Review – Sky Lounge (Schengen) – VIE

After listening to rambunctious kids for about 15 minutes, I decided to head over to the Schengen side to check out the Sky Lounge on that side. Despite sharing a wall with the Sky Lounge (Non-Schengen), this lounge was much better.

The 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. My flight landed on the non-Schengen side so I needed to clear transit customs and security again before I could check out the Sky Lounge (Schengen). There was no line at transit customs and security took me less than 5 minutes to clear.

After clearing security, I followed signs for the Austrian Airlines lounge as the Sky Lounge (Schengen) is located right next to the Austrian Airlines lounge.

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I turned right at the end of that hallway and the entrance to the Sky Lounge was immediately to the right.

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The extremely friendly agent checked me in quickly and informed me that they were just switching to their lunch food on the buffet. Once I entered the lounge, there was a screen displaying flight information directly in front of me with some newspapers and magazines underneath.

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The lounge was divided into two sections. To the right was the buffet and dining area, while to the left was seating and the business center. I decided to check out the buffet area first as I was looking for a US style power outlet to charge my phone so I could continue making plans with a friend for later in the trip.

The buffet area was rather large and prominently featured some interesting artwork as soon as you walked in.

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There were a few small seating options along the back wall, as well as in the back corner past the buffet.

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The buffet spread was relatively small, though it all looked quite good. I quickly found out that DO &CO – the same company that catered my last flight – also catered for the Sky Lounge. The menu read as follows:

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There was an option between two soups with some fresh made croutons.

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Next to that was your typical selection of snack foods like pretzels, potato chips and peanuts.

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At the end of the buffet was a selection of wines and various fruit juices.

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The cold options featured a pre-made salad with a variety of dressings. They later brought out a selection of cold cuts, cheeses and pre-made sandwiches, though I forgot to take picture.

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As always in Europe, there was a selection of fresh bread and rolls available.

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Lastly, there was warm potato vegetable casserole. While I did not try the casserole as I was not very hungry, it seemed to be a huge hit in the lounge.

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There were also two different specialty coffee machines, though only seemed to be working consistently.

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There was a small self-serve bar as well that offered some lower level spirits.

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There was also a refrigerator with water, sodas and beer.

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Lastly, there was a small selection of whole fruit and some sort of chocolate covered cookies.

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The seating in the Sky Lounge (Schengen) was identical to that at the Sky Lounge (Non-Schengen), however there was definitely more of it available.

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The Schengen side lounge also seemed to offer more couches where two people could sit together if they wanted.

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In the back corner of the lounge, there was also a massage chair behind a little privacy barrier.

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Lastly, there was nice little business center that offered chairs and desks. The business center remained empty the entire time I was in the lounge, so if you are looking for a quiet place to get some work done, I would highly recommend this lounge.

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I was unable to find a US style (or USB style for that matter) power plug anywhere in the lounge, though the friendly associate that checked me in offered a power convertor in exchange for holding my boarding pass.

I spent about an hour in the lounge charging my phone, discussing some plans with a friend and having a beer. The one thing I noticed was that the door to reach the bathrooms would not close gently. Instead it would slam and shake the partitions that were hanging in the lounge. That would not have been a big deal except for the fact that there was someone in and out of the bathroom every 30 seconds it seemed. That did not bother me at first, but after about an hour I had had enough and was ready to move on to the Austrian Airlines lounge next door.

I will say this though about the Sky Lounge – the staff was hustling to make sure the entire place was spotlessly clean and was as friendly as could be. If it was not for the slamming bathroom door, I probably would have spend a few hours in this lounge as it was mostly empty and rather comfortable. But since the slamming door was starting to annoy me, I decided to head next door to the Austrian Airlines lounge to check that out.

Final Thoughts

The Sky Lounge (Schengen) was definitely better than the Sky Lounge (Non-Schengen), but was still your typical Priority Pass lounge. It was a decent enough for a place to spend a little time, but the constant door slamming from the bathroom door makes this a lounge I would not want to spend any time in if I was looking to relax. The seating options were good, the food and drink options were decent enough and the overall vibe of the lounge was so-so. But, if I had my choice between spending time here or spending time at the gate area, I would definitely pick the lounge.

What is your favorite lounge at Vienna (VIE)?

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