The Austrian Airlines lounge in Vienna is a nice place to escape the crowds and enjoy a light meal and perhaps even a nap.
Our flight to Yerevan was outside the Schengen area, therefore departed from the G Gates area. Prior to reaching the lounge we cleared security and passport control. We found the lounge directly past the passport control area.
The lounge is open daily from 05:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Even though I was flying economy class on Austrian, I gained access by virtue of my Star Alliance Gold card. The lounge has a two sections, one for business class and one for Star Alliance Gold cardholders.
We arrived around 10:00 p.m. The lounge was largely deserted, with just two other people on the Senator side. Plenty of seating is available, but what caught my eyes was the quiet area in the back corner. There were five couches designed for napping…the juxtaposition between those and the rigid economy class seat I would soon endure were quite stark.
An assortment of magazines and newspapers were available:
Austrian flights are catered by Do & Co and so is the lounge. We head eaten a large dinner earlier so I was not hungry at all, but could have made a nice snack with the pasta, salad, soup, and bread.
The buffet also included whole fruit, a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and even a special sleep enhancing “Snooze” drink that looked too dodgy to risk trying.
Restrooms and showers are located on the business side of the lounge, which is separated by the check-in lobby.
My favorite part of the lounge, however, was the charging ports located on tables. No plug necessary…just lay your phone down on top of it.
I appreciated the late checkout from the Andaz Vienna over more time in this lounge, but this is a perfectly functional, comfortable lounge.