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For $152 this hotel was an absolute steal. The gym was fantastic, the decor throughout was very fresh and modern and the staff were all extremely friendly and accommodating. I really liked the club lounge breakfast and am sure that it would be a great place to grab a drink in the evening too.
If you're staying in Long Beach this hotel is very hard to argue with!
There is a lot to like about SWISS business class but there are more than enough negatives to place this in the second tier of business class products behind the likes of Qatar, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. If the cabin was all throne seats and there was dine on demand, things would be very different. For the average passenger though, ending up crammed next to a stranger by the window, with access to a lower tier of lounge, any of the three aforementioned airlines would provide a better experience when flying on their flagship long haul routes.
The Senator Lounge at Zurich's E gates redefines what an airport lounge can be. If this was a First Class facility it would be amongst the best in the world. The fact that it is open to frequent flyers across the Star Alliance network, flying shorthaul economy, is absolutely stultifying.
SWISS shorthaul business is quite a bare bones affair. No jacket hanging, an economy seat, no centre table and no hot food.
The service was very efficient and friendly but this was ultimately an economy experience in everything but name.
As far as BA lounges go, this one is pretty good. The lounge is clean, the service is great and the variety of high quality food is truly excellent. I loved the setting of the bar but the cocktails could definitely use some work. Similarly boarding from the lounge is a nice idea but the execution fell a little flat, once we filtered into a line of Economy passengers downstairs.
Whilst this is one of the best BA lounges I've ever set foot in and nothing was massively wrong with it I wasn't wowed. When it comes to lounge refurbishment programmes, AA is very much the dominant partner in this transatlantic joint venture.
Overall this is an absolutely fantastic lounge. AA have really come far in the last couple of years. Their 777s now all feature flat beds with direct aisle access and WiFi and slowly but surely their lounges are becoming equally cutting edge.
Ample daylight, runway views, fantastic food, a variety of top shelf spirits, almost every soft drink ever and power points at nearly every seat. What's not to like?
Perhaps I went into this with my hopes set too high but I really don't feel that this lounge is anywhere near the level of Cathay's Business lounge next door, let alone the First Class section. The Qantas decor isn't as luxurious, the food is not as good, there is a lack of natural light, runway views and power sockets and if you don't like gin, the drinks selection is far more limited.
Realistically this might be a Top 10 First Class product but in order to crack the Top 3 BA would have to make some serious changes. Of course, this would probably come at a higher cost, with less opportunities to redeem miles for the experience.
BA's A380 First Class offers an experience truly worthy of the name. It is very pleasant, relaxing and comfortable. However BA falls short of being truly spectacular. Given what other airlines are doing with their flagship products these days, it seems a shame that a once great airline isn't aiming to beat the world.
Upon making our way to the chaotic reception desks it became immediately obvious why. The place was absolutely overrun with people. If you're looking for an oasis of tranquility, this is not your place.
I did my best to snap pictures where I could but there were so many people absolutely everywhere that it was quite hard to do so without featuring strangers looking straight down my lens.