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Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

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Premium OSL lounge is not another independent lounge at Oslo Gardemoen Airport, in fact, it’s a part of the OSL lounge that’s much newer and is known to the surprisingly few passengers.

The Premium OSL Lounge itself is not brand new, as it was first opened three years ago, the problem here is that the receptionists rarely inform passengers regarding this part of the lounge, so most passengers just ignore the small entrance and stay at the rather dated OSL Lounge.

Entrance Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Just like OSL Lounge, the access to Premium OSL Lounge is obtained by your elite status with an airline’s frequent flyers program, or through some third-party programmes, least fortunate case, you may pay 300 kroner for the admission.


Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

Norwegian (long distance flights outside Europe, premium class), Aeroflot, Air France, Czech Airlines, KLM, British Airways, Finnair, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Icelandair, TAP Portugal, TUIfly, Nordic (long distance flights outside Europe, premium class), Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (Royal Class passengers).

Opening Hours:

Open from 9:oo am and close before normal lounge closing hours.

Third-party Access Via:

DragonPass, DNB, SpareBank, Handelsbanken

Transitional Entrance Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

They even have a small transitional area before entering the Premium OSL Lounge.


Seating Area:

Since the lounge is newer, they offer some impeccable seating options, with the ambience of lights, you could mistake it for those jaw-droppingly-nice lounges by Cathay Pacific, well, for just one second.

Lounge Area Facing Check-in Area of Departure Hall Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Armchairs Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Bench Sofa Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

As I’ve mentioned, with the minimalistic style of the decor and the ambient lighting setup, they set off the ritziness of the lounge by contrast. Scandinavian design speak for itself here.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Large communal table with chairs, with power socket accessible in the middle.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Sofa sets arrangements, pleasant-looking and inviting.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Another part of the lounge with impeccable seating design.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

The seating area are capacious and the furnitures are modern and full of taste. A small drawback here would be the lack of power socket on each individual seat.

Champagne For Scale Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway


Food & Drinks:

During breakfast hours, they offer exactly the same spread of food and drinks for passengers in both lounges, but was informed by one of the staff that food & drink offerings are slightly better after 1:00 pm and some other times during the day.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Tea sets Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

I’ve figured by myself that the tea offerings in the back is a boutique brand from Aarhus, Denmark; which is not available at the “normal” OSL lounge.

Beer on tap,Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Norwegian local beer brand Hansa on tap.

Wine and Champagne, Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Wine Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Wine and sparkling wine offerings, not something you would go out your way to try.

Gluten free offerings Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Another gluten-free corner. Casually displayed.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Breakfast offerings.

Fruit, Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Cheese plates Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Sliced fruit and cheese plates. Also not available at OSL lounge.

Salmon Rolls Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Salats and salmon rolls.

Grains,Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Whole grains to complement cereals.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Waffles with fruit jam.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway


Bottom Line:

As I was about to leave the lounge for my flight, I noticed that they start to change into their lunch menu offerings, in which they served some warm plates like curry chicken with pita bread, so I would say, based on my observation, food and drinks offerings at Premium OSL Lounge is consistently better.

If you travel through Oslo airport often or in the future, definitely check out this part of the OSL lounge, I have always had reservations towards contracted lounges in Europe, but if these are what they can manage to offer, I doubt why I wouldn’t have a pleasant pre-departue experience.

Are you surprised by what you see? I looked up online and fail to see much coverage on the new part of the lounge. All the other reviews are only showing the “normal” OSL lounge, so hope some of you guys are excited on finding out about this, as even on Avinor’s website, they do not mention much about it, just the mere picture that set the clue for me.

As always, stay tuned.


Shower Facility (Updated 14.12.2018)

This lounge is full of surprises, as through my latest visit to this part of the OSL lounge, I’ve bumped into this shower room behind the staff kitchen area, where most likely they will not inform you about it.

Shower Room Sink Premium Lounge
Shower Facility OSL Premium Lounge

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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4 Comments

  1. Andrew

    December 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks. Reception didn’t mention this part, but I saw the sign and just went in. No one was checking, although I was flying business class.

