|The inevitable abstract airport sculpture!|
It's really really shiny. Everything is clean and bright. It's full of chrome. Signage could be better in the check-in area - it wasn't at all obvious where I should bring my bag, since I'd done a webcheck-in. There's 3 floors, the check-in floor, the arrivals and then departures. I'm a little sad to see WH Smith instead of Easons, though later I heard both are actually there.
Food options outside were thin on the ground at 6am. They have Diep Le Shaker (not that I'd ever want spicy noodles for breakfast), a bar (open), O'Briens and something else that wasn't open.
I headed "airside". You're greeted by a blank wall (fail) and then you hit duty free, which is filled with the obvious (perfume, alcohol, cosmetics, handbags) and the less obvious (Laduree macaroon, anyone?) Dylan Bradshaw, apparently a celebrity hairdresser, will have one of his minions blow dry your hair while people watch. Food in here was typically over-priced. A plain croissant, porridge and tea came to €8.50, though I readily admit that it was enough porridge to feed a small army.
All in all, I like it. It does exactly what it says on the tin. And there's plenty of tubey-tunnels to the planes, so you're safe taking your coat off once inside.