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We were very sad to leave Vienna, especially the outstanding accommodations and location of the Park Hyatt Vienna. Wow, what a hotel! Seeing as though we had changed our trip very last minute, and business class was the only way we could redeem Avios back to London from Vienna we had guaranteed access to the Air Lounge at Vienna airport. I mentioned in the review of BA’s Club World, that even had we redeemed our Avios for economy ( which I’d have preferred ) we could have still used the Air Lounge Vienna via my Priority Pass membership. Let’s take a look at the lounge.
Getting a Priority Pass
Most of the cards listed below offer the membership with 2 guests. Currently, I carry 3 cards that have it as a perk ( Amex Platinum, Amex Business Platinum, and Citi Prestige)
- Citi Prestige
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- American Express Platinum
- American Express Business Platinum
- American Express Delta Reserve
- American Express Hilton Honors Aspire
- American Express Hilton Honors Ascend ( 10 visits no guests )
- American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card
- US Bank Altitude Reserve
- When: January 2019
- Where: Vienna
- Access: BA Club World but also Priority Pass
We were departing out of the D gates and the lounge is just before you go through security for D. With that said, once you get through security there is very, very, very, very little in terms of food. One little cart with sandwiches and a vending machine area. That’s it. If you want food…get it at the lounge or before security.
Check in/Initial Impression
Through the door and to your left you’ll see check-in. Clearly presented are the various memberships you can use to access – Priority Pass is displayed, but we simply showed our boarding passes. The lounge is modern, clean, and at first look seems relatively new.
The lounge is a large room broken up in separate areas, and is starting to feel dated. Immediately you can tell this is a place that you’ll be more likely to want to spend a small amount of time at prior to or in between flights. In fact, when we got to the gates I’d wished we’d have just eaten at one of the restaurants available prior to security. There’s also free Wifi was was decent.
Not much in terms of food that was appealing to me. Some fruit and veg options, but the hot options weren’t really that appetizing…to me. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of traditional Central/Eastern European fare and don’t eat any meat whatsoever. The pictures pretty much tell the story
A few different areas to sit depending on whether you were looking to eat, lounge, or work. We didn’t find it hard to find a seat, but the lounge had sort of a manic feel to it that the pictures don’t really capture.
Would I go back? Yes. It’s great to pick up a drink, snack, etc. Would I care if I arrived without enough time to visit it? Absolutely not. It’s certainly better than going on to the D gates ( there’s basically nothing to do there ) so if you have extra time I’d go here or check out what other dining options are avail to you.
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