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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 decieded 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 a 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(spicy0 which tasted quiet 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 quiet 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.

 

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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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