As far as contract lounges go (that are managed by the airport), Poland has some of the best contract lounges. ever. I don’t know what it is.. but, almost every single lounge at Polish airports has a super nice and modern design which always makes me look forward to visiting them.
Warsaw Airport recently opened up two new lounges that are independently managed by the airport and different passengers can access each lounge. The goal was to provide better, premium lounges targeted at non-Star Alliance airlines (so those that don’t belong to an alliance, oneworld, and also SkyTeam). Star Alliance premium passengers can already access the LOT Business Lounge and some can access the LOT Elite Club Lounge… however those two lounges absolutely suck compared to the new lounges, Preludium and Fantazja, which were recently opened.
I wasn’t able to visit the Fantazja lounge since I wasn’t travelling with an airline that has access to the lounge, although I hear that the Fantazja lounge is much better than this one, Preludium. I gained access to this lounge using my Priority Pass card. More people can access this lounge than the Fantazja lounge mainly since you can access Preludium with various lounge cards such as Airport Angel, Diners Club, or Priority Pass.
First impressions of the lounge upon walking in: IKEA-esque. Although that didn’t bother me at all since I love IKEA and all my furniture at home is from IKEA.. so you could say that I felt right at home. The lounge is located on the lower level of the airport which means that there isn’t any natural light. I could quickly tell from the pictures online that the Fantazja lounge is much more superior to Preludium. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, all the lounges in Warsaw are named after different types of Chopin’s compositions.
The lounge was super, super empty and very quiet. There were about five people there and during the three hours that I stayed, no one else came in. The lounge does feel a bit ‘cheap’ and ‘plastic’, however the overall design is nicer than your average contract lounge. I like how they incorporated the green (fake) plant ‘walls’ with the wooden furniture.
There were several different types of seating areas including relaxing chairs, lounge chairs, couches, normal chairs, etc.
The lounge’s seating areas are extensive and most of them are comfortable. I like the fact that the lounge was quiet and provided a relaxing atmosphere early in the morning. There is also a food area which consists mostly of snacks and not a lot of ‘real’ food. There are salads and cold sandwiches in the refrigerator.
There were two coffee machines along with various types of tea, juices, water, soda, and a small selection of alcohol.
The lounge definitely doesn’t get a good rating for the food, I tried a salad and it wasn’t the best. Some of the chocolate snacks are fine, but I would prefer if they had some hot food, such as soup.
All in all, the lounge’s design is much better than what amenities are offered in the lounge. The food isn’t the best, however the lounge does have nice seating areas and provides a quiet atmosphere for those wishing to relax. The food mostly consists of snacks and nothing super fancy. The bathrooms are clean and the staff is very friendly. I don’t have a problem with the IKEA-esque design of the lounge since I actually like IKEA furniture and therefore I felt that the lounge design was awesome, especially how they incorporated the green ‘walls’!