of the day at the barista bar.
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While you’re at the barista bar, might as well get a fresh pressed vegetable juice too, to go with that healthy breakfast option.
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The brown rice, kale, almond, feta and poached egg looks so good. The fetta cheese was missing, which was a bit disappointing.

                      

The Lunch 

At midday the breakfast is removed and replaced with lunch offerings. Cereals and yoghurts are replaced with salads. Grilled tomatoes and bacon change to various hot dishes. Presentation wise, Qantas comes second to an Emirates lounge, both in taste and presentation.

     

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At lunch time the lounge menu changes. Cold salad or sandwich fillings replace cereals and fruit for breakfast.

If you don’t fancy making your own sandwich, you can make your own salad or choose from two ready made versions.

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The salad bar for lunch allows you to mix your own healthy recipe.

 If you’re after something hot, there are two dishes on offer. 

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The hot lunch offerings today are a beef Bourgingnon with red wine sauce and a Moroccan inspired tagine with chickpeas. There is also steamed rice in the pot on the left. The soup in the big vat, is red lentil.

If you still have room, there is a small cake selection.

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Indulge your sweet tooth and your waist line at lunch time. Cheesecake or apple pie for dessert at the Qantas International Melbourne business class lounge.
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The cold lunch selection in the business class lounge in Melbourne. A salad bar and a make your own sandwich station.

The beverages

Any international business class lounge worthy of its class has to have a good selection of alcohol. Whilst Qantas doesn’t offer premium alcohol, like Emirates does, the variety is good.

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One of the red wine stations in the Qantas international business class lounge Melbourne.

 The selection of alcohol is vast. You can mix your own cocktails for breakfast at two stations in the business class lounge. No one is going to judge you!

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The range of spirits and beer available in the Qantas Melbourne lounge. Make your own cocktail!

The quality of the wines isn’t as good as in the Emirates lounges, but much better than the Qantas Club in the domestic terminal.

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White wine in the Qantas international business class lounge Melbourne. Bottles range from $15 to $25 AUD in price. Not quite up to Emirates standards, which is why most people prefer to use the Emirates lounge, if possible, on a code share flight.

The soft drinks selection is pretty good too. Teas are available in single sachets. Freshly pressed vegetable juice is available too.

Qantas Melbourne business class lounge fresh juice
While you’re ordering your barista made coffee, don’t forget the freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juice.

What the Qantas lounge does have over the Emirates lounge, is the barista coffee.The fresh barista coffee is excellent.  Well, this is the coffee capital of Australia, after all! The latte art is pretty impressive too.

What the Qantas lounge has over the Emirates lounge in business class is the barista coffee.
Barista made latte and capuccino is excellent in the Qantas lounge. The Italian Faema coffee machine retails at $17000USD . We do our homework at Only1invillage!

The only drinks missing are the bubble teas and smoothies. We don’t know any lounges that offer these! If you do, let us know.

                                                

Final Thoughts

Here’s a round up of what you get and what you don’t in the Qantas international business class lounge.

You get plenty of space. A dedicated children’s play area. Comfortable spaces to sit or work. A big variety of beverages. A good selection of hot and cold food. Showers to freshen up in. Fabulous barista coffee. 

What you don’t get is natural light. Also, the cleaning up of dirty plates isn’t as good as it could be. Apart from that, there’s not too much to complain about. We enjoyed our time in the Qantas international business class lounge Melbourne. It beats having to cook breakfast  or lunch for yourself!

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Is Bali Business Class Lounge the worst in the world?

Using the Bali business class  lounge in Denpasar may not be the treat you are expecting. One of the many perks when flying business class is the pre flight experience. Using a business class lounge to freshen up after you get thrown out of your hotel is usually a pleasure. Nibbling on local delicacies is another business class perk. But, in the Bali business class lounge, you may change your mind, after reading our review!

The lounge is also called the Premier Lounge. The problem with this business class lounge starts at the entrance.

Quick Index

 

                                            

Who can use the Bali business class lounge?

Airlines that use the Bali business class lounge
The Bali business class lounge is available for a lot of airlines and their business class passengers!

Lots of airlines and we mean, lots of airlines share this business class lounge. Qatar, Emirates, Qantas, Jet Star, Thai, Singapore, Malaysia, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Philippine Airlines, Air New Zealand and the list goes on! The Bali business class lounge can also be accessed if you have certain priority passes. 

That’s a scary amount of airlines sharing one business class lounge! 

                                            

Where is the Bali business class lounge located?

After immigration at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, it’s quite crowded and very humid. The air conditioning can’t quite keep up. You have to weigh up the pros of sitting in the crowded ground floor terminal or the Bali business class lounge. It’s not a huge airport, so finding the lounge isn’t difficult. From the ground floor at Ngurah Rai International Airport you can see the Premier Lounge and it isn’t huge. 

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai AIrport Denpasar Indonesia
The Bali business class lounge is also called the Premier Lounge. It is on the first floor on the right of the photo.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The main terminal is very crowded at Ngurah Rai International Airport. It’s also very hot and humid.

