Strolling into Brussels Airlines’ new bright and light space across from gate A42 in Brussels’ National Airport – you might think that you’ve entered an alternate universe. Leaving the hustle and bustle of an airport behind, The Loft, as it’s called, welcomes you inside for a relaxing break pre-flight.
I was recently in this new space during a layover on my way back to New York from Kigali, Rwanda. It was early in the morning and I had just landed after eight hours in the air. I was in desperate need of a shower and refresh before my connection. When I entered I was offered a Microsoft Surface tablet which allowed me to book a shower in one of the spacious private bathrooms. I was also able to book a nap box for a snooze or a meeting room (if I had been traveling with colleagues). It was all set-up beautifully.
I spend nearly 30 minutes in the shower area and then made my way out to the lounge where breakfast was served. A few flaky croissants and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice later, and I felt as good as new. The Loft also offers a large variety of Belgian beers if you’re there and have a hankering for an ice-cold brew. 8:00 am was a little early for me to partake.
The space also has an “inspiration” area where, time permitting, you can explore some of Belgium’s icons like Tin Tin and more. Staff at The Loft are wonderful and address you by name – a lovely touch. If you’re flying business class with Brussels Airlines or other Star Alliance partners, you will have access to the space. You can also gain access as an elite member with Star Alliance carriers or for a 25-euro fee on certain fares.
The Loft has quickly become my new favorite lounge to relax in while in transit. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience it the next time you fly through Brussels.