The Lufthansa Business and Senator lounge in Hannover (HAJ) is located in terminal A. This is a typical Lufthansa lounge and have you ever visited other Lufthansa lounges you will more or less know what to expect. I went to the Senator lounge that is not particular large, but there was plenty of space during my visit. My guess is it could be crowded at times. The lounge is divided into a few different sections including a table/dining area and an area with resting chair. The interior is in a good condition and the lounge looks relative newly remodelled.
Generally I am very pleased with the Senators lounges, mainly because some sort of warm food is always available, and they have a decent selection of drinks including soft drinks, coffee, tea, wine, and a selection of German beer. Especially in comparison to other Star Alliance lounges in Europe and the US the food options are better. My only appeal is that they more or less serve the same food in all the lounges and some variation could be nice.
In conclusion the Lufthansa Senator lounge in Hannover is decent. The place was not crowded during my visit, the lounge is a in a good condition, and the food options are good. Great place for a break before a flight.
When flying out of Seoul through Gimpo Airport (GMP) a Saturday morning I decided to checkout the Asiana Star Alliance Lounge. The lounge is located at 3F before security. It has an average size considering the size of the airport, but space was not an issue as I was the only guest that Saturday morning. I suspect the lounge will be more crowded during weekdays. The décor of the lounge is very classic and known from many many lounges all over the world. Personally I’m not a big fan of this style, especially when a lounge like this one is crowded. The lounge mostly consists of resting chairs, but it also has a small business area (not very private), and tables along the windows. The snack bar is very basic with a selection of snacks, and common beverages. The snacks were quite good and the selection as can be expected. A selection of magazines is offered, and the lounge offers free Wi-Fi, and free local calls. The staff was polite and made a good impression.
In conclusion the Asiana lounge at the Gimpo Airport is an average Star Alliance lounge. Don’t expect anything special, but the snacks were decent and it was a fine lounge for a short break before the flight, but not the place to spend many hours.
The SAS lounge in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) is located in terminal 1 and is a SAS lounge only (no SAS Gold lounge). Access details to SAS lounges can be found here. The lounge is relative small and kept in a nice ‘Scandinavian’ design. While small I find the lounge very comfortable. It’s basically one big room containing everything, but space has never been a problem during my visits. The lounge has a table/dining area and a small business area with computers. Free Wi-Fi access is provided and works well. The lounge has a high level of cleanness and the bathrooms are clean and private. The staff is in friendly and helpful.
Light food is served during all opening hours. For example, during morning hours typically Scandinavian breakfast in the form of bread, cheese, ham, jam and pastries is served. Besides the breakfast options the food offerings will not be able to make up for a full meal. The food served can more be categorized as snacks. The basic selection of beverages is provided including: juice, coffee, tea, water, common soft drinks, and a small selection of beers, and wine.
In conclusion the SAS lounge in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is a decent member of the Star Alliance lounge family, but in no way spectacular and quite average. The food and drink options are rather limited. This is mainly a lounge for shorter breaks, but I find the lounge cozy and nice for a bit of work or relaxation before a flight.
The SAS lounge in Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) terminal 5 is divided into two almost similar lounges: the SAS lounge and the SAS Gold lounge. The business lounge is open for passengers in SAS Plus and business class (as well as first class passengers from other Star Alliance partners). Anyone holding Start Alliance gold status can access both lounges (details about getting access to SAS lounges can be found here. It’s also possible to purchase access with credit card or SAS Eurobonus points, more details here). The main difference between the two parts is slightly different offerings in food and beverages.
The lounge is designed in a typical Scandinavian style and have plenty of tables, resting chairs, and work areas with computers. There are plenty of (EU standard) power outlets and USB outlets, and free WiFi access is available offering a decent speed. The lounge has a high level of cleanness and the bathrooms are clean and private. The staff is in general friendly and are very helpful with questions about ticket changes etc.
Light food is served during all opening hours. During the morning typically Scandinavian breakfast in the form of bread, cheese, ham, jam and pastries is served. This works well if you need a quick bite before the flight. The offerings during the day and evening are rather limited but works well as quick snack when waiting for a flight. However, the offerings cannot makeup for a full meal. Different beverages are served including: juice, coffee, tea, water, common soft drinks, a selection of beers, wine (on tap and bottles), and different hard liquor options.
Overall the SAS lounge in Stockholm Arlanda terminal 5 is a good option, but the food offerings are limited. It’s not quite at the level of the SAS lounge in Copenhagen but in comparison to especially US Star Alliance lounges it is superior, yet not at the level of Lufthansa Senator lounges and Star Alliance lounges of Asian based carriers.
Daily: 5am – Closes approximately 30 minutes before last scheduled SAS departure.
As I frequently visit the SAS lounge in Copenhagen Airport (CPH) it’s time for a review.
The lounge is divided into two almost similar lounges: the SAS lounge and the SAS Gold lounge. As a Star Alliance gold status holder you can access both (details about getting access to SAS lounges can be found here. It’s also possible to purchase access with credit card or SAS Eurobonus points, more details here. There are only small difference between the two. For example, more wine and hard liquor options are available in the Scandinavian lounge and this lounge also has a dedicated quite area. The overall design of both are held in a typically Scandinavian style.
The lounge has table/dining areas, several sections with large resting chairs and a couple of work areas with computers. Several tables well equipped with (EU standard) power and USB outlets. A nice feature is a dedicated quite area and at the front of the lounge there is a small children’s play area.
During mornings hours the lounge can be crowded, but it’s not a problem to find seating. During the day and evening there is plenty of space in all parts of the lounge. A decent selection of both Scandinavian and international news papers is provided.
There are several beverage and food areas. At the two main areas food is available and at the rest soft drinks, coffee/tea and sometimes snacks can be found. Different beverages are served including: juice, coffee, tea, water, common soft drinks, a selection of primarily Danish beers (Tuborg and Carlsberg), wine (on tap and bottles), and hard liquor including single malt scotch (normally a 10 year Laphroaig). Light food is served during all opening hours. During the morning typically Scandinavian breakfast in the form of bread, cheese, ham, jam and pastries is served. This works well if you just need a quick bite before the flight. The offerings during the day and evening is definitely not why one would want to visit the lounge. The selection is very limited and not of a very good quality. The day and evening offers are not able to substitute a full meal.
The bathrooms are clean and private. Nothing fancy but for sure nicer than the regular airport bathrooms. Showers are available and can be booked at the desk, and towels are included.
The staff is in general friendly and will help with all sorts of things from changing frequent flyer number to rebook tickets. Staff will continuously clean the lounge for used tableware and newspapers. In general the lounge has a high level of cleanness.
Free WiFi access is available in the entire airport, and the lounge does also have a dedicated WiFi network. In my experience the network is fast and works well for web surfing, e-mail, and watching short videos.
In conclusion the SAS lounge in Copenhagen is a good option. The lounge is large, the furnitures are in a good condition, there is a nice selection of beverages, but the food options are rather limited and the quality is far from top class. When comparing to other Star Alliance lounges in the US, Europe, and Asia this lounge is is about in the middle of the worst and the best. It’s far better than most US lounges regarding everything, but especially when it comes to the food options, the Lufthansa Senator lounges are often at the same or higher level. Also Asian lounges such as the Air China lounges have better food options. Overall SAS is providing a decent and fair lounge product that is certainly worth to visit when flying out of Copenhagen.
Monday – Friday: 05:15am – 30 minutes before last SAS departure.
Saturday – Sunday: 06:00am – 30 minutes before last SAS departure.