Review of the Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport

This is our review of the Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport.

A few weeks ago we asked for your help in completing our collection of UK airport lounge reviews, which you can find on the ‘Favourites’ page here. HFP generally does not accept third-party reviews. There is zero chance of us making it to most of the missing UK lounges, however, so we were happy to take some help here.

We currently have reviews of:

Heathrow: Club Millesime T5 Arrivals, British Airways Concorde Room T5, British Airways Galleries First T5, British Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T4, Etihad T4, SkyTeam T4, Qatar Airways T4, Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), American Airlines T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounges T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Aer Lingus T2, Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines T2 Gatwick: No 1 Traveller North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South London City: First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video) London Luton: Aspire London Stansted: Escape London Southend: SkyLife Belfast: British Airways Birmingham: No 1 Lounge  Bristol: AspirePlus Edinburgh: No 1 Lounges, British Airways, Aspire Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier  Liverpool: Aspire Lounge

(We’re not looking for further volunteers at the moment as a few people have offered to write pieces. Once those are in we will do a list of all the remaining gaps.)

Reader Rob kindly sent in a brief review of the Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport:

“A short hop across the main departure lounge, you’ll find the entrance to the Aspire Lounge. This is a Swissport lounge which grants access to DragonPass, Lounge Club and Priority Pass holders as well as FlyBe passengers holding their most flexible “premium” tickets.

The lounge was refurbished in recent years and still looks fresh; it has pleasant grey ash wooden accents throughout the lounge with varying styles of seating including a business/quiet zone. The dress code is relaxed but smart casual, and large groups must book before entry.

The picture below is from the Aspire website.

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One advantage of this lounge is that the view outside is straight onto the BHX Pan, where you can see anything from a 737 to the weekly RAF Voyager service. It’s a definite bonus for anyone who is somewhat of a spotter.

Throughout the lounge there is excellent power availability with EU, UK and USB plugs available, whilst all work benches have relatively comfortable stools to perch yourself on whilst firing off those last minute emails.

This picture is from the Birmingham Airport website.

aspire lounge birmingham 2

The food and drink selection is not great; a few sandwiches, some soup and some crisps are complimented with entry level spirits, beers and wines. Not the best selection but if you’re only making a short stop before boarding it serves its purpose. If the lounge is busy, which is a regular occurrence, don’t expect the food to be refreshed too often.

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Conclusion

The lounge is long and narrow, with good segregation and seating throughout. When it gets busier, the small business area is great to sit down in and relax while reading emails or even just a newspaper. Position-wise, the lounge is well placed to access the budget airlines area of the terminal (Gates 1-20) as it’s a 5 minute stroll away, although BHX is a pretty compact airport with a 15 minute walk allowing you to get where you need to be regardless of your gate.

There aren’t many staff members in this lounge, and it can get a little messy during busier periods but as mentioned; if you’re just making a short stop then you shouldn’t have too many issues.

This lounge is a mid-tier paid entry lounge and in terms of comfort and seating it is reasonable. However it lacks feeling, atmosphere, good food and the general pizzazz that other lounges provide.

When at Birmingham Airport I’d always visit the No 1 Lounge first.  It has superior food offerings, ambience and more comfortable seating – it’s a no brainer.”

Thanks Rob.  If you want to compare this with Rob’s review of the No 1 Lounge, you will find that here.  You can pre-book access to the Aspire lounge via their website here.

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Comments

  1. Depends if you want self pour or the associated 5 minute wait for the barman/queue. That’s my big problem with Number 1 lounges…

    • Used the No.1 lounge about 6 times and never had to wait for more than a minute or so to get a drink. Comes to something when having self pour over a few minute wait defines which lounge you visit.

  2. That is a fair and balanced report.
    The quiet zone is next to the entrance which can be a little noisy at times and they have a habit of reserving blocks of seating which leaves you waiting to pounce when someone vacates a table.

  3. This is the lounge you get send to as a BA Silver/Gold on the Iberia flight

  4. I was in this lounge a few months ago (after getting turned away from No 1 Traveller). It is one of the worst lounges I’ve ever been to. My wife was saying that you’d better off just sitting in Pret in the terminal. The No 1 lounge isn’t anything special but far better than this.