I was fortunate enough to travel to the French Riviera earlier this month and was very impressed.  Made me homesick for California where I grew up.  Flying out of Nice, I was able to experience one of several very nice private lounges which can be accessed by Priority Pass.  Even though Nice is one of the larger cities in France, the airport is fairly small by American standards.  If you have Loungebuddy, finding one of the four lounges there shouldn’t be a problem.  They all have cute little names such as the Levity Lounge or Library Lounge.  The one I reviewed is called the Infinity Lounge.

You will see an elevator up to the lounge, but I would advise not to waste your time.  I waited five minutes and finally ended up taking the stairs to the left in the photo.

Once up the stairs, the checking in process was very easy.  Didn’t even need to sign like with most Priority Pass visits.

The space inside is very eclectic, like four different architects designed it.  I kind of liked the rattan swing chairs.  Although the section with a bajillion power points was great for all you “connected” flyers.

Food and beverages were pretty decent.  Nice pastries and packaged foods.  Plenty of booze for those who want to start the day early.

I was very happy with my caffeine and chocolate croissants!  On the whole a nice little lounge to bide your time in while waiting for your flight.

 

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I flew a redeye on BA for my recent trip to Nice, which of course means a stop at London Heathrow Airport (LHR).  I was actually looking forward to the trip just to be able to try out BA’s lounge there.  How did I get access?  Not through flying Business unfortunately, nor through a lounge membership like Priority Pass.  I got access through a little secret: Alaska MVP Gold and Gold 75K’s get free lounge access  when traveling through LHR.  Here is the reference page in case you want to verify.

I went to one of the two in Terminal 5 although they also have one in Terminal 3.

It was all the way at one end of the terminal and the other one is all the way at the other end, so you can find one no matter which direction you go.  I posted the other ways to get in such as being an elite on One World.

The lounge is quite large, which is good because it was very popular even on a Sunday morning.  There is an “outdoor” section which I think is meant for families.  It is not air conditioned, but is still within the terminal building.  Good views of the tarmac from there for you AvGeeks.

The breakfast had a very good selection of cold food or pastries.

There is plenty of unguarded booze for those of you who want a different type of breakfast.  The way they guard the alcohol in U.S. lounges makes you think we are a nation of alcoholics that the airlines are trying to save us from ourselves.  Europeans have much more mature attitudes about drinking than we do.

Showers are available for those of you who want to refresh.

And there is a desk for help with your BA Flights if needed.  I note how small this desk is.  I guess that must be because there are very rarely problems with them.P

On the whole a pretty good lounge to pass the time in.

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I rarely fly out of Terminal B at Newark, so I researched lounges that I would qualify for using the Loungebuddy app.  Turns out Priority Pass gave me access to a strangely named lounge – “The Art & Lounge”.  I made the mistake of going through security and looking for the lounge, but couldn’t find it.  Turns out if I had paid attention to Loungebuddy, the lounge was before security near the Duty Free shop.  It wasn’t that hard to find once I learned to follow directions.

Although Priority Pass is the easy access here, you can see that Norwegian, Polish LOT, and French LaCompanie also can give you access presumably if you are in Business or First.

Inside the lounge felt tight but that’s because it is subdivided into many rooms.

Turns out that this lounge has a mission – to highlight art and be a gallery to appreciate local art.  Almost all the walls are covered by various pieces of art or all type.  I didn’t ask, but I am sure you could arrange to buy a piece that you really love.  If you are an art lover, this would be a great way to pass the time waiting for your flight.

Of course, if you are slightly less into art, like me, there is always the food and drink.  They have a self-serve bucket o’ booze and a fairly good buffet of various foods.

All-in-all a very different type of lounge than we usually encounter.  I spent four hours there doing work with very good wifi.  Check it out, especially if you got one of those ridiculously cheap Norwegian fares and are flying out of Terminal B at Newark.

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