My favourite airport
Without a doubt, Doncaster Sheffield airport is my favourite airport. It may not have the shopping options of international favourites like Changi or Manchester closer to home, but those airports don’t have a car park that is within skipping distance of the terminal. Nor do they allow you to check in and clear security in less time that it would take to get a Starbucks. I kid you not!
Introducing the NEW Premium Lounge
The airport has recently got even better, with the opening of the Doncaster Sheffield Airport Premium Lounge in 2016. Prices start from £22.95 per adult and £14.95 for children, with infants being free.
The Premium Lounge offers the perfect opportunity to start your holiday in style. It offers hot and cold food, free wifi and complimentary drinks. Much as I love this airport, it isn’t huge and the seating area is pretty busy once a few flights are scheduled. Booking tickets to the lounge allows you to escape the crowds, sit back and relax over a glass of wine or cold beer.
How to find the lounge
As you exit security, pass by Wetherspoons on your left and you will find the stairs leading up to the lounge on your right. You’ll receive a warm welcome on reception, before being checked in and shown to a table.
The lounge is decorated in vibrant colours, with fresh and fun seating around functional tables or more relaxing areas with sofas and stools. We opt for a few sofas and quickly make ourselves at home. Bright paintings line the walls and soft lighting adds to the relaxed vibe as we quickly connect to the FREE wifi and settle in for a chill. For business travellers, there is a dedicated work area but I won’t be needing that today!
I am wondering if Selina is just trying to impress we travel bloggers when she asks us what we would like to drink, and whether we want peanuts. It turns out, however, everyone at this Premium Lounge gets the VIP service. Our last lounge experience was cramped and chaotic, and not quite the relaxing start to our trip that we had hoped. This lounge gets a thumbs up based on first impressions alone.
Food and drink
There’s a wide selection of beers and ciders and a number of wine options to choose from. The service is fast, friendly and attentive. Watching Selina and Leesa serving other guests, I am struck by how they casually strike up conversation with the guests, urging them to sit back and relax, while they do the hard work of serving food and drink.
We receive menus on arrival with a choice of hot and cold meals, salads, sandwiches and fresh scones. I opt for soup and a fish finger sandwich, whilst Jason selects a tuna and sweet corn pasta salad. You can view a sample menu here, but the exact options vary from day to day.
It is some of the best food I’ve tasted in a lounge. It’s fresh, tasty and entirely stress free as I don’t need to fight my way to the food bar. It also arrives promptly so there’s no need to worry about missing your flight while you indulge.
Fast track tickets through security are also included with pre-booked lounge access. If you are travelling at peak times, when the airport is likely to be busy, this is a fabulous bonus, allowing you to bypass the throngs and be chilling in the lounge in record speed. You get free wifi, access to newspapers and magazines, premium lounge toilets (which smell divine!) and more importantly, a stress free start to your trip.
Is it worth it?
Hell yes! I’ve been to lounges where I’ve felt that the cost wasn’t justified, especially when travelling with children. Hands down, this is worth it. You could easily spend this amount of money in the airport bar on just a few drinks and a meal, without the added comfort and relaxation. I will definitely be booking tickets the next time I fly from Doncaster Sheffield, which is becoming more frequent with all the great routes offered by Wizz Air and other budget carriers.
Furthermore, you can access the lounge at a discounted rate if you are a Dragon Pass or Priority Pass member, subject to availability. If you plan to use the lounge regularly, an annual membership plan might be a better option for you. I will let you decide…
Have your say
Have you used the Doncaster Sheffield Airport Premium Lounge? If so, I would love to know what you thought.
Disclaimer: please note Jason and I were hosted by Doncaster Sheffield Premium Lounge but all opinions are my own. I had a quick flick through the guest comments book, and was impressed by how consistent the feedback was. Universally guests rate the food, drinks and service highly and I would not hesitate to pay these fees.