Whilst it has been in a ‘soft opening’ phase for a few weeks, the new Plaza Premium departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 officially opens today.
The Terminal 4 lounge follows on from the successful launch of the Terminal 2 departure lounge (reviewed here) and the Terminal 2 arrivals lounge (reviewed here). At Terminal 2 it is now the only Priority Pass lounge now that United Club – and all United lounges globally – withdrew from the scheme.
Terminal 4 will be tougher for them. The SkyTeam lounge is very good – I reviewed it here – and that is a Priority Pass lounge. Will Priority Pass and Lounge Club passengers be persuaded to visit SkyTeam instead? I’m not sure if SkyTeam sells day passes on the door or not – if it doesn’t, that will give Plaza Premium a chance.
There are a few features which make it look interesting:
it has showers (not sure if SkyTeam does, I don’t remember any)
it has a live cooking station, which may be a first for a UK airport lounge
unlike the Terminal 2 lounge, it has a lot of natural light
it is the only lounge in Terminal 4 serving halal food
it has ‘productivity pods’ giving privacy to people looking to work (again, I don’t remember SkyTeam having anything like this)
Despite losing the contract to operate the independent lounge in Terminal 5 – which is a shame, as it would probably have been classier than the Aspire lounge – it has other big plans at Heathrow. The company is planning its first UK airport hotel, due to open in Terminal 3 in 2016.
If you pay on the door without using a Priority Pass, there is an opening rate of £30 per person including VAT until the end of June. This is for a 2-hour stay and includes the use of the showers. From July the price rises to £35 including VAT. You can book via the Plaza Premium site here.