Some of the destinations I could have jetted off to...
I made my way to the the rendezvous point and handed over my passport, but I wasn't about to board a plane, I was going to the opening of Birmingham Airport's sparkling brand new No.1 Traveller lounge which promises travellers an up-scale pre-flight experience.
I couldn't wait!
At the entrance to the lounge guests are greeted with a wall of Rosemary.
Here's a panoramic view of just one part of the lounge. Behind me was the dining area and to my left a very well stocked bar.
This lounge is the largest within Birmingham Airport. The windows look out over the run way so you can chill out and watch the airport action as you wait for your flight.
And there is a mezzanine level too! One of the things I tend to naturally check out is the easy access to power supply and you will never be short of somewhere to charge your phone or laptop. They have power points on the walls, by the chairs, on the floor. Great planning there!
Want to get into work mode or have a meeting. Step into the office space! And if you want a more private area to have a meeting there is actually a meeting room you can use as well.
Part of the the dining area. Complimentary food and drink are included in the price of entry into the lounge.
For example, at breakfast you can chose from a range of pastries, cereals, fruit salad and granola.
At lunchtime there is salads and soups, bread, cheese, cakes, and fruit, and served all day are sausage or bacon rolls, poached egg pot and Welsh rarebit. I tried the fresh fruit salad and it was the freshest and nicest I have ever tasted, and I saw the bacon roll and poached egg pot being served and they looked amazing.
And not forgetting that there are complimentary drinks too! Take your pick - tea, coffee, juices, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits!
Set your laptop up and you are good to go with fast, free wifi included too.
The bowler hats again, just because...they are bowler hat lamps!
Councillor Ken Hawkins, the Mayor of Solihull attended the official opening. The new lounge has created 20 new jobs for the area.
It's not often a girl gets a chance to don this much bling, and Ken was kind enough to obliged. Just for a minute though!
It's hard to say what my favourite thing about the new lounge is. It's been so well designed.
Would I go book into the lounge next time I catching a flight? Yes! In fact, what I think I might well do is arrive even earlier to the airport so I can enjoy spending longer in there - it's really that nice!
The lounge is open to anyone. All you do is book the lounge online for £22.50 or pay £27.50 on the door. Note the dress code. I think it provides really good value for money too. If you are waiting at the airport you could easily spend the cost of entry to the lounge on food, drinks and magazines/papers etc. I'd say check into the lounge and really relax whilst you are waiting to jet off. The trouble is, you might get too comfy and miss your plane! :)
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