After arriving in Newark (EWR) I hopped on a shuttle that transferred me over to Terminal B where I would be catching my Austrian Airlines flight to Vienna (VIE). Austrian Airlines does not operate their own lounge at Newark, but thankfully my business class ticket provided me with complimentary access to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge.
Although the Lufthansa Senator Lounge is only accessible to those flying on a first or business class ticket and Star Alliance Gold, HON Circle or Senator members, you can purchase access to this lounge for the day for $35 USD. Unless you have a very long layover and really need a lounge to spend that time in, I do not think I would spend the $35 for a day pass. Thankfully, my admission was complimentary as I was traveling on an Austrian Airlines business class ticket.
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After reaching Terminal B, I followed the signs towards the gate where my flight to Vienna (VIE) would be departing. Terminal B seems to have a section of the airport where Star Alliance carriers other than United have their departures abroad from as there were several SAS, Lufthansa and TAP Portugal flights departing from this section of the terminal. Right before reaching the gates there was the SAS Lounge to the right, and the Lufthansa Senator Lounge to the left.
It was a short walk down the hallway to the Lounge entrance where I was promptly greeted and welcomed.
The business class lounge was to the right and was pretty small as far as lounges go. There was a small dining area with a few small tables.
Then there were a few high top tables that led back to the main seating area, which was small and completely packed.
I ended up grabbing a seat at the high tops since there were no other seats available. The chairs were very European (as you can see in the picture above) and after about 5 minutes became very uncomfortable.
The small buffet was located across from the high top seating area and was actually pretty good. While the selection was not huge, the quality was very good. I do not mind when the food options are limited if the lounge is going to do the few options they do provide very well.
There was a selection of fresh fruit, crackers and rolls.
Next to that was a make your own salad bar with a nice selection of dressings and toppings, as well as some sliced deli meats, fruits, cheeses and sliced vegetables.
I really like when lounges offer fresh salads (notice I said “fresh”) as an option as I typically prefer to eat lighter when I travel and it is nice to have an option of something other than snack mix or cubed cheese.
Next to the salad bar selection were some warm cookies (though they had more of a hybrid scone-cookie consistency) and a bowl of whole fruit. The cookies were later replaced with mini reuben sandwiches, soft pretzels and sliced sausages (though I forgot to get a picture of it as I was leaving the lounge when I saw they had replaced it).
There was also a container with chocolate fudge brownies which seemed to be extremely popular.
On the opposite side of the buffet was a small selection of sweets, snacks and chips and started the wide selection of drink options.
As usual, there was a selection of teas as well as coffee machine that made everything from brewed coffee to macchiatos.
Next to the coffee machine was a selection of red and white wines.
Followed by a selection of juices, still and sparkling water.
Next to that was a selection of liquors. I have to say though, Lufthansa went really cheap with their liquor here. Evan Williams? Really? I drank that in college when I couldn’t afford Jack Daniels or Crown.
There was also a small selection of draft beers – both of which were fantastic. I was very happy to see that Lufthansa was staying true to their German roots by having some good beer options on offer!
And of course, there was also a soda machine with a selection of soft drinks and a pitcher of lemonade.
Lastly, there was a small cooler that offered bottled beer, water, tonic, rose champagne and white wine.
Power outlets in the lounge were definitely at a premium outside of the leather chair seating areas. Even when you could find a leather chair to sit in, the plugs would not keep items plugged in and were very loose. Everyone around me was getting extremely frustrated with this fact as you could only charge your devices if you were willing to hold the plug in place or rig something up with your bag to keep it in place.
Lufthansa offered their own wifi for the lounge, though since the lounge was packed it was not very fast. There were also limited announcements for flight departures in the lounge and they seemed to only be announcing for Lufthansa flights – which I thought was weird since the lounge advertises as being the business class lounge for Austrian Airlines.
After an hour or so in the lounge and a few quick beers, I decided to go wander around the terminal for a bit to stretch my legs before my 8 hour flight to Vienna.
I thought the Lufthansa Senator Lounge was perfectly fine, though nothing to really write home about. It actually reminded me of a Priority Pass lounge with its feel and size. The food was good, albeit it with a limited selection, and I liked that they had good beer on tap. While I would not go out of my way to plan for a few hours at this lounge, it was a decent enough way to spend a few hours before my flight to Vienna (VIE).
The better Star Alliance lounge definitely looked like the SAS Lounge, which was across the hall from the Senator Lounge as it seemed much larger and more modern. Maybe I need to book a flight on SAS to Scandinavia to check out the Northern Lights this winter so I can check that lounge out?
What is your favorite lounge at Newark (EWR)?
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