| Updated 16 May 2016 |
Location: Airside, Level 4
Hours: Sun-Tue & Thu-Fri, 5:30am-12:15am. Wed & Sat, 5:30am-12:30pm & 3pm-12:15am
Features: Lounge Dining, Bar Service, Tea, Coffee & Beverages, Showers & Toilets, Wireless Internet, Apple Computers, Newspapers & Magazines
Eligible Class of Travel: Qantas First and International Business, Emirates First, Jetstar Business Max
Eligible Qantas Members: Qantas Club and Gold, Platinum & Platinum One Frequent Flyers. Emirates Gold & Platinum Skywards members. Oneworld Business & First passengers and Sapphire & Emerald members.
Qantas is currently undertaking refurbishment of its international Brisbane lounge and it’s well overdue. Although there are some good features, the overall look and design is circa 2005 and tends to feel more like a domestic lounge. We think Qantas’ lounges here at home should at least measure up to their overseas counterparts and hopefully the refurbishment will address this. Work is currently scheduled to be completed by early 2017, but let’s have a look at what you’ll experience in the meantime.
Our consultant Scott visited the lounge in the morning and found a mostly continental variety of breakfast foods on the buffet including croissants, cereals, toast and the usual condiments, as well as fruit and yoghurt. Surprisingly the hot breakfast foods commonly found at other Qantas Business lounges are not available here. There is an espresso machine which does a good cup of coffee, but even better is the barista station just around the corner which also offers table service during quieter times. Of course, being an international lounge there is also beer, wine & spirits available at all times.
For work purposes the Wi-Fi is thankfully fast and free here, with no password needed. Make sure your battery is fully charged though because power outlets seem to be few and far between. If you haven’t brought your own laptop there are some Apple Mac computers available along with a printer and shredder too.
If you’re here to relax there are plenty of comfy armchairs and amazing views over both the terminal and the tarmac via large floor to ceiling windows, a really great feature that we hope will be retained and incorporated into the new design.
Another nice feature is the TV area where passengers are given free use of the Foxtel remote control to choose what they’d like to watch, rather than being stuck with whatever the staff has switched on that day.
Overall, an okay experience with those few little perks and the friendly staff. Fingers crossed for bigger and better things when the new lounge opens next year.