The Point Hacks Team were lucky enough to be invited for a first look at the newest location in American Express’ own lounge network, for international passengers departing from Melbourne. The lounge opened to the public on 27 March 2018.
There is a range of American Express cards on the market that will offer you access to the lounge, which is a really solid perk, so for Melbourne residents who are premium American Express cardholders (or anyone who has to travel through Melbourne Airport for international trips), this is a nice benefit.
This lounge sits adjacent to the new Plaza Premium Lounge, which is operated by the same company. In our opinion, the American Express lounge wins on design and work-friendliness but the Plaza Premium Lounge wins on more food options and natural light.
The lounge is open from 6am until 11pm, seven days a week.
It can accommodate up to 65 guests at a time, which is slightly larger than its Sydney counterpart. That seems like a quite low number, so you may expect this lounge to get crowded as knowledge of its opening becomes more common. In the case of capacity constraints, guests will be directed to the adjacent Plaza Premium Lounge.
This lounge is located in the lounge precinct of the international Terminal 2 at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. That means it is only accessible by passengers departing on international flights.
For those familiar with Melbourne Airport, this lounge is located opposite the Qantas International Business Lounge.
The lounge area is split into two main areas, both of which are very open.
There is a main food and drink area with a long communal table running down the middle and tables along the side:
with a range of seating heights and options:
and a lounging area, which is quite open with big padded seats:
As to be expected from a lounge, there is room to work:
and a selection of reading materials:
However, this lounge has missed the mark with regards to no natural light or tarmac views.
Food & Drink
The food on offer during our visit was fantastic.
Food and beverage offerings are on the more upscale end, with a number of hot finger foods including a delicious slow-roasted beef for mini burgers:
To finish off, there were also macaroons, a caprese salad, cheeses and some fruits on offer:
The alcohol selection includes premium and top-shelf spirits such as Four Pillars Gin, Seppelt wine, Canadian Club 12 Year Old and Naked Grouse Scotch.
and self-service non-alcoholic drinks:
There is also an all-day barista coffee service.
The lounge has high-speed wifi and printing facilities available.
It shares bathrooms with the Plaza Premium Lounge, with showers expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.
Lounge access options
Access to American Express lounges is available to those holding an eligible American Express card.
Other American Express lounge reviews
American Express’ investment in a standalone lounge at Tullamarine is great news for those who travel from or through Melbourne Airport.
The pros of the lounge are that it is modern and aesthetically-pleasing, has great barista coffee, tasty food options and a range of American Express cards offering access.
In an ideal world, improvements would be made to the natural light situation and the size of the lounge, however, these factors are restricted by its location.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of the new lounge as you pass through for the first time!