Helen and I recently upgraded from an American Express Gold card, to an American Express Platinum card. With this came a complimentary Priority Pass that provides us with access to hundreds of airport lounges around the world for free.
Which means we’re going to be doing A LOT of airport lounge reviews from different airports around the world. Airport lounges are in our opinion at least great value for money if you’re flying long haul or enjoy an alcoholic drink or two as a way to kick off your travels. Access to an airport lounge usually retails between £15 and £25 depending on the lounge you visit and different lounges offer different facilities and services.
In today’s post, we’re checking out the Sala VIP Airport Lounge. This is inside T1 at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. We were only in Barcelona for a layover and planned to spend our entire time in this lounge. Unfortunately, we were limited to only ‘checking into the lounge’ 4 hours prior to our flight. Nevertheless, here’s our experience.
Where To Find The Sala VIP Miro Airport Lounge
Sala Joan Miró VIP Miro Airport Lounge is located inside T1 of Barcelona, El Prat airport. The airport itself is segregated into multiple sections and once you’ve passed security and immigration you are unable to move between the sections of the airport within the terminal.
Our flight was a British Airways evening flight back from Barcelona to London Gatwick. The particular section in which this flight departs is within section D. If you find yourself not flying from inside section D within T1 at the airport then be sure to visit the Barcelona El Prat Airport website for further information as to the airport lounge(s) you have access to.
Once you’ve passed security and immigration you’re going to want to turn left. Head through the duty-free and towards Burger King. Just before you reach Burger King you’ll notice two lifts and a set of stairs that will take you down one floor to the Sala Joan Miro airport lounge.
This lounge has one of the greatest lounge arrangements we’ve ever seen. Set out as a circle, with the ‘quiet sleeping area’ in includes everything including showers, food, toilets, computers and more all without feeling cramped in any way.
Should the lounge become busy, we also noticed an additional seating area if you take a 180 at check-in. I know many people including myself would rather have access to the facilities instead of being turned away if it’s busy so this is a great compromise.
View from The Airport Lounge
The view from the airport lounge looks down onto one of the other ‘sections’ of the airport. The choice of windows here instead of the walls help to make the lounge seem much more spacious. There’s also a view out onto one of the taxi-ways.
Catering / Bar
Upon our arrival (17:00) at the airport lounge, there were just ‘snacks’ available to eat. However, upon noticing an empty heated food area I enquired whether other food would be being brought out. The staff member informed me this would happen at 18:00.
I wouldn’t be overly disappointed with access to only the snacks in this particular airport lounge as there was a huge variety including pastries, fruit, cheese, crackers, hams, cheeses and salad items.
Luckily we were still in the lounge when the hot food was put out, and I have to say I’m very glad that was the case. That’s not because the salad and snack items were disappointing, but instead because the quality and variety of the hot food were in my opinion fantastic.
The drinks inside the Sala VIP Joan Miro lounge were completely self-service including all alcoholic drinks. There was a great variety of both soft drinks, fruit drinks, spirits, beers and wines.
Always a winner on any visit to an airport lounge (at least in my book) is a shower, and Sala VIP Lounge at Barcelona’s El Prat catered to my desire. Upon arriving at the lounge I requested a shower, and was quickly provided with a complimentary ‘shower pack’. A member of staff took me around to the shower, which was clean and more than ample in size.
Helen decided to visit the showers a couple of hours into our visit and had to wait around 30 minutes while the staff cleaned them from a previous visit. So if you’re looking to get a shower while visiting this lounge, be sure to request them early on into your visit to avoid disappointment.
The toilets are located inside the Sala VIP Joan Miro airport lounge. We can only speak from our experience of the women’s but we found the staff to be cleaning the toilets constantly, it’s, therefore, no surprise that they were spotlessly clean.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a sleeping or resting area inside an airport lounge. It’s something that I hope to see from more airport lounges in the future as it’s ideal for those on a layover.
The entire area was full during our three-hour stay inside the lounge (which in my opinion says something to how ‘in demand’ this feature might be) it held around twelve resting beds, in an open dark area.
Newspapers & Magazines
As you’ll come to expect from airport lounges around the world there were local magazines and newspapers. Unfortunatly, in this case they were all Spanish.
The Joan Miro airport lounge didn’t have an exclusive network different from the rest of the airport. However, the speeds of the WIFI were more than aqicuite for us to browse the internet, write some articles and reply to some emails. Should you need access to a computer there were four available for complimentary use.
The staff inside the lounge were fantastic. We were a couple of minutes early to check into the lounge, however, the staff member kindly accommodated us regardless. The great service continued throughout our visit including our trip to the showers, and our access to the hot food.
In conclusion this is one of the greatest lounges I’ve visited. I’m dissapointed I couldn’t gain access to the rest area for a light nap, or access the lounge earlier into our stay in the airport. However, those two minor details aside we had a wonderful time and wouldn’t hesistate to visit this lounge again in the future.
Of course, we’d love to know what you think of the VIP lounge here at El Prat Airport. Let us know in the comments below…