The SilverKris Lounge at Melbourne Airport is quite a simple affair. Star Alliance members can lounge-hop to a degree at Melbourne Airport with the United Lounge and Air New Zealand Lounge located nearby. However, make sure these lounges are open as they are often closed during the day or when flights are not departing for those airlines.
The lounge is carved up into two evenly sized sections- on the left is First Class/Suites, and on the right is the Business Class section.
We didn’t get the chance to try the United Lounge, but the Air New Zealand lounge was offering a little more than here. We only got to try the Business Class side while here, and unfortunately the lounge simply isn’t big enough for a A380 load of Business Class passengers + frequent fliers. Along a wall is a bar setup with a nice selection of spirits and classic drinking snacks. There is also some basic hot and cold food available like Singapore Noodles and sandwiches.
There was WiFi open to all- you just needed the SSID. Inside the business centre, there were some basic computers with internet at a reasonable speed. In addition, there were plenty of magazines and newspapers, along with TVs throughout the lounge.
The bathrooms were simple, but there were showers available. What is interesting is that the lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the tarmac, but for some reason there are opaque screens over the windows. The lack of outside views tends to take away from the ambience. Also, the lounge furnishings are quite basic and look a little dated…in some cases the lounge can be perceived as simply a room full of chairs.
Overall, the lounge is a very simple space that’s reasonable for relaxing before departure, but not quite up to the standard of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge or Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge. We’re looking forward to returning sometime in the future after the promised upgrade and expansion.
Impressions of the SilverKris Lounge at Melbourne Airport
Ambiance: No external windows, but otherwise OK
Staff: All very friendly and attentive
Food: Pretty basic but the Singapore Noodles were still good
Beverage: A good selection of spirits, along with non-alcoholic drinks
Connectivity: Free WiFi and some computers in the business centre
Amenities: Basic, ticks all the boxes. Shower included.
The lounge is decent but doesn’t compare to the offering and design of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge, which was more to our liking.