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Eventyr Lounge Copenhagen,Denmark Review

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The Eventyr Lounge is a fairly new lounge at Copenhagen airport, I didn’t know that there won’t be access for SAS lounge after passport control and it would be a huge hassle to go though that again then I decide to check out this lounge instead. If you are flying with non-star alliance carriers to non-Schengen countries, there are two other lounges available as well, but overall I would say this one is definitely the best.

The lounge is not very busy as long-haul flight slots are quiet evened-out at Copenhagen, besides the majority of those flights are SAS-operated. The cost of admission is at 300DKK, it’s an alright price to pay if you are planning a long layover at the airport.

The staff are very nice, they are not extra kind towards everything you ask but they are definitely not like some of those airline agents who take offence with everything you say.

The lounge is located on top of the terminal pier which is surrounded by windows that give you great 180 degree view of aircraft movement over the taxiways. The lounge is quite spacious judging by that outbound long haul passengers number is not that huge, though its claimed on their website that the area gets around 15,000 pax traffic daily.

I liked the green vegetation walling and natural wood furnishing, part of the interior featured in the lounge is designed by famous Erik Jørgensen and Hay, although I like simplistic Scandinavian design in general, this lounge has done a great job of standing out on its own.


The Seating Area:

There are plenty of seating space and different layouts are offered across the area.

Seating sets on the side which gives you a panoramic view over aircraft movement outside.

There are also some huge comfortable-looking leather lay-flat sofa sets which were all occupied by sleepy passengers thus I didn’t manage to get pictures.


The Food:

In Denmark, it’s normal to expect the cold bread and ham and cheese offering during anytime of the day, as that’s what many people eat for three meals a day.

They do have several options to add onto your bread slices and some of them tasted great.

The hot food option were chicken-based appetisers, at first I thought that’s what they offer all day long, It tasted alright but that’s not something I would keep throwing into my stomach; but later I noticed that when the food is consumed they will change the tray with other dishes which is very service-minded.

Cake offering in the lounge.

Fruit basket in the lounge.

Tomato soup offering in the lounge.

A great selection of beverages and liquor.

Coffee machine which covers all your caffeine needs.

Several options of Danish beers.

Soft drinks machine.

Another coffee machine set in the lounge.

Wine dispenser further inside the lounge.


The Shower:

For an airport lounge to offer shower facilities is not a norm in Europe, especially in Scandinavia. Airlines like Emirates choose this lounge for their premium passengers which says something about the quality of service and hard product they are pursuing here.

A large and clean shower room space.

Shower amenities has to be asked for at the receptionist desk and if you think they forgot to include toothpaste, you are wrong, as that was also my initial thought, I was just going to use it to dry-brush my teeth without using any paste; however as I was scratching my teeth with that thing, foam came out of my mouth right away. I was totally surprised by the smart design besides that’s not gonna generate any waste at all.


Bottom Line:

This lounge offers many amenities any airline lounge would offer, besides they got great views for Avgeeks out there. If you get access by holding a ticket or status with any their partner airlines, definitely plan some time ahead to enjoy all it can offer, but would I spend another 300DKK to come back to the lounge? Probably not, now I know that I should visit the SAS lounge before passport control, so the morale of the story here is that don’t waste what you have access to, instead of paying what might be a stretch in terms of (almost) the same offering.

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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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