There’s nothing I love more than relaxing and taking full advantage of a holiday.
And that should start from the very moment you get to the airport.
I HATE feeling rushed and feeling panicked when it comes to travelling. I’m definitely one of those people who likes to get somewhere early just so I’m not rushing around and to avoid missing your scheduled flight.
And seeing as our flight to Barcelona wasn’t till 5pm, we had a lot of time to play with on Saturday so I wanted me and my friend to pre-long our holiday that little bit.
I came across No1 Lounges on Twitter and when I found out they had a lounge at Birmingham International, I WhatsApp’d my friend and she agreed to book it!
And I’m glad she did, because it meant we could get to the airport within plenty of time, sit back and relax in the lounge!
The only other time I’ve been in a lounge was in the business lounge at Heathrow airport when my aunt and I went to New York, so I knew it wasn’t going to be quite as fancy, but I had a rough idea what to expect.
So if anyone is looking for a good lounge recommendation, here are my thoughts:
No1 Lounges is a group of award-winning airport lounges based in Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Their slogan is leaving never felt so good. Which I have to say, I agree!
To enter the lounge, prices range from £24-£26 depending on what lounge you choose when booked online. You can turn up to the lounge and pay on the door, but you’re looking to pay from £32, so you’re best off pre-booking it!
One thing we didn’t realise at the time we booked it, we have Caxton FX cards, which meant we would had got an extra discount on entry! They accept Tastecards, Caxton FX, Gourmet Society and Hi-Life Diners for discounted entry.
When booked online, you get a confirmation email along with a QR Code to which the lounge will scan upon your arrival. You are asked to put in your flight time, as they give you an entry time two hours before your flight, so you can fully relax.
Turning up was really easy. The lounge is located straight after security, between Next and WHSmiths. You are greeted by someone at the front desk and your code gets scanned.
And you enter in the lounge ready to sit back, relax and eat and drink!
The decor is simple, elegant and classy. White walls, grey chairs with blue cushions made the lounge feel relaxing and comfortable. The chairs were so cosy and there was plenty of seats for us to choose from.
The full price for a ticket when booked online is £26 per adult and £16 for children.
This ticket price includes all food, alcoholic and soft drinks, unlimited WiFi, newspapers and magazines.
So of course, we tried to eat and drink as much as possible!
We started off with a glass of Pinot Grigio and whilst sat in the comfiest chair ever, for the first time in a long time, I completely relaxed and was in total bliss. The week leading up to us going to Barcelona was stressful and very busy, with me going out every evening for various events, so it was the first time I felt like I breathed again!
It was a really simple, but accommodating service. You could go up to the bar as many times as you’d like to order your drinks, food and other bits.
If you wanted cooked food, you could order it from the bar, but they had a range of snacks like nuts, crisps, fruit and soup out on the table for you to help yourself. They also had a fizzy drink counter, with hot drinks and water available for you to help yourself to.
We ordered food, as we hadn’t had lunch. Don’t expect a huge amount of food, as the food we were given was very basic.
I ordered a Ploughman’s lunch and it was basically one slab of cheese, with a bread roll, a small pot of chutney and cut apples. I didn’t feel very full afterwards, so I was slightly disappointed in the portions of the food.
My friend wasn’t very happy with her fish finger sandwich, as it was literally a roll with one fish finger inside. So unfortunately, we couldn’t recommend the food! I’m not sure if it’s like this in every lounge, but it slightly let down the experience.
If you’re looking for a glass of complimentary champagne, then afraid you won’t be happy to hear this.
If you want champagne, you have to pay for this as this isn’t included.
But if you REALLY want some champagne, you can get it for an extra £6 a glass.
But with the amount of drinks that were available behind the bar, we really weren’t that fussed about having champagne. Unless you’re celebrating something, I don’t think it’s needed.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced lounge to extend your holiday, then No1 Lounges offers just what you need before you jump on your plane.
Despite the disappointing food, that hasn’t put me off from coming back again. I would love to check out the other airport lounges to compare.
But I was very content the whole time I was in the lounge. We didn’t stay for the whole two hours, as we decided we wanted to get up and move about, but it’s great to know that you have plenty of time to chill out and you don’t feel rushed to leave.
And this photo below just proves how happy I was with a glass of wine in hand just before going on holiday!
Overall, I feel a lounge really does add to the holiday experience and it made me more excited to jet off.