Let’s step inside and see what the Bali business class lounge is really like. Is it really the worst business class lounge in the world?

                                            

The seating options at the Bali business class lounge

This is the view when you step inside the business class lounge at Ngurah Rai International Airport after immigration.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Step inside the Bali business class lounge. Also known as the Premier Lounge at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Indonesia.

To give it some credit, the Bali business class lounge is at least cooler than on the ground floor with the masses.

When you go to a business class lounge, you expect two things, comfortable spaces and great food and drink. In the Bali business class lounge you get the comfortable seats, but, only when not busy. With over 15 airlines sharing the Bali business class lounge, you’ll be lucky to get a seat. Most business class lounges are not busy. There is always somewhere to sit comfortably. However, this space quickly fills up and you’ll find yourself very close to strangers.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
There is a quiet room just off the main area of the Bali business class lounge. The armchairs have seen better days.

                                          

The shower and toilet facilities in the Bali business class lounge

You also expect toilet and shower facilities above and beyond what is on offer in the main terminal. There are toilet and shower facilities, but they are very small and of dubious cleanliness.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The shower in the Bali business class lounge doesn’t look very inviting. There is no attendant cleaning the area between guests.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The range of amenities on offer in the shower room can definitely be improved and replaced when used up!
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The toilet in the Bali business class lounge doesn’t look any different to the ones in the terminal below.

                                          

The food on offer at the Bali business class lounge

Now onto the most disappointing aspect. We thought British Airways was bad and the Qantas Club Lounge in Melbourne. The Bali business class lounge can definitely win the title of worst food on offer for business class passengers. Judge for yourself.

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A cold chicken salad dish sits sadly by itself on a banana leaf.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The hot food options are too scary to show at the Bali business class lounge. Trust us, it will put you off fried rice and string beans for life.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
How about some cold finger food? The white bread with the crusts cut off, remind us of school sandwiches. They don’t taste great, unfortunately. In Asia, sugar is added to white bread.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
How about some salad at the Bali business class lounge?
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
We try the desserts at the Bali business class lounge. Surely you can’t go wrong with sugar and chocolate? WRONG! They are close to inedible.

There is one saving grace though in terms of food on offer….

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
There is fresh fruit, the one saving grace of the food options in the Bali business class lounge. The fruit above the bananas is called a snake fruit. Quite a unique taste. It is crunchy and tastes like a bitter pineapple.

                                          

The beverages selection at the Bali business class lounge

Now onto the beverages. As Indonesia is a Muslim country there is no alcohol available. Even though the island of Bali is mainly Hindu, the lounge does not offer alcoholic beverages, which is not a problem for us. You can select soft drinks from a free standing fridge.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Cans of non alcoholic beverages and bottles of mineral water are available at the Bali business class lounge, Ngurah Rai International Airport, in Denpasar.

There are also some ‘fruit’ juices. When we say fruit juice, it is concentrated fruit juice, not freshly squeezed.

Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
The fruit juice at the Bali business class lounge is of the concentrated variety.

                                          

The hot drinks selection at the Bali business class lounge

There’s no hand made latte art going on here! 

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Erm, we are not sure what to do with this machine. Hang on, we know it’s the milk frothing machine.
Bali business class lounge Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar Indonesia
Your tea and coffee selection. The boiling water is just on the right in the silver urn.

                      

Final Thoughts

It’s a place to escape the humidity and heat of the main terminal. You might as well go since you have a business class ticket. You can get complimentary water and canned drinks. If you’re desperately sticky, you can have a shower. If you want great food, you’re better off staying downstairs. You might get a soft seat, you might not. That wraps up the review of the Bali business class lounge by Only1invillage. Do you agree? Have you been to a worse one?

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Qantas Club Melbourne Domestic Business Class Lounge Review

Recently refurbished, one of the business class lounges at Melbourne Airport for domestic passengers gets a review from Only1invillage.

There are 2 lounges at the domestic terminal in Melbourne for business class passengers. Here we review the Qantas Club lounge. Don’t confuse it with the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge. Definitely not same same!

Before you are allowed in remember Qantas has a strict dress code. To ‘ensure  an enjoyable experience’ make sure you read this first. No beachwear! (Erm who wears that to fly anyway?) and no singlet tops for men. No UGG boots and no thongs! By thongs we mean flip flops. They’re not going to check your underwear! (See our Ultimate Aussie Slang Guide to help you understand more of the native lingo!) No sleepwear. Don’t show too much flesh or look like you’re heading off to the gym. Make sure your tops don’t have offensive slogans or images on them. (But an ‘I love Qantas’ T shirt is probably fine!)

Qantas Club Melbourne domestic business lounge at Melbourne Airport
Don’t get caught out or refused entry to the Qantas Club in Melbourne. Check this guide to make sure you’re suitably dressed.

Qantas call this particular domestic business lounge the Qantas Club. The domestic lounge got a much needed makeover. According to previous reviewers, the space for business travellers was like a dark, scary corridor! It was also cramped. The renovations are still coming. There will be more space upon completion in November 2019.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne AIrport
The Qantas Club lounge has had a makeover in Melbourne. Brighter and more spacious than the previous model.