    • Albert Aviation

      January 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      They don’t do much guiding these days. They just recept…

  2. joar opheim

    July 17, 2019 at 6:25 am

    One thought on “OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway”

    joar opheim July 17, 2019 at 6:19 am
    Joar Opheim, re action at the lounge July 16.

    Hi, we are flying Norwegian 6-8 times/year Premium Oakland-Oslo and opposite.

    I was in the lounge this morning with 6 students, we were up at 5 AM to reach our first flight, naturally some of the students fell asleep as the next flight was delayed 2 hrs.

    We were called on several times not to sleep at the lunge as it was “a restaurant and also limited space”. I asked for the Supervisor who gave the same message. We could not sleep at the lounge.

    As a CEO I am traveling to 46 countries annually, and I have never experienced this treatment. We come to a lounge to relax and sleep if we need too.

    Also, Oslo OSL is not a restaurant, it is self serving finger food, at the time we were there the lounge was 65% vacant. We took up no extra space for others.

    Perhaps it is time for OSL lounge in Oslo to change their policy. I have slept at all lounges around the world, with no reaction until OSL.
    It also shocked many of the students who were dead tired and were woken up several times during the few hours we stayed at the lounge.

    Again, it may be time to change your policy. Many of the students were sitting straight up sleeping. They were still woken up. They took up no extra space and no other customers were even aware that they were sleeping.

    Joar Opheim, CEO
    Nordic Naturals, Inc

    • Albert K. Field

      July 19, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Hi, I am sorry to hear that, especially when u r travelling with others, this is a review by an individual, so I don’t speak for the lounge operator, I might suggest you giving feedback through their managemnet company instead, but thanks for your sharing of your lounge experience.

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LOT Business Polonez Lounge + Star Alliance Elite Club Lounge Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poland Review

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LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Entrance

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Polonez Sign

Business Lounge Polonez Sign

As the hub operator at Warsaw Chopin airport, LOT Polish Airlines’ lounge within the Schengen area is conveniently located right above the fast track security area. The lounge is not exceptionally big, and during my time of visit before my flight to Frankfurt, the entire lounge was overcrowded. I did managed to find a seat at the corner of the lounge, but no great pictures of different seating options were captured.

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Entrance

Business Lounge Entrance


Practical Info

  • Location: Terminal A, Schengen area,mezzanine above departures level, close to gate 25/26, accessible by stair or lift;
  • Opening Hours: 5:00 – 23:00;
  • Wi-Fi access: Yes
  • Admission: Business Class, Star Alliance Gold and above, Hon Circle Senator and FTL.

 

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Newspaper Stand

Business Lounge Newspaper Stand

The lounge was divided into two different areas, one for business class passengers and one for Star Alliance Gold elites. There’s another check-in agent at the elite lounge which will check your boarding pass again. The elite lounge also has slightly better food and drinks options.

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Hanging Chair

Business Lounge Hanging Chair

Here’s the only picture I got at the Business Polonez Lounge, as the rest of the area are fully occupied.

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Food Station Items

Business Lounge Food Station Items

LOT Polish Airlines Business Polonez Lounge Snacks

Polonez Lounge Snacks

LOT Polish Airlines Business Lounge Polonez Lounge Food Station

Polonez Lounge Food Station

The food and drinks selection are already exceptional at the business lounge area, they have a different variety of options from fresh fruits to snacks and cold cut plate to warm dishes.

 


The entrance to the Star Alliance Elite Club lounge is quiet narrow, but once entered, you will have a more intimate and private area to relax in.

LOT Polish Airlines Star Alliance Elite Club Lounge Entrance

Star Alliance Elite Club Lounge Entrance

LOT Polish Airlines Elite Club Lounge Seating Sofas

Seating Sofas

LOT Polish Airlines Elite Club Lounge Wall Decorations

Wall Decor

Unfortunately, this part of the lounge was also packed during my visit, so the I only managed to grab some pictures of the seating area in the end hall of the lounge.

LOT Polish Airlines Elite Club Lounge Service Area Overview

Service Area Overview

The elite club lounge offers more choices of warm dishes and better dessert options. Food and drinks at both lounges are being replenished at a fast pace, as numerous staff were constantly working at different stations in the lounge.

