Why I’m A Fully Converted Airport Lounge Lover – Aspire Lounge Review

Aspire Lounge

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.

Aspire Lounges

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.

Aspire Lounge Sleepod

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

March 8, 2017
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30 Comments

  • Reply Cristina Oprea

    Loved this review!! Used to fly a couple of times from Luton as well, wish I knew this before! I recently travelled to New Zealand and paid around the same amount for a lounge. When you have some hours to wait for your flight, it’s really worth it!!

    March 9, 2017 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Sarah Seifried

    I have always wonder what goes on in airport lounges – but like you I’ve never thought myself to be the type. I’m sold though because I have gone a few long trips where a sleep pod would have been heaven!!

    March 9, 2017 at 2:04 am
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I’m shocked at what a bargain this is, I wouldn’t have thought the lounges were so reasonably priced. Those Snoozepads are fantastic, I had no idea they had these in lounges. I will be checking into lounge prices the next time I travel x

    March 9, 2017 at 7:43 am
  • Reply From Evija with Love

    I travel quite a lot and this looks right up my street!! Thank you for sharing, I agree Luton isn’t the best for choice. Good to know the Aspire Lounge is totally worth it!

    March 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply lisa prince

    i wish i did travel alot , ive not been to luton but i loved newcastles airport and teesides not too bad either x

    March 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I wish I travelled more to get used to lounges but I have only ever been in one and it was in Zagreb and it was pretty rubbish x

    March 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    Sounds lovely and well worth the money. I can never imagine getting flight that early. Slept at airport before between flights though so think might have been similar times…can’t wait to hear about your trip 🙂 x

    March 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I always tend to go for super early flights to maximize my time away x

      March 10, 2017 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    It sounds like a great experience and I have been to Luton on numerous occasions and haven’t visited the lounge yet as I didn’t know they had one.

    March 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    Looks very nice and cozy. I love using lounges when I have a flight which is too early or very late. I leave my house earlier and prefer to stay at these so I am sure and never missed a flight and also have some relaxation time before flying.

    March 10, 2017 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Jenni Grainger

    This looks delightful, a lovely place to start your holiday x

    March 10, 2017 at 5:07 am
  • Reply Helen Clark

    This sounds a great way to start a holiday! I’ve never been in a lounge before but one of my friends swears by them.

    March 10, 2017 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    This sounds like a nice and comfortable place to relax before going on holiday

    March 10, 2017 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Louise O'Brien

    This just sounds so good I would love that pod to rest my head. Airports have really moved on haven’t they?

    March 10, 2017 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    Airports can be so busy and at times stressful, the lounge looks like a great place to relax for a reasonable price 🙂

    March 10, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I’ve been lucky enough to experience a few different airport lounges and for me they’re always worth the money x

    March 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Don't Cramp My Style

    Ah i never tried airport lounge before, but this sounds interesting, im flying from manchester so will check if they have anything there like that! Fab photos by the way!

    March 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Jade Bremner

    It’s sound great. I never fly anywhere so have never experienced anything like this x

    March 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I think that starting off your holiday in an airport lounge just makes the whole trip that little bit more special.

    March 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    I went to the one at Manchester Airport and loved it, perfect way to relax before a flight! xo

    March 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I remember being in an airport lounge when I was little – it was AWESOME!

    March 13, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Laura @ What's Hot?

    I’d love to try a snoozepod! Looks like something that should be on a space ship xD

    March 13, 2017 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Susan Allerton

    This looks awesome! I’ve always thought the same, that lounges were for people with loads of money but this looks really great, eager to try it for myself!

    March 15, 2017 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Mellissa Williams

    I’ve used executive lounges a number of times and I love them. It’s the perfect way to start a holiday, in the relative peace of the lounge with food and drink too. Also they have lots of areas to charge computers and phones and free wi-fi. Thumbs up from me

    March 15, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

    I’ve never been in an airport lounge before but that’s a fab price for everything to be included, especially alcohol! x

    March 15, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    I do love a good airport lounge, looks absolutely enjoyable.

    Lindsey
    http://www.londonmumma.com

    March 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Zoë IKIWN

    This sounds right up my street. I’m terrified of flying so the time spent at the airport always feels tense and far too busy. The price is much more reasonable than I thought and there’s one at Edinburgh Airport… I’m sold! WIll be trying it out when we fly to Portugal in May. x

    March 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Hagyard

    I always make sure I leave extra time before travelling to make full use of lounges! It’s like a home away from home for me! X

    March 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Hannah Bailey-Churcher

    I’ve not used an airport louge before although definitely plan on using one next time we fly in and out of a large airport- so nice to be able to shower and relax between flights or whilst waiting! xo

    March 21, 2017 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Always Carry On.

    I’ve only used the airport lounge once, at Leeds Bradford airport. It was quite expensive, and there wasn’t much in the way of food, but the BF and I drank enough beer to cover the cost 😉 it was also handy as our flight was delayed! x

    March 27, 2017 at 11:27 am
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