Please note that this post was written before the Coronavirus pandemic. Please check with the airport whether the lounge will be open when you travel.
We were kindly invited to review the Escape Lounge at Terminal One Manchester Airport, when we flew to Amsterdam during the summer holidays. It was also a very special day as our eldest was turning 17, and we had kept our lounge booking a secret until we had got through security.
Where is the Escape Lounge at T1 Manchester
Once you get through security you need to follow the signs for the ‘lounges’ which can be found on the upper floor. We used the lift as I was using the airports wheelchair assistance, having just come out of hospital two days before. The airport lounges are in the same vicinity, and we quickly found the Escape Lounge and were booked in by the two lovely ladies who were on reception.
The seating in the Escape Lounge
We were shown to our reserved table right by the entrance of the lounge, which was quiet, comfortable, and next to those all important plug sockets that the kids soon claimed. The lounge was a good size, but sadly there are no windows looking out over the runway. I think the lounges on the opposite side have the runway views. I was really impressed with the different styles of seating available which would suit all travellers.
The food and drink on offer in the Escape Lounge
We arrived at the lounge at 5.30am so we sampled their breakfast food, and I was pleasantly surprised with the choice on offer. There was a good selection of hot food, cereals, toast and pastry products, fruit, hot and soft drinks, and also a fully stocked bar. It would have been rude not to indulge in a few gin and tonics, airports are one of the few places you can get away with having an alcoholic drink at 5.30 in the morning.
How long can you use the Escape Lounge for
Our table was booked for 3 hours prior to our 7am flight, and due to a long wait through security, we were only in the lounge for just over an hour. I would definitely factor this in if you are travelling during peak times, and adjust your plans accordingly to get the most from your lounge experience. We did have a lovely relaxing hour in the lounge, and it was nice to start off the birthday celebrations in style.
The facilities in the Escape Lounge
The toilets are just outside the Escape Lounge, as they seemed to be shared with the other airport lounges. They were clean and tidy when I used them, and despite being small there was no queue when I used them.
There are plugs located around the lounge, and we were lucky that we were seated next to one. They must have known we were coming with teenagers.
There was complimentary wifi and there were no complaints from the teens in the family.
Around the lounge are the all important departure boards, so you can keep an eye on your flight.
There were plenty of books, magazines and newspapers for use in the lounge.
The cost of the Escape Lounge
I would recommend booking the Escape Lounge in advance, and the typical price you would pay is £26 for an adult and £20 for a child under 18.
Would we use the Escape Lounge again
Yes, as it was a much quieter experience than being in the main hub of the departure lounge. We would definitely factor in more time getting through security though, so as to maximise the time in the lounge. It was certainly a good start to our summer holiday, and a great way to celebrate our teen’s 17th birthday. Next stop Amsterdam.
Thank you to the Escape Lounge for arranging our complimentary visit for the purpose of this review