The first lounge I visited at Budapest airport prior to my flight to Helsinki was the Menzies Lounge.
To get there, you have to clear security, and then take an escalator to the food court floor.
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Menzies Lounge is one of the four Priority Pass lounges at Budapest airport. It is also accessible to premium passengers of select airlines and through other memberships. Finally, it is also possible to pay 9,000 forints (about 30 dollars) for a 2 hour use of the lounge.
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After entering the lounge, there is the reception desk on the left, and a cloakroom and a magazine stand on the right.
The lounge itself consists of one large room with the main seating area consisting of dining and chairs tables in the center.
There are also some comfortable sofa chairs separated with high seat backs. Each of those features a power outlet. On the left side, there is a counter with some chairs that offer limited apron views.
The buffet is in the back of the lounge. There are some more sofa chairs along a wall with a nice DC-3 illustration behind it as well.
The lounge has no restrooms – the ones in the terminal need to be used.
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Food & Drinks Selection
There were two fridges in the buffet area. One contained juice, canned sodas, and some yoghurts. The other housed alcohol including beer, wine, and a selection of spirits.
There was also a coffee machine and a selection of teas.
As for hot meals, there were just some instant noodles. On the cold side, there were some cereals, salty pastry, and prepackaged snacks including chips and cereal bars.
There was also a microwave oven. Although, I am not sure what its purpose was given that there was not really anything that could use warming up.
Menzies Lounge Budapest Summary
The Menzies Lounge at Budapest airport was rather small. However, during my visit at around 10AM on a Friday morning, there were only three other people.
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The seating in the lounge was fairly comfortable and what one would expect from a contract lounge. At the same time, the food selection was subpar and could use some extra options in addition to the packaged snacks.
While the lounge might be worth a visit if you have an unlimited Priority Pass membership, it is absolutely not worth paying for the access.