Pay-as-you-go lounges at British airports have been slammed in a new study.
Inspections of 20 lounges - which charge up to £50 - found many offer no more than a glass of cheap wine and a handful of crisps, according to magazine Which? Travel.
Among the "highlights" of the report were:
- The lounge at Luton labelled "bland and claustrophobic"
- Southend's Skylife lounge promising passengers the chance to "live the high life" but offering no hot food.
- The 20 lounges inspected scored an average rating of just 2.4 out of five in a new study.
The lounge at Luton Airport - which is run by company called Aspire - scored above average with a mark of 2.5 out of 5 in a study by the magazine.
Despite it's description as "bland" and "claustrophobic", inspectors still found it was a 'comfortable alternative in an airport short on seating'.
Aspire runs more than a dozen UK lounges, but none of the ones visited as part of the study were deemed worth the money
Southend Skylife Lounge had the lowest score of just one out of five. It was one of only a few lounges offering no hot food, but piles of pre-packed sandwiches.
The No1 lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 was found to be living up to its name by being ranked the best overall with a score of four out of five.