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Review: the 1903 lounge at Bristol Airport

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This is our review of the 1903 lounge at Bristol Airport.

At the time this review was written, it was known as the AspirePlus lounge.  It was rebranded to 1903 in May 2023, with the Aspire lounge next door rebranded as Escape.  The rest of this review refers to the lounge as AspirePlus.

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

Our first volunteer reviewer was Colin who kindly sent in this review of the AspirePlus lounge at Bristol Airport:

“The AspirePlus Lounge at Bristol Airport is opposite the regular Aspire Lounge. None of the main cards – Priority Pass, DragonPass or Lounge Club list the AspirePlus lounge, only the regular Aspire Lounge.

I had a free pass courtesy of LoungeBuddy, who were keen to get a review, and my wife got in with a DragonPass card and a £10 supplement. I assume this deal also works for Priority Pass and Lounge Club.  You can also buy day passes via Lounge Pass.

The lounge was fairly newly I think and not many people could have used any lounge cards. The receptionist really struggled to know what to do with my card.

AspirePlus lounge Bristol Airport review

Seating was very comfortable and stylish, particularly the loungers (a sort of high-backed chaise longue),

AspirePlus lounge Bristol Airport review

….. and many chairs had USB points and / or mains sockets.

AspirePlus lounge Bristol Airport review

Both hot and cold food was served.  The hot seemed better than the normal Aspire fare.  I normally go for No1 Traveller lounges as their food options used to be better, though recently the menu seems to have been downgraded.

AspirePlus lounge Bristol Airport review

The lounge’s own blurb says they serve premium wines, suggesting they might be better than in standard Aspire lounges. Whether that is the case I can’t say, as the wines were only on a service basis and I can’t remember them making a big thing of the labels.

AspirePlus lounge Bristol Airport review

This may not be universal but one plus for Aspire lounges, just based on visits at Stansted and Bristol is that toilets are located in the lounge, so you don’t have to wander off to find an airport toilet.

On the other hand, all the newspapers and magazines are plastered with ‘Do not remove’ stickers. (No1 Traveller in comparison seems to be pretty relaxed about taking them on-board your flight.) There’s nothing worse than being called for your flight halfway through an interesting article, never to discover how it ends!


The main reasons to use the AspirePlus lounge in Bristol are that it should be quieter and does not admit children, so singles and couples can have a more peaceful time.

The ‘no children’ policy is displayed on the front desk, but you might not easily spot it on their website where it’s tucked in the ‘Further Lounge Information’.

As you can see from the photos, there were only a couple of other people in the lounge when I visited on a late afternoon. In comparison the Aspire lounge opposite was packed.

If you’ve got a longer stopover this might be worth a visit. For a quick drink and nibbles the regular lounge is perfectly adequate.”

Thanks Colin.  If you want to book a space in the Bristol AspirePlus lounge in advance, you can do it on the Lounge Pass website here.

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

Comments (4)

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  • Dan says:

    BRS only has Aspire and Aspire Plus lounges. If you have Flying Blue Gold you have access to the Plus lounge when flying KLM over to AMS. They made no secret of this when I tried to enter the normal lounge (and said something like “you can stay here but why would you when the plus lounge is better?!”).

    Not sure I would describe it as “opposite” the Aspire lounge though, unless things have changed the entrance is at the other end of the terminal in the new extension past SoHo coffee.

  • Dan says:

    If I recall, when I went back in Nov there were menus on all the tables which detailed the”premium” wines. The most notable difference was, I think, that prosecco was free. I did not test it though as was unfortunately nursing a hangover at the time courtesy of catching up with a friend the night before.

    On the toilets, they are indeed inside at BRS but outside the Aspire lounges at EDI and BHX – so there seems to be no standard.

  • danksy says:

    I’m a regular visitor to BRS (mainly to get flights to start my OW flights ex EU!)

    I’ve always used the Aspire – normally I travel with 3 others so I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay the extra £40 as a family for the premium wine offer.

    Having said that the Aspire lounge does seem to be getting more and more full – I think EZY lounge passes are tempting people in… on the last 2/3 occasions between September and November there were some groups of stag/hen parties clearly making the best of the lounge pass! – I can’t say I blame them TBH. (Especially since the main airport bar is just around the corner, and you’d get payback within 2 or 3 drinks)

  • Simon Schus says:

    Happy to do EXT if you ever need 🙂 Been through there a few times on Avios-booked BE flights to DUB and LCY.

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