MEL: Melbourne Qantas Business Class Lounge - Domestic Terminal
The Melbourne Qantas Business Class Lounge domestic is a very different lounge to the Qantas Club. The Business Class Lounge is a kind of inner sanctum for the Status Elite if you like - you need Platinum Status, the equivalent in oneworld, or a Business Class ticket to gain entrance to this separate entity which is housed in the same area as the Melbourne Qantas Club: indeed, the floodspace used to be the Qantasclub until the Business Class lounge was tacked on at the end.
Entry is via the same soaring escalator in the middle of the Qantas domestic terminal (Terminal 1) buy you then walk through the hoy-palloy until getting to the door at the far end, marked Business, which adds to the feel of exclusivity within the lounge.
The Qantas Business Class Lounge in Melbourne is pretty decent and new: it was after all only built a couple of years back, and has the elegant styles of Marc Newson. Arranged rather like a U shape, as you enter the main seating area is straight ahead, then as you curve right there is a wonderful area with white leather recliners overlooking the spectacular view of the airfield, and the hills north of Melbourne.
To the left of the entrance is the food area, and beyond this the bar: self serve wine is at the front, while beer and spirits service is around the corner. In front of the bar is a long white bench, and this area becomes very socialble in the evenings.
From here, to the right is the business centre, while straight on is a small dark area which is very quiet. Technically not a snooze area, it has plenty of low down seats and tables.
Finally to the left of here is a long alley-way type corridor, with the newspapers.
FoodThe Melbourne Qantas Business Class Lounge domestic food offering is similar to all other Qantas lounges. The long low white refrigerated benches with the usual Qantas salad mix; leaves, pasta, ham and cheese. Oddly, there is a better salad outside in the main Qantas Club.
There is always hot soup, and at lunch and dinner times there are two hot dishes with rice and pasta. There is also a made to order taco bar (very much a new innovation for 2014) and a toasted sandwich machine.
At breakfast time, there isn't quite so much - just rolls, croissants, and an automatic pancake maker. However at this time there is a coffee barista in attendance.
BarThe Qantas Business Class Lounge in Melbourne has a full complementary bar from 11am. You can serve yourself wine, or go around the corner for beer. The bar at the front has the usual Qantas array of three wines in a trough, and three reds above it. These are self-serve, and are usually identical to those on the QantasPub through the wall. Next to this area, there are three juice containers and a soft drinks fountain.
There is beer, but only in bottles, and you have to ask for it. Mind you, there is a vast array of choice.
Shots and cocktails are made up by the barstaff.
Business FacilitiesThe business centre is one of the features of the Qantas Business Class Lounge in Melbourne, as you might expect. It is large and empty, with feature wallpaper no less! There are eight imacs (which also run windows) in an area that could accommodate three times as many desks. There is the usual ASX readout of share prices, and a laser printer which doubles as a photocopier.
Wifi in the lounge is free, although not particularly fast.
There are newspapers and magazines in the lounge, and with a big array of magazines; everything from Vogue to Country Living magazine.
BathroomsThere are showers in the lounge, and shower kits are available from reception.
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