Sometimes the most grim part of travel is slubbing around an airport trying to find a seat and some peace and quiet. Whether you want to get away from a rowdy hen party crowd or you want some pampering time before a flight, the Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Aspire Lounge is the place for you.
If I am travelling on a flight without lounge access, I always book myself lounge access from an independent provider such as Executive Lounges. For £19.99 you get a comfy seat and a selection of food and drinks to get you in the holiday spirit.
Having recently undergone a much needed makeover, the Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Aspire Lounge lends travellers a sense of calm in the manic bustle that is Manchester Airport in peak season.
With a carefully controlled capacity, you know you will be looked after. Free wifi, newspapers and charging points draw in the tech savvy and those who can’t let go of work!
On my visit at the start of May, we were the only 2 people in the lounge prior to our flight. With a choice of seats and the first pick of the tasty food, we were sorted. I really can’t imagine going on holiday and NOT booking in a lounge now. I’ve been spoiled.
With a varying buffet selection from hot breakfast items, lunch and dinner options follow suit with hot dishes and cold nibbles as well as soup and sweet treats.
Saving money on the grim airport food from other retailers, we dined on delicious hot pasta, fresh warm bread, basic cold salads and a cheese board. Of course there was scones and cakes for those of us with a sweet tooth. It’s not gourmet but it is fresh and hot and a hell of a lot better than either a Greggs or the dreaded airplane food. You can fill up and good scran!
If you want to really get the party started, you can top up your stay with some cocktails and bubbly but I bet you’ll find the selection of alcoholic and soft drinks more than enough. Fresh juice, cordials and fizzy drinks sit along side cider, beers and spirits galore. The friendly lounge attendants pour a mean vodka cranberry let me tell you!
The only thing that lets the lounge down, in my opinion is the view but given that the Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Aspire Lounge is in the heart of the building you’d be hard pushed to find views of the apron. You can spy on unsuspecting shoppers below though!
For £19.99 for a few hours of relaxing, food and drink I don’t think you can go wrong really. It gets you in the holiday spirit and helps you unwind before that long flight ahead.
If Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Aspire Lounge is too far away from you, check out their other lounges, available worldwide, HERE HERE or check out my review of the Newcastle Airport Aspire Plus lounge HERE.