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ANA Lounge Review Lisbon Airport Schengen Area

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Entrance Area

The ANA Lounge at the Schengen Area of Lisbon Airport is a contracted lounge for non-Star-Alliance airlines, although I don’t know where or how did the ANA name come from, but it surely it’s easy to mistake it for the Japanese ANA airlines’ lounge if you didn’t visit it in person. The lounge also allows access for Priority Pass and Dragon Pass members. Entry can also be bought at the price of 25 Euros.

After passing security, a long walk through the duty free shops and other stores, you will find the lounge at the second floor of a circular sitting area surrounded by shops, and the lounge is right in front the escalator, next to the TAP Portugal lounge.

Hallway outside the lounge

The front desk agents were chit chatting when I went to check in with them, I didn’t feel disrespected or anything, they were very friendly. The lounge is relatively big and serval serving areas were featured at different corners. Upon my visit, the lounge was only half full and for some reason the majority of the passengers were sitting on the long chairs next to the windows, perhaps a great view out to the concourse of the airport is what they needed.

The lounge is filled with spacious seating areas and arrangements, other than the one dozen chairs and tables nicely laid out throughout the central area, a circle of dark monitor screen was attached to the celling, I wasn’t sure how exactly it helps passengers to enjoy it. But it surely looked very nice and on different direction, different TV channels were on, so in a way, it did cater to the needs of different passengers, although I doubt if any passengers today are watching TV anymore.

The seating area showed by the two pictures above was empty throughout my visit at the lounge, it would make a lot of sense If I told you that the front desk is facing directly to this area, so unless the rest of the lounge would be jam packed, it would be a natural thing for guests to not sit there being observed.

I didn’t get any instructions on the Wifi so I had to visit the front desk again to get the password. For those of you who would read my writing during your visit at the lounge, feel free to get the password from here.


Food

For a contracted lounge, the sophisticated food and beverages option is divine. Glasses were nicely displayed next to a good selection of liquor and beverages.

The first few pictures below shows the serving counter in front of the empty space I just mentioned in front of the front desk. A janitor was cleaning the counters while I was taking pictures, totally normal…

A coffee machine was also placed next to the bar, along with a tea box and a jar of nuts(peanuts?) and a jar of olives.

Other soft drinks were also available in the fridges, decent and healthy options.

The other serving area was quiet busy and offered more displays and food option next to the window looking out the concourse, quiet few selections of sandwiches and snacks were served here and here only.

The same wines and as seen before but without the liquor, they also had some fruit on plates as seen below.

The lounge is actually relatively big compared to other inland European lounges, however it felt quite dark inside as they used shades to blocked direct sunlights from coming in. You can see from this wonderful picture I’ve taken from the window. Give my account a follow if you wish to stay connected.

There were magazines and newspapers nicely displayed at the entrance area. Although I personally don’t read that much, I felt like it might be a bit too few options especially when considering the amount available that’s in English.


Amenities:

Shower is also available, however It’s stated on their website that if you decide to purchase the access, it will be 10 euros more if you decide to use the shower facility. The shower room is right behind the sink of the toilet, and I didn’t notice any towel or shampoo or anything etc. Maybe they will bring it to you when you ask?

Resting rooms:

A small semi private sleeping room is also available behind the large seating area, and it looked okay to rest in there.

Smoking room:

A glass-sealed smoking area was behind the front desk and it was not in use upon my visit.

Outside the smoking area, a supposed HP office area only had one monitor and two laptops, none was in use, ever.


Bottom Line:

This lounge in some way has surprised me, it featured almost everything a decent airline business class lounge would feature. Its spacious seating area would surely make you feel relaxed and enjoy your time there. I would definitely recommend visiting it.

Score: 6/10

Boarding my flight soon (not this one)

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Air France Salon Lounge Lyon Review, France

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The Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the second main hub for Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP!, the airline is created to help Air France to keep market share, the only all year round Air France flight operates from Lyon is a feeder route to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The lounge is newly renovated earlier this year and it’s located right outside the gate 21B boarding area; the auto-sliding door at the entrance will get you a lot of attention from people waiting for boarding outside.

Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details
Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details

Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

  • Air France
  • HOP! by Air France
  • Aeroflot
  • KLM

Admission:

  • Business Class, First Class on contracted airlines
  • Skyteam Elite
  • €25 or 6,000 Flying Blue Miles *subject to availability

Opening Hours:

  • 5:40-22:00

Area Size:

  • 280 sq. m.
  • 85 seats
  • Dedicated Platinum Ultimate area
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance

Seating Area:

Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon
Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon

After the renovation earlier this year, the lounge now looks in line with Air France’s new design concept of French chic and elegance, the seating are more comfortable, with different layout options that suits to different passengers need.

Seating Area Near Concourse
Seating Area Near Concourse

In addition to newer seating design, Air France went one step ahead with more dedicated attention for its first class La Premier and Platinum Ultimate passengers with an exclusive seating area which are blocked for them, this corner will get you special attention from lounge staff which includes a light conversation regarding your personal life and then they will bring the slev service items from the counter all the way to you, and even more, they might prepare you with the selv-serve counter snacks to be nicely unwrapped onto a plate in the kitchen and serve it to you with fork, knife and napkins. You will of course also get all the eye attention from other normal elites through the glass wall.

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Platinum Ultimate Area Lyon Air France Salon Lounge


Food & Drinks:

The food and drinks options are rather limited, this can be the problem for all Air France Salon Lounges, packaged biscuits and crackers are hardly something people really want to eat, there are as daw as chewing wax, but they are served only for the purpose of having things to offer.

Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter
Drink Service Cups
Drink Service Cups

Although the hot drink cups came with a new design, so came the cost-cutting measures like having the chocolate or tea bag being fixed to the cup itself which kan save their staff more time to do inventories check while passengers can feel more like visiting a fast food joint.

Drinks & Beer Display
Drinks & Beer Display

Conclusion:

The Air France Salon Lounge at Lyon airport came with the newly expanded Terminal 2 building, facilities and amenities inside the terminal are kept at the minimum while being new and clean, so is what I have to comment about the new lounge. The lounge decor is up to date with Air France’s overall new service concept, while cost cutting had been put into practice at every aspect possible. I certainly wouldn’t recommend paying in any form to gain access to this lounge, as during quieter hours, the terminal itself has more area to sit and explore than this.

Being a frequent traveller these days can only remind people of lowering their own expectations, though the hallway inside the lounge does bring you some peace and solitude while being at such a hectic place like the airport.

Tarmac View From The Lounge
Tarmac View From The Lounge

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