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May 29, 2016 / oneworld82

SkyTeam Lounge at London Heathrow T4

After all my meetings were done I headed to Heathrow’s Terminal 4 to check in for my Qatar Airways flight to Doha. As you might recall, I flew QR in business class between Doha and Philadelphia last year, and was thoroughly impressed. So, I must say I was quite excited to fly them again.

Check in was a breeze – the area is pretty large and was relatively empty. There are dedicated lines for premium and elite customers and coach ones, and everything was rather smooth.

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Terminal 4 was a novelty for me, as I have never flown in/out of it before. I wasn’t expecting much, but actually the main concourse has plenty of good stores to keep people entertained for a bit.

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I wanted to try out the Skyteam lounge, so I headed there. As the lounge is part of the Priority Pass scheme, I had no trouble getting access even though I was flying QR. As it was around 7pm, it was quite busy with people having a drink or two and dinner. But overall, I must say it’s a very decent lounge for an alliance that doesn’t really have a hub in LHR.

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The lounge is big, on two levels that pretty much mirror each other. There are plenty of seating, but the lounge was pretty busy, as there are quite a few departures in the evening. Seating consisted of both chairs and armchairs, and overall the lounge looked very stylish.

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The central area of each floor is taken by a self-serve buffet, which had a good variety of hot and cold dishes. I had a sampler of a few of the hot dishes, including salmon and pasta. They were good. There is a self service wine and spirit area near the buffet, but the selection is pretty average and there is no champagne.

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On the ground floor, the best feature is a the Clarins spa, which I did not use (as I did not know whether it was complimentary or not) but which looked nice, with three-four massage chairs. I did took advantage of the shower rooms, that were big and clean.

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The coolest features of the lounge are the “living walls” spread out across both floors, where plants grow out of pockets attached to the wall – take a look at the picture to see what I mean. I thought this was very unique and gave visitors a nice respite even when the lounge was very busy.

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Also, on the upper level there are 4 relaxation rooms with nice “lovechairs” to rest.

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Overall, nothing to complain regarding this lounge, which was actually quite good.  I am actually surprised it participates in the Priority Pass scheme, as it clearly seemed to have its loyal group of aficionados when I visited. I did feel, in fact, that the lounge was quite busy, and that the stuff was playing catch up in order to keep it clean and ordered, as there were glasses and dishes everywhere that needed to be cleaned away.

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  1. theitinerary1 / May 29 2016 9:14 am

    Nice post 🙂

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