PER: Perth Qantas International Business Class Lounge
The new Qantas Business Class Lounge at Perth International is a modern smart lounge, which for a long time was famous - indeed, notorious - for one unique attribute: it has no Qantas flights that could use it, and instead it was used by its main competitor Virgin Australia, who had flights but no lounge. As the main lounge in the international section, it is also well used as the Qatar Business Class Lounge Perth, among others.
Once up the escalators and past security, weave through the Duty Free shop, left, aim for the Emirates lounge, and then turn left to the Perth international Qantas Club. You really can't miss it - Perth International Departures is that tiny.
The Perth Qantas International lounge takes the form of a T shape, with the reception at the base of the T, where normally one rather sad faced lonely staff member directs customers in, past the bookshelf with magazines on the left, to the centre of the lounge.
The lounge itself is bigger than you might expect, and also more modern, having been recently upgraded with the latest 'old' look of the Qantas lounges, matching other international lounges in the network.
To the right there is the usual large white marble bar, with wine bottles in the middle. It's not too bad actually. There are tasting notes for the wine, and indeed other nibbles: it's all unstaffed of course.
The other half of the lounge has the dining area in the middle, food area on the left, and at the far end more seats. Indeed, the variety in seats is noteworthy, with everything from leather armchairs to poof and bar stools.
The other half of the lounge, the top of the T if you like, has two giant TV screens with seats around them: this half of the lounge seems to taken over by parents late at night, offering their children something to watch, as there aren't any dedicated Children's areas.
Finally, at the top of the serif of the topmost T, is the large extensive Business Centre. You are guaranteed to never ever see anyone in it.
FoodThe good news is that there is once again hot food in the Perth Qantas International Business lounge. The somewhat sadder news is that there is just one hot dish.
The food area is on the left as you round the base of the T, with two alcoves. The first one has the bar, the second has the refreshment facilities, with a standard Qantas salad bar, and the two large silver tourines of the hot dish of the day, and rice. Curry, often with chicken, dominates.
The salad often comes with a good pasta salad, ham and cheese. There are three large earthenwear jars of dressing.
There are also two dips, with carrot and celery sticks to dip in what seems like thousand island dressing.
There is one more delight. Late in the evening a plate of 'cheese and crudités' appears at the end of the white marble bar. Some of the cheese is great, there are breadsticks, and small dishes of olives.
BarThe Qantas International Business lounge Perth has one bar. Alcoholic beverages are free, and free pour: unlike other Qantas clubs, this Qantas pub lets you pour your own. Ther are also some bar stools if you want to feel like you are sitting at the bar, under the giant white lamps.
The wine selection is worthy of note, with tasting details on car beside the wine cooler in the middle of the marble bar. There are the usual six bottles - three white and three red. There are also two different types of white sparkling wine at the end of the counter.
Spirts are beside the food bar, and again are better than you would expect. There are no less than twelve different bottles with everything from Baileys to Jameson, Southern Comfort to Absolut vodka.
Beer is in the fridge beside this, with a good selection, including Little Creatures (as you would expect in Perth), Heiniken, Stella, Extra Dry, Four XXXX, Boags and Coopers. The Fridge also has a good stock of soft drinks.
BathroomsIn lounge, in the corridor beside the newspaper rack.
Plenty of showers available - towels and toiletries are available at the service desk.
Business FacilitiesTV located in the bar area as well as thought the lounge area.
Six combined imac and PCs, in a dedicated Business centre.
Newspaper and magazine rack, with a better selection of magazines than in most Qantas lounges.
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