I’ve flown with Emirates quite a lot recently so have quite a bit of experience of their Business Class Lounges. The Emirates Business Class Lounge at Melbourne Airport is little different to any other.
I was about to embark on the long journey back to the UK from Australia courtesy of Emirates. I feel quite fortunate to fly with them as they are one of my favourite airlines, the service and comfort is very high. As you can probably tell I was excited to fly the Emirates a380 Melbourne to Dubai.
Getting to the Emirates Business Class Lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
The Emirates check-in was a doddle. Well it began well with a limo. This service is a complimentary limo service for Business Class and First Class travellers.
I was picked up from work and taken in luxury to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. I arrived around 6:30pm on a Thursday evening and the airport was exceptionally quiet. I breezed through check-in, security and Australian passport control.
The Emirates Business Class Lounge can be accessed via a lift by Gate 9 of the international terminal.
The full class experience inside the Emirates Business Class Lounge at Melbourne
The lounge receptionist was very pleasant. She offered me a wifi access code and even gave me a quick tour of the business class lounge. The lounge area looks pretty familiar as it is a global standard décor for Emirates.
The window view from the lounge does show some of the international terminal. However you can see beyond it to observe airplanes taking off from the runway.
There is a Business Centre in the Emirates Lounge. A few workstation desks and some free to use computers. This is just as well since I struggled to find power sockets outside of this area of the lounge.
The Emirates business class lounge food was sufficient for the size of the lounge. You could find a cold food island.
There was also a selection of hot food varying from rice, to tarts and Mediterranean veg.
In the season of Christmas you could also find mince pies! I was just going to try one yet the polite waiter insisted that I tried both types. Honest!
One luxury of being on one of the Australia flights Emirates offers is that there was a very cool massage chair in the Business Centre.
I love massage chairs and this was no exception.
After taking advantage of the free wifi in the Emirates Lounge I’d downloaded
Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
and Drive By by Train
(after hearing it in the limo to the airport) onto my iPod. Sit back and relax is what I did before enjoying one of the airlines using a380 for flights.
Of course essential to any lounge are the crucial facilities. Well in Melbourne airport they were of the usual high standard. Dark panel wooden doors and panelling. Clean toilets, a shower facility and towels to dry your hands.
Can you pay to use the Emirates Lounge in Melbourne Airport?
People keep asking me this question and now I have the definitive answer. I’m afraid that paying to access the lounge is not an option (although from early 2017 it is now possible to pay to use the Emirates Lounge in Dubai airport). With regard to using Emirates Lounges around the world their website states the following:
You can enjoy the Emirates experience before your flight in airports around the world when you fly First Class and Business Class, or if you’re an Emirates Skywards Platinum or Gold member travelling in Economy Class.
So how was my experience of the Business Class Lounge?
Overall it was high on the Emirates luxury list. The massage chair was a particular highlight, just a shame there were not more accessible power sockets inside the lounge.
Have you ever been fortunate to try the Emirates Business Class Lounge at Melbourne Airport? Please share your experience below.