January 8, 2016

Review: SAS Gold Lounge, Terminal 5 Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)

New Year's Trip to Lisbon & Prague

This trip included traveling to Lisbon together with the Singelresor Group to celebrate New Year; spending a night in Stockholm; and then flying to Prague where I stayed for two nights. I did not make any flight review flying in TAP economy class although I have included reviews of the lounges I was able to visit during this trip.


SAS Gold Lounge, Stockholm Arlanda Airport
SANA Malhoa Hotel, Lisbon
Top Attractions in Portugal
Lounge ANA, Lisbon Airport
Hilton Stockholm Slussen
Hilton Prague
Hilton Prague Old Town
Top Attractions in Czech Republic
Erste Premier Lounge, Prague Airport
SAS Business Class, Prague to Stockholm


SAS Gold Lounge reception desk

Date of visit: December 29, 2015
Updated April 7, 2016

Location: Terminal 5 after security control, opposite SAS Service Center, 4th flr
Access: SAS Eurobonus Gold and Diamond members and Star Alliance Gold members flying on SAS and other Star Alliance operated flights
Opening hours:  Daily, 5am until last departure

Lounge Entrance

SAS Gold Lounge Arlanda Airport entrance

SAS Gold Lounge Arlanda Airport Terminal 5 video tour 😉

SAS Gold and Business Lounge, Arlanda Airport

SAS Business Lounge reception desk (which was being used by both Gold and business class passengers during my visit)

Shoe polishing machine located after passing the reception

Seating

SAS Gold Lounge seating

SAS Gold Lounge seating

SAS Gold Lounge seating

SAS Gold Lounge seating

SAS Gold Lounge seating

Relax area offering great view of the runway

Phone Room & Guest Office

Phone room and Guest Office

1of 4 Phone rooms

1 of 2 guest offices

Reading materials

More reading materials (newspapers and magazines)


PCs with printer


SAS Gold Lounge "Travel self-service" corner

Power ports in almost every seat

Dining


SAS Gold Lounge dining area

SAS Gold Lounge dining area

SAS Gold Lounge Menu

Potato salad with wasabi and sesame seed
Coldsmoked salmon
Herb dressing
Cream Cheese
Carrotsticks, tomatoes and mixed salad

SAS Gold Lounge, cold buffet

Homemade cauliflower soup


SAS Gold Lounge self-serve bar

SAS Gold Lounge, red and white wines

Cold buffet and drinks


Fruit corner with St. Lucia buns and SAS Ginger Bread House 


SAS Ginger Bread House

Lavatory and Shower


Gentlemen's toilet


1 of 2 shower rooms

View


Great view of the tarmac


View of the tarmac from the front side

CONCLUSION

About two weeks ago, I was able to visit the newly renovated SAS Gold Lounge in Stockholm Arlanda Airport Terminal 5 which reopened in September 2015. I have visited the old SAS Gold Lounge a few times prior to the renovation and I have to say the first thing I noticed was it being very spacious. The new lounge is actually more than double the size  of the old one with a new total area of 855 sq. m. The modern furniture and design matched with large windows definitely offer a more relaxing and brighter environment. There are plenty of small seating areas and most have power outlets which is a very good thing. The addition of the phone rooms, guest office and shower rooms makes it a more "complete lounge". As for the dining options, I thought the food selection was very good and the self serve bar also offered an extensive selection of alcoholic drinks. The shower rooms were rather simple but I guess that's the way SAS would like to have it. The remodeling done to this lounge was a big improvement and with its friendly staff, this is absolutely my "home lounge"!


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