SOU: Southampton Breeze Priority Lounge
To find the Southampton priority lounge head through security, then upstairs in the departure lounge, wiggle along the stairs past The Olive Tree bar and cafe. Head down the corridor to the cafe toilets. At the first fire escape wiggle right then left again, and follow the signs for the business lounge. You can't miss it - Southampton is a very small place.
At the lounge there is a small reception desk in the alcove to the left of the entrance, where the staff - when they aren't busy replenishing the lounge - will happily take fifteen quid off you to use the lounge.
And then, the Southampton Airport Breeze Priority Lounge itself. It comes with a large, and small room, as befits the small offices it was originally before conversion.
The main room is stuffed with semi-circular armchairs, rather like a dentists waiting room. It's pleasant enough, but doesn't have the most enticing atmosphere. Still, it is light bright and has large windows on the left. These theoretically overlook the gates, but with mucky sloping glass it's hard to see any planes at all. There is a much better viewing area in the Olive Tree.
The second room is always seen as the 'quiet' room, although there aren't any signs saying it is, as such. However, not so many people venture in here, and there always seems to be a more convivial atmosphere. There is more of a conventional bar area in the corner here, and also three high tables at the window, where the view is better.
The Southampton Airport Priority Lounge is now the only airport lounge at Southampton Airport, following the closure of the BA cupboard and the Flybe hovel.
FoodCarrot and orange muffin anyone? They are a staple of the Southampton airport lounge, but rarely seen elsewhere.
Food in the Southampton priority lounge is really just limited to nuts, biscuits, and fruit. Plus endless packets of Jacobs cheesy cracker biscuits, and packets of shortbread.
In the far room there are packets of 'real' crisps, while in the front room there are 'deli' crisps, but noone seems entirely sure why they are different.
In the morning cereal and rolls are put out on the small circular temporary table in the first room.
At lunchtime there are sandwiches under the small plastic cover on the bar in the first room too.
And that's pretty much it.
BarThere are no less than two small self-serve bars in the Southampton priority lounge.
Both have pretty much the same wine, with two reds on the worktop, and two whites in the fridge, plus the rare delight of a Rose.
There are also cans in the fridge, with Stella, Strongbow (it is Southampton, after all) and Guinness (ah, Dublin flights!).
Spirits are an unusual one - there is a rotating optic of four bottles only in the first room, which the staff keep a very close eye on. There is Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi, Gordon's Gin, and Bells whisky.
There is also a coffee machine.
BathroomsGo outside the lounge, up the way you came in, and there is a small toilet cubical next to the Olive Tree.
Business FacilitiesThere is a small shelf in the first room, with four seats where you can sit with a laptop or tablet.
There is free wifi and a plug socket (UK square pin) to charge a laptop.
AccessThe priority lounge costs fifteen pounds and is also available for use by Airport Angel, Priority Pass, Diners Club, Lounge Club, Lounge Key and Lounge Pass card holders.
You can buy tickets online, but you might be better buying them before Security at the "weigh ahead" machine next to check-in, which cost the same price, and which also gives you access to priority security.
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