We visit on a busy Friday evening. It is definitely being tested to the maximum. Seating is sparse, conversation is loud and most of the shower rooms are busy! It is very unlike the pictures Qantas show you on their website.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Friday evening in the Qantas Club lounge in Melbourne is busy.

Here are the positives and negatives of the Qantas Club Domestic Business Class Lounge at Melbourne Airport. No wonder Qantas shorten it to The Qantas Club, it’s quite a mouthful to say, otherwise!

POSITIVES Qantas Club Lounge Melbourne Airport

The lounge location is just after security. Turn right and go up the escalator.The other business class lounge is for when you turn left at the top of the escalators.

Qantas Club domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Turn right at the top of the escalators after security. The newly refurbished Qantas Club domestic business class lounge awaits.

The lounge is spacious and has a light airy feel. It is very long. The placement of the bar and barista coffee machine is nice and central. The luxury touches of marble and shiny stainless steel are new and inviting. The new wooden floors give the lounge a modern touch. It looks so much better than carpet. Carpet is so last century!

Qantas Club domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Sleek and shiny central food and beverage aisles in the spacious Qantas Club domestic business class lounge.

The wi-fi is fast and there’s no need to ask for a password. There are plenty of charging points. Look under or near your seat.

There are various types of seating. You can grab a bar stool while you chat to colleagues or sit on the more padded chairs and armchairs. If you need to work there is desk seating too.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Various seating options range from hard stools to comfortable, padded chairs and ‘lounge’ style ‘sofas’.

Showers are available in the toilet areas. There’s no reservation system, you just go and try your luck. Towels are a bit on the thin side. The glass is frosted so you can see if someone is using it (apart from the engaged red sign in the lock).

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Can’t wait until you land to freshen up? Take a quick shower. Make sure you lock the door!
Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Don’t forget to return your towel after your shower!

The central bar looks and feels like any classy Melbourne City watering hole. It’s clean and the service is friendly and efficient. You can order beer on tap or get bottled beer. There’s no help yourself beer at the Qantas Club. You can help yourself to wine and sparkling wine. Spirits have to be requested too. Qantas clearly want to keep you in a decent upright state before your flight. 

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The sleek modern bar is in a central location in the Qantas Club Melbourne.

The barista made coffee comes with latte art and tastes great. Melbourne lattes are good in the Qantas Club  business lounge!

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The coffee at the Qantas Club Melbourne domestic business lounge gets the thumbs up from coffee conossieurs.
Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Get a fresh barista made coffee to have in the lounge. Take away a Vittoria coffee if you’re in a rush. Soy skinny available too. This is Melbourne after all. The great coffee capital.

NEGATIVES Qantas Club Lounge Melbourne Airport

Catering

The biggest disappointment is the food. Avoid it, if at all possible. You probably don’t want to eat there unless you’re really hungry or like food you used to cook when you were a student living away from home! Take a look at the uninspiring food menu.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
The evening menu isn’t exactly gourmet dining at the Qantas Club Melbourne lounge for domestic departures.

You can make your own toasted sandwich. There are various fillings on offer. In our opinion it wasn’t very different to the AMEX lounge at Melbourne International Airport. The taste of the one hot dish was very bland. A microwave meal for one is tastier than the pasta dish on offer.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
The hot food selection is nothing to write home about. Sorry Qantas, we are not impressed.

Sorry Qantas catering, you need to lift your game. The food definitely doesn’t match the pictures on their website. 

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Poor taste and presentation of one of the hot meals. The pasta is soft and the sauce tastes like the chef just added ready made sauce over it.

The wine selection is also mediocre. Qantas has not pulled out the stops when it comes to the grog! Maybe they’re thinking, no one will notice. 

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
The wine selection is mid range. The bottles here range from $15 to $20 AUD.

Busy busy busy.

The lounge is heaving at the end of a working week. Friday evening at the Qantas Club domestic lounge is like Friday evening in the city. There’s people everywhere, drinking and socialising. It’s noisy and you can hear everyone’s conversations.

Qantas domestic business lounge Melbourne Airport
Feels like Friday drinks in the city! Hustle and bustle your way through the Qantas Club Domestic Lounge before your flight.

Who can get into the Qantas Club?

A lot of people!

Business class ticket holders flying on a Qantas or Jetstar flight. But you wouldn’t come here, you would go next door.

Qantas Gold or Emirates Platinum Gold.

China Eastern Miles Gold.

Sapphire and Emerald business or first class travellers travelling on a Qantas flight. Again though, you won’t be happy here.

Buy Qantas Club Membership ($399 once off joining fee and $540 per annum). Not worth it in our opinion.

Buy a day pass for $49 if you’re a Qantas Silver member. Must buy in advance. No at the door purchases.

Final Thoughts

The Qantas Club lounge is the poor cousin of the Qantas domestic business class lounge. There’s no Asian Spice Bar, it’s not peaceful and the food is a taste disaster! On the positive side it is much lighter and has a brighter feel than its predecessor. If you have the choice, head next door!

 

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Emirates Business Class Lounge KL

 

5 enticing reasons to use the Emirates Business Class Lounge KL.

