Review: Aurora Lounge Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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After a few awesome days in Stockholm, our next stop was Berlin. We booked airberlin from Stockholm to Berlin using British Airways Avios, as it cost a mere 4,500 Avios one-way. That’s quite a value, given that the one-way fare was over 150EUR.

We were booked in economy, and for that matter airberlin is a low cost carrier, and doesn’t even offer a business class cabin within Europe. But thanks to my oneworld Emerald status we could still access a lounