Head for Points was specially chosen as the first media outlet to review the refurbished Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 on Saturday *.
* This is a complete lie. We were passing through on holiday
The last time I reviewed the Emirates Heathrow Terminal 3 lounge, I described it as “looking like a 1980’s Holiday Inn”. Has it improved?
As the lounge is still in the same place, my original criticism – that it is quite a walk from the shopping area and therefore not an easy place to leave and return to – is still valid.
Of course, my original key selling point – that you can board directly from the lounge and onto the top deck of an Emirates A380, with meeting any of those pesky economy passengers – is also still valid.
Everything is still in the same place, except for the model A380 which has moved from Gate 7 into the reception area downstairs!
Here is the new dining area:
The style is more Arabian than before:
The food is unchanged:
and even the circular food holders are unchanged:
Champagne is Veuve:
but more interesting is the wine selection. When did you last see a bottle of white wine which sells at £60 per bottle in the shops freely available in a lounge?
(The app above is called Vivino. It scans the label on a wine bottle and tells you who sells that wine and what it would cost.)
Some key things have not changed:
There is still no dedicated First Class area
There is still no dedicated children or family area
There is still more than enough seating for everyone
The food offering is still substantially bigger and better than any British Airways Galleries Club or Galleries First lounge. You won’t go hungry here. It isn’t run to the same ‘restaurant quality’ level as the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4, but it remains well above average.
In conclusion …. this is very much ‘evolution and not revolution’ – but it was a very necessary ‘evolution’ given the previous condition!