If you’ve ever been into or around Qantas domestic lounges in capital cities in Australia, I’m almost certain you would have seen the hexagon printed doors or glazed glass with no writing on them. For those who haven’t and have always wanted to know what’s in there, this is Qantas’ very selective VIP lounge known as the ‘Chairman’s lounge’.
Memberships aren’t able to be earned like US VIP programs and require A LOT more spending, or ultimately you have to mean a lot to Qantas, the number of people who actually hold this membership is incredibly small, and you’ll find a lot are members of our government or high profile Australian actors.
This lounge in Sydney almost exactly resembles the very popular first lounge located in the international terminal. All of the lounges are quite different, and some have interesting things in each. For instance, the Melbourne lounge features a multi-coloured sculpture which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s quite an interesting piece to look at.
Here is the menu for the Sydney lounge:
You’ll notice that the lounge features the extremely popular salt and pepper squid which actually looked a little different to what you’ll find in the first lounges, I found that quite unique and interesting.
I’ve personally visited the Melbourne facility and also got to visit the Brisbane one a few years ago before the new lounge precinct opened.
The lounge is extremely quiet, and most of the time the only thing you’ll be hearing is the Sky News on the TV, when it’s time to board your flight, one of the staff members will come and let you know – that’s attentive service.
This is the view from the lounge; sadly, you don’t get a tarmac view as the lounge is located opposite the business lounge and Qantas club.
The bathrooms are also very similar to the first lounge but just feature the colour of gunmetal grey/black with green throughout instead of the white marble.
You’ll also have the same Aspar amenities:
And there is of course shower suites if you want to freshen up before your flight or after a long meeting:
The lounge also features an older style departure board, but it’s electronic, sadly not the flip-style.
This is the view from the end of the lounge, which is where you’ll find the private rooms/office spaces:
At the other end of the lounge is where you’ll find the main dining tables as well as the library area:
One thing I never understood is why US airlines don’t have their own dedicated lounges for Ck’s, 360 etc, I guess due to the overall amount of members that hold the respective VIP status’ but members in Australia seem to be pretty lucky. Virgin Australia also have their own VIP program named ‘The Club’ which I haven’t ever visited before, would be cool to compare the two – maybe one day.
What are your thoughts on the Sydney Chairman’s lounge?