After arriving in Vienna (VIE) I had quite a few hours to kill before my connecting flight to Dusseldorf (DUS) so I decided to do a tour of the lounges. Since the bus dropped us off on the non-Schengen side of the terminal, I decided to start with the Sky Lounge.
The non-Schengen side of Vienna Airport offers only one Priority Pass lounge – the Sky Lounge. As I have a Priority Pass membership through my American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card, my entry was complimentary. Otherwise entry will cost you between $35 and $50.
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For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Schengen refers to a list of European countries where you do not need to clear customs and immigration upon landing. As my flight came in from the United States, I would need to clear transit immigration and security at Vienna Airport before catching my flight to Dusseldorf. But since my flight arrived in the non-Schengen side of the terminal, I decided to go check out the Sky Lounge first.
The Sky Lounge (Non-Schengen) is located next to Gate G on Level 2. It is right next to one of the Austrian Airlines lounges.
I was quickly checked in by the friendly associate and proceeded to try and find a seat. The lounge was relatively small and had limited seating. To make matters worse, the lounge was pretty full. After finding a spot, I dropped my bag and started to check out the lounge.
Just past the check-in counter was a small selection of magazines and newspapers in various languages.
Behind the reading materials was the business center, which was sealed off from the rest of the lounge. While there were no computers available for use, each desk did offer an international style power plug and plenty of space to work.
On the opposite side of the business center was the dining area with a small buffet spread.
The hot option on the buffet for breakfast consisted entirely of rather stale croissants.
Next to that was a selection of chips, cookies, nuts and pretzels.
That was followed by a very small selection of cold options like deli meats and cheeses and fruit spreads.
There was also a small selection of bread and rolls, along with a small selection of cereals.
On the back wall was a small selection of soft drinks, water and beer in a cooler.
There was also a small selection of spirits.
And of course there was a coffee machine and a small selection of tea available.
Lastly, there was a selection of juices, whole fruit and white wine.
The seating areas were rather strange as they were very divided and it was difficult to find seats together. So if you are traveling with someone, I would recommend trying another lounge. The seats were small corners of couches and rather uncomfortable to sit in as the padding seemed to be pretty worn out.
The back corner of the lounge also offered sealed off smoking lounges. Although I am not a smoker, I would prefer my lounges to be entirely smoke-free. With that said, I never once smelled smoke in the lounge even though several people were using this area.
The restrooms were located in the back corner and were extremely clean.
I was pretty tired since I did not sleep on the flight over and had been up for going on 24 hours at that point so decided to try and catch a quick nap. I was just starting to doze off when a gaggle of children came into the lounge with what I would assume was their dad. The dad picked a couch right across from me and proceeded to go to sleep almost immediately while his kids absolutely terrorized the lounge running around and screaming. It was at that point I decided it was time to switch lounges so I packed up and headed for the transit immigration area and re-cleared security on my way to the Sky Lounge (Schengen).
To me, the Sky Lounge (Non-Schengen) was your quintessential Priority Pass lounge. It was decent enough for a place to spend a little time, but I would not go out of my way to spend any time here. The seating options were limited, the food and drink options were decent enough and the overall vibe of the lounge was not great. But, if I had my choice between spending time here or spending time at the gate area, I would definitely pick the lounge (provided the screaming kids were not there).
What is your favorite lounge at Vienna (VIE)?
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