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Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

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Premium OSL lounge is not another independent lounge at Oslo Gardemoen Airport, in fact, it’s a part of the OSL lounge that’s much newer and is known to the surprisingly few passengers.

The Premium OSL Lounge itself is not brand new, as it was first opened three years ago, the problem here is that the receptionists rarely inform passengers regarding this part of the lounge, so most passengers just ignore the small entrance and stay at the rather dated OSL Lounge.

Entrance Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Just like OSL Lounge, the access to Premium OSL Lounge is obtained by your elite status with an airline’s frequent flyers program, or through some third-party programmes, least fortunate case, you may pay 300 kroner for the admission.


Practical 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:

Open from 9:oo am and close before normal lounge closing hours.

Third-party Access Via:

DragonPass, DNB, SpareBank, Handelsbanken

Transitional Entrance Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

They even have a small transitional area before entering the Premium OSL Lounge.


Seating Area:

Since the lounge is newer, they offer some impeccable seating options, with the ambience of lights, you could mistake it for those jaw-droppingly-nice lounges by Cathay Pacific, well, for just one second.

Lounge Area Facing Check-in Area of Departure Hall Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Armchairs Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Bench Sofa Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

As I’ve mentioned, with the minimalistic style of the decor and the ambient lighting setup, they set off the ritziness of the lounge by contrast. Scandinavian design speak for itself here.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Large communal table with chairs, with power socket accessible in the middle.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Sofa sets arrangements, pleasant-looking and inviting.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Another part of the lounge with impeccable seating design.

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Seating Area Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

The seating area are capacious and the furnitures are modern and full of taste. A small drawback here would be the lack of power socket on each individual seat.

Champagne For Scale Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway


Food & Drinks:

During breakfast hours, they offer exactly the same spread of food and drinks for passengers in both lounges, but was informed by one of the staff that food & drink offerings are slightly better after 1:00 pm and some other times during the day.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Tea sets Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

I’ve figured by myself that the tea offerings in the back is a boutique brand from Aarhus, Denmark; which is not available at the “normal” OSL lounge.

Beer on tap,Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Norwegian local beer brand Hansa on tap.

Wine and Champagne, Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Wine Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Wine and sparkling wine offerings, not something you would go out your way to try.

Gluten free offerings Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Another gluten-free corner. Casually displayed.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Breakfast offerings.

Fruit, Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Cheese plates Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Sliced fruit and cheese plates. Also not available at OSL lounge.

Salmon Rolls Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Salats and salmon rolls.

Grains,Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Whole grains to complement cereals.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway

Waffles with fruit jam.

Food and Drinks Premium OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway


Bottom Line:

As I was about to leave the lounge for my flight, I noticed that they start to change into their lunch menu offerings, in which they served some warm plates like curry chicken with pita bread, so I would say, based on my observation, food and drinks offerings at Premium OSL Lounge is consistently better.

If you travel through Oslo airport often or in the future, definitely check out this part of the OSL lounge, I have always had reservations towards contracted lounges in Europe, but if these are what they can manage to offer, I doubt why I wouldn’t have a pleasant predepartue experience.

Are you surprised by what you see? I looked up online and fail to see much coverage on the new part of the lounge. All the other reviews are only showing the “normal” OSL lounge, so hope some of you guys are excited on finding out about this, as even on Avinor’s website, they do not mention much about it, just the mere picture that set the clue for me.

As always, stay tuned.


Shower Facility (Updated 14.12.2018)

This lounge is full of surprises, as through my latest visit to this part of the OSL lounge, I’ve bumped into this shower room behind the staff kitchen area, where most likely they will not inform you about it.

Shower Room Sink Premium Lounge
Shower Facility OSL Premium Lounge

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.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Andrew

    December 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks. Reception didn’t mention this part, but I saw the sign and just went in. No one was checking, although I was flying business class.

    • Albert Aviation

      January 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      They don’t do much guiding these days. They just recept…

  2. joar opheim

    July 17, 2019 at 6:25 am

    One thought on “OSL Lounge Review Oslo Airport, Norway”

    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

    • Albert K. Field

      July 19, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Hi, I am sorry to hear that, especially when u r travelling with others, this is a review by an individual, so I don’t speak for the lounge operator, I might suggest you giving feedback through their managemnet company instead, but thanks for your sharing of your lounge experience.

  3. Lars P

    October 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    amazing review

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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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