The House lounges at Sydney and Melbourne are opening their doors to paying passengers on any airline, providing a welcome option for international travellers without business class lounge access due to travel class or lack of frequent flyer status.
Entry starts at $80 per person when booked online, or $90 as a walk-up rate.
This covers the first three hours of access, with additional hours available for purchase online or on arrival at the lounge.
London-based No1 Lounges took over the Sydney and Melbourne spaces from Etihad Airways in October 2018, and to date have been open only to eligible passengers of Etihad and Virgin Australia, although British Airways has recently adopted The House Sydney as its lounge of choice ahead of flight BA16.
Both the Sydney and Melbourne lounges offer à la carte dining with seperate breakfast and all-day menus…
… and a selection of wines, beers and spirits, Champagne, classic cocktails and barista coffee from the tended bar.
Here's a sample of the dining and drinks menu from The House in Sydney.
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Both lounges offer tarmac views – somewhat of a rarity in Melbourne – plus all the amenities you’d expect including showers, plenty of charging ports and fast free WiFi.
The House at Sydney is located near Gate 51 in Terminal 1 and has seating for 120 guests; The House at Melbourne sits above Gate 10 in Terminal 2 and has room for 140 passengers.
The House has previously told Australian Business Traveller that the Sydney lounge will be reconfigured and expanded "to create a new entrance, private room and lounge area, increasing capacity by 50%."
Members of the Dragonpass lounge access scheme can visit The House in both cities for an extra A$20 on top of one lounge visit as part of their membership plan, however Priority Pass isn't currently accepted at either lounge.
Bookings for The House can now be made online through the No1 Lounges website. Both lounges are open from 4am to 9pm daily (despite what's indicated in the Dragonpass screenshot above).