Review of the Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport

This is our review of the Causeway Lounge at Belfast Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

Reader Gordon kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the Causeway Lounge at Belfast Airport:

“The Causeway Lounge is managed by the airport.  It is located as you pass through duty free shopping and turn left past Starbucks walking up the ramp towards gates 16/17. Access to the lounge is available via Priority Pass, Lounge Club and by direct booking.

It is also available via the airports own Executive Direct membership. There are three levels – Gold, Bronze and Silver – priced at £1200, £300 and £100 with the top level including unlimited airport parking.

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The lounge was completely refurbished in 2016 with all new seating in a range of styles. Entry is via double doors with the reception in front, the lounge to the left and toilets to the right. According to the airport website the lounge “reflects the shape of the iconic north coast landmark”. It is hexagonal shaped with 5 glass walls looking out towards the runway and a curved wall which sweeps round from reception forming the 6th wall

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There is a range of seating with sofas and coffee tables around the glass walls, tow and four person tables plus some high tables with stools to the left of the food and drinks area. The lounge is well served with UK power points and wifi is via the airport’s public wifi.

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I visited in the early morning when breakfast was available. This consisted of bacon and mini rolls for you to make your own, bread for toast, fresh yoghurt with fruit and pastries. There were also snacks including biscuits and crisps. Drinks included a range of soft drinks, tea, coffee, a couple of beer options and a limited wine choice.

A notice states that guests are allowed up to three complimentary alcoholic drinks with beer, wine and spirits priced at £3 thereafter. No spirits were available at the time I was in the lounge and as the drinks are self service it’s unclear how charges would be collected.

The Macco coffee machine played classical music with each coffee served.

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This was the selection of pastries.

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Reading material is limited with only a few newspapers and a couple of local magazines.

The lounge is open between 05:00 and 21.15.

Conclusion

I’ve visited the lounge at different times and it’s rarely busy despite being the only lounge at the airport. It offers good views of the runway and has a range of seating options.

The airport itself is quite small and has limited seating away from Starbucks and the bar areas. As such the lounge offers a comfortable retreat.

It’s perfect if you have complimentary access via a card.  If they do impose an additional charge after your third drink I’m not sure it’s worth the £20 cash booking fee.”

Thanks Gordon.  If you want to prebook a cash visit to the Causeway Lounge, you can do so via this website where the £20 on-the-door price is reduced to £17.

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Comments

  1. Seems good value even at the three free drinks limit if you add in some food, coffee, soft drinks, views and peace and quiet. A glass of wine is 6 or 7 pounds in the public bars.

  2. MoNkEyMaN says:

    The musical coffee machine is a bizarre experience.

    • The Emirates lounge(s) in Dubai has a similar machine (playing classical music), its even more bizarre at 2 am in the morning in a huge empty lounge. Needs a mute button.

  3. I really like this lounge; the terminal itself is horrific and you can get a bit of peace and quiet here. Never had a problem getting a seat and they have decent food. Tend not to drink that much in the lounges so the alcohol restrictions don’t really bother me that much.

  4. Lest your principal readership be duped, the name of this BFS airport is wholly misleading. It is nowhere near Belfast. It is 19 miles away. And it’s grim.

    Whereas BHD (Belfast City) is “in” Belfast.

  5. I’m guessing Ian is of an age that he doesn’t recall a time when Belfast international Arport was the only civilian airport in Northern Ireland, nevermind Belfast.

    Just Because Belfast city popped up, it doesn’t suddenly de-ligitimise the name of the original airport. Care to look up how far London Gatwick is from London. I guess London Heathrow shouldn’t be call London Heathrow since the rise of London City.

    If you want to talk grim, talk about parking at BHD. No compeitiion, complete rip-off and no shuttle service, resulting in folks getting soaked making their way from the car park…that’s grim.

  6. JOHN MUNN says:

    Now the United Belfast to Newark flight is no longer operating, I can’t think of any business class travel from BFS as it’s all Easyjet, Ryanair, Jet2 and charter flights.
    With that in mind, I wonder if the the lounge can sustain itself on the people paying to use it?
    I used it a couple of years ago to use my free Amex Gold Lounge Club passes (before the recent refurb, admittedly) and it was grim. There was no food during the day and the clerk encouraged us to get food in the terminal and bring it back to eat! There were only 2 of us in the lounge. We didn’t stay more than 10 minutes. I suppose it is maybe worth it if you want to get a drink before a flight (but £17 could get you 3 Burger King meals in the terminal).

