This is my review of the No 1 Traveller lounge at Gatwick airport, in the North Terminal.
I was in Gatwick on Monday, taking a British Airways flight to Amsterdam.
The BA lounge facilities at Gatwick are a bit of a sorry state. It used to be literally twice the size as BA originally had the ground floor as well as the first floor. The current small lounge – almost embarrassingly small on the First Class side – hasn’t even had a ‘Galleries’ facelift and still trades as ‘Terraces’.
This is the entirety of the First Class lounge. I was standing against the back wall and you can see the other wall at the far end. It doesn’t get any wider at the top either!
I decided to give the No 1 Traveller lounge downstairs a try. I got access via the Priority Pass that comes with my American Express Platinum card (see my review). You can also get in via the free Lounge Club passes that come with the American Express Gold card. Or, of course, you could pay – but not on the door as its £30 ….
These pictures are not great. They make the lounge appear dark, when actually it is incredibly light because of the huge windows – which is why my phone decided to compensate and make the pictures dark ….!
Here are the key points:
The lounge is very big as you can see (oldies will remember the size from when BA used this as its lounge)
There is huge amounts of light
There are lots of different seating areas
There is a spa (not pictured, not free)
There is a small cinema showing childrens films
There is also a small kids playroom with beanbags (not pictured)
There is a full length bar. Not all drinks are free although, given it was early morning, I didn’t investigate too much.
Like the BA lounges at Gatwick, there is some cold food on a buffet with hot food available to order. Your first hot dish is free with a £4 charge after that. I wasn’t there long enough to order any food unfortunately.
My pictures do not really do it justice. I do recommend that you give it a try next time you are in Gatwick North even if you have BA lounge access as well!
I am especially keen to try it out with my kids as the main BA Terraces lounge did not have much to keep them occupied last time we were there.
No 1 Traveller is also in Gatwick South but I have not seen that one. I should also say – to give a full picture – that there I have had numerous reports of HFP readers with a Priority Pass being refused access at busy times, as well as reports of the ‘3 hour maximum visit’ rule being enforced with staff asking passengers to leave. (If your flight is delayed, you are allowed to stay beyond 3 hours on payment of an additional fee.)
Over the weekend I hope to run a post showing the impressive new No 1 Traveller lounge in Edinburgh.