American Airlines Arrivals Lounge, London Heathrow


This Trip:


Whilst the main American Airlines departure lounges at Heathrow are yet to receive any upgrades, the arrivals lounge has been updated to the latest concept. Therefore it’s one of my favourites!

Situated above the main arrivals hall, it’s accessed by going up two floors.

Arrivals lounge entrance

Upon entry, there’s a main reception area where your entry credentials are checked.

Arrivals lounge entrance

Entry Requirements

  • Arrival on a long haul OneWorld flight and
  • OneWorld Emerald status or
  • Business Class ticket or
  • First Class ticket

As you enter, towards the right is around 20 shower suites. This is generally the first stop for me, and today was no different.

In each suite, there are a few amenities – mouthwash, cotton balls, soap, shampoo and of course towels. Although surprisingly, there aren’t any toothbrushes or toothpaste.

Once done, it was into the main lounge. This is towards the left of the reception area. Unlike my previous visits, it was a little busy in here this morning. This is understandable though as all my other previous visits have been a little later in the afternoon. Things got quieter the nearer it got to noon.

The main lounge area is essentially just that. An open space consisting of around a dozen or so seats.

Arrivals lounge

To one side is the buffet area. Unlike the British Airways arrivals lounge (stay tuned for a review on that one), this one serves both breakfast and lunch.

Arrivals lounge catering
Breakfast
Arrivals lounge catering
Lunch
Arrivals lounge catering
Breakfast
Arrivals lounge catering
Lunch

Towards the end of this area is a coffee machine (that was out of order when I visited) and a selection of treats.

Also available is a la carte dining, although the menu seems to have slimmed down a bit since my last visit.

Arrivals lounge Menu
Breakfast

To the other side of the lounge is a couple of rooms. The first of which is a business centre.

Arrivals lounge Business centre

The other is set up as a dining room, featuring high chairs and tables more set up for eating.

Arrivals lounge Dining

The third room is a conference room, which was locked so no pictures in there.

And that’s pretty much it!

Arrivals lounge

My Thoughts

Not the biggest lounge by a long way, but I am a fan. I guess due to the slightly inconspicuous entry, not too many people know about it. As such, it’s rarely busy. The showers and breakfast is very welcome after an overnight flight, and due to the fact it has only been open for a couple of years, it’s a pleasant atmosphere to wind down in.

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