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My review of Terminal 5’s new Priority Pass arrivals lounge, Club Millesime

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This is my review of Club Millesime, the new Priority Pass at Heathrow Terminal 5 inside the Sofitel hotel.

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

EDIT: This lounge is no longer part of Priority Pass.  This review is only of interest if you are planning on staying at Sofitel Heathrow and want to know what the lounge is like.

Sofitel Heathrow Accor

I had a rather surprising arrival from Geneva on Friday.  The plane landed 10 minutes early, parked at an A gate and there was no queue at passport control.  This meant that I was running earlier than expected so I decided to use the time to check out the latest Priority Pass offering.

The news – broken by Head by Points in July – that the executive lounge of the Sofitel hotel at Terminal 5 had joined Priority Pass came as a surprise.  Someone at Priority Pass or the hotel had been thinking creatively.  After all, the British Airways arrivals lounge in Terminal 5 closes in the early afternoon and is only accessible by First Class, Club World and Gold card holders (no guests).

How to get there

If you’ve never walked from the terminal to the Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5, you will find it a little further than anticipated.  That said, it only took me 7 minutes from walking into the arrivals hall to sitting down in the lounge.  This included the time that it took for the hotel to process my Priority Pass card.

In Terminal 5, you exit by the most northern set of doors and take the lift up to Level 1.  You are then sent down a long walkway – longer than it first appears – until you enter the hotel.  You then go down an escalator to the lobby.  Diagonally across from you, by the front door, is the Guest Relations desk.  This is where you need to sign in.

The guy on the desk was polite and insisted on walking me to the lounge entrance, which is just down the corridor.  Priority Pass holders also get access to the showers in the Sofitel spa, although I didn’t check this out.

What’s inside the Sofitel Heathrow lounge?

I arrived at 4.15pm, in the no-mans lands between lunch and dinner.  As you can see, the lounge is a large rectangular space (click on any of the photos to enlarge):

Club Millesime Sofitel Heathrow

…. with lots of seating.  There were only two other guests when I went in.  A jazz soundtrack was playing, a little loudly, in the background.

Club Millesime Sofitel Heathrow

Food consisted of finger sandwiches:

Club Millesime Sofitel Heathrow

….. scones and cakes.  It was almost identical to the British Airways ‘afternoon tea’ I had received an hour earlier in the air, but fresher.

Club Millesime lounge Sofitel Heathrow

There was no alcohol available at this time of the day, but the coffee machine was working just fine and a wide selection of teas were also available.  Someone arrived to start setting out the evening drinks as I was leaving.

Club Millesime priority pass lounge Sofitel Heathrow

As the club lounge for the hotel, I imagine that a decent breakfast is available here in the morning.

There are two computers and a printer for guest use, and a large selection of newspapers and magazines, although the latter are in a holder at floor level and easily missed. 

My only complaint is that I wasn’t offered a code for the wi-fi.  This wasn’t an issue as there was a good 4G phone signal but you wouldn’t want to use this if you were based outside the UK and didn’t have inclusive data roaming.

If you have some time to kill in Terminal 5, it is a perfectly pleasant place to wait.

How to get in

As far as access goes, it is Priority Pass only.  Club Millesime is not a member of Lounge Club or Dragonpass.  It is part of Lounge Key if you have a World Elite MasterCard.  I doubt you can pay on the door either as it would undermine the value of the lounge as an add-on for hotel guests.

You are not asked for a boarding pass, by the way.  There is no reason why hotel guests cannot access the lounge via Priority Pass if they are staying here.

Priority Pass comes free with American Express Platinum.  You receive two cards (one is for your main supplementary cardholder) and each can bring a guest so a family of four can access a lounge for free.  Alternatively, you can buy a Priority Pass here.

HSBC Premier World Elite is the only travel credit card which comes with Lounge Key.

DragonPass cardholders can access the Regus Business Centre in Terminal 5.  This is not a lounge per se, however.  You can get a free cup of coffee but it only has a handful of seats and these are almost all around communal work tables where you are expected to get out your laptop.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (41)

  • Harry says:

    One very small thing. I believe that you can bring a guest into the BA arrivals lounges if you are Gold Guest List.

    Harry

  • John says:

    More hotel lounges should accept PP.

    • Robert says:

      +1 Would make PP A LOT more valuable than it already is.

      • harry says:

        it would actually make PP a killer card via Plat – you could easily justify the value in drinks without being a frequent flier

  • roger says:

    OT- Amex Lounge club via PRGC
    Can lounge club card be used for 4 people via main and supplementary card holder’s lounge club cards?
    It says the card allows two free visit, I presume two free visits per lounge club card can be used as a one visit that includes a guest.
    Can anyone please confirm your experience.
    Will be using this at LGW North terminal later this year.

    • David says:

      It’s a really nice lounge, I have use it twice this year when I was staying in the Sofitel.
      Decent breakfast, hot and cold with à good choice, you don’t need to get a breakfast somewhere else.
      And a great selection in the evening, wine , beer, alcohol and also a choice of hot and cold plate.
      Not to crowded, but it was before access was granted to priority pass holder.

    • Danksy says:

      Yes that works fine. ..I’ve done this with a group of friends when travelling from BCN… I got 2 of us in with my priority pass, my brother who is a supplementary card holder got 2 in; then .. 1 in as guest by my club europe ticket!

    • Raffles says:

      Does the main Gold supp really get a Lounge Club card?

      • harry says:

        No but main cardholder can invite a guest in to use up the 2 free visits

      • Roger says:

        So just to be clear platinum supplementary card holders will have priority pass in their own name?

        • harry says:

          yes

        • Rob says:

          You only get one Platinum supp card but, yes, they get their own Priority Pass so a family of 4 gets permanent lounge access, as long as the supp goes to your partner. The Platinum supp cardholder also gets the hotel status cards. I do this for my wife.

    • Brian says:

      As far as I know, the free supplementary card you get with AMEX Gold does NOT come with free passes to lounges. So you only get 2 for the main card. Happy to be corrected by somebody else, however.

  • Steven says:

    A good way to get Priority Pass (which doesn’t seem to be mentioned on here at all) is it comes as part of Natwest private banking – £28 a month for a joint account and each person on the joint account gets a full PP card. There are all the other usual benefits you would expect with a packaged current account as well eg travel insurance etc.

    • John says:

      Some of the Barclaycard commercial cards also come with PP so you might be able to one through work for free.

  • Chris says:

    Just to say that it’s not just PP with access – it’s on the LoungeKey list as well.

  • Tracy says:

    No need to show boarding pass and no requirement to be a hotel guest suggests you could use it if just passing. I occasionally arrive early at Heathrow to meet a flight, this would be a good place to wait.

    • Raffles says:

      Good question. I tried to find some more news recently but gone quiet. The T4 arrivals lounge will open first. They are doing a T3 hotel as well.

  • Boris says:

    How does one pronounce the name?

    I keep wanting to read it as ‘slime’ !

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