Prior to my Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Chicago, I spent 30 minutes in the Austrian Business Lounge in Terminal F at VIE. This Schengen Lounge offers comfortable seating and a generous spread of food and drink.
Austrian Business Lounge (Schengen) Vienna Review
I maintain Star Gold status and normally would use the Austrian Senator Lounge, but that adjacent lounge was temporarily closed during my visit…all passengers were directed toward the business lounge. Even though I flying to the United States, I stopped in this Schengen lounge because the international lounge was also closed. Most lounges have since reopened.
Access + Hours + Location
This lounge welcomes all Star Alliance Gold and premium cabin passengers traveling on a Star Alliance flight. Miles & More Frequent Traveller status holders also have access to this lounge. Furthermore, Austrian sells access for 35€ if you pre-book online or 39€ at the door. It is open daily from 5:30AM to 10:30PM and located on the second floor of Terminal F. After clearing security, follow the black “Lounge F” signs upstairs and down a long corridor overlooking the arrival lobby to reach the lounge.
As you enter the lounge, a food and beverage area is immediately to the left. Around it to the right and left is seating areas which range from tables and chairs to couches to semi-private curtained rest area with easy chairs.
One complaint: power ports are sparse in this lounge.
A curtained quiet area marks a cell phone free zone
Food + Drink
All food and drink is self-serve. During my morning visit, the breakfast spread included:
- bread rolls
- cold cuts
- scrambled eggs
- sliced fruit
- whole fruit
Beverages included coffee, tea, water, juice, and a full selection of alcoholic beverages.
Restrooms + Showers
Restrooms and showers are available.
All showers were in-use during visit – see a receptionist if you wish to add yourself to the shower waitlist.
A pair of paintings (prints, technically) give the lounge some character.
Having just come from a hearty breakfast at the Andaz, I did not eat anything, but appreciated the wide selection of food and drink available. This is particularly valuable considering that for most short- and mid-haul flights, Austrian no longer services complimentary food in economy class (a water bottle and chocolate remain free). While this isn’t a lounge I would arrive early to use, it particularly beats the gate area at Vienna International Airport, which is often warm and crowded and lacks power outlets.