This is our review of the new Northern Lights Executive Lounge at Aberdeen Airport.
A brand new executive lounge opened at Aberdeen last weekend as part of the major redevelopment project currently underway at the airport. Reader Rob was there as it opened and generously agreed to write a review for us.
Full details of the Northern Lights lounge can be found on the Aberdeen Airport website here where you can also make cash bookings.
Over to Rob:
“After several years of using what can only be described as a soulless, dark, disappointing lounge at Aberdeen Airport, we were pleasantly surprised when the latest upgrade to the airport terminal was unveiled on the 1st of July.
Tucked away on the 1st floor at the end of a rather long corridor and accessed by an elevator, the lounge boasts incredible vistas of the pan and runway, with a large panoramic window as a striking feature. This is an ‘official’ PR photograph as mine had too much glare on it from the window!
Brightly lit and with an airy feel to it, the lounge has a greater capacity to its predecessor, and also has a larger complement of comfortable seating as well as a large table with stools in the centre for working at.
And, again, here is the glossy PR version:
A quirky feature of the lounge is its dedicated toilets, removing the previous requirement to exit the lounge and walk to the bathrooms. Toiletries in the bathrooms are provided by Gordon Castle of Scotland.
The real crowd pleaser for this lounge is the food selection. Catered for by “The Kilted Chef”, who runs an upmarket restaurant fine-dining restaurant called Eat On The Green in Aberdeenshire, there is a salad bar, a cheese plate, and a hot plate. At the time of our visit it featured Aberdeen Angus Sliders, scotch pies, potatoes, and a vegetable dish.
There were also two soups, some cakes and some shortbread. Coffee is from a Nespresso machine with the tea selection sourced from Twinings (interestingly it is loose leaf and served in individual teapots). Food was refreshed several times throughout our stay and there was always plenty to go around.
Alcohol is complimentary in the lounge, with a great selection of local Craft Beers (such as BrewDog Punk IPA) and a selection of self-serve spirits and wine also available. For those celebrating, or wishing to dabble in some whisky sampling, the “Whisky Wall” has a variety of different Scotches and Bourbons for guests to sample at varying costs.
The lounge was well staffed, but when we arrived there was a mass exodus of guests, resulting in large quantities of empty wrappers, glasses and plates being left around on tables. However, over the course of our stay these were uplifted and the tables cleaned.
The new Northern Lights Executive Lounge is a huge improvement on the previous sad, aged, Swissport offering in Aberdeen.
Walk up entry prices are around £25, which is reasonable considering the enhanced food and beverage provisioning at this lounge; it is much better than the usual sandwich and cake fayre provided by contract lounges.
The new Northern Lights Executive Lounge can be accessed by Priority Pass (buy one, or free with American Express Platinum), Lounge Club (free with American Express Gold) and all other major lounge pass networks. It also hosts premium cabin passengers on certain airlines who do not have their own lounge.
If you want to book in advance and will be paying cash, you can book via the Aberdeen Airport website here.
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