This is our review of the Upperdeck lounge at Glasgow Airport.
A couple of weeks ago I had to travel to Glasgow and took the opportunity to check out both lounges in the airport. I reviewed the British Airways Glasgow lounge a couple of days ago – and I was impressed with it.
However, there is a second lounge in the airport – the Upperdeck lounge. This is an alternative to the BA lounge if you have a Priority Pass or HSBC World Elite credit card LoungeKey card, or your only option if you don’t have access to the BA facility.
The lounge was previously known as the Skylounge – you may know it under that name from a previous visit. It appears to be run by Aspire / Servisair (they sell access on their website) but does not carry either of those brands.
For some reason, the Upperdeck lounge didn’t really do it for me. This is purely a personal opinion though – it is big, it is light and, if you have kids, it has the best kids play space I have ever seen in a UK airport lounge. It may well work for you.
The lounge is situated above the main airport restaurant and is a little tricky to find. Once you make it up there, however, you are greeted with a bright large space:
If that doesn’t appeal (and the banquet seating doesn’t do it for me) there is more traditional seating on the left:
Part of my lack of enthusiasm for the lounge, I think, is that it looks a bit like you are still inside the main terminal! The British Airways lounge is designed to feel like a private club and does give a sense of being apart from crowds.
In terms of food and drink, the mid-afternoon snack selection wasn’t bad. There was a wide choice of fruit and cake with a few sandwiches in the cabinet at the far end:
Unfortunately I don’t know what they would offer over breakfast or in the evening, which is when the food selection becomes more important.
The reading selection wasn’t the best kept that I’ve ever seen but there was enough to choose from if you were happy to sort through them:
This is where the lounge really stands out, however. Take a look at the childrens play area:
There is plenty here to keep a small child busy – whether it means the lounge gets very noisy as well I don’t know.
In terms of access, the Upperdeck lounge is a member of Priority Pass (free with American Express Platinum). It is not, however, part of Lounge Club (two free passes with the free American Express Gold). It is part of HSBC’s LoungeKey.
You can also pay for entry. You can pre-book spaces on the Aspire / Servisair website here at £21 for adults and £15 for children aged 2 or above.
If I were back in Glasgow and flying British Airways, I would choose the BA lounge over Upperdeck. That is due to the BA lounge being rather impressive rather than any failings here – Upperdeck is perfectly acceptable and, for families, probably a better option due to the extra space and the play area.