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Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

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As Warsaw airport is the hub for LOT Polish Airlines, a Star Alliance member; so all non-StarAlliance airlines’ passengers are facilitated at contracted lounges, based on information from their website, the four contracted lounges at Warsaw Choping Airport: Fantazja, Preludium, Polonez and Bolero; are named after famous pieces composed by the airport’s namesake, Frédéric Chopin.

Another interesting feature on the lounges’ website is a virtual 360 degree tour you can find out how exactly their lounges’ layout look like, check it for yourself here. (Only Fantazja and Preludim available)

Entrance to the lounge, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

I first walked to check into the Preludium executive lounge which is located in the basement of the departure gate level, upon entry, the front desk agent kindly informed me to try the Fantazja executive lounge upstairs which she claimed is nicer and better. So I never get to visit this one, instead, I turned upstairs where it was the entrance to the Fantazja executive lounge.

The lounge is located near Gate36/37 in the Schengen area. Where it suggested on the website that it opens from 5:00 – 23:00 daily. Bear in mind the Fantazja lounge is only available for business class passengers and airline elite card holders.(No priority pass)

Door Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

The lounge has decided to go with a rather light colour scheme where things looked bright and clean, the check in ladies were nice and professionally behaved as there were many passengers waiting to be let in. Behind the check in desk the wall with different world clocks were neatly designed, where the large vegetation wall other adds colour and liveliness to the area.

Entry hall,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Flight info monitor, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

The food serving area has a huge round table in the middle where fewer passengers has chosen to seat there. It looked grand and fancy, but the practical uses seemed to be limited. The chair wasn’t that hard to sit on as opposed to how it looked.

Seating tables and long chairs,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

communal table and chairs, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Nice Light display, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland


The food:

There was a decent food and drink selection upon my visit where warm food option was indeed a nice touch. As seem in picture below, in the middle island, jars of candy, chocolates, cookies and other sugary products were nicely placed with some convenient-to-grab fruit in a basket.

Snacks Serving, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Jarred snacks, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

The wine and liquor selection was also nicely displayed, although I felt there might be too few of an option to choose from here, as standard lounges would feature more liquors here. In addition, the brands they are featuring in the lounge are mixed with local products, which could be considered as local specialties, but also these can help them drive down costs and local brands tend to cost less.

Liquor, wine and champagne,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Alcohol and red wine, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

There was a transparent cooling fridge where they served some authentic Polish food, like the sausages(spicy) which tasted quite good.

Cole dishes, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Food option was decent to choose between and instead of soup being the only warm food option, two other warm dishes were also featured where it can sufficiently pass as meal for many people. The bread slices was a great complement to the soup.

Bread,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Soup, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Soup,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Warm dishes,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

A cereal bar for fitness enthusiasts during dinner time.

Jam and nutella, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Several fresh juice options were available placed next to liquor stand. As well as a multifunction coffee machine which was in frequent use.

Juices, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Coffee Machines, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Tea, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

There was a wall of cooler fridges which each of them filled with only one single beverage. It has come to my knowledge that there was only one soda option which seems to be rather plain to my taste.

Drinks, Beer and soda,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Seating:

There wasn’t exactly abundant seating capacity in the lounge, but each seat was comfortable and spacious which I believe is more important in a business lounge these days.

Seating,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Magazine display, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Hallway of the seating area, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Computer Stand,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Four working stalls equipped with pc was a quiet place to get some work done.

PC Station, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

In the front of the lounge, there were only chairs and benches as it was supposedly an eating area.

Seating, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Behind, bigger sofa seats are spacious and more comfortable. For some reason, the lounge seems to only have young employees, was it a preference or just a coincidence?

Sofa sets,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Comfortable sofa sets, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

More sofa sets, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Sofa, sets, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Other Amenities:

Magazine stands are arranged on the side of the small hallways, although I’ve failed to find any English material other than the photocopied New York Times.

Publics Space, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Resting area is featured at the end of the lounge hallway. You can find six long sofa chairs to comfortably relax or nap on.

Green Plant, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Sleeping Area, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Shower is also available where you have to ask for shower amenities at the front desk.

Bathroom Hallway, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Shower Entrance,Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Notice on shower, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

It probably came as standard for many lounges to have WiFi nowadays, although they also offered wifi access here, it seemed to me that their internet doesn’t allow you visit quiet few foreign websites here.(Correct me if I’m wrong)

Wifi Info, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Bottom Line:

The Fantazja lounge has an amazingly outstanding hard product where the design and decoration for a Schengen area lounge is indeed topnotch. What I’ve seem to fail to be impressed is their food and drink varieties, as it seems they are doing some cost saving here. Overall, I am very much satisfied with the lounge, however I do felt like some improvements can be made here.

It would be an ideal lounge to visit before your flight at Warsaw airport, it has all the necessities you could think of needing when expecting an relaxing visit, an example here was that I would liked some tea with honey in it, and the friendly staff had it.(Even though it was for cereal.) The airport itself is quite clean and newly looking, so overall it was a pleasant experience.

Hallway, Fantazja Executive Lounge Review Warsaw Choping Airport, Poland

Stay tuned, until next time.

1 Comment

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  1. Justin Bolero

    April 23, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Enjoy the memories of the journey! Thank you! I went to this salon in March and I really like it.

    Warsaw is famous for its stunning skyline, but the eastern view from the top of the InterContinental Hotel is breathtaking, its cultural palace is in the foreground, and the new city and old town are outside the park. highly recommended!

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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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