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Lounge Review: Escape Lounge Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 3

Right next to the British Airways Terraces Lounge in Terminal 3 is the Escape Lounge. This lounge is used by Skyteam airlines, and it’s also accessible via Priority Pass, which is how I entered.

I really enjoyed this lounge, especially since it was accessible via Priority Pass. It felt super modern, there was lots of seating and natural light, and it was generally a pleasant place to spend some time. The lounge does not have showers, though, which is likely less of an issue for most passengers at MAN.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

The lounge has quite a bit of seating. There’s a main room, but also more seating near the circular window that’s also part of the British Airways lounge next door. The lounge also has large windows with views out onto the apron.

Lounge views

Lounge views

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

Dining area

Dining area

Views of apron

Views of apron

The lounge has both a buffet and made-to-order food, although you have to pay for the latter. They start serving lunch at 11am, and they had a number of options like sausage rolls, pasties, other carry meaty things, a couple of salads, a meat plate, a cheese plate, soup, and fruit. I ate a plum that was pretty ripe and sweet!

Menu

Menu

A la carte menu

A la carte menu

Food

Food

Food options

Food options

Tower of dessert

Tower of dessert

I’m always appreciative of lounges that try to serve more real food, and this lounge definitely hits the mark. There’s also a full bar, although it’s not self service. Overall, this is a very good Priority Pass lounge and a pleasant place to spend some time before your flight.

Lounge Review: British Airways Terraces Lounge Manchester Airport (MAN)

Let me first say that transferring from an international to a domestic flight in Manchester is confusing. Possibly because it’s relatively uncommon to do so. For most airline transfers at Manchester, you don’t go through the normal immigration process, but you instead have to head to the transfer point, which in this case was a bus gate. You then wait for a bus (that doesn’t come as often as it says it does), then get dropped off at a transfer security gate, and then you get spit out somewhere in the terminal. I found myself in a deserted gate area and had no idea where I was going, so I wandered around until I found some police officers with extremely large guns who told me where there were shops and such.

Anyway, my first stop after transferring was the British Airways Terraces Lounge. This is a large nearly circular lounge with plenty of natural light and a view down to the concourse below. It wasn’t particularly crowded when I was there given the schedule of flights BA has.

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

Work areas

Work areas

Looking down on unwashed masses

Looking down on unwashed masses

Since I had come off a red-eye flight, my first order of business was to take a shower. The shower had both overhead, side, and nozzle sprays. The shower didn’t drain very well, but there was a depression in the floor right under the shower, so the bathroom didn’t flood, but it seemed a bit strange.

Shower room

Shower room

Shower

Shower

For food options, there were pretty typical continental breakfast type options: pastries, breads, fruit, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, and chips. There was also a self-service full bar.

Food area

Food area

Coffee

Coffee

Pastries and crisps

Pastries and crisps

Fruit and yogurt

Fruit and yogurt

Drinks

Drinks

Overall, this was a pretty pleasant domestic business class lounge. Definitely a step up from domestic lounges in the US, so no complaints from me!