A brand new lounge has opened in the international terminal of Melbourne Airport. The “Marhaba Lounge” is a third-party lounge that is not affiliated with any particular airline. Instead, departing international passengers can opt to enter for a $65 fee.

Located at the site of the former Emirates lounge, the Marhaba Lounge includes a buffet food selection, barista-made coffee, a bar and shower facilities.

Business class passengers flying departing Melbourne on Japan Airlines, Xiamen Airlines or Tianjin Airlines will have complimentary Marhaba Lounge access. It is likely that Priority Pass members will also be given access in the near future, however this is not yet the case. Once arrangements for Priority Pass members are finalised, this will become the forth Priority Pass lounge in Australia.

My father tried to go this morning but was denied as according to the staff, PP is not yet accepted. Sadly left and headed for the CX lounge instead.

The $65 entry fee covers visits of up to 4 hours. Stays of up to 8 hours are also possible, but the access fee is doubled.

While our members are happy to see more lounge access options in Melbourne, few find it easy to justify the entry price. Nonetheless, it could be a worthwhile proposition for Economy class travellers looking to add some luxury to the start of their trip.

Nice. I don’t think I will ever use it unless an airline/cc is paying for it. But we’ll go from no 3rd party lounges to 2 very soon.

It has also been reported that a new American Express lounge will soon open in Melbourne. As with the existing Amex Lounge in Sydney, entry will be available to selected American Express cardholders.

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