The luxurious emirates business class lounge KL is situated on the upper level of KLIA. Malaysians love using acronyms. KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) is not to be confused with KLIA2. KLIA2 is the hub for the no frills airline Air Asia and is NOT walkable. There is a train called the KLIA Express which connects the two terminals. Make sure you go to the correct terminal or your FOMO (fear of missing out) will kick in!

You are welcomed with the bright golden signature colours of the Emirates lounge. Access is granted  in any number of ways. All business and first class ticket holders. Skywards Gold members travelling in economy can access Emirates Business Class Lounge KL. If you’re a silver member, you can’t come in here, but you can when you get to Dubai.

This lounge, like all Emirates Lounges are open 24 hours a day.

The entrance to the Emirates Business Class Lounge KL
The familiar and welcoming gold and brown colours of the Emirates Lounge in Kuala Lumpur.

Here are our top 5 reasons you must visit Emirates, business class lounge when in KL.

5 Emptiness and  luxury at Emirates Business Class Lounge KL

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Get your timing right and you can have the Emirates Lounge in Kuala Lumpur all to yourself!

Now some people might argue that having no one in the lounge equates to no atmosphere. Personally, we love an empty lounge. The space looks cleaner, the staff are way friendlier and it’s like sitting in your own living room. The large screen TVs keep you informed on current affairs and your flight departure. We have read reviews that this lounge can get very busy, but, this was not our experience.

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Like the feeling of being in your own lounge room? The Emirates Kuala Lumpur Business Class Lounge can be pretty empty!

4 Refresh and relax

A business class lounge should be an area to relax in. A space to catch up on some emails or research your next destination. There are a few different areas to spread out in. The lounge is lovely and cool. The famous humidity of the Kuala Lumpur weather won’t get you in here. You can definitely spend 3 hours here easily. Take a refreshing shower, as on board, unless you’re first class, there’s no shower for you! Collect a towel and toothbrush from the attendants or just help yourself. The shower pressure is good!

Take a shower in the Emirates Business Class Lounge KL
Tried and tested. The power shower in the KL Emirates business lounge.

3 Comfortable choice of seats and varied seating areas

The seating in the Emirates Business Class Lounge KL
Comfortable and spacious seats in the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Kuala Lumpur.

There are cosy seats for families and friends. Individual armchairs for business and lone travellers are covered in leather. You can choose to sit in a cafe style area or a more restaurant looking area. There’s an office space too complete with photocopier and printer. If you’ve been to other lounges, you’ll notice the same signature colours and styles of the seats.

Comfortable dining chairs in the Emirates lounge in Kuala Lumpur
Comfortable dining chairs are available to savour the gourmet dining available on the ground in the Emirates lounge in KL.

2 Views of aeroplanes

For those who love watching the aeroplanes, the Emirates Business Class Lounge KL has you  covered. Watch luggage and catering being loaded. Imagine your comfort on the upper deck of your A380. Dream about your arrival destination as you sip on top quality champagne.

View of aeroplanes from the lounge in KL (Emirates)
From the lounge in KL, you can watch the coming and going of planes while you relax.

1 The outstanding food and beverages selection

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The gourmet dishes will have you drooling. The Emirates Business Class Lounge in Kuala Lumpur does a stellar job in presentation.

This is where Kuala Lumpur really stands out. The quality and freshness of the ingredients used are first class. The presentation and the taste of the food is as good as a restaurant. Gourmet dishes and definitely standout presentation. 

As you can see from the pictures below, care has been taken in the way the food is prepared and plated up. Even when you make your own bigger plate, it still looks good. Everything is very clean and shiny in the Kuala Lumpur Emirates Lounge. Luckily for us, we get to the food before anyone else and so there aren’t any spills or stains in the buffet area.

Gourmet food in the Emirates business class lounge in Kuala Lumpur
Tasty hot dishes to choose from in the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Kuala Lumpur.
Gourmet food in the Emirates business class lounge in Kuala Lumpur
A glass of premium red wine goes so well with the beef carpaccio.

You won’t find any cheap and nasty wines in the KL lounge. All the wines retail at about $35 a bottle. (We like to do our research!) The wines are expensive and the champagne French. Emirates don’t take short cuts on the beverages list in Kuala Lumpur.

The wines are expensive and the champagne French. Emirates don't take short cuts on the beverages list in Kuala Lumpur.
Moet is the standard champagne in Emirates business class lounges worlwide. No Asti or Cava here darling!
The wines are expensive and the champagne French. Emirates don't take short cuts on the beverages list in Kuala Lumpur.
Uh oh! It’s time to be your own bartender! No experience necessary. We should mention that non alcoholic drinks are available too of course.

 

 

 

 

Have you had the pleasure of a stop over in KL? Do you agree with us that Emirates provides a luxurious lounge with great facilities? Want to compare more business class lounges around the world? See more of our reviews below!

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AMEX LOUNGE MELBOURNE AIRPORT REVIEW

The American Express Lounge Melbourne opened in March 2018 so everything is shiny and new!  They seem keen to make a good impression. Only1invillage pays a visit and we have captured our impressions and hope you enjoy the following review.

