Airport lounge network Priority Pass has unveiled the winners of its ‘Airport Lounge of the Year’ awards.
Whilst it is easy to take such awards with a pinch of salt, the fact that the Priority Pass ones are based on reviews from cardholders does give them some credibility.
The global winner for 2015 was the EuroAirport Skyview Lounge at Basel-Mulhouse Airport. This is the same lounge that is used by British Airways and can also be accessed with the Lounge Club pass that comes free with the Amex Gold card.
Located in the only bi-national airport in the world, the award winning 1,700 square meter lounge, which is owned by EuroAirport and operated by Swissport, combines the craftsmanship of Swiss and French architecture and design. Standout features include a unique vast glass dome that brings natural light into the heart of the lounge, a spacious terrace overlooking the airport runway and exotic palm trees that surround a tranquil pool of water. This helped the space stand out against over 850 other lounges in the Priority Pass network. The EuroAirport Skyview Lounge won the regional European Award in 2014, 2009, 2008 and 2005, the Global Award in 2012 and was also Highly Commended for the European Award in 2011 and 2010.
I have never been to this lounge, although – given all the prizes it has won – I may be missing out!
Impressively, I have also failed to visit any of the regional winners except for the SWISS lounge in Zurich (which, to be honest, I was surprised to see on the Priority Pass list):
Highly Commended: More Premium Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan International
Highly Commended: Asiana Business Lounge at Seoul Incheon International
Overall Winner: Salon VIP Lounge at Québec Jean Lesage International
Highly Commended: The Club at ATL at Atlanta GA International
Latin America & The Caribbean:
Overall Winner: Aeroportos VIP Club at Brasilia International
Highly Commended: Club Mobay at Montego Bay Sangster
Best Business Facilities:
Overall Winner: Wingtips Lounge at New York JFK International
Highly Commended: Swiss International Airlines Lounge at Zurich Airport
Best Quality of Refreshments:
Overall Winner: Dilmun Lounge at Bahrain International
Highly Commended: Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International
Best Attitude and Service from Lounge Staff:
Highly Commended: Emperor Lounge at Auckland International
I’m not sure how the Plaza Premium lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 or any of No 1 Traveller lounges failed to come 2nd – although I agree that none of them have the ‘wow’ factor of Basel-Mulhouse. As you will see from my review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 later this week, that is another impressive space which can be accessed via Priority Pass and Lounge Club.
If you have been to any of the lounges above, please let us have your thoughts in the comments below!