Last month before jetting off to Milan my best friend (and travel buddy) and I got to try out the Aspire lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5. With an early morning flight we were feeling a tad hungry and in need of a cup of tea to wake us up. We arrived to friendly greetings from the reception staff and a reserved booth table was ours for the three-hour booking if we needed it.
Here are six things I loved about the Aspire lounge:
1. This lounge is the only lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 which is open to all travellers so everyone is welcome.
2. The lounge is located in a quiet corner of the airport with great views of Britain’s busiest runway. I’ve been to some busy lounges before but I found the Aspire lounge to be really quiet (there are no departure announcements made in there, though there are departure boards) and relaxing but maybe it was because we were there quite early in the day.
3. There are complimentary and premium menus available. At the time we were travelling, there was only a hot and cold breakfast buffet available from the Deli Counter. However, this did the job, there was a good choice and it was all tasty. The lounge staff kept items filled up and tidy.
4. To complement the food, they have an extensive drinks menu including soft drinks, teas, coffee and a well-stocked bar. Despite the early time, we enjoyed the complimentary glass of Prosecco and orange juice with our breakfast. For anyone wanting to make the most of the bar, the complimentary drinks include wine, beer (they have Moretti beer on draught and keeping it local they also have London Pride ale) and a choice of spirits.
5. The lounge has a work zone which means if you have any last-minute work to do before your flight you can do this in comfort. The high bar work desk has a number of charging points including UK, US and USB ports. There is also free and unlimited WiFi available throughout.
6. And finally there is the Bliss Spa. This is the first Aspire lounge which contains a spa. Unfortunately, I did not have time to experience one of their 20- or 40-minute treatments but I can’t think of a more perfect way to start a holiday than a quick mani or pedi! There is also a shower which is ideal if you need to freshen up between connecting flights (treatments and use of the shower cost extra).
Prices for the Aspire Lounge and Spa at London Heathrow Terminal 5 start from £29.99 per adult. Aspire have other lounges at a whole host of other UK airports including Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Inverness, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, London Gatwick and Luton so be sure to check them out. For further details about the Aspire Lounge and Spa at London Heathrow Terminal 5 look here.
Do you use airport lounges? Have you been to the Aspire lounge at Heathrow or elsewhere? If so, what did you think?
*I was a guest of Aspire, however, as always my opinion is my own.