So dive right in or skip to what you’re interested in…

                                                                                        

OPENING HOURS AND ACCESS

The American Express lounge Melbourne is open from 6 am to 11 pm 7 days a week. This covers most of the time you want when it comes to lounge access. Access is provided to AMEX credit card holders of the following cards. All Amex cards which contain the word ‘platinum’, ‘diamond’, ‘business’, ‘corporate’, ‘ultimate’ or ‘centurion’. Gold isn’t good enough! Check here to see if your card is eligible.

https://www.americanexpress.com/au/content/credit-cards/membership/travel/airportlounge/

Entrance to American Express Lounge Melbourne Airport is complimentary for these card holders
Entrance to American Express Lounge Melbourne Airport is complimentary for these card holders. Check your wallet now!

                                                              

LOCATION

The AMEX lounge is located in the international departures section only. There is no Amex domestic lounge, unfortunately. The lounge itself is past the shopping section and approximately in the centre of the blue section of the map below. There are signs for lounges at the start of the blue section to the left and the right, although they don’t specify which lounges. If you head to the centre you will see an escalator leading downstairs with a sign at the top to various lounges including the AMEX lounge.

The entrance to the American Express Lounge Melbourne Airport is at the centre of the blue section
The entrance to the American Express Lounge Melbourne Airport is at the centre of the blue section on this map.

                                                                                      

SEATING

The seating is divided into two sections. Firstly, a dining section with tables, chairs and a bench and secondly, a lounge section with soft, comfortable seats in a separate room. The capacity of the AMEX lounge is 65 and it has enough seating to cover this. The seats themselves are comfortable and covered in leather or pleather (fake leather). You can sit by yourself or cosy up on a couch! However, there’s only a few double seats, so nab them before someone else does! In addition, there are power point sockets at all the seats in the lounge and at the tables.

The tables also have USB charging points. Note – there are no USB charging points at the sofas. There are comfortable individual lounge chairs which offer a privacy screen, power and a bench to work on your laptop, if you’re feeling in the mood.

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Lounge seats in the Lounge area are comfortable at the American Express Lounge Melbourne..
American Express Lounge seats Melbourne Airport Review - Only1inVillage
Private individual work seats are available, so getting work done is easy.
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Dining seats are functional and comfortably padded.
American Express Lounge dining room
American Express Lounge Melbourne dining room.

                                                                                      

FOOD

The selection of food and drinks for breakfast at the American Express Lounge Melbourne is reasonable. It includes; yoghurt, fresh fruit, Bircher muesli (a particular favourite of Only1invillage, so big brownie points!), cereal, toast, cold meats, cheese, salad and pastries. There is also pre-cooked food consisting of, scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans and hash browns in the silver serving trays. For our American readers, hash browns in Australia come as one piece of cut up potatoes mushed into a flat cake shape and deep fried. Whereas on our travels to Hawaii and beyond, American hash browns are small bits of potatoes fried or roasted.

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American Express Lounge Melbourne food selection at breakfast is of a good quality and a reasonable variety.
American Express Lounge food Melbourne Airport Review - Only1inVillage
Healthy breakfast choices of fruit and yoghurt are available in the American Express Lounge, Melbourne.
american express lounge melbourne Toast, danishes and cereal are an option.
Toast, danishes and cereal are an option for breakfast in the American Express Lounge in Melbourne.
scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns and baked beans are the hot breakfast options. 
If you want something cooked, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns and baked beans are on the menu for breakfast. Access to the Amex lounge at Melbourne International Airport is complimentary to many American Express credit card holders.

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If you visit later in the day, the menu will change to non- breakfast items. There will be sliders, aka a mini burger or crudites (raw vegetables). The sweet options are little cakes and the dessert du jour, the meringue based, macarons, instead. For dinner, more substantial ‘meals’ will be served. Overall, the food is of a good standard and reasonable variety, given the fact that this isn’t a paid lounge or business class ticket dependent. In fact, it is quite comparable to the Qantas Club lounge at the domestic terminal in Melbourne. It is on a smaller scale than the Qantas Club, but, the food quality is similar.

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There is pasta, pumpkin risotto and chicken cacciatore on offer for dinner in the Amex Lounge Melbourne.

 

 

                                                                                      

BEVERAGES

Now onto the beverages selection at the American Express Lounge Melbourne. There is a large fridge with canned soft drinks and bottles of water, both sparkling and still. Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta and soda water are additionally on tap, for self-service. Four different fresh juice mixes in large glass jugs. You can even see the pith in 2 of the juices! Again, well done Amex for this fresh touch. In addition, there is a dedicated barista who is also responsible for the alcoholic beverages.

The alcoholic beverages consist of a good variety of spirits, wines and beers of a reasonable quality. There is Penfolds Koonunga Hill and a selection of mid-range $20 wines. The beer selection has some standard beers like Carlton Dry, Pure Blonde and standard spirts such as Courvoisier VS, Canadian Club, etc. Overall a reasonable, good range of mid-range quality drinks, but not as good as say Emirates business class lounge where you can expect $40 wines and Hennessey VSOP.

american express melbourneBarista made coffee and fresh juices are of a high standard.
Barista made coffee and fresh juices are of a high standard.
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Beer, cider, wine and spirits are available, see the staff because there is no self service.
another shot of more drinks mid range varieties.
Another shot of alcoholic drinks in the mid range price category at the Amex Lounge Melbourne.

