Review of the Aspire Lounge at Inverness Airport

This is our review of the Aspire Lounge at Inverness Dalcross 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 Rob or myself making it to most of the missing UK lounges, however, so we were happy to take some help here.

Reader Helena kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the Aspire Lounge at Inverness Airport.  This is what she had to say:

“Inverness Airport is tiny and rather lovely.

What a contrast from the car crash I’ve just been through at the “It’ll be fab when it’s finally done” Luton airport departure area.

aspire-lounge

Not surprisingly, the Aspire business lounge is also tiny, a bit like being in someone’s living room.  As far as food and drink is concerned, however, it is surprisingly well supplied.

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport review

Facilities include: around 20 armchairs, some facing a full width window on to the runway, airconditioning, and a good selection a newspapers, magazines and journals.

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport newspapers

There is one TV, several plug points and wifi.

(The Aspire Inverness lounge page of the Executive Lounges website tells you, when discussing the wi-fi, that ‘you could even be the envy of your friends by checking-in on Social Media.’)

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport sofas

Food and drink

The lounge opens at 5.30am and usually closes between 6pm and 7pm, depending on flight schedules.  I was in the lounge at 2pm and the complimentary food selection was rather good with leek and potato soup, cheese and tuna mayonnaise rolls.

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport food

There was a selection of scones with jam and clotted cream, cream sponge slices, crisps, pretzels, nuts and biscuits,

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport cake

as well as crackers with cheese portions and pickle and yogurts.

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport fridge

Drinks included coffees from a Nescafé Milano machine, a selection of teas and fruit teas, ……

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport coffee

…… soft drinks, juices, …….

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport juice

…… and complimentary alcoholic drinks (wine, beers, spirits, liqueurs and of course Irn Bru).

Aspire Lounge Inverness Airport alcohol

Michael on the door welcomed me as if it was his own home. He was friendly, helpful and kept stocks well replenished.  There are no restrooms in the lounge itself but they are just opposite the entrance.

There are definitely worse places to be if you’re delayed a wee while!”

Thanks Helena.  The Aspire Lounge at Inverness Airport is part of Priority Pass (if you buy one outright, or have an Amex Platinum card), Lounge Club (if you have an Amex Gold card) or LoungeKey if you have a HSBC Premier credit card.

If you want to book entry for cash, you can do so via Executive Lounges from £17.99 per adult.

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Comments

  1. Tried using it last September.

    Closed, staff shortages.

    Hmmpf!

  2. Fiona Stewart says:

    Inversneckie has a ‘lounge’???

    Not that long ago it was basically a glorified portakabin with 2 departure gates!!

    It’s a lovely wee airport!

  3. I didn’t get this review emailed today. Was there a blip?

    • No. I haven’t been emailing most of the lounge reviews because they are a bit of a minority interest to be honest. They have been running as ‘fourth articles’.

  4. Do BA status pax get access?

  5. Kinkell says:

    If you are on the one BA flight a day.
    Was in the lounge a few days ago. Only 4 of us there. Comfy chairs, nice f&b. Altogether a surprisingly pleasant experience. The 2 lounge staff were very nice , chatty, kept the provisions well stocked. The Lounge has room for 28 , with 2 further chairs at reception and a perching high ledge area for 5. Overall, can accommodate 35 pax. Lounge rep even advised us when to go to gate once the queue had died down. I will certainly be using it again.

  6. It doesn’t mention it (or I missed it) but does BA status/CE (or Business UK prior to 1 April) get access to this lounge? I’m guessing not.