Travel-Dealz editor Dennis had a look at the Skyview Lounge at the EuroAirport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg. Read further to find out about the lounge and its amenities.
Location & Access Rules
You can get access to the lounge in the following ways:
- For an admission fee of CHF 38 (~€40)
- Through Priority Pass, Dragon Pass or with a Diners Club credit card
- Through a flight with a lounge partner airline in business class or if you are a status holder
Some credit cards also have a Priority Pass included that would grant you access to the lounge. With most American Express Platinum credit cards, you will get a Priority Pass membership that will grant you access for free.
If you are flying business class or if you are are a status holder with the following airlines, you will also get access:
- Air France
- Australian Airlines
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- TAP Portugal
- Turkish Airlines
The lounge is located very centrally in the middle of the terminal of Basel airport. All gates are close and within walking distance. It takes you about 5 minutes in average to reach your gate.
Design & Interior
The lounge consists of two respectively three levels. In the lower level there is the check-in desk, a bar called Piazza Bar, an artificial “stream” and a few chairs and a catering bar. However, during all my visits, the lower level was not in use due to the small amount of people visiting the lounge.
In the upper level the true potential of the lounge fully unfolds. Not only are the views from the lounge onto the runway extremely nice. But also the round design of the lounge itself paired with a lot of plants and nice interior are pretty impressive.
As a side note: The lounge is wheelchair accessible. There is a lift in the middle of the lounge.
From the upper level you could theoretically go onto the third level but this has never been opened during any of my visits. I am sure it’s just there in case the lounge gets too crowded which has never been the case in the past. There are so many seating options in the upper level itself already that the lounge has never been close to its capacity.
Furthermore, the lounge has a good amount of working space with comfy chairs & tables. I was really impressed.
The lounge also has showers but I didn’t have a look at these. However, the toilets were very clean but were only averagely equipped.
Additionally, the lounge offers a number of different magazines and newspapers for your reading entertainment.
The catering is on a very high level for a Priority Pass lounge in my opinion. If you know a few Priority Pass lounges and other contract lounges, you will know that the quality of the catering can differentiate a lot. However, the food and beverages in this lounge are comparable with those of a Lufthansa business lounge.
In terms of food you have the choice between cold foods such as salad and cold cut at the salad bar or hot food that varies daily. Especially the fact that the hot food varies on a daily level is a big plus in my opinion, because you can easily get sick of the same lounge food over and over again if you are a frequent flyer. Usually the lounge offers a soup of the day and two hot meals.
The quality level of the food is above average too. I am frequently visiting this lounge, and I have never been disappointed by the food. Next to the displayed mushroom risotto and roesti, there has also been spinach cream pasta or fried prawns in the past. At the salad bar, you can always find cheese, cold cut, salad and a filo pastry filled with meat.
Moreover, there are always snacks such as nuts, chips, fruits and even some cake.
The drink choice is not bad either. Beer, wine, liqueur and sparkling wine are available next to soft drinks and water. Of course, tea and coffee are available too.
Since the lounge is based on self service, there is mostly no service that I could rate here. But you will always see staff tidying up the lounge and cleaning tables plus refilling food and drinks. I have never had the feeling that the lounge has been unclean, even at the busiest times.
I didn’t test the speed of the WiFi but I had a feeling that it was pretty fast. Skype meetings, uploads and downloads were not a problem at all. The speed was enough for all my needs. Thumbs up!
I am quite impressed with this lounge. It’s definitely one of the best Priority Pass lounges I have visited so far. I am not missing anything here. Of course, the food is not on fine dining level but in my opinion it can definitely compete with some of the Lufthansa business lounges. The drink choice is great, the WiFi is fast and the lounge has a lot of seating options and lots of space. I could imagine spending a full working day here.