Once I re-checked my bag all the way to Kraków (the agent in Innsbruck told me it would be best to just claim it in Vienna and re-check it), I cleared security and oddly enough they were weighing carry on bags before entering the security area. One guy told me to go and weigh the bag (as they had scales) while another agent working at the scale saw my *Gold tag and told me she doesn’t need me to weigh my Rimowa.
All of Austrian’s lounges are in one ‘lounge’ area, where there are some other non-airline lounges also.
Like Lufthansa, Austrian operates three types of lounges:
- Business Lounge (SA Business Class, Star Gold)
- Senator Lounge (SA First Class, Star Gold)
- HON Circle Lounge (LH, LX First Class, HON Circle)
On account of my Gold Status, I was invited to use the Senator Lounge.
While the lounge design wasn’t something super nice, there was a very nice selection of food and drinks.
Also, a very nice lighted poster by the entrance:
There was a Business section with three computers and a printer.
Most of the lounge had these types of chairs (they weren’t comfortable at all to sit in):
The view from the lounge wasn’t the greatest thing in the world but at least some birds were visible.
There was a TV section with some slightly different chairs.
The bathrooms were very clean but not spacious.
The food selection was amazing, all of the food was warm and very edible. I don’t know if DO&CO caters the lounges, but the food was excellent. I arrived and there were still breakfast options and an hour later they changed to dinner options, so I was able to eat both breakfast and dinner in the lounge given I had a 3+ hour layover.
The coffee machine was the same as Lufthansa’s, however Austrian had some Julius Meinl coffee which I love.
The lounge never got crowded and I was there from about 10:00 – 13:00, so I don’t know if there weren’t that many flights departing or what but the lounge was super empty.
With all of that being said, Austrian has a very nice lounge with some uncomfortable chairs but at least the food was excellent and the lounge was quiet.