As most of you know I love to travel and this finds me in airports pretty often usually at some ungodly hour trying to fill my stomach with some form of breakfast goods to keep me going until I reach my destination. I’d heard of lounge’s before but in my mind they were super fancy and only reserved for those with bucket loads of cash so I was shocked when Aspire Lounges* contacted me and I found out they had one in Luton Airport. Clearly, I’d been walking around with my eyes closed as the big door is located just before the toilets as you’re walking towards Frankie and Benny’s.
Luton is my choice of airport as it’s a 20-minute drive from me but unfortunately, there’s not a lot of choice when it comes to food. Unless you fancy Starbucks or Pret you’re usually left with Frankie and Benny’s which is usually pretty packed (I have waited almost an hour in their queue before) and you usually come out about £20 lighter after you’ve bought a breakfast, juice and some tea. Aspire Lounges are priced at just £21.99 for a single visit and have seriously changed my views on spending time in an airport.
Last Friday me and my friend tried out their Lounge Access before our 6.40am flight to Amsterdam. Arriving a little groggy-eyed at about 4.30am we were greeted and let in in seconds and unlike the loud nature of downstairs, it was peaceful and tranquil with a few other eye bird flyers like us tucked into the tables. Our first port of call was food as we were starving, what is it about being awake at 4am that makes you super hungry when you’d usually still be asleep?!
At Aspire Lounges food and drinks are provided for you via a buffet service so breakfast included sausages, bacon, rolls, scrambled eggs, pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, cereal and yogurts all there for you to serve yourself. Alongside that there’s all manner of hot drinks, various juices, a self-service fizzy drink dispenser and if you fancied it alcohol. That’s right alcohol is included free of charge within the lounge that’s wine, beer, cider, and spirits, all you pay for are cocktails or champagne. Imagine having an evening flight and getting a full dinner free of charge and you can wash it down with a few drinks?! When you think about it like that you can make back your money in a single sitting.
As it started to get a little busier as we neared 6am I went to look at the advertised Snoozepods and my god they’re incredible. You can lay down encased in a little haven of tranquility complete with relaxing music and a vibrating back massage. Next time I’m going to pop here for a quick power nap before breakfast.
Before my experience, I would never have even thought about lounge access as being worth the money or even right for me but now I am totally converted and I’m going to look into what’s available for all my other trips.
Have you ever been to an airport lounge before?
*I was given two complimentary passes for the Aspire lounges but all thoughts and opinions are my own