The Loft by Brussels Airlines is the Belgian flag carrier’s fresh and hip flagship lounge at Brussels airport.
Located within Terminal A in the Schengen zone, the club is available to all passengers regardless of their eventual destination. The Loft serves Star Alliance Gold and premium passengers, as well as customers of a few other airlines, including Finnair.
Brussels Airlines The Loft BRU design
At 1,240 sqm, the Loft by Brussels Airlines is by far the largest lounge at Brussels airport. The slick design conceived by architectural firm DesignIt is minimalist yet welcoming. White surfaces, light tones, clean lines, resolutely modern furniture, LED accents and designer light fixtures, and elegant hardwood floors make for a slick and trendy decor.
Despite the open space and hip design, functionality is never sacrificed. Patrons find their way seamlessly around the multiple seating and activity areas; the angular lines formed by the desks, columns and partitions contrast intelligently with the round shapes of the buffet and bar islands.
The space benefits from windows on both sides, with views of the tarmac on the left side and a bird’s eye view of the concourse on the right side. The lounge receives abundant day light at all times.
Immediately when entering is a work and dining area with slick wooden tables around a prominent round buffet.
To the left, adjacent to the windows, is a space reserved for Miles&More HON members (Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines’ frequent flyer program’s most exclusive status) with comfortable high-backed chairs, though there are no specific amenities otherwise—or any attempt at enforcing the restriction.
In the rear of the lounge is a cozy and more intimate area furnished like a living room, with carpets, a greater variety of colors, curtains, and elegant Belgian furniture. The warmer tones offer a nice counterbalance with the rest of the space. Universal power outlets are conveniently located at every seat.
References to Belgian artists abound, with evocations of painter Rene Magritte, and Tintin memorabilia.
Outside peak times, The Loft offers plenty of seating options, and a comfortable degree of privacy. However, the lounge fills up fast at peak hours, and can be occasionally crowded and noisy. Brussels Airlines has opened an overflow space around the corner (next to the Diamond Lounge) with additional seating in a similar setting.
Early 2018, the airline will open a major expansion which should hopefully put a major damper on crowding issues.
Brussels Airlines The Loft BRU amenities
The list of amenities at The Loft is quite impressive for a lounge dedicated primarily to short haul flights, underscoring its flagship role.
The prominent buffet is a focal point of the design. The Loft features a spread of Belgian and international food items. Breakfast is simple yet tasty, with hot and freshly baked pastries that smell heavenly, fresh fruit, and cold cuts. Throughout the day, soups, finger food, salads, quiches, waffles, and a variety of desserts are available.
A stone’s throw away is a self-service bar, also designed as a welcoming circular island. In partnership with Beer Company AB Inbev, the bar features a selection of Belgian beers on tap, as well as wines and Champagne. On the beverage front, patrons will find a wide range of soft drinks, bottled water, as well as espresso machines. The bar area, which is equipped with power outlets, doubles as a convivial gathering place.
A slick business center features slick desks with partitions, and several computers. There are also two enclosed Skype cabins to make complimentary video calls—a leftover from Brussels Airlines’ defunct partnership with Microsoft, which once involved the availability of free tablet computers while in the lounge. Kids will find, immediately outside the business center, a large touch screen with various applications.
Complimentary secure Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Adjacent to the business center is high-tech board room with a view on the tarmac available on a first-come, first serve basis (reservations are recommended, with Miles&More Senator and HON members having priority.)
Brussels Airlines has put a major emphasis on the relaxation hub, which is exceptionally well appointed for a Schengen lounge. Several shower suites, complete with mood lighting and music, are outfitted with a rain shower and toilet, and come with towels and bath amenities. Adjacent to the bath area are four “nap boxes”: semi-private sleeping spaces equipped with a storage comportment and a power outlet. Weary travelers may enjoy a box for a period of time. Luminous signals indicate which boxes are available. The lounge expansion, scheduled to open in 2018, is expected to include additional rest amenities.
Other amenities include bag lockers (located in the hallway leading to the showers), as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines.
Brussels Airlines The Loft BRU bottom line
The Loft by Brussels Airlines at Brussels airport Terminal A (Schengen) is a well designed and appointed lounge which far exceeds our expectations for short-haul travel. The space is resolutely fresh and modern, yet functional and comfortable.
The amenities are plentiful, with showers, nap boxes, and business facilities. The beverage selection is strong, and snacks are plentiful.
Unfortunately, while spacious, The Loft often operates at capacity, especially since the closure of the adjacent SAS Lounge. Nevertheless, the Loft is an excellent showcase lounge—and by far the best club at Brussels airport. The planned expansion will bring additional amenities and help mitigate crowding.
You may have access to Brussels Airlines The Loft as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any Star Alliance member airline.
ANA (NH) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EVA Air (BR) Egyptair (MS) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Air (SA) TAP Air Portugal (TP) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
Air Malta (KM) Eurowings (EW) airBaltic (BT)
Brussels Airlines The Loft at Brussels - National (BRU) welcomes:
- Brussels Airlines Business Class / Bizz&Class passengers departing on a same-day flight (no guests)
- Brussels Airlines Economy Class / Flex&Fast passengers departing on a same-day flight, for a 25 euro fee (no guests)
- Miles & More HON Circle members departing on a same-day Brussels Airlines or Star Alliance flight in any class of service (+1 guest and children under 18)
- Miles & More Senator members departing on a same-day Brussels Airlines or Star Alliance flight in any class of service (+1 guest and children under 18)
- Miles & More Frequent Traveler members departing on a same-day Brussels Airlines or Star Alliance flight in any class of service (no guests)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers departing on a same-day Brussels Airlines or Star Alliance flight in any class of service (+1 guest and children under 18)
- First Class passengers departing on a same-day Star Alliance flight (+1 guest)
- Business Class passengers departing on a same-day Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- United Club members departing on a same-day Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on a same-day Star Alliance flight (no guests)
When flying Star Alliance
When flying Star Alliance. Worldwide membership only.
- 4.0Based on 17 ReviewsSharon C.2019-07-06 06:54:11I rate this lounge 4 starts. This lounge is very elegant. Spacious n offers various hot n cold dishes. you can find a nice spot to rest to eat and drink....Kevin B.2018-07-26 17:40:53INITIAL - Walking in, it's a bring clean layout with lots of places to hide and relax, but also great window views to watch the air-traffic at the...Shari S.2018-04-20 03:46:26This was one of the nicest airport lounges I've ever been to. It was well laid out and spacious, with friendly attendants. The food was varied and I really...Brett N.2017-10-25 06:43:30Why 4 stars? Because a lounge is always great, but I've experienced better. --- --- --- I always feel weird about rating a lounge anything but...