I’ve said this in the past and I’d say it again. Bangalore went from a problem of no lounges to one lounge to a problem of plenty over the past few months. A while ago, I had reviewed the Plaza Premium Lounge in Bangalore Airport’s domestic operations, and I’ve been over to the lounge a few times since then.
The last weekend when I was in Bangalore, I wanted to try out the other lounge at Bangalore’s domestic ops, which is called Above Ground Level. This lounge shares the wall with the Plaza Premium Lounge, however is accessible with a Priority Pass, Diners Club or with Cash payment. Since this was not the official lounge which had a contract with Jet Airways for elite and business class passengers, we presented them our Priority Passes to get access.
This one is also the lounge with ample free space at Bangalore. The first thing I noticed getting in was the generous amount of space they’d invested in, and all the various formations. For instance, there are couches for solo travellers, dining tables for people who want a dinner or a lunch, a large television display by the bar who want to watch something and so on.
In terms of F&B, there is a different setup altogether, in terms of offering a full meal experience rather than the snacky experience that the PP lounge provides. A hot buffet with wait staff looking after you (it was an empty lounge that evening!) was a good to have experience.
I did not manage to catch a drink since I was only in the lounge for about 30-40 minutes and I wanted to get a meal on the ground so that I did not have to eat very late on my 9:45 pm flight. The food was of great quality, and not very rich or catering taste.