Another impressive features is that the lounge offers free spa treatment for all passengers, though they don’t offer full body treatments, you would be able to choose between facial, neck or foot. I was anxious to take off my shoes, so I went with the facial.

The lady who did the treatment was extremely nice, she told me that the lounge been doing the free spa treatment for two years now. Upon finish with the treatment you will also get a free sample of their partner brand’s cosmetic products.

LOT Polish Airlines Business Polonez Lounge Free Treatment Sign

Lounge Free Treatment Sign


Bottom Line

The lounge offers some quality food and drinks options for passengers, most passengers would be able to have a enjoyable visit with all the different features they managed to offer. You may also read my flight review with LOT Polish Airlines.

LOT Polish Airlines Short-haul Business Class Food Service

Short-haul Business Class Food Service

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SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Review Oslo Airport, Norway

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SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Entrance

SAS Next Generation Lounge is a brand new lounge opened last year at Oslo airport, Norway. SAS claims that the lounge adopts innovative and technologically enhanced amenities to provide passengers with quality experiences.The renovation being done at SAS lounges at Copenhagen airport will follow the same concept.

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Entrance Sideview

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Entrance Side View

After soon one year of operation, I’ve come to review the first next-gen SAS lounge myself. Conveniently located right after security control, it allows both domestic and international passengers to access it if they desire to.


Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

SAS, Airlines within Star Alliance and Icelandic Air.

Opening Hours:

Opens: Approximately 60 minutes before the first scheduled SAS departure

Closes: Approximately 30 minutes before the last scheduled SAS departure

Paid Offers:

During online check-in: From DKK 179/NOK 229/SEK 239/EUR 24/USD 32, or 2800 EuroBonus points. If you are a EuroBonus-member you can pay with your points.

At the airport: Only DKK 219/NOK 279/SEK 289/EUR 30/USD 46 or 3000 EuroBonus points at SAS Self Service kiosk (by card only).

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Hallway

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Hallway


Facts :

300 seats, 9 bathrooms, 3 showers (+2 inside the gym) and 3 guest offices

A café with a qualified Barista,

A lounge host

“True traveler wall” digital screen

Gym

Spa service

Buffet and kitchen area

Scandinavian style living room with a small fireplace simulator

Innovation hub including a 3D avatar scanner (already gone)

Daylight booster room

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Sign

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Sign


Entrance

The lounge is located at the second level of the departure floor, you may access it by lift or stairs. You will have to scan your boarding pass on the automated gates and then you will be greeted by their “first impression maker” – a lounge host. The host is also in charged of helping out with all your other inquiries as they are the only qualified staff from the airline.

You may use this lounge even if you are travelling on an international ticket as long as you make time for the secondary security check point and duty-free.

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Entrance Gate

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Entrance Gate

Right after entering, you will notice the massive digital screen showing live statistics about SAS.

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Innovative Display

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Innovative Display

Another feature SAS is very proud to present to passengers is their Cafe bar with a proper barista who will greet you and make you the drink you would like. As scandinavian countries are among those who drink the most coffee, I would dictate that this could be a popular implementation of fake “new” service with hidden cost-cutting undertones.

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Cafe Counter

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Cafe Counter


Seating

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Entrance Seating Atrium Area

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Entrance Seating Atrium Area

You will find the next-gen lounge seating are filled with the new Nordic smart-living solutions while the furnishing are leaning more towards IKEA standards.

the Scandinavian living room

The Scandinavian living room

Seating desks and chairs

Seating desks and chairs replacing 3D avatar scanner

SAS Lounge Oslo - Cafe bar high chairs

Cafe bar high chairs

SAS Lounge Oslo Norway - Desk and seatings stols

Desk and seating stools

SAS lounge Oslo Norway - sofa seating area

Sofa seating area

SAS next generation lounge Oslo Norway - sofa seating

Sofa seating

All in all, the new seating space looks great in picture, but in reality you would find the chairs are too tight against each other while the sofa are so huge that people can just lay down. When passengers are not travelling with a big group, the huge sofa set fits 20 people ending up being divided by 5 businessmen each “manspreading” their legs around.


