Ample seating, heaps of natural light and plenty of places to work count among the positives. Although quite busy when we visited, the space didn't get loud or overcrowded since seats are spread out and the space is large. Our favorite spot was the solarium-type area overlooking the terminal roof with its variety of seating options, from high-tops to comfy sofas.
Pro tip: The lounge has a separate Premium Entry just off the curbside drop-off zone for biz passengers and gold- and platinum-tier flyers traveling with only carry-on baggage. Its perks include a dedicated reception and private security line to avoid the masses passing through to the regular terminal. Use of the special entrance means extra time to grab a barista-brewed latte and relax before your flight.
Our take: not super impressed. The lounge is a refuge to escape the hustle and bustle of an airport. There's with free Wifi, complimentary drinks and light bites. Alas, it doesn't offer much in the design department, nor does it reflect the Virgin brand very well. Since our visit, we have been told by our friends at Australian Business Traveler that Virgin acquired the space from now-defuct Aussie carrier Ansett, and has plans for a complete overhaul later this year.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]