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Transport : Airport Lounges

Sydney Airport has seven business class lounges in its international terminal. Passengers may be able to access more than one lounge with their ticket, so it is important to choose the best lounge at Sydney airport.

If you are flying Qantas, Business Class passengers can choose between the Qantas International Business Lounge and the Emirates Lounge. Delta’s business class passengers can choose between the Air New Zealand lounge and the new SkyTeam Lounge. These latter two lounges can be accessed by passengers travelling on any Star Alliance airline.

Before my flight on Qatar Airways in Business Class on their Boeing 777-300ER To Doha, I visited and reviewed the Sydney Business Lounge at the airport. Qatar Airways is part of the One World Alliance. Overall, my impression as disappointing. It was too crowded with a motley selection of chairs. The lounge had not been cleaned properly and there were crumbs on the floor and dirty dishes on the tables. Not the luxury experience one would hope for.

The room itself was a large oblong with sub-sections not divided from one another, it was light and airy as there were huge windows along one side but the view was mainly of the airport terminal roof.

There was a reasonable selection of food with 3 hot dishes, mint and pea soup, lasagne and Thai chicken curry plus cheddar cheese with assorted crusty rolls and 5 dishes of assorted salad. Desserts were fresh fruit, and lemon cheesecake, which was delicious. Re-stocking of the food was excellent and staff were working hard, there just weren’t enough of them to find the time to clear the tables or floor.

Drinks were plentiful with self-service beverages and area with chilled beers and assorted wines.
There was a smart, light area with stools and bottles of wine down the centre of the bar (self -service). We liked the super lampshades above the bar.

The restrooms had a central desk with towels/toothpaste and toothbrush/comb sets. About 12 compartments each with a private toilet, washbasin and shower. Sadly those visited had messy basins and dirty towels on the floor. Again not enough cleaners to keep the place tidy…

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