When visited: November 2017
Time of day: Midday (3.40 pm to 4.55 pm)
Rating: 5 / 5
– Flying First class on a Qantas or Oneworld flight later that day.
– Qantas Platinum member or Oneworld Alliance Emerald flying Business or Economy international flight later that day
– Emirates Skywards Platinum member whose next onward flight that day carries a QF or EK flight number and is operated by Qantas.
– Individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult given this is a licensed area.
I accessed the International First Class Lounge as I was flying on Emirates First Class EK405 Melbourne to Singapore (review here).
The Qantas Melbourne International First Class Lounge is in international terminal on level three near Gate 10, just take the escalator up.
The Qantas Melbourne International First Class Lounge area is reasonable size (a bit less then Qantas Sydney First Class Lounge), you enter at one end of the lounge, turning left will take you to the computer and quiet area, turning right will eventually take you towards the dining area which is at the other end.
The seating areas can seem both intimate but at the same time spacious, the chairs vary in style (all good) and are very comfortable and cozy. You can watch the planes from most locations in the lounge. The natural light is very refreshing which you won’t get in the Business Class Lounge which feels like it is in the basement.
Note: During the time of my visit the lounge was very empty. Also the Spa Treatments are not open during the middle of the day.
FOOD AND DRINKS
There are several small service stations with some very minor snacks but the main game is the restaurant area at the far end of the lounge. You take a seat and a waiter will quickly bring a menu and ask you about what drinks you want (I went with a lemonade – I had First Class flight later for alcohol. I selected the Lucky Duck noodles with cashews and sesame which was insanely good, and for dessert French vanilla ice cream which was superb.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
There are showers, toilets, several TVs which had Sky News showing, several iMac computers, printing/photocopying facilities, and multiple tea / coffee stations. There are a number of power outlets to plug in your laptop or other equipment. Free Wi-Fi is offered which I used while in the lounge which was very fast.
Everything really. The service is great, fast speed internet, lots of space, the old style flight details board, the menu for the sit down service is great, and the views perfect.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
It would be great if the Spa Treatment service was open during the day but with only a few Qantas flights during that time, and none with First Class seats it’s understandable.
If you have access to the Qantas Melbourne International First Class Lounge take it up. While this is smaller than the Qantas Sydney International First Class Lounge (review here) it is also a lot less busy which makes it very enjoyable. Head straight for the sit down meal service and relax before your next international flight.