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Austrian has 2 types of lounges in their non-Schengen gate area. There’s the business class lounge, and there’s the smaller, but more exclusive senator lounge. Here are the access requirements:
- Miles & More Senator or HON Circle members traveling in any cabin on a Star Alliance Airline
- Star Alliance Gold members traveling in any cabin on a Star Alliance airline
- Passengers connecting same day onto SWISS/Lufthansa First Class
The entry requirements are definitely stricter than the business class lounge as the primary motivator for this lounge is a status-based entry.
For what it’s worth, the lounge is basically one big room with mostly table seats.
As the morning went on, the lounge got more and more crowded with passengers who were flying to the US.
The space was small but decently sized enough for the number of people that would be accessing this lounge.
In the back, there were loungers where people could relax. The loungers were separated from the main part of the lounge, but they weren’t separated from each other really.
The food selection was decent, and there were a few things this lounge had that the business class lounge didn’t and likewise the other way around.
There was eve freshly cut bread
Now the senator lounge didn’t have any cheese or salami, but the business class lounge did, so I asked them if I could bring some over from there, and they said they’d bring it for me. They eventually ended up bringing me a whole bunch of cheese but I appreciated the service.
Between the business class and senator lounge was a common bathroom and showers as well. However, the showers were only for guests of the Senator lounge. So if you want to shower, there’s that added benefit of the senator lounge.
Overall, the senator lounge is pretty small but functionally sized for the number of people it would hold. There are great views, great food, decent seating options, wifi, and showers.