The Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney is one of the biggest lounges at Sydney International Airport. While called dated by some, I found the comfort level to be higher than the nearby American Express Lounge.
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After clearing immigration, walk on the left hand side of the duty free section and take the escaltor upstairs. On your left will be the entry to the Qantas International First Class Lounge. Further down the balcony corrider, you will find the entry to the lounge.
Who can access the Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney?
The invite list to the lounge is quite long which explains why it can be quite busy during peak travel times.
First Class & Business Class Flyers travelling on
- Jetstar (business max fare only);
- Fiji Airways;
- American Airlines;
- Qatar Airways;
- British Airways;
- Cathay Pacific;
- Japan Airways; and
- LATAM Airlines.
Frequent Flyer & Alliance Flyers
- Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, Platinum One, Platinum and Gold members who are travelling on a Qantas, Emirates or Oneworld operated flight or a codeshare flight with a Qantas or Jetstar flight number;
- Qantas Silver members who are using their annual lounge entry pass;
- Qantas Club members travelling on a Qantas or Jetstar flight (including codeshares);
- American Airlines Admirals members who are travelling on a Qantas or American Airlines/Qantas codeshare flight;
- Emirates Skywards iO, Platinum and Gold members traveling on a Qantas or Emirates flight;
- Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members.
- Holders of credit cards which offer a Qantas lounge pass.
As you enter the lounge lobby, there is a flight status board to the left.
After being admitted entry, you walk through into the centre section which has a few seats and magazines. As you head to the back of the lounge, there is a long communal table where the lounge expands to the left and right.
On the right hand side you will find a buffet area, a couple of seating areas and a live feed ASX screen just outside the ladies bathroom.
The bathroom is quite large and features some great ASPAR toiletries.
What really let this area down was the paper towels openly stacked between the mirrors and a bare box of tissues on the counter. Qantas have obviously put thought into the design of the bathroom, with the wood grains and the tiling, so it seemed weird that these items were without a place and not in keeping with the design.
The left hand side of the lounge is larger and features another buffet section, more seating and the shower rooms. Although the lounge has large windows that run the length of the space, the view isn’t all that great. I much prefer the American Express Lounge for that.
The shower rooms are nice though do feel a little sterile. Bringing in some of the dark wood grain featured in the bathrooms would make a huge difference to the feel of atmosphere of the room.
Food & Drink
The buffet All Day Dining Menu featured:
- Creamy tomato soup;
- Arabic lamb served with cous cous;
- Cheese with water and rice crackers;
- Flourless chocolate brownie;
- Berry cheesecake;
- Tomato salad;
- Wild rocket and snow pea leaves;
- Potato, dijon mustard dressing and fried shallots;
- Asian coleslaw;
- Pastrami and buckwheat salad with roasted red capsicum, radicchio and mustard dressing;
- Crusty bread rolls.
I decided to start with the tomato soup, which was absolutely delicious and I went back for seconds. I also tried the arabic lamb which was tasty, but a little chewy. The salads and cheese were also quite enjoyable.
I’m usually the person who has a seperate stomach just for sweets, but this day I didn’t quite feel like taste testing the offerings. But I can tell you that the flourless chocolate brownie must have been absolutely out of this world fantastic.
How do I know? The lady seated across from me ate 16 pieces over the hour and a half I was in the lounge. This woman got up about four times to get more and it eventually got to a point where I and the people sitting around me were sharing glances thinking we were being punked. Ultimately, it would seem that the berry cheesecake isn’t quite on the same level as she left the single slice mostly on her plate.
Although the only staff I spoke to were the ones at the entry to the lounge, plates were cleared from empty tables quickly and food was replenished frequently.
When I visited the shower rooms, there was a sign to wait for an attendent, however there wasn’t one in sight so I just walked through to an empty room. There still wasn’t one there when I left.
Bottom line of the Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney
The Qantas International Business Lounge Sydney provides a large amount of space which is a welcome change from the American Express Lounge just around the corner. Though, it does give more of a mismatched grandma sue vibe rather than a vibrant premium class lounge experience.
Come here for the space (and I guess, the brownies) but don’t expect to be treated like a king or queen while sitting on a golden throne.