Airport Lounge Review: Read our review of an early morning visit as Priority Pass Members to the Aspire Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 1.

Having endured the slow process of getting through passport control we were looking forward to a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee before our easyJet flight to Amsterdam.

  • Date of Visit: 21st September¬†2016
  • Airport Lounge: Aspire Lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 1
  • Opening Hours: 04.00 to 21.00 Daily
  • Facilities: Internet, newspapers, wi-fi, refreshments, alcohol, TV, flight information, air conditioning and disabled access
  • Location:¬†Airside Terminal 1
  • Priority Pass Lounge Website Link: Aspire Lounge

Lounge Location

Once you have passed through security and walked through duty-free, you take the stairs to the Executive Lounge Level, where you turn right, and the lounge is straight ahead.

Check-in

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Entrance to Aspire Lounge Manchester Airport T1

A member of staff quickly signed us in after checking our boarding passes and explained what was available in the lounge.

Seating Areas

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Seating Area with Table & Chairs

The lounge has a quiet zone, but unfortunately, we were unable to find anywhere to sit in this area due to being on an early morning flight.

We elected to sit on some stools overlooking the airport departure gates and runway. However, the lounge did become quiet by the time it was time to leave.

According to the priority pass website, the lounge can get busy between the hours of 11.00 and 15.00 daily. When this happens, access can be restricted by staff, so if you are considering paying for the privilege, you may want to reconsider if you are going to be airside during the busy period.

Food & Drink

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Aspire Lounge Coffee and Bacon Sandwich

Unlike our unpleasant experience at Liverpool John Lennon Airport earlier in the year, the bacon sandwich was warm and fresh.

A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks along with tea and coffee was available. However, the soft drinks and water were not in cans or small individual bottles, but you had to pour your drinks from 2-litre plastic bottles in the fridges.

The self-service food options were cereals, bread and bacon sandwiches for breakfast.

Staff and Service

The lounge was self-service, so interaction with the staff was limited. However, the staff at reception were pleasant and acknowledged us when we were leaving.

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Verdict

Our visit met our expectations, and we would use the lounge again when flying from Manchester Airport.