Having come from the Qantas Business Lounge, I was already extremely impressed. Qantas have got it down to a tee when it comes to their lounges, and this was nothing short of exceptional.
Perhaps a more objective way to look at this lounge is as a good quality restaurant, rather than an airline lounge!
15th October 2022 at 19:00
The lounge is open daily between around 14:30 until 23:39, however this can be later if any Qantas flights are delayed.
Perhaps, a less technical answer from the Qantas website is “Lounge operating hours are four hours before each Qantas operated service until the last Qantas departure.”
This lounge is open to passengers flying First Class on Qantas, or I would guess any other OneWorld Airline with First Class cabins.
Alternatively, the lounge is open to OneWorld Emerald members – and this lounge is good!
How to Get There
Taking a right out of Passport Control, you’ll see some escalators, with the Qantas First Lounge well signposted.
Once you’re up the escalators, you’ll see the lounge on the right-hand side.
The main feature about this lounge is the fact it’s more like a huge reastaurant!
Dining seating here goes on for ever, and it’s all of extremely good quality – as is the decor!
If you’re visiting just to chill out, there is also a lot of casual seating too!
Alternatively, I found that there were plenty of places to work from – such as high-tables or an office area. There was even a printer!
With that said, for taking/doing Zoom calls (which Americans LOVE doing in lounges, !!!!VERY LOUDLY!!!!), I didn’t see anywhere to do this quietly.
I also didn’t really any sleeping pods – or anywhere to quietly sleep whilst waiting. This is something I would have thought would be popular if Singapore is your stopover point. I could of course be mistaken on that!
Food and Drink
Drinks in the lounge are either served with your meal, or you can order at the bar. I won’t type out the whole menu – but you can see there is an excellent range of cocktails, cold drinks, Australian wines – and a great selection of beer!
Now this is what I am most gutted about. For time reasons I wanted to back at Terminal 3 in good time for my Srilankan flight.
So, as much as I wanted to sit the 3-course meal, I wasn’t able due to time. I am very sad about this, because the flight was then delayed, and was stuck in the Marhaba Lounge!
Anyway, as is self-evident, there is an extensive range of good food, and I’ve no doubt it would have been of immense quality, There wasn’t any burgers on the menu this time – but there were chips (assuming, fries), and club sandwich. This is the kind of food people want – not piled up curries and rice!
So I’ll be going back for dinner at some point – that’s guaranteed!
The wifi was extremely fast and reliable, I had no issues connecting or using it.
There are around 12 to 14 showers in this lounge, which makes perfect sense. I sadly didn’t get to see one – but I was given a TGI Fridays-style buzzer to wait for one. In the end, time prevailed and I had to leave.
This lounge is great! It’s like a restaurant, it has seating for every need, showers – it’s great! Unless I am mistaken, it’s perhaps missing sleeping areas – but it’s very good indeed!
At some point, now it’s open, I will get back to review the Qantas Lounge at LAX for a comparison – it was closed last time.
LAX aside, I think this is one of the best airline lounges in the world – or perhaps a joint second with the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Heathrow.
As the Australians would say – it’s bloody good!