Lounge Review

Stunning: Aspire Lounge Perth International T1

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Immanuel Debeer | 24/03/2022

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95/ 100

Our Rating

The Aspire Lounge at Perth's international terminal 1 is an outstanding showcase of what an airport lounge can be when executed right!

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  • 20/ 20
    Lounge Design
  • 17/ 20
    Food & Beverage
  • 20/ 20
    Service & Staff
  • 18/ 20
    Amenities
  • 20/ 20
    Access Options
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Pros

  • Outstanding design
  • Amazing views over the tarmac
  • Plenty of seating, food and beverage options

Cons

  • Because it's so good, this could become a very busy place!

There’s a new lounge in town, and wow, did they raise the bar high! Situated on top of the international terminal (right next to where the viewing deck used to be). The vacant space has now been turned into one of the snazziest airport lounges in Australia, a big win for a relatively small airport like Perth International.

Aspire Lounge Perth T1 Location

The Aspire Lounge at Perth International T1 is located in a brand new space on top of the main terminal commanding incredible views over the runway and airport. To get there, head up the escalators after security and turn right at the duty-free. You will find the lounge entrance between gate 53 and 54 up a set of stairs or a quick elevator ride up.

Who Can Access The Aspire Lounge?

While Aspire has its own membership, in Australia, those with Priority Pass or Lounge Key can access the Aspire Lounges at no extra cost. In addition, many premium cards come with complimentary Priority Pass access. The most noteworthy examples are American Express Platinum and Amex Business Platinum which both come with unlimited access to the Aspire Lounge for the primary cardholder + 1 guest.

Currently, Emirates business and first-class passengers have access to the lounge until the dedicated Emirates lounge reopens.

Paid access is available in 3-hour blocks and costs $66 per person when you book online. Walk-ins pay $77, but you can literally book the lounge on the spot, an easy saving of $10.

Kids from 2 to 11 will need to pay $44, and infants under 1 get free admission with their parents.

Aspire Lounge Opening Hours

Currently, the lounge is only open three days a week due to the low number of outbound flights from Perth International. However, that’s set to increase rapidly when more flights get added to the schedule.

  • Tuesday: 6:30PM-10:30PM
  • Thursday: 6:30PM-10:30PM
  • Sunday: 6:30PM-10:30PM

Perth Aspire Lounge T1 Overview

The Aspire Lounge in T1 really is an example of what a great airport lounge should look like. On entry to the lounge, visitors see six beautiful glass panels representing the six Noongar seasons. From there, visitors can access a business/work area to the left with plenty of power points (one at every seat) to get some work done.

Moving down, there are private booths and window seats that act as a private cocoon with views over the tarmac.

Moving on, we get to the bar and dining area; the bar is full service and has a range of Western Australian wines, beers and a selection of spirits.

The food menu is designed to offer contemporary classics and modern fare utilising the best locally sourced ingredients. Food will be available with some a-la-carte items and a serviced buffet.

The dining area features a range of tables and seating options to suit all party sizes.

Moving on, we get to the dedicated kids’ area, which even has its own unique colouring in art. It’s a space where kids can learn about WA’s indigenous history and unique places to visit through images, descriptions, and activities.

From there, it’s on to the piece de resistance; up a set of stairs, we get to the observatory, which commands premier views over the runway with its circular layout. In the centre of the room is an artwork installation by Indigenous artist Barry McGuire, representing the 14 Noongar language groups in Western Australia.

Aspire Lounge T1 Amenities

The Aspire Lounge at Perth Terminal 1 offers 3 shower suites, all complete with products from Boodjera, which creates all-natural, ethical and most importantly, local shower products.

The bathrooms are also a work of art featuring stone benchtops sourced from Western Australia and a wall/ceiling mural that would make you think you’re in space.

The lady’s bathroom has a dedicated powder room, an important feature we’re told.

In terms of outlets, the lounge has gone all out on the beautifully designed charging points by Australian brand Zetr which are dotted around the lounge and feature both USB and regular charging points.

Aspire T1 Lounge In Conclusion

The new Aspire Lounge in Perth’s international terminal 1 is a fantastic addition to what was previously a rather lacklustre offering of lounges. There’s no doubt this lounge will be the most popular spot in the airport for some time to come!

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