Seeing as the Swissport Lounge was so disappointing and I still had one more lounge I wanted to review, I headed out for the American Airlines Admirals Club. While I normally find Admirals Clubs to be pretty disappointing and nothing more than a spot to charge my cell phone/laptop and grab something to drink, I actually found the Admirals Club in London-Heathrow (LHR) to be among the best I have ever encountered. So much so that I would go so far as to actually recommend you check this lounge out!
As I mentioned before, I opted to redeem American Airlines miles for my return trip, mainly because I have a lot of them and because I was able to find a routing through London with low taxes and fees that allowed me to review the flagship American Airlines 777-300ER. For this redemption, I redeemed 57,500 AAdvantage miles for a business class ticket. The taxes and fees were somewhat reasonable at ~$176 and were high due to multiple European connections (so I could review more products) and flying through London. As a result of my business class ticket, I had complimentary access to the American Airlines Admirals Club, though I also would have had access to this lounge on account of my OneWorld Sapphire status.
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As I mentioned before, all of the lounges in Terminal 3 are located on the right hand side of a long corridor once you enter Terminal 3. The first lounge you come across is the American Airlines Admirals Club. I made a right towards the lounge and was greeted by the typical Admirals Club lounge entrance.
There was no line when I walked in and I was quickly admitted to the lounge after the agent checked my passport and stamped my ticket so I would not need to go through the process at the gate. The Admirals Club lounge offers a section for those passengers traveling in Flagship First (which is also accessible by OneWorld Emerald members) as well as a section for those passengers traveling in business class (which is also accessible by OneWorld Sapphire members). Since I am a OneWorld Sapphire and was on a business class ticket, I turned right towards the business class lounge.
My initial feeling was that the Admirals Club seemed to be the largest of all the lounges I visited, was absolutely spotless and seemed to be very well taken care of.
Upon walking into the lounge there was a small room to the left that offered some seats along the wall – though the room as a whole seemed like a waste of space for just 6 chairs.
Past this room the hallway opened up into the huge main lounge area with the buffet in the center of the lounge.
The buffet was quite well stocked and featured some pasta with a choice of sauces and a Thai style chicken dish with basmati rice.
There was also a small salad selection with all the makings for a caesar salad.
And as is typical in Admirals Clubs, there was a selection of hot soups and some fresh rolls.
There was also a small bar that was also well stocked with snacks like trail mix, popcorn, jelly beans and other candies and featured a refrigerator with an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water.
If the candies did not satisfy your sweet tooth, there was a small offering of carrot cake along with some pre-made sandwiches and vegetables with dip.
There was also a self-service bar which was well stocked.
Next to the bar was a large cooler with a variety of water, soft drinks, mixers and beer.
If you needed a caffeine kick, there were two coffee machines and a selection of teas along with a pitcher of ice cold milk and some cookies which I thought was a great touch.
If you preferred wine, there was large selection on offer in the center bar.
Next to the center bar was another bar that offered a selection of ice cold water and fresh fruit juices.
The one thing I really liked was this lounge offered freshly made smoothies. That is something I have never seen in a lounge before and considering I absolutely love smoothies, was the single thing that makes the Admirals Club my pick for best lounge in Terminal 3.
The dining area was massive and featured a large variety of seating including high top tables and smaller dining tables. Notably, the high top tables all offered power plugs on the table tops and the smaller dining tables all offered power plugs along the walls, which is something I value highly when traveling so really appreciated.
I headed towards the rear of the lounge where the entire back wall had a variety of seating options. To the right was a selection of individual seats.
Notably, each of these seats offered a table next to it with international, USB and U.S. style power plugs.
The back right corner also featured a separate section that was completely deserted.
I opted for this area as it offered some really good views of the tarmac – including views of two British Airways 747s. If you have followed my blog any, you know how much I love the 747!
The center section of the back of the lounge featured a business center of sorts with a large number of computers for use along with printers and copiers.
There was also a small alcove that offered some seats and a few televisions.
On the far side was even more seating that overlooked the tarmac.
Lastly, the back left corner offered a variety of seating with tarmac views that was designated as a quiet area.
The lounge overall was pretty empty, so the wifi was very fast and reliable. I loved that there were power plugs EVERYWHERE in this lounge, so I spent about an hour and a half in the lounge catching up on e-mails until it was time for the longgggggggg walk to the gate for my flight to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).
I was actually very pleasantly surprised by the Admirals Club and would go so far as to actually recommend that those transiting London-Heathrow (LHR) check it out. There was plenty of space, the wifi was fantastic, the food and drink selection was good and the lounge was the only lounge I visited that offered both U.S. and international style power plugs. Overall, I was very happy with the lounge and actually spent most of my time here.
What is your favorite lounge at London-Heathrow (LHR)?