I’m not sure how recently it happened, but the SkyTeam lounge in Heathrow’s Terminal 4 has appeared on the list of Priority Pass facilities.
When I was in Terminal 4 last Monday I popped in for a look. As you would expect from the flagship Heathrow lounge for the entire SkyTeam airline alliance, a serious amount of money has been spent.
It is probably the only Priority Pass lounge that lets you have free access to a cabana / dayroom, for instance. There is also a Clarins wellness area – although I did not go in – and a yoga room!
The first thing to note is that the lounge is very big. It appears that 95% of passengers do not realise that it is on two levels. You will see that my photos of the upstairs level are totally, completely deserted.
This is a generic shot of the downstairs area. The circular area in the centre is where they place the food. There was a fair bit about:
but it was 3pm in the afternoon. I doubt this is representative of what you get in the morning or evening peak
The bar is tucked around the corner and is well stocked, although I didn’t see any champagne:
There is a lot of (real) greenery behind the seating which is slightly surreal but not ineffective:
Upstairs is the place to go if you are conducing an illicit affair or are simply anti-social:
You can have a whole buffet to yourself:
Although, if you are having an illicit affair, you may prefer one of the four dayrooms. These do not appear to require booking, just turn up.
If you are feeling more energetic, there is the yoga room
All in all, this is an impressive facility. It wasn’t perfect – I struggled to get the computers in the lounge to function – but there is a good selection of magazines and newspapers, huge amounts of natural light, plenty of seating and more than enough to eat and drink.
If you were travelling First Class on SkyTeam you may be unimpressed with the lack of premium drinks. For a Priority Pass lounge, however, it is well worth a visit.
Unfortunately, the lounge is NOT a member of Lounge Club. This means that American Express Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders cannot use their two free lounge visits here. The only Lounge Club facilities at Heathrow are the Servisair lounges in Terminals 1 and 3 and the impressive Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 2.