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They do things differently in Mumbai! Anyone that’s been there will already know that, and the GVK Lounge Mumbai T2 is no exception! It’s a shared lounge for all business class passengers through Terminal 2, and rather impressive it is too.
The GVK lounge Mumbai is an excellent business class facility. It’s a large and bright space, with a large hot buffet and runway views. If the lounge had complimentary spa treatments and alcohol, then I’d have ranked it amongst the best business class lounges in the world. Comparable to Air France Business Class Lounge in Paris, CDG.
Mumbai Terminal 2 is the international terminal, and it’s a modern and impressive facility. If you happen to be flying domestically, then you’ll fly out of terminal 1, which is rather less impressive.
The GVK Lounge Mumbai is the business class lounge shared by all airlines in Mumbai Terminal 2. I wasn’t flying business that day, but was fortunate to get access.
I was waiting in line to enter the Loyalty Lounge with my Priority Pass. I was told the lounge was full, and that they would send me to the GVK Lounge. This was good news, as the Loyalty Lounge isn’t a pleasant place!
The GVK facility is a really impressive lounge. It’s essentially a large rectangular space, broken into 3 areas. There are two larger areas at either end, the restaurant area with the buffet and the lounge seating at the other end. These zones are separated by the bar.
The lounge has the following facilities:
There was a sign to the spa, but it didn’t appear to be open at 7am. I took a look online, and it looks like spa treatments are chargeable. I think this is a missed opportunity, as complimentary spa treatments are pretty rare in business class lounges. Even a 15-minute treatment would have helped to put this lounge in the top bracket of business class lounges worldwide.
One side of the lounge had floor to ceiling windows. Tons of natural light came in, and there were some decent runway views.
I loved the décor of the lounge. There were high ceilings, light coloured tiles and lots of mirrors and glass. The whole effect was that the lounge felt bright and airy. They had obviously made some effort with lounge. I do appreciate a well-designed lounge, as many lounges get this wrong. The Lufthansa Business Lounge in Frankfurt Terminal 1 has horrible cheap plastic chairs, which makes the lounge feel tacky. The GVK lounge is one the best designed lounges I’ve been to, comparable to the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi and the Eurostar Lounge in Paris.
There was a large buffet of (mostly Indian) breakfast items. The quality of the food was good, and everything tasted fresh. The following choices were available:
I went for an eclectic mix of Indian and western dishes. I had roast potatoes, paratha, idli, scrambled eggs and poha. I enjoyed the food. I’d describe the breakfast spread as equivalent to the spread at a 4* hotel, which is very good for a business class lounge.
There’s a separate bar area with a wide range of drinks. Like the rest of the lounge, the bar area is classy and well designed – check out the photo in the slideshow.
Sadly the alcohol comes at an extra charge. I’ve uploaded the menu and you’ll see the charges are pretty high. The cheapest beer is a Kingfisher, which is priced at 400 inr ($5.50). Personally, this makes no difference to me - I rarely drink alcohol, and besides it was 7am. However, given the cost of business class fares, it’s ridiculous that the lounge doesn’t provide complimentary alcohol. Unfortunately, this is standard for lounges in India, which generally vary between bad and very bad! As a native Londoner, I’m used to airline lounges with free-flowing alcohol!
I did get to sample the coffee. I had a white Americano, and it was surprisingly good!
The GVK lounge Mumbai doesn't do anything flash, but I still really liked it. It’s a large space with lots of seating, tons of natural light and an excellent hot buffet spread.
My only disappointment is that the lounge is really close to being so much more. If they could introduce complimentary alcohol and spa treatments, then I would put this lounge in the top bracket of business class lounges worldwide.