This is my review of the Virgin Atlantic and Delta Revivals lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.
I rarely make it into an arrivals lounge, so – having never visited the Virgin Atlantic arrivals lounge in Terminal 3 – it was a bit of surprise to be there twice within a fortnight. The first visit was for the press event to showcase the plans for the refurbished Air Berlin A330-200 aircraft which we covered here. It was an interesting opportunity to have a look around without any passengers. The second visit was when I landed back from my Washington trip to Hilton’s HQ.
This is a relatively short review because it is a relatively small lounge. If you are used to the impressive British Airways arrivals complex in Terminal 5, as I was, this will come as a bit of a surprise. My review of the British Airways Terminal 5 arrivals lounge is here.
The Revivals Lounge is exclusively for Upper Class passengers, Delta Business Class passengers and top tier frequent flyer status holders (Gold for Virgin Flying Club members).
No guests are allowed and you cannot pay for access.
The lounge is open from 5am to 1.30pm.
Inside the Virgin Atlantic arrivals lounge
The Virgin Atlantic and Delta arrivals lounge is a bit of a trot. Once your enter the arrivals hall, you need to follow the signs to the lifts, head up to the first floor and then walk down a corridor.
I was asked as I entered if I wanted to take a shower, which I did. All were full but I told to take a seat and someone would come to find me in a few minutes. True to their word, I was given a shower key before I even had time to order any food.
Here are a couple of shots of the lounge. This is it – as I said, it’s not a large space:
The showers were impressive – a good size and spotlessly clean. There was plenty of room for my hand baggage and my clothes.
You can also have a spa treatment room in the lounge, although I didn’t give it a go.
There is a mix of free and paid treatments – the free ones are a 15 minute facial, 15 minute head massage and 15 minute hands or feet nail buffering. Paid treatments include manicures, shaves, waxing, pedicures and nail polishing.
There is a small buffet but the majority of the food is a la carte.
I had an Eggs Benedict which was fine although not as hot as I would have liked. I followed it up with a bacon roll which was perfectly acceptable. Other options include a full English breakfast, warm waffles, fresh avocado and hummus, sausage sandwich and fruit salad.
There was no shortage of newspapers if you wanted to catch up on what you had missed whilst you were away, although the magazine selection was a weaker.
And that’s that. Anyone on a full fare Virgin Atlantic Upper Class ticket would have their free chauffeur car waiting downstairs to take them to their home or office. As my ticket was complimentary from Virgin Atlantic, I jumped on the tube.
In the final part of this series I will look at the changes to the Virgin Atlantic A330-300 fleet and whether this improved my experience.
You can find out more about the Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge on this page of the Virgin website.
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