As I walked into the lounge and presented my Gold Velocity card, I was greeted with a friendly smile and asked if I had been to the new lounge yet. Once establishing that it was my first time back since the refurbishment, I was encouraged to take a look around at everything.
The first thing I noticed was that the layout and design told a story of movement and sleek design, much like the current Virgin Australia advertisement currently does and that congruency with the branding really impressed me. The Luke Mangan menu looked divine and I could smell the aroma of the soup of the day as I walked to where the barista was and ordered a hot chocolate.
Quick polite service meant that within a minute or so, I had my hot chocolate and could go and take a seat and get some other work done before I had to go catch my flight. As I made my way towards the one of the workstations nearest to the curtained chill out area, I noticed the display of various magazines to suit multiple demographics of customer – [the only thing missing from the display was Shoe String Launch Magazine which we will have to change and make sure there are some available for customers to read once our first issue comes out in July]. As I sat on my very comfortable chair, designed by Walter Knoll, and connected to the free wireless internet connection available for all to use, I had a thorough glance round at the other patrons there, and saw a lot of happy faces. This may have something to do with the fact many of them were enjoying the complimentary alcohol.
Clean, crisp and comfortable is how I would describe the new look and feel. A place where you can just as easily sit and chill or focus and complete work depending on your travel reasons.
I love the new Melbourne, Virgin Australia Lounge it ticks all my boxes. What do you think?