Priority Pass adds new landside lounge in Heathrow T5 – Club Millesime at the Sofitel

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21 Jul

Priority Pass adds new landside lounge in Heathrow T5 – Club Millesime at the Sofitel

It’s always good to hear that the lounge services like Priority Pass are adding new properties to their portfolio. As you probably know, Priority Pass access is included with the American Express Platinum card in most geographies, as well as offering a range of direct subscription options. Whilst the Priority Pass service has always been strong in terms of airside options (including the new-ish Aspire lounge and spa in LHR T5), the list of possibilities for landside access has been somewhat limited. It’s good to see this changing over time, particularly for those connecting between long-haul and short-haul flights.

The newest addition, in the UK at least, has arrived this month – the business lounge at the Hotel Sofitel connected to LHR T5:

Sofitel LHR Club MillesimeWe would like to welcome the Club Millesime to our lounge program. This luxurious landside lounge is accessible to all Priority Pass Members, both traveling to and from London Heathrow Terminal 5. During your stay at the Club Millesime you can enjoy an array of fine wines and canapés, as well as complimentary showers access, all in an exclusive relaxed setting, ideal for both the business traveler and leisure guest.

I’ve visited the Heathrow Sofitel a number of times when between flights at Heathrow, and greatly value the undercover walkway link between Terminal 5 and the hotel – it really is just a 5 minute walk from the Northern end of the terminal (i.e. to the right when exiting Arrivals). Simply take the lift to level 1 and follow the signs to the Sofitel.

Sofitel LHR Sign

Whilst the hotel is a great location to stay, or indeed to eat, the option to use its business lounge – the Club Millesime – as an option for a quick landside stop-off is a really valuable one.

The lounge is open from 6:30am to 10pm daily, but Priority Pass access is only allowed until from 7am until 9:30pm – this shouldn’t be an issue for most sceanrios  – 22:00 daily. Access to the lounge is only permitted between 07:00 – 21:30 daily, and requires that you visit the hotel Guest Relations desk (in the reception area) to obtain an access card before proceeding to the lounge itself on the Ground Floor of the hotel.

Priority Pass stays are limited to a 5 hour duration, with a maximum of four guests per cardholder.  Buffet food and drink are complimentary, as are shower and spa facilities. An a la carte menus is also available, though is chargeable.

I personally think this is a super addition to the travel options available at T5. Whilst I’ve stayed at the Sofitel, I haven’t had a chance to sample the Club Millesime yet, so plan to do so when I travel to the US next month.

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