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Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3 Air China Business Lounge (PEK)

Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3 Air China Business Lounge (PEK)

Overall Rating: 5/10

A flagship lounge run by Air China in a key hub. Accessed on this occasion at 11:00 am using a Turkish Airlines Gold card with a Air China flight.

Food:

A good selection of hot and cold food:

  • Sandwiches
  • Soup
  • Dumplings
  • Rice, squid, duck, chicken and pasta
  • Noodle soup
  • Sushi
  • Vegetables


Drinks:

A standard selection of beers (Tsingtao, other local chinese beers), wines (Great Wall), spirits (Gordons, Red Label, Chivas) and soft drinks are available with self service.


Wifi and Power:

Used the free airport Wifi, which is slow and filtered (no Facebook, Google etc). Limited power plugs are available through the lounge, many of which don’t work.

Views and Comfort:

For such a key hub, the lounge was fairly small. It was extremely crowded on both of our visits, and we struggled both times to find a chair.


Reasonable views over the apron.

Manila Terminal 1 Miascor Lounge (MNL)

Manila Terminal 1 Miascor Lounge (MNL)

Overall Rating: 4/10

A contract lounge serving mainly Star Alliance airlines. Accessed on this occasion at 05:00 am using a Turkish Airlines Gold card with a Air China flight.

Food:

A reasonable selection of hot and cold food:

  • Sandwiches
  • Soup
  • Rice and chicken in sauce.
  • Cereals


Drinks:

A standard selection of beers (San Miguel), wines, spirits and soft drinks are available with self service. Spirits on the higher end of the standard selection – Tanquery Gin and Black Label Whiskey, for example.


Wifi and Power:

Used the free airport Wifi. Limited power plugs are available through the lounge.

Views and Comfort:

Lounge was small and felt very dated, and quite dirty as a result. Chairs were comfortable  but ancient.

Limited views over the apron, towards gates 9 and 10.

Gibraltar Airport Calpe VIP Lounge (GIB)

Gibraltar Airport Calpe VIP Lounge (GIB)

Overall Rating: 9/10

An airport run Contract Lounge. Accessed on this occasion at 13:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight.

Food:

A reasonable selection of cold sandwiches, crisps and nuts.


Drinks:

A standard selection of beers (Heineken, 1664), wines, spirits, soft drinks and cocktails are available with self service. No whiskies on offer.


Wifi and Power:

Lounge wifi with password. The free airport Wifi is also available.

Limited power plugs are available through the lounge (but not on the terrace outside).
Views and Comfort:

Inside: Very comfortable, modern chairs.The lounge has windows that overlook the apron and runway.

Outside: a beautiful open terrace overlooking the apron and The Rock. Large, comfy chairs with tables. A great place to relax, as you watch your aircraft arrive and taxi.

Antigua Airport Lounge (ANU)

Antigua Airport Lounge (ANU)

Overall Rating: 6/10

An airport-run contract lounge, accessed on this occasion at 18:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight.
Food:

A decent of sales, kebabs and sandwiches. Hot food ran out quite fast.


Drinks:
A full selection of beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and cocktails are available from the waiter-served bar. Generally prefer self-serve, but this worked out just about fine.

Wifi and Power:

Lounge wifi with password.

Power plugs are available throughout the lounge.

Views and Comfort:

Very comfortable, modern chairs. Large lounge, and recently renovated (2016). The lounge has no windows or views over the apron. Got very busy (full) before our flight to London.

St Lucia Hewanorra Lyanola Airport Lounge (UVF)

St Lucia Hewanorra Lyanola Airport Lounge (UVF)

Overall Rating: 4/10

An airport contract lounge, accessed on this occasion at 13:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight.
Food:

A limited selection of pastries, biscuits and sandwiches.


Drinks:

A full selection of beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and cocktails are available from the waiter-served bar (super friendly and helpful).


WiFi and Power:
Lounge wifi with password.

Power plugs are available throughout the lounge.

Views and Comfort:

The lounge has limited views over the apron, but is otherwise quite dark and limited.

London Gatwick Airport North Terminal No. 1 Lounge (LGW)

London Gatwick Airport North Terminal No. 1 Lounge (LGW)

Overall Rating: 6/10

An airport contract lounge at a large international airport, accessed on this occasion at 9:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight (the BA lounge is shut until the airline moves terminal).

Food:

Breakfast menu until 11:00 am. A limited selection of pastries, fruit and cereals. One item of hot food can be ordered (bacon rolls, kedgeree, porridge etc).


Drinks:

A full selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails are available from the waiter-served bar.

Soft drinks and water are freely available.

I’ve been to this lounge a few times, and on each occasion, the cappuccino coffee mill has tasted off.


WiFi and Power:
Lounge wifi – no password.

Power plugs are widely available throughout the lounge.

