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LOUNGE REVIEW: Brussels Bust

The Diamond pay-in lounge at Brussels Airport proves to be more of a cubic zirconia for international travellers with high expectations.

Initial Impression

The Diamond Lounge, a member of Priority Pass, is located on the second floor after passport control, in a cluster of other airline-affiliated lounges. Billed by signs on the concourse as “renewed”, the lounge is bright and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling views across the main atrium within the airport. On our visit on a Monday afternoon, the lounge was half full, with business travellers and families equally represented (although the children of the later made far more noise).

What's the Look?

Dressed in shades of orange and terracotta, the lounge has a self-service bar and snack section at one end, and clusters of couches and tables throughout. Split into three sections, be sure to bypass the first table settings and head for the quieter quarters at the back, including a blissfully somnolent sunken lounge.

What's on Offer?

Fresh pastries sit in a warmer, and Belgium’s greatest export, good quality beer, is available on tap, as are wines and a limited selection of spirits. There is also a Java coffee machine, local and international newspapers and a selection of magazines on a rack. The internet is priced at €10 for an hour and €20 for four hours, which is truly disappointing as good internet access and a quiet place in which to use it is a principal reason people seek out a pay-in lounge in the first place.

What Do We Love?

The Leffe Blonde tastes exactly like it is, straight from the distillery, and the lounge offers a unique opportunity to try one of Belgium’s best beers. The lounge's location is also convenient for gate access.

What Do We Hate?

The high price of the internet and the constant announcements of flights at full volume do little to seduce travellers who have expectations forged in Asia. The food selection changes little through the course of the day, with the remaining pastries supplemented by pasta and loose leaf salad at dinner time.

Details

Diamond Lounge, Airside 2nd Level; open 6am-10pm daily, Schengen flights only; Children 12 years and under are admitted free; Non-smoking. www.prioritypass.com/lounges/lounge-details.cfm

 






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