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Gulf Air Lounge Review. London Heathrow Terminal 4

The Gulf Air Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 is decent, but certainly not amazing. The lounge is a well designed space with excellent runway views. I was disappointment with the food however.

It’s a perfectly acceptable place to spend an our before your flight, although not much more.


London Heathrow has more lounges than any airport in the world. The quality of lounges is high - a hot buffet and full bar are expected as standard in all lounges. Heathrow Terminal 4 has two options on priority pass - Skyteam Lounge and Plaza Premium Lounge. I think both of those lounges are similar in quality to this lounge.

What I liked

  • Well designed lounge
  • Floor to ceiling windows with good runway views
  • Fully stocked bar

What could be improved

  • Food options were uninspiring and limited
  • No extras like kids play area or spa

The space

The lounge is on the small side, and is basically a square room with a bar in the centre. For those of you old enough to remember, the layout is similar to the bar in the 80’s TV show, Cheers.

The lounge consists of:

  • Hot buffet
  • Full bar
  • Small area with desks
  • Floor to ceiling windows with runway views


There is a small buffet area tucked in one corner of the room. Most of the seating consists of small sofas and cushioned seats. Overall, I thought the lounge had a classy design.

The floor to ceiling windows have terrific runway views. I got a fantastic shot of the Gulf Air Dreamliner waiting outside - see the above slideshow. I do appreciate runway views, as sometimes lounges do get this wrong. The ANA Lounge in Lisbon has heavily obstructed views – rather like a prison!

The lobby contains a cool monument of a Gulf Air Plane as you enter.

I did not see a kids play area, which I thought was disappointing.

The food

I was there at 7am, and there was a breakfast buffet available. It was typical English breakfast fare:

  • Cereal
  • Cold Cuts
  • Sausages
  • Grilled Tomatoes
  • Crumpets
  • Roast potatoes
  • Porridge (oatmeal)
  • Baked Beans
  • Korma
  • Pastries
  • Bread
  • Juice


Sadly, I found the food to be pretty bland. I had bread, mushrooms, potatoes and olives.

The drinks

The bar in the centre of the lounge was very nicely designed, as can be seen in the slideshow. It was fully stocked with premium spirits. As it was 7am, I didn’t have a drink.

I did have an Americano, which I found to be ok - a little bitter.

Conclusion

I have a mixed opinion about the Gulf Air Lounge. I really like the space, and thought the lounge had an excellent design. I was disappointed with the food however. There are lots of good lounges in London Heathrow, so there is a no reason to not get well fed.

Ultimately, this lounge is a perfectly acceptable place to spend an hour before your flight.

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