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Review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3

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This is our review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 3.

You can find out more about the lounge, and book for cash, on the airport website here.

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.  You can see our full list of UK airport lounge reviews here.

Reader John (who spent £1052 on LEGO last year and resold it to earn cheap Avios!) kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport T3.  This is what he had to say:

If you depart from Manchester on a legacy carrier you’ll as often as not find yourself flying out of Terminal 3. British Airways and a number of its oneworld partners fly from here along with Ryanair and EasyJet.

As such, whether you’ve booked an award trip with British Airways that connects in LHR, a flight with American Airlines to their hub in Chicago or a weekend break to Madrid, you’ll be leaving from there.

It’s a pity, therefore, the main departures concourse is as poor as it is!

You get access to a smattering of shops and a few eateries / places to grab an overpriced beer but the gates are usually a fairly long walk from the central retail hub (given how small the terminal feels) and security can be a total nightmare if you time it wrong.

Luckily, help is at hand!

On a recent award trip – once again connecting in London with BA – I stopped by the Escape Lounge. The Escape Lounge is situated right next to the BA Terraces Lounge (which I will review tomorrow) and the two actually share the same view through the cupola onto the restaurant/bar in the centre of T3.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

I swung by using Priority Pass (my ticket in British Airways Club World didn’t permit me to enter – I would have been sent to the BA Terraces lounge instead).  It is also part of Lounge Club if you have your two free lounge passes from the American Express Gold charge card and also HSBC’s LoungeKey scheme.

Truth-be-told, I found myself quite jealous of the visitors for a few reasons.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge is compact, but not poky, and well decorated. It feels modern and upbeat without trying too hard. It was very clean and offered a range of comfortable areas to sit, eat and work.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The food was nothing out of the ordinary, the classic diabetes-inducing selection of pastries, cakes and cereals, but a really nice touch was that they were serving hot bacon breakfast rolls. The food over in the Terraces lounge was fine but nothing was hot and nothing was that fresh.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The lounge had a self-service coffee machine (very similar to the one offered in the Terraces Lounge) and a well stocked bar complete with a member of staff to pour you a drink.  Alcohol is free except for premium spirits, champagne and prosecco.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

All very nice indeed, I must admit.

Review Escape Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

Any drawbacks (other than having to pay for the booze)?

Not really – except that every time I have visited this lounge it has been busy. Not bursting at the seams, but you’d possibly struggle to get seats in a group of more than four.  This is probably not an issue if you’re travelling solo or as a couple but I have heard stories of families being denied access when the lounge was too busy.”

Thanks John.  If you want to book entry for cash, you can do so via this page of the Manchester Airport website here.

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Comments (23)

  • Speedbird_ABZ says:

    Good and fair review, thank you!
    I like this lounge – and the BA one at T3, the views are terrific and I must mention the staff who are unfailingly very friendly.
    I think the BA one shades it for me though – as has been said, Escape is far too busy a lot of the time and I was actually turned away a few weeks ago.

  • IO says:

    Hi,

    My experience is the escape lounge is always full of stag do’s whether it be 0600 or 2000. I prefer by far the BA T3 lounge which is quiet with a good selection of beverages.