QANTAS MELBOURNE DOMESTIC BUSINESS LOUNGE: REVIEW

Lounge: Qantas Domestic Business Lounge

Alliance: Oneworld

Location: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport

Lounge Rating: 4/5 Stars

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The Qantas Domestic Business Lounge is a hub where Qantas’ top end and affiliated Oneworld equivalents as well as domestic business class travelers can whittle away the time whilst enjoying views of a few plane tails making their tracks in and out of the airport. For an avgeek this spot is fantastic and coupled with a drink and good food, the place is a airport sanctuary.

The Australian Traveler checked in to find out if the lounge stacked up on its ‘premium’ experience.

 

Lounge access options

  • Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members
  • First and Business class passengers (travelling on Qantas Domestic Business class or connecting to/from a Qantas or Emirates international flight)
  • Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members (travelling on flights marketed and operated by Qantas or a Oneworld airline)
  • Emirates Platinum Skyward Members
  • Platinum Eastern Miles Members when travelling on a Qantas operated domestic flight

Lounge location & opening hours

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Finding this lounge can be a tad tricky as its location is hidden away within the Qantas Club lounge. Once you have cleared security in Qantas’ T1 domestic terminal, head right until you come across the combined lounge entrance. Enter the Qantas Club and keep walking towards the back of the lounge to some doors marked ‘Business’. The Qantas Domestic Business Lounge is open daily from 5am – 11pm.

 

Ambience

The lounge was fairly quiet when I first arrived but quickly picked up in people traffic within half an hour of me being there.

First impressions were generally good. Compared to the Perth and Brisbane Business Class lounges, the lounge was starting to show its age but when compared to the Qantas Club next door it still felt premium in quality. Break out areas and plenty of natural lighting helped give the lounge a sense of harmony.

The bathrooms were a step up from the Qantas Club with quality handtowels and ASPAR skincare products provided rather than the typical generic dispenser variety.

Wifi worked well in the lounge which is great for business types wanting to get a bit of extra work in before their flight.

 

Bread and butter (food and drink)

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This is where the lounge shines. My flight was in the morning and aptly a breakfast buffet selection was served. The buffet had a decent variety of hot and cold dishes from eggs and bacon to salads and fruit bowls. Old faithful the pancake machine was my go to and as usual they were a delight.

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Qantas has an excellent barista service on hand and the almond latte I ordered was quite smooth in quality. If you don’t want barista made or are in a hurry there are two coffee and tea stations available.

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The drinks selection was also strong with a number of wine, beer and spirits on display. Considering the time of the day I did not get to sample any but the juice station where one can make their own juice was a nice touch for those wanting a healthy alternative.

 

Verdict

The lounge despite showing its age did not lack in quality. The space is tranquil, quiet and a great spot to either get some work done or a chance to unwind from a long day at work.

Food and drink offerings are extensive and of good quality. The bonus of a proper barista at hand serving coffee unlike the machine only option in US lounges gives the lounge x-factor.

With the lounge set to undergo a complete overhaul this year I will be keen to see what new added extras the new lounge will offer premium flyers . Until then the current lounge is more than ample to meet the needs of even the most discerning frequent flyer.

 

Comments

Have you experienced the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge in Melbourne? Love to hear from you about your time in lounge – was it outstanding or did the lounge fail to take off on your expectations?

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