On our way
22.05.2009 - 22.05.2009
IFACH LOUNGE ALICANTE
Firstly, we should introduce our travelling companions who will be contributing a great deal to this Blog.
In this "VIB" lounge (Very Important Bear) we are the sole occupiers (apart from rather a large number of staff who keep coming and going) of this rather elegant airport lounge.
Except for a wide bar selection, the only refreshments on offer are pastries and coffee plus soft drinks. The coffee is good and a sticky pastry has filled a hole. Just what we needed.
But, Arthur, our travelling food critic and your catering correspondent for this trip is shouting "rubbish". "Where is the Bacon y Huevos!"?
Check-in was a bit annoying. There is a clearly labelled "Club Europe" desk with several non-club (we guessed) queuing for it. Two lasses from Liverpool told us that "at this airport" there was no separate check-in for Club. They were clearly well travelled (if only to and from the pub) so we deferred to their better knowledge.
We held our tongues and waited (fairly patiently) for the other 3 to check-in. To be honest, we paid extra for this service so why shouldn't we expect it?
Odd there were long-ish queues at the other 2 BA desks! And they were not labelled Club. Never mind.
There seems to be an exhibition of Picasso paintings in the lounge, and they are for sale. I find this somewhat suspicious. Don't think we'll be buying one.
Joined in lounge by Johnny Czeslaw (who remembers this 60s wrestler?) lookalike who seems to be trying to communicate with someone in Lancashire without the aid of a telephone, simply by shouting as loud as possible.
Conclusion: Comfortable and stylish. Reception staff very pleasant. Internet access is free in the lounge. Just ask for an access key at the desk. Much more pleasant than sitting outside in the general chaos of the airport.