                                                                                      

SERVICE

There were two staff around the lounge and we presume more in the kitchen! They were friendly and professional and one of them made a point of saying hello to several of the customers.

                                                                                      

FACILITIES

There is no shower in the bathroom and this is probably due to the fact that the American Express Lounge Melbourne isn’t trying to compete with other business class lounges. Moreover, it doesn’t advertise itself as a business class lounge. Although, it would have been a nice touch! Rumour has it, showers will be installed ‘soon’. As soon as they are, we’ll let you know! Stone benches, automatic taps and electric hand driers are clean and modern in the bathroom. WIFI is complimentary and fast.

Power and USB sockets are available there could be more USB sockets they are mainly at the dining tables
Power and USB sockets are available throughout the Amex Lounge at Melbourne Airport. USB sockets are mainly at the dining tables.
amex lounge melbourne Clean and modern bathroom no shower facilities
Clean and modern bathroom, but, no shower facilities. Rumour has it they might be coming to the American Express Lounge at Melbourne.

                                                                                      

FINAL THOUGHTS

In conclusion, since entrance to the AMEX lounge doesn’t require an expensive business class ticket, this is a great perk for economy class passengers. Moreover, if you are considering a new credit card, this is a big benefit as many of the AMEX credit cards will grant you free access. See here which cards will grant you access https://www.americanexpress.com/au/content/credit-cards/membership/travel/airportlounge/

The American Express Lounge Melbourne International is comfortable. It has a decent range of good food, a dedicated barista and an average range of mostly non-premium alcoholic drinks. In addition, there are facilities to do some work for laptop warriors. We enjoyed our time here and are glad the AMEX lounge has opened in Melbourne!

Finally, we aren’t paid by Amex to write this review, but we’re open to offers!

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qantas business class lounge sydney international

Only1invillage tells you what you get and what to expect at the Qantas Business Class Lounge at Sydney international airport. Read on to discover and compare the food, the booze, the seats and the showers in the Qantas business class lounge Sydney International.

Keep reading for the full review or skip to what you’re interested in…

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The View coming in to Sydney International, Australia.

                                                                                                                                              

Summary

 

Only1invillage visits the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International mid afternoon. Most importantly, it’s not too busy, not too quiet. Firstly, upon entry you will notice that the lounge is long and narrow with modern decor. Secondly, a central aisle dominates which houses the wine and barista bar. Thirdly, drinks of an alcoholic and soft variety with cafe style snacks in large glass containers can be seen. Finally, you breathe a sigh of business class lounge relief.

                                                                                                                                              

the seating at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

Take a seat at the long bar and look out of the floor to ceiling windows at the Qantas business lounge at Sydney International
Take a seat at the long bar and look out of the floor to ceiling windows at the Qantas business lounge at Sydney International.

There are various seating options as in all business class lounges. Armchairs, bar stools, chairs around tables. However there are no sofas or couches. All seats are individual.

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Every seat is individual at the the Qantas business class lounge Sydney International.

                      

Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International
All seats are individual, i.e. no couches or sofas to cozy up on at the Qantas business class lounge Sydney International.

the food

at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

Due to having skipped breakfast , Only1invillage is feeling ravenous, so we decide to attack the food offerings. A few hot dishes and we mean a few are on offer. In addition, the accompanying sides, salads and dessert are a bit sad looking. Similarly the cheese board does nothing to excite the taste buds. However, compared to British Airways business class lounge T5 at London Heathrow, this is posh!

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The sides/salad on offer at the Qantas business class lounge Sydney International.

The hot food choices are very limited. There are 3 choices, one of which is pasta.

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The hot food choices are presented in hotel style silver ‘lift the lid’ keep warm trays.

                    

the beverages

at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

The drinks selection, however, is much better. There is a wide variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Best of all is coffee made to order including turmeric lattes! Having beer taps is a cool novelty. Unfortunately the wines on offer where of an average standard they where on average $20 bottles and a bit disappointing for a business class lounge.

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The beer selection includes beer on tap in the Qantas business class lounge Sydney International.
Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International
Mix your own cocktail with soft and alcoholic beverages.

the f and b plated up

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Only1invillage has a light meal in the Qantas Business Class Lounge at Sydney.
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Chicken cacciatore is one of the hot options available in the Qantas business class lounge.
Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International
Get that turmeric latte!

          

the shower and toilet facilities

at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

Now for those most noteworthy shower and toilet shots!

Not intending to take a shower, just a few photos! Probably not the most luxurious looking. Even the attendant said they were not that nice as she asked why I was taking photos. Maybe should not have bothered, but, we know you will want to see the photos!

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An attendant will hand you a towel and some toothpaste if you need to freshen up in the Qantas Business Class Lounge at Sydney International.
Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International
There are plenty of mirrors to admire yourself in!