  7. Memesweeper says:

    This airport is in fierce competition with Stansted for the UK’s worst airport. This lounge is a great relief from the dreadful airport, and, since the refurb, is good value even if you’re paying cash IMO. No-one policed me to three spirits on my last visit, YMMV.

    Confusingly BFS refers to itself as BIA, even though the BIA airport is in Corsica.

  8. You guess incorrectly Mr Tangey. We both appreciate that the airport (known as Aldergrove) was originally a military base. But lets not bore the HfP readership.

    Lets just agree that Belfast International Airport is a misnomer.

    PS – Gatwick is in London, as is Heathrow, whereas I can assure HfP readers that BFS is NOT in Belfast.

    • Heathrow is inside the M25, so we can call that London.
      Gatwick is not – it’s near London.

      • What about “London” Luton airport – 34 miles from London according to Google maps!

        • Or London Oxford Airport?

        • Lady London says:

          That’s pushing it. “London” Luton was always a joke. Especially when the railway line that was sold as going to Luton airport, stopped and everyone from the train had to wait for a bus, then haul their luggage onto the bus and mostly stand up and be thrown round corners all the way to the terminal….London Luton airport, indeed :-)

    • Gatwick is in London? Hahaha

      • the real harry1 says:

        I see Gatwick as London plus a couple of minutes, nothing much extra in journey time to worry about

        there are plenty of cities in the world where LHR, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted would obviously be seen as ‘capital city’ airports – 30-40 miles in any direction is irrelevant if the connections are good

        Boris was probably correct all along – Boris Island or an improvement on the idea (5 miles closer?) could have been a new ‘New HK Airport’ – built from scratch so shiny, perfect, new, 40 mins from central London, annoying very few people with noise & all the runways you need for the next 50 years – plus frees up LHR for more divers flying uses :mrgreen

        • Ok ok! At least I’ve clearly piqued the interest in this previously quiet article!

          I will add however, the public transport links to this airport, 19 miles from Belfast, are farcical.
          (only option being a draughty ‘bus’ which takes almost an hour)

        • BHD transport links aren’t ‘much poorer’. The bus from the Europa (same place as bus to BFS) goes every 20 mins at peak times and takes less than 15 mins. Anyway, for the practically the same price as a single bus ticket to BFS (£7.50), you can get a taxi to BHD from anywhere around the city centre that takes 5-10 minutes.

          • IanBeale says:

            As long as you’re first off the plane with no luggage checked. Otherwise a wind-swept taxi queue awaits.

  9. Ian “My name is Joe”

  10. I have just arrived back into BHD on BA, the carpet tiles are just caked in dirt, missing light fittings, paint scuffs everywhere, along the freezing cold corridor with large stains where the frequent water leaks come through, to baggage carousel 1 in the industrial ‘boiler house’ with white paint area and you say the international is grim?!

  11. Alright everyone calm down about BFS and a BHD! They really aren’t that bad. I agree BFS could do with a facelift but I don’t get what makes it so bad? Pretty standard small airport in my opinion. BHD is very quick and convenient for city centre and towns close by (like me whenever I’m going home from GCI). Both have decent comfortable lounges too. If only I could fly to either of them direct :(

  12. Alistair says:

    I used to travel loads in a previous job. What I realized very quickly was that the small Belfast International Airport, and even smaller Belfast City Airport (George Best) are just great. They are nice and small. You turn up not long beforehand, usually have a small security queue and are on the plane in no time. Turned up 22 minutes before a flight once and without running, and stopping for a newspaper and crisps, I still somehow managed to get on the plane before anyone else. Maybe I would change my tune if I had to be in the airport for a long period of time, but neither of the Belfast airports are transit hubs.

    Give me this over much bigger airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Schipol etc anyday.

    I was at the old lounge pre upgrade, and it wasnt wonderful but OK. This looks much nicer.