Lounge Review – Johannesburg British Airways Galleries First Lounge

When visited: January 2018
Time of day: Late Afternoon / Dinner (16.15 to 18.10)
Rating: 3.5 / 5

ACCESS RULES
– Flying on a Oneworld flight in either first class or be a Emerald Member
– Individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult given this is a licensed area.

I could access the Johannesburg British Airways Galleries First Lounge as a result of flying Qantas (Oneworld flight) and being a Qantas Platinum member (Oneworld Emerald).

LOUNGE LOCATION
The Johannesburg British Airways Galleries First Lounge is located in the International Terminal on the Mezzanine Level. If accessing from Domestic terminal the British Airways Lounges are approximately 5 minutes walk from entry to the International Terminal.

LOUNGE AREA
British Airways has two lounges located here, the Galleries First Lounge and the Galleries Club Lounge (business lounge). The food is similar in both lounges but the showers and toilets are only located in the Galleries Club Lounge. The Galleries First Lounge as a view over the terminal shops.

FOOD AND DRINKS
There are two food stations in the First Lounge but fairly limited selection of food. There is a self serve alcohol in fridges (beer) and chilled wine. The fridge also has mini cans of soft drink and water bottles. There is also a coffee and tea station.

There is also a coffee and tea station.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES
The showers and toilets are located in the Galleries Club. The shower offers multiple lotions and strong water pressure.

Wifi requires a password which reception will stamp on the back of your boarding pass. There are many PowerPoints but surprisingly doesn’t use the South Africa standard power point but reception staff will provide a converter.

WHAT’S GOOD
Great shower, comfortable chairs, good lighting.

WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD
European power points instead of South African. Limited food options for a ‘First Class’ lounge.

SUMMARY
A fine ‘business’ class style lounge but below what a ‘first’ class lounge should be, still any lounge with a good shower before a long haul flight is a good lounge.

About Nathan

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