                  

conclusion

the pros

at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

First of all, there is lots of space, but seating can be hard to find if busy. Another good feature is that the lounge is bright and light with big windows on one side.  Food is better presented than British Airways business class lounge at T5 in London. Likewise, it tastes a little better too. However, the presentation, variety and quality doesn’t beat the Emirates business class lounge in either Melbourne or Dubai. Where is the smoked salmon? That’s a minimum expectation in our view for a business class lounge. Showers are always a welcome feature at a business class lounge, even if they’re not as good as in an Emirates lounge. 

the cons

at the Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney International

Staff are slow to clear tables which seems unprofessional. Also the wine offered at the Qantas business class lounge at Sydney International was in the 80 points range. In comparison, the Emirates lounge has wines that score in the 90s in the James Halliday wine guide.  Lastly, there is a major lack of power points for charging devices. All said and done, ultimately better than sitting with the hoi polloi!

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British Airways Business Class Lounge T5 London Heathrow 67

British airways business class lounge T5 London heathrow

Clear immigration and read on to see what to expect from the British Airways business class lounge T5 London Heathrow. Terminal 5 at London Heathrow is a bit eerie. When you enter there is a distinct lack of humans and lots of machines making you feel like you’re in a Sci-Fi film. No dedicated check in lane for business and first class passengers which definitely does not leave you feeling special. Terminal 5 is where ALL BA planes fly out from. The usual high end designer shops and champagne and caviar bar are present at Terminal 5. 

only1invillage gives you the lowdown on what to expect from the british airways business class lounge T5 london heathrow

So dive right in or skip to what you’re interested in…

 

                                                                    

Summary

seating

A spacious lounge at the British Airways business class lounge T5 London Heathrow but it looks a bit worn. Varied seating options including couches.

A business centre with printer and of course free wifi.

british airways business class lounge t5 london heathrow food and beverages

The presentation of the food is disgraceful for a business class lounge. It reminds us of school days and canteen food. Baked beans! I know they’re British, but, seriously?

amenities and spa treatments

All business class guests are entitled to a free 15 minute treatment at the Elemis Spa but book well in advance or you won’t get a slot! You can only book on arrival, so get there mega early.

british airways business class lounge t5 london heathrow final thoughts

The beverages are much better presented than the food! Ample space but cleanliness needs improvement. Staff are slow to clear dirty crockery.

For more pictures and information continue reading.

 

                                                                    

British Airways business class lounge T5 London Heathrow review

Relieved to see that there are humans at Terminal 5 London Heathrow, only1invillage decided to book a spa treatment at the Elemis spa. You should book online or phone beforehand because it is very busy, but, if you don’t get an appointment, you can acquire a few samples of Elemis products as a consolation prize!

                                                                    

freshen up

It is disappointing not getting a facial or quick massage as this seems like a great business class perk. Head to the showers to wash off the disappointment! The showers are very clean and an attendant is ready to hand you a clean towel, with a smile. You cannot book online for your free Elemis treatment, so we guess your best option is to arrive very early!

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The showers in the business class lounge T5 LHR. Spacious and clean. An attendant hands you clean towels upon entry. Like a mini bathroom, with toilet included.

The showers in the business class lounge T5 LHR. Spacious and clean. An attendant hands you clean towels upon entry. Like a mini bathroom, with toilet.

Head up the escalators to the main business class lounge areas.

                                                                    

lounge Seating

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Not a bad size overall (British Airways business class lounge T5 LHR)

 

There is varied seating available ranging from sofas and couches for families, restaurant style seating, armchairs with window views and bar seating. The business centre has a printer and of course, free wifi.

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Armchair style seating at the British Airways business class lounge T5 London Heathrow.

 

You might want to sit with your family on the couches and sofas, or if travelling alone, opt for the armchair style seating (pictured above)

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Kick back and relax on the sofa with a good book or glass of wine.

 

                                                                    

Food

Only1invillage was seriously underwhelmed with the food offerings being presented in the business class lounge, the presentation and choice of food can be vastly improved with some quick fixes! Change those dodgy serving bowls and deep tubs and give guests metallic serving implements. 

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Unripe tomatoes and cucumber cubes! Where are the olives?

 

British Airways T5 business class lounge London Heathrow Review
Salad condiments for a “ploughman’s lunch”. This looks bad BA!

 

 

 

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Here is the biggest shock of all. Baked beans! A very British food, but, not in business class, please! The presentation in these deep ceramic tubs is deeply unappealing

slim pickings for a healthy meal

                                                                    

Beverages

Fortunately the beverage offerings are well presented and there are quite a few choices ranging from Twinings brand tea to a wide variety of liquor and spirits. You can even make your own cocktails, should you have the inclination and the skill of course!

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A cafe style bar for hot beverages includes Twinings tea, how very British!

A cafe style bar for hot beverages

British Airways T5 business class lounge London Heathrow Review
The cold drinks and alcohol section. It’s glowing at the British Airways business class lounge at Terminal 5 London Heathrow.

The cold drinks and alcohol bar

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There’s plenty of wine to choose from in a British Airways business class lounge.