Dinning Area

Oslo SAS Next Generation Lounge Food Station

Food Station

The lounge is bringing guests with the new Nordic food experience.  Still mainly cold dish offerings, they are also offering a slightly larger selection in the new lounge.

Smart Juice Dispenser

Smart Juice Dispenser

Cold complements

Cold complements

Breakfast Oatmeal

Breakfast Oatmeal

Breakfast Offering

Breakfast Offering

Fruits for display

Fruits for display

Service counter

Service counter

Spices

Spices

Gluten-free corner

Gluten-free corner

Coffee Machine

Coffee Machine

food offering layout

Food station layout

Yogurt and milk

Yogurt and milk

Soda drinks machine

Soda drinks machine

Beer and wine on tap

Beer and wine on tap

Tea offering

Tea offering

Cereals

Cereals

SAS next generation lounge Oslo Norway - Norwegian Bread

Norwegian Bread

Overall the food and drinks offering at the new lounge is on par with all the other SAS lounges, while not extensively expanded, rather a new way to present the same thing.


Gym Area

A great highlight of the SAS next-gen lounge is the fully equipped gym they are offering to passengers through a partnership with SATS.

I hardly see any passenger using the gym during my visit. They used to even require pre-booking to use the facility, but now anyone can just drop-in if they desire so. Luckily SAS is not losing much financially by keeping the space empty as they can easily convert this space for more seating after their partnership ends with SATS.

Other hub operator airlines like Singapore and Emirates also offer gym facility in their lounges, but I do think days left for the gym at Oslo airport is limited.


Innovation Hub

Through another partnership with HP, SAS is able to combine a brand promotion deal and their business center together as guests can browse HP’s new products while surfing the net. Not a dumb way to save money, but the advertised 3D avatar scanner is already gone not after one year since their lounge opened, I do think that put some weight on their marketning gimmick here.


Daylight Booster

The lounge is equipped with ambient lighting – through another partnership with Philips. In addition to all the tasteful lighting placement throughout the lounge(which I really enjoy), a light room is being featured as well.

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Daylight Booster Area

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Daylight Booster Area

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SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Daylight Booster Area Working Station

You may work in the light room while you absorb it all in. I’d rather call it a selfie room as there’s no dead corner once you shut the curtains. Maybe that way they can target millennials better? After all, they are travellers.

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Daylight Booster Area Lighting Screen

SAS Next Generation Lounge (Domestic) Oslo Daylight Booster Area Lighting Screen

Guest Office

There are three guest offices all the way in the corner of the lounge. These little insulated  boxes are quiet standard for SAS lounges, but the new ones has even allowed curtains on the door so you can get full privacy if you want to.

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Area

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Area

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Setup

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Setup

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Interior

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Oslo, Norway Guest Office Interior

Showers

There are three proper shower suites in the lounge with two additional ones in the gym. The shower is spacious and sleek-looking. Shampoo and soap are placed in plastic dispensers.


Parternerships

  • Lighting – Philips
  • Porcelain – Figgjo
  • Juice – Rynkeby
  • Portable chargers – Concept Communication
  • Innovation Hub – HP
  • Gym – SATS
  • Spa – Soleus

Conclusion

The SAS Next Generation Lounge at Oslo airport in many ways is a great improvement within their financial capabilities. Compared to the old cramped SAS domestic lounge at Oslo airport, the new lounge is definitely better in so many ways. The lounge allowed itself with great flexibility as some of the amenities in the lounge can come and leave as they want to. This is a smart way of cost-saving when the entire industry is shifting towards that direction. Most passengers will be impressed by the great new design of the lounge, but maybe instead of throwing money on things business passengers don’t need, offering a more extended food and drinks option can be a more honest way to improve passenger satisfaction. Maybe they are too poor to do so after cancelling the Beirut, Lebanon route shortly after they launched it?

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Hallway Lightning

SAS Next Generation Domestic Lounge Hallway Lightning

I was not able to test out their SPA offerings as well as their lunch and dinner food and drinks offerings, but in many ways, the lounge is creating more of a cafe vibe for passengers.

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