The House airport lounges at Sydney, Melbourne now offer paid entry

By Brandon Loo, March 22 2019
The House airport lounges at Sydney, Melbourne now offer paid entry

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.

In the meantime, Priority Pass members can continue to access the Plaza Premium Lounge in Melbourne, while eligible American Express cardholders can enter the AMEX lounges in Melbourne and Sydney.

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).

Brandon Loo

Based in Perth, Brandon enjoys tucking into local delicacies, discovering new cocktails, and making aeroplane food look good on camera.

05 Sep 2017

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Can you use dragonpass single use passes (IE. The telegraph ones) + $20?

10 Jul 2018

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In theory you could because passes aren't tied to a particular lounge, but The House doesn't currently show up in the Telegraph offer website so there's no guarantee it'll work.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Sep 2017

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Seating at The House in Sydney is already at a premium.

04 Jun 2016

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Visited MEL house lounge in Feb prior to VA MEL-HKG flight.
Located upstairs near the boarding gate with great tarmac view. Nice interior design and furnitures.
I was the only PAX for about 15 mins then 2 couples came in later. That is all the lounge visitor before I boarding.
So it brings a great location to find quiet place in busy terminal.
However, the food quality doesn't match the looking. The soggy scrambled eggs w sausages even makes the Virgin domestic lounge's croissant and barista made coffee more appealing.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Jan 2019

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i purchased a priority pass this morning for a multi-stop trip i'm to take next month.

as a sydney resident i was relieved to see that it was apparently now possible to use the house in my home city via a priority pass and a $20AUD upgrade fee, just as has been the case via dragonpass.

i'd read many unfavourable reviews of dragonpass service however - and my negative impressions were cemented by witnessing multiple errors of spelling and grammar across their app and website - so i wished to avoid them in favour of priority pass ideally.

however there is an anomaly on the priority pass side of the coin too, namely that this offer to use the house in sydney only appears on their app and nowhere on their website. i can actually find no mention of this agreement anywhere online.

i'm hoping this is due to this being a recent arrangement, rather than an error. can anyone confirm either way?

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