This is our review of the British Airways business class lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 3.
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) kindly sent in some photographs and a brief review of the British Airways Terraces business class Lounge at Manchester Airport T3. For comparison, here is what he thought of the Aspire Lounge next door.
Here is his review:
“I’d imagine that more than a few HFP readers have passed through Manchester Airport Terminal 3 as it is used for all British Airways flights departing from Manchester.
When compared to the departure halls in T1 and T2, Terminal 3 is very lacking in terms of, well, everything really. Shops, bars, restaurants, even the layout of security is lacking as you have to pass through a tiny corridor and climb some steps before you enter the main hall.
The good news is that if you’re flying in Club World, Club Europe, First or – until 1st April – Business UK with British Airways, you won’t have to walk far to get to the departure lounge. There’s a set of steps on your left as you enter the main hall where you will find the Escape Lounge and the separate British Airways Terraces lounge. I’ve managed to get from the curb to a cozy chair in less than 15 minutes.
On the last occasions I visited the lounge last year, it was a very pleasant experience. I was warmly greeted by the BA member of staff at reception (not something I can say for the staff at the Concorde Room at Heathrow) who politely checked my details and told me she’d alert me and my wife when our flight would be ready for boarding.
The lounge is actually very large but doughnut shaped. The centre is taken up by a cupola that provides a natural light both to the Terraces lounge and the main departure hall on the floor below. A wide variety of seating and workspaces are available around the periphery.
The views from the window are nothing special but you can watch the (mostly Ryanair) planes coming and going.
Food and drink in the British Airways lounge at Manchester
While I’ve only ever visited the lounge for breakfast, the selection is absolutely fine.
There is a very well-stocked bar with a good selection of spirits (not that I was sampling them at 10am) and a couple of choices of wine.
The breakfast choices are the standard selection of cereals and pastries but everything is well-presented, clean and pretty fresh. If you want a hot bacon roll you need to use your Priority Pass to pop into the Escape Lounge next door!
The coffee was served from a bean-to-cup machine and I enjoyed my two lattes very much.
The ‘business’ section is pretty small – although tablets and ultra light laptops mean the demand for using third party PCs has dropped a lot in recent years – but there is good WiFi throughout the lounge so you only really need it for printing.
The lounge has a reasonable amount of seating and feels massive due to the cupola in the centre of the room. I can’t imagine it ever getting that busy unless British Airways does, as rumoured, begin long haul flights from the airport.
The only other oneworld airlines that fly out of Manchester Terminal 3, and so also use the lounge, are American and Iberia. Finnair and Aer Lingus use Terminal 1. As there are only a handful of flights each day, you should expect the lounge to be pretty quiet whenever you visit.
All-in-all, I find the British Airways lounge in Manchster Terminal 3 a fine place to start your trip. It is nothing special but certainly very comfortable and accommodating.
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