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OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

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OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport is located at the second floor of the departure level, Just like SAS lounges, you would have to take the stairs or elevator to get to the entrance.

Entrance at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Unknown to many travellers, the OSL lounge has a brand new section on the right after reception which goes by the name Premium OSL Lounge, this lounge is noticeably new and offer somewhat better food & drink offerings during certain times of the day, I have written a separate review on this part of the lounge here.

View after elevator, OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Airlines accepted at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Before going through the skybridge towards the reception of the lounge, you can see a large board listing all airlines contracted as well as a screen showing passport control queueing time for flights outside of the Schengen area.

Reception Area, OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Reception desk OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway


Pratical 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:

Daily 05:30 – 20:30.

Third-party Access Via:

DragonPass, DNB, SpareBank, Handelsbanken.


Aside from having frequent flyer elite status with one of the OneWorld or SkyTeam member airlines, you may also access the lounge with bank offerings from Norway or memberships schemes like DragonPass; Unfortunately Priority Pass and Diners Club are not accepted here.

Banks accepted at OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Priority Pass Not Accepted at OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Although the receptionist who checked me in took her time with confirming my elite status, she was kind and well-informed.

Receptionist desk at OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

On the left side of the reception area as well as the entire wall of in front of the reception desk, various magazines and newspapers are displayed, with both Norwegian and English options available.

Magazine spread at OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Newspapers and magazines at OSL Lounge at Oslo Airport, Norway

Here you can see a detailed offering they have on newspapers and magazines, though note that some newspapers and magazines are only to be read in the lounge.


Seating Area:

The lounge has ample spacious seating, though it might look rather antiquated, they are very comfortable. They also offer different seating options to suit distinctive passengers’ needs.

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Highchairs with communal table next to the catering station.

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Comfortable sofa sets.

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Quiet working stations at the corner of the lounge.

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Single sofa chair for solo travellers. Still filled with ambient lights and tasteful art displays.

Conference Room at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

At the corner of the main seating area in the lounge, there’s a conference room that is equipped with basic stationaries, though I doubt it would come to frequent professional use. Note that you need to book the room with staff even though it looks vacant.

Conference Room at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Conference Room at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Note on the table at the Conference Room OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway


Food & Drinks:

The lounge offers a decent selection of food and drinks, though it might not come as the highest quality, they do try to put out as many varieties as possible.

Cold Buffet at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

The buffet serving area serves mainly cold plate dishes that complement a piece of bread. That’s how people eat in Norway anyway.

Cold Buffet Dishes at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Since during my time of visit at the lounge, it was breakfast hours. Here’s the details.

Fruits and Smoothie Shots at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Ham and Cheese Slices at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Veges and Tomato Juice at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Salt & Pepper at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Thoughtfully, the provide some extra seasoning and sauces in addition to basic salt and pepper.

Gluten Free Option at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Gluten free options are also featured.

Drink and Food at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Pastries at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

A variety of pastries was offered at the counter with the mini croissants well-heated.

Cereal Station at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Cereal station with both milk and soya milk.

Apples at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Bowls of fruit (mainly apples) are placed throughout the lounge’s main serving area.

Champagne & Non-alcoholic beer at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

In terms of alcoholic drinks, this is not the best they can offer, but since Norway is such a pricy country, having something to is better than nothing.

Red and White Wine & Beer on tap at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Juices & Water (Stilled and sparkling) at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Soft drinks on tap at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Coffee machines at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

Snacks at OSL Lounge, Oslo Airport, Norway

The snacks on offer are also quiet standard.


Bottom Line:

This lounge does not have much over and above to offer to frequent flyers, being positioned as the only non-Star-Alliance lounge at Oslo airport, they’ve managed to offer something that’s fairly acceptable but could definitely be taken up a notch.

With Oslo airport expanding its non-Schengen part of the terminal soon, a new lounge after passport control would likely to be introduced, so I do sense it as a logical move in renovating this part of the lounge in the very near future.

What do you think of this lounge? Leave a comment.

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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  1. 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

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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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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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