By David P.
Last week I was travelling from Vienna to Berlin TXL with a six-hour layover in Copenhagen. I was travelling in Economy Class so I did not have complimentary lounge access but since the layover was that long I decided to pay for a lounge access voucher. Scandinavian Airlines offers lounge access to all Economy Class passengers travelling on a Star Alliance flight from or via Copenhagen Airport for 210 DKK (~28 EUR / ~32 USD). Of course it's free of charge for Business Class and Star Alliance Gold members.
The interior reminded me a bit of an IKEA store, but that's not a bad thing. There was lots of wood, warm lighting and decent yet still colorful furniture. There is one buffet with two drink stands in the center surrounded by a large seating area. There was a quiter relaxation area in the back of the loung which had its own drink stand. For those who needed it, there were also showers, a sleeping area and a work area.
There was one buffet area and two seperate drink stands throughout the lounge. When I arrived breakfast was served, featuring typical continental breakfast items such as various kinds of bread, including the typical Scandinavian crispbreads, different kind of spreads, fruit, porridge and more.
To cover your thirst SAS offered still and sparkling water, the standard selection of soft drinks such as Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta as well as red and white wine, beer and two high-end coffee machines.
Unfortunately one of hot dish was offered during lunch time which was the creamy tomato soup The bread was quite good but the tomato soup was among the best I have ever had, seriously! I filled myself up with three cups of tomato soup during my stay at the lounge. (Partly because it really was that good, partly because there was no other hot dish offered.) The area was constantly monitored and kept clean by the staff. There was always enough of every type of food.
For your entertainment SAS offered a wide variety of international and Scandinavian news papers and magazines. Furthermore the lounge offered its own high-speed Wi-Fi in addition to the free Wi-Fi offered by Copenhagen Airport. There were also a few TV screens broadcasting CNN installed throughout the lounge.
The relaxation area was located in the back of the lounge. It featured a large and comfortable seating area accompanied by plants, large windows, TV screens and its own drink stand. Along with drinks you could grab some chips, unfortunately only sour cream or paprika flavoured and no standard chips. It's a great area to just relax and maybe have a glass of wine.
All in all SAS offers a great product in its Copenhagen Airport Business Class Lounge. There was a lot of staff taking care of the passengers and constantly keeping the lounge in perfect condition, of course with the typical Danish friendliness! For longer stop-overs I can really recommend the purchase of a lounge access voucher, though it might not pay off during stays shorter than three hours. My only critisisms are the lack of hot food for lunch and the working area which was too small and dark. But for somebody like me who visits a lounge to kill some time rather than work it was a satisfying visit.
You can experience the lounge in a 360 degree perspective here! The Business Class lounge is the one on the left.