Plenty of wine to choose from!

                                                                    

Improvements

In summary, our main criticisms of the British Airways business class lounge T5 London Heathrow, are the food and general cleanliness. The quality and choice of food is really not up to the standard of a business class lounge which is poor considering the price of a business class ticket.

The staff needs to be quicker on the clearing and cleaning of tables when guests leave the various areas. Only1invillage also notices a number of flies hovering around the cafe bar areas in addition to a number of stains which have not been cleaned up. Consequently, this adds a less than luxurious feel to the lounge which one has come to expect from experiencing other business class lounges around the world.

                                                                    

Positives

The BA business class lounge at Terminal 5 London Heathrow is very spacious coupled with a good variety of seating and seating areas. The showers are on a completely separate floor and each shower cubicle is in fact a mini en suite bathroom, complete with toilet, consequently making it feel  more private. The beverages selection is vast compared to the food selection with plenty of soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages available.

In conclusion, if food is really important to you in a business class lounge, you might want to eat outside the business class lounge. However, if you just need refreshment of a liquid variety and don’t mind eating bland food, the BA business class lounge is worth a visit! There’s plenty of space to relax and a business area to catch up on that all important work or social media presence!

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Review Emirates Dubai Business Class Lounge

Recently only1invillage was able to spend some quality hours in the Emirates Dubai business class lounge. In fact, there are three separate lounges. Our thoughts on the cavernous business lounges which run the whole length of the concourse are below. We’ll certainly be back! So due to the fact that Dubai, is the home of the carrier Emirates, naturally the business class lounges are in a class of their own! Only1invillage gives you the lowdown on what to expect when you have a couple of hours to spare in the UAE, before or after your next flight. 

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how to find the emirates dubai business class lounge

When you land in Dubai with Emirates and are holding a business class ticket, you don’t even see your economy class fellow passengers. As a result a separate walkway guides you. Be warned though, the walk is rather long!

After you have shown your ticket to gain entry, you will be met by a huge, hopefully fairly empty area full of comfortable chairs and small coffee tables. 

Likewise, if you’re in transit, just head straight to the lounge, you can’t miss the sign to business class bliss! 

                                                        

seating in the emirates dubai business class lounge

The lounges run the whole length of the concourse. Certainly deciding where to sit isn’t easy, there’s plenty of choice in many areas.

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Bistro style tables and comfortable chairs at the Emirates Dubai Business Class Lounge.

Bistro style tables and comfortable chairs at the Emirates Dubai business class lounge

Cosy armchairs in coffee table style seating  in the Emirates Dubai business class lounge.

Get some reading done in the soft seats in the Emirates Dubai business lounge with a drink in hand of course!

Seating is plentiful in the Emirates business lounge in Dubai. These areas run the whole length of the concourse. Emirates Dubai business class lounge review Sep 2018.

If you need to work there are a few dedicated business centres with printers.

Need an office? Emirates business lounge, Dubai has you covered. Emirates Dubai business class lounge review .

                                                        

the food and beverages at the emirates dubai business class lounge

Foodies rejoice because it’s time for the F and B! Food and beverages is set up in different areas, so, take your pick. Choices are Western, Middle Eastern and Asian. All food is of course, halal. Voss water, freshly pressed juices and also yoghurt drinks are available for non alcohol choices.

Leave some room for desserts at the Emirates Business class lounge Dubai

Bresaola, parmigiano reggiano and rocket hor d’ouevres

Find your favourite cuisine and  drinks

Mix your own cocktails at the Emirates business class lounge Dubai

What the Emirates business class lounge in Dubai is famous for is its Moet and Chandon champagne bar at concourse lounge B. Probably the best business class lounge in the world?

Make sure you save your strength for the  Moet and Chandon champagne bar at the Emirates business class lounge Dubai. Due to its position you will be walking  a fair way to get to it. Trust us, it’s worth it!

                                                    

 get your caffeine fix!

 If you want a ‘barista’ made coffee, Costa Coffee is on your right. Order your Costa coffee inside the Emirates business class lounge, Dubai

                                                        

freshen up at the emirates dubai business lounge

Plenty of shower rooms dotted along the concourse. They are clean, have amenities provided (toothbrushes, brushes, shaving kits etc) and are spacious. The showers look inviting, have separate cubicles and are lockable. Towels of course, are provided.

Other reviews have complained about rather long queues for the toilets, but, this was not only1invillage’s experience. Moreover, the toilets smell pleasant, are clean and have a good variety of amenities in the shower areas, including a hairdryer.

Separate toilets with toiletries provided at the Emirates Dubai business class lounge

If you have little ones in tow, there’s a playroom. 

                                                        

In Summary the emirates dubai business class lounge provides

A dedicated terminal floor consisting of 3 lounges of luxury

Various seating options from cafe style to cozy armchairs

A champagne Lounge by Moet and Chandon – French only, bien sur!

Delicious food and drink from around the world

Hotel standard bathrooms and showers with mini toiletries

Refreshed, re-fuelled and feeling recharged, only1invillage is ready for the next segment in business class on the A380 to London! 

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