Lounge Review: Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru
The Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru is one of the two independend domestic lounges at Bengaluru Airport. While I didn’t expect a lot of a third-party lounge, this particular lounge was acutally surprisingly good.
I’ve already reviewed the Plaza Premium Lounge Bengaluru. While I found it quite decent, I’d still say that it is an average lounge overall. For another flight, I had the chance to use the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru, which somehow amazed me.
The lounge may be accessed with a Priority Pass, by paying cash or if flying in business class or holding a status with one of the airlines (Air India and others) having a partnership with the operators. The location right in the middle of the terminal makes it easy to get there from security and also from the lounge to the gates.
Seating in the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru
The Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru is surprisingly big. It is on the opposite side of the Plaza Premium Lounge and thus also an open space integrated in the terminal.
This means that it does feel very bright and airy regardless of not having any outside views. After the reception desk, there’s an area with more relaxed seating including traditional lounge chairs as well as some rather special looking cubicles.
In this area, there are also some very comfortable leather armchairs. Further to the lounge, there are several basic chairs and benches with tables. This area is also closer to the buffet and thus mainly used for dining.
In general, the design of the Above Ground Level Lounge is very nice and inviting, making the lounge a great place to hang out.
Buffet of the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru
Most independent lounges you can access with Priority Pass offer a sub-par buffet with just a few (mostly packaged) snacks. That’s not true at all for the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru, which really sets standards in this area.
For breakfast, there was a selection of Indian dishes including curries, different naan and other hot options. Then there were also fresh cut fruits, mueslis, milk, a selection of carbs consisting mostly of pastries. Furthermore, you can find a selection of toasts and jams alongside a toaster as well as porridge.
Best of all, there is also a station where you can order freshly prepared omelets (later into the day, there are pasta dishes and other freshly cooked options available). Only the drink selection (there’s not really a good coffee machine) is a little lacking.
Nevertheless, I found the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru to have an amazing buffet as everything tasted good and seemed to be of high quality.
Entertainment in the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru
The Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru comes with a couple of different entertainment options. There are several televisions in the different areas of the lounge, mostly on mute.
You can watch news channels on those televisions. If you are looking forward to getting some work done, you can make use of the complimentary Wi-Fi (available through a scratch card), which is a little tough to handle when it comes to the log-in. I didn’t really like the speed of the Wi-Fi either.
Thus, traditional entertainment including local newspapers and a couple of magazines might be the better option when spending some time in the Above Ground Level Lounge.
Overall impression of the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru
Coming into a lounge with low expectations is always a good idea. However, the Above Ground Level Lounge Bengaluru did not only exceed my expectations, it is actually a phenomenal third-party lounge.
The buffet might have been the best I’ve ever experienced in a non-airline lounge (especially thanks to the cooked by order dishes), the seating options are various and comfortable, the lounge is very clean and the entertainment is okay. However, easier to use and quicker Wi-Fi would be appreciated. Leaving that aside, I really enjoyed my visit to the Above Ground Level Lounge.