Edinburgh Airport lounge reviews: how is the No 1 Lounge?

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This article is my review of the No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport.

A long layover at Edinburgh Airport last week gave me a chance to take a look at three of the lounges – No 1 Lounge, Aspire (reviewed here) and the British Airways Galleries.  I will take a look at all three over the next few days.

You can learn more about the lounge on the No 1 Lounges website here.

I like No 1 Lounges.  There is something about their design aesthetic that appeals to me, and I have always found that their food offerings suited my tastes.  I hadn’t been to the Edinburgh one before but I had a decent idea of what to expect.

The No 1 Lounge is probably the most central of the lounges in the terminal, although that isn’t saying much.  Aspire and the British Airways lounges are tucked away around a corner, about a minutes walk away.  My British Airways 767 back to Heathrow departed from a gate opposite the No 1 Lounge, so the BA lounge is clearly not next to any dedicated BA gates.

I got in using my Priority Pass, which comes with my American Express Platinum card (or you can buy one) and allows unlimited free lounge visits.  It also accepts Lounge Club, which comes with American Express Gold (two free visits per year) or HSBC Premier’s LoungeKey card.

The London lounges operated by No 1 Lounges are often very busy and will often refuse Priority Pass walk-ups because they are full.  This was not a problem in Edinburgh on a midweek lunchtime.  The lounge only had about 10 guests.

It occupies a large square space as you can see below:

No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review

There are four zones – a dining area with formal tables and semi-formal white chairs, an area with table but lower slung green comfy chairs, a boardroom table more suited for working (just visible at top right in my photo) and a very casual sofa-based seating area (top left).  It is cleverly laid out with something for everyone.

The only thing it lacked was privacy.  There are no hidden nooks or corners, which means there is nowhere to hide if your child (or travelling companion!) is playing up.

Hot food can be ordered from the bar.  You are limited to one hot item per visit – you need to hand over the menu you are given on entry when ordering.

Breakfast options are a bacon roll, beans on toast, florentine quesadilla or toast and jam.  For the rest of the day, you can currently choose from:

beef-filled Yorkshire pudding

forest mushroom risotto (can be done gluten free)

fish finger wrap (can be done dairy free)

beetroot and goat’s cheese salad (can be done vegan, gluten free or dairy free)

cheese and biscuits

I took the fish finger wrap, which was well presented although could have been a little warmer:

No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review

The buffet had a decent range of salads:

No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review

Drinks must be ordered at the bar.  Standard drinks are free and you can pay for premium options – there was a variety of Moet & Chandon champagnes on offer.

Here a couple more general shots from different angles:

No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review


No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review


No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review


No 1 Lounge Edinburgh review

If you wanted something to read, there was a small but high quality selection of magazines and newspapers by the entrance.

I liked the No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh.  I preferred it to the Aspire Lounge (see my other review) unless you need more privacy or want a hot food buffet, so pick No 1 if you are using a Priority Pass, Lounge Club etc card.

It is a closer call between No 1 and the British Airways lounge.  The BA lounge, as my review will show, is bigger with more facilities but somehow feels less inspiring, and is a lot busier.

You can find out more about the lounge, and pre-book a cash visit, on the No 1 Lounges website here.

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  1. totaltool says:

    Slightly O/T but related. Flying QATAR business class from EDI in March. What access do I get to any of the 3 lounges being reviewed?

    • You get an invitation to No 1, but can use BA through oneworld status. Try both – that’s what I did last week

  2. This deal is better (£127):

    PP 10 visits for £127

    • Will drop it in next week, didn’t know it was still live to be honest.

    • Hmmm, shame the 10 passes don’t include the facility for your guest to use one, I don’t think I’ll need 10 in the next year as still have Amex Gold 2x Lounge Club passes + when flying BA CW/CE should have access to their lounges. Will keep my eye on it near Easter to see if its still on then, could be useful for the next financial year.

  3. Hi Rob. Thanks for taking on board about mentioning what is gluten free, really appreciate it 😀
    To someone who needs gluten free food then knowing there is something to eat (more than crisps) is more important than the seating areas etc

  4. I did this last year. Make sure you put a note to cancel just over 10 months in otherwise they charge you in month 11 for the following year at full price.

  5. Colin JE says:

    I like the No1 Lounge at EDI, using it a lot since I moved to Edinburgh. I was in the No1 last Friday and they have indeed introduced that new policy of giving you a menu to be handed over. I didn’t realise that was how it worked. The reception girl rushed over to me at my table, apologised and handed over the menu. The beef meal was a bit disappointing, as are most of the hot meals. So I prefer the BA lounge, for more comfortable seating, serve yourself food and booze.
    I wish Manchester had a No1 lounge. The BA lounge is showing its age, like the old Gatwick lounge, and the Escape lounge was packed yesterday. They had a sign at the door saying only people with a booking could get in, but let us in anyway. We’d just got in from ORD before our next flight so that was a relief, even though the seats left weren’t particularly comfortable. They have an irritating habit there of having all the decent chairs and sofas with reserved cards.

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