The American Express Lounge Sydney is raved about by travellers and bloggers alike, although it’s a nice lounge, I don’t quite feel the same admiration.
When I entered the lounge a about 8.30am, it was nearly full. There were only two spare seats throughout the entire lounge. Eventually the lounge started to clear out between 10.30am – 11.30am and I managed to snap some photos.
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The American Express Lounge Sydney is run by Plaza Premium Lounge managment and is located adjacent to Gate 24. You’ll be greeted with a lush vertical garden and asked to present an eligible American Express card and your same day boarding pass.
Who can access the American Express Lounge Sydney?
An eligible American Express card is one of the following:
The number of times you can enter and the guests you can bring are more specific to the card you hold.
American Express Centurion, American Express Platinum, American Express Business Centurion and American Express Business Platinum Card Members:
- Unlimited complimentary access;
- Complimentary access for the card member’s children aged 2-17;
- Complimentary access for up to 2 guests;
- Additional guests at a charge.
All other eligible card holders:
- Two entries per calendar year used by either the card member, supplementary card member or a guest travelling with the card member;
- Complimentary access for card member’s children aged 2-17;
- Additional guests at a charge.
The lounge offers free WiFi which I found fast and reliable and ample powerpoints throughout the lounge.
There is a flight status screen just past reception to keep up to date with any flight delays or gate changes and a small display of magazines to pick from.
As the morning went on, this area became quite full with a mix of wheelchairs, strollers and larger carry on items. I wish there was a designated location where these could be stored.
Further into the lounge there is a lounge area against the wall, two long wooden tables in the centre of the room and a line of chairs facing out of the windows.
There is a bathroom each for men and woman which is small and without a shower, though has some nice products.
Food & Drink
There is a basic buffet as well as a wine and cocktail list and barista-made beverages available.
On my morning visit there was a fruit, yoghurt and condiments section.
And a hot savoury selection featuring chicken sausages and baked beans.
Plus a sweet warm selection, though I’d only recommend trying the waffles if you have a super sweet tooth. They give a sugar hit like nothing else!
The staff were friendly and welcoming, though extremely busy. When ordering a coffee, they offered to bring the beverage to your seat which was a nice touch.
However, when the lounge eventually emptied out, glasses were still left on tables for about 20 minutes before being cleared. Though, I guess staff can be forgiven for thinking those nearly-full glasses belonged to someone who was still in the lounge and hadn’t walked out after only 2 sips!
Bottom Line of American Express Lounge Sydney International Airport (T1)
Overall, this is a nice way to experience an airport lounge and worth visiting if you don’t have access to another lounge within the terminal. With the floor to ceiling windows, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Sydney CBD skyline and the mix of aircraft making it’s way through the airport.
Ultimately, my main criteria for an good airport lounge is space. After all, if I’m about to be in a confined space for 10+ hours with hundreds of other people, I’d like to at least spend the few hours prior with some personal space.
So if you do have access to another lounge, I would recommend stopping in here for a coffee and enjoying the view for a little while before moving on for a meal and more space.
Have you visited the American Express Lounge Sydney? What did you think?