Views and Comfort:



The lounge has reasonable views over the apron. The main section of the lounge gets extremely busy and noisy. There is a quiet section which is usually much more peaceful.

Mohamed, our lounge staff member was outstanding!

Toulouse Airport Lounge (TLS)

Toulouse Airport Lounge (TLS)

Overall Rating: 3/10

An airport run lounge at a regional airport, accessed on this occasion at 17:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight.

This is the only lounge at the airport.

Food:

Minimal food beyond crisps and yogurts.


Drinks:
A limited selection of beers, wines and spirits

  • Spirits: Gin (Hendricks), Scotch (JW Red, Drambui liquer), Vodka, Martini etc
  • Wine: White and red wine, Muscadet
  • Beer: 1664 lager and blanco
  • Soft: standard selection.


WiFi and Power:

Lounge wifi – simple registration process.
Power outlets sparsely located through the lounge. Approx 20-30% of seats have a power socket close by.

Views and Comfort:

Limited, older chairs with side tables. Lounge got extremely busy, and people struggled to find seats until the upper floor of the lounge was opened.
Felts dark and crowded. No windows on the main level. Limited Windows on upper floor.

London Heathrow Terminal 5A British Airways Galleries South Lounge (LHR)

London Heathrow Terminal 5A British Airways Galleries South Lounge (LHR)

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

A British Airways lounge at a key hub, accessed on this occasion at 17:00 using a British Airways Silver card with a BA flight.

This is one of two BA lounges at a Terminal 5A, located at the South of the terminal. It is far larger than the North lounge, though lacks an internal balcony, and is far darker (as most of the lounge is buried within ther terminal).

There is a further BA lounge at the B satellite terminal, for flights departing from there.

All lounges have been recently refurbished (2016).

Food:

A basic selection of hot and cold snacks:

  • Cold rolls and sandwiches (ham, cheese, coronation chicken etc)
  • Crisps
  • Soup
  • Pastries and baked products such as egg tarts, cakes etc.
  • Hot buffet available at meal times (breakfast = bacon rolls, lunch/dinner = rice, pasta, chilli, chicken, beans etc). Dinner = after 6 pm.

Drinks:

A wide selection of spirits, witnes and soft drinks:

  • Spirits: Gin (Gordon’s/Bombay), Scotch (Glenlivet 15, Glenfiddich, JW Red, Drambui liquer), Vodka, Irish Liquer, Bourbon, rum etc
  • Wine: White and red wine, Vintage Port (all Douro valley)
  • Beer: Heineiken, Tiger, Tribute, Amstel
  • Soft: standard selection.

WiFi and Power:

BA lounge wifi – password on screens/BA app.

Power outlets sparsely located through the lounge. Approx 20-30% of seats have a power socket close by.


Views and Comfort:

Comfortable chairs with side tables. Internal balcony overlooking the departures gates. Not too busy at time of our visit. A quiet business area with computers and printer is available for those who wish to use it.

Brussels Zavantem Airport British Airways Galleries Lounge (BRU)

Brussels Zavantem Airport British Airways Galleries Lounge (BRU)

Overall Rating: 7/10

A British Airways outstation lounge, accessed on this occasion at 13:00 using a British Airways Executive Club Silver card with a BA flight. One of several lounges in the airport.

Food:

A basic selection of cold snacks:

  • Cold rolls and sliced cheese/ham.
  • Salad and tomatoes.
  • Pastries and baked products.


Drinks:

Standard selection of spirits, wines and soft drinks:

  • Spirits: Gin (Bombay Silver), scotch, vodka, rum.
  • Wine: White and red wine, port.
  • Beer: Leffe (Blonde/Bruin), Amstel, Bass, Cherry Kriek.
  • Soft: standard selection.


WiFi and Power:

Use standard free airport WiFi (almost unusable).

Power outlets sparsely located through the lounge.

Views and Comfort:

Comfortable, new chairs with side tables. Wide views over the apron and the departures gates. Not too busy at time of our visit. A quiet business area with computers and printer is available for those who wish to use it.

Frankfurt Airport Air Canada Business Lounge (FRA)

Frankfurt Airport Air Canada Business Lounge (FRA)

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

An Air Canada outstation lounge, accessed on this occasion at 13:00 using a Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Gold Card card with a Lufthansa flight.
Food:

A limited selection of hot and cold food:

  • Cold rolls and sandwiches (ham, cheese, etc)
  • Soup, crisps, nuts etc
  • Salads
  • Fruit
  • A small hot buffet.


Drinks:
An standard selection of spirits, wines and soft drinks available for self serve.
Beck’s and Franzishaner Weissbier available on tap for self-serve.



WiFi and Power:

Private lounge wifi, accessed by password.

Power widely available inside on comfy chairs, and in the business centre.

Views and Comfort:

Stunning views over the apron. The sun streams into the lounge from around midday.

A number of different seating option. A business area with computers is available for those who wish to use it.