I’ve got a ton of posts to crank out on our family vacation to Sicily and Salzburg. I’m hoping to get my butt in gear. Here’s a quick peek at what I expect to cover:
- Getting There. Connecting In Rome And Using Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Overseas
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Catania, Sicily
- A Return To Taormina, A Beautiful City On A Hill
- Our Favorite Part of Taormina
- Exploring Mt. Etna
- Walking And Eating In Downtown Catania
- A Day In Siracusa
- Priority Pass Lounge At Catania Airport
- Mess after Mess. airberlin To Salzburg
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Grand Salzburg
- Sound of Music Tour
- Walking Around Salzburg
- L’Osteria Restaurant
- Salt Mines at Berchtesgaden
- Cable Car at Untersbergbahn
- Tasty Donuts, Salzburg
- Train To Vienna
- Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Vienna, OMG
- Park Hyatt Vienna Review, Part 2
- Riding The U-Bahn Subway In Vienna
- Schmetterlinghaus: The Imperial Butterfly House
- Haus des Meeres: Aqua Terra Zoo
- Austrian Airlines Lounge, Vienna Airport
- Austrian Airlines VIE-IAD, Business Class Review
- Wrapping Up
This will be a fairly quick review, if only because it was something of an underwhelming lounge. I wanted to make sure I documented it for folks who follow such things.
One of the interesting things I noted when we arrived is that Vienna Airport is one of the few I can recall visiting that allows parking right in front of the terminal. St. Louis airport in the US is the only other “major” airport I can think of off the top of my head.
If you’re traveling in a premium cabin from Vienna, you might not immediately see the priority security entrance. The regular line was quite long when we arrived. To the left, away from the windows was the priority entrance. You’ll need to scan your boarding card to get access.
To get to the lounge, we had to walk down a few long hallways and then pull a u-turn up an escalator. The signage was decent enough to get us there.
The lounge was big enough for the crowd during our mid-morning visit. There was plenty of seating as we entered the lounge and along the window lines. There are also a small number of relaxation chairs in the back of the lounge if you’re looking to take a nap. I suspect you’ll need headphones and an eye mask to do so.
The food area was a bit on the sparse side compared to other international lounges I’ve visited. But, it was sufficient. There were two automated espresso/cappuccino machines as well as a refrigerator with bottled drinks. There was also a small self-service bar with “entry-level” spirits and wine.
The food selection was pretty carb heavy with a handful of bread choices. There were some fruits, cereal and yogurt but not much else.
You’ll find a small business center as well as some toilets and showers. I seem to have misplaced the photo of the showers. They were perfectly fine for a shower after a long flight. There’s also a set of showers specifically reserved for Star Alliance Gold folks. Go figure.
Interestingly, if it’s good food you’re looking for, the terminal is the place to look. There’s some really good food options there. Sure, you’ll pay for it, but we got a pretty good breakfast for not that much cash.
The Final Two Pennies
I don’t think I’d make time to get there early for this lounge on a future trip. It appears that Lucky from One Mile at a Time was able to get into the nicer HON Circle lounge located next door. If I knew I could end up there, I’d plan to spend some extra time. Short of that, I’d sleep in or spend a bit more time around Vienna.
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