No.1 Traveller, which has been running for over 6 years now launches it’s brand new lounge tomorrow as we mentioned back in July. Opening 31st October, this is no scary affair. A wonderfully appointed 4,500 sq.ft lounge, as designed by Inside Out Architecture is exactly what the expanding-and-dramatically-improving Birmingham Airport needs. A double story lounge, with double height windows looking out onto the apron is the main attraction here.
This is no passenger cattle farm though. Inside is a myriad of intimate zones, breaking up the 100+ seat capacity of the lounge, including a dining area, similar in style to one of the Soho House members clubs, with white tiles, neutral tones and a stylish take on outdoor iron chairs. Other zones are spread around the lounge, with comfy and relaxed sofa-style seating, a fully stocked full service bar, meeting room and in-lounge foreign currency exchange. We like the design here, it’s obviously stylish, but very few elements will date, and the ones that will, can be replaced to make sure the lounge will continually be a contemporary lounge space in the airport.
Phil Cameron, CEO of No.1 Traveller, on revealing the new look of the lounge mentioned “Birmingham is booming as an airport and is clearly a viable alternative to London, offering over 140 major worldwide destinations. Our arrival at Birmingham is incredibly exciting for us as it marks the next step in No.1 Traveller’s expansion. We’re delighted to bring our world-class lounge experience to the airport.”
The current competitors at Birmingham, whilst practical, are by no means as stylish, relaxing or full-service as this new lounge will be. But you will pay a small premium for the benefit of coming here. Booking online, you will pay £22.50 with child rates available too, and whilst this is a few pounds more than you would pay at Servisair, the potential for a better time here is evident. On top of the regular wines and spirits, is the opportunity to splash out for a small premium on freshly made cocktails, and hot a-la-carte food offerings such as Grilled Chicken Teriyaki or a hearty fish pie. There’s little need to leave the lounge too, as there is a concierge service here, that will help you with your travel plans.
No.1 Traveller offers plenty of bolt on options too, such as a limo service, a champagne experience and in their Heathrow flagship lounge & Gatwick lounge, spa treatments too. The only downside we can see here, is the lack of shower facilities, as this would have really set the lounge apart from its rivals at the airport.
Birmingham Airport has come a long way in the last few years, with a large network of connections through America and the Middle East. Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport is obviously pleased with the new addition “We’re really excited to be working with No.1 Traveller and delighted with the lounge – the finished product really is fantastic. We’re very pleased to see new jobs created at Birmingham and the lounge is a significant addition to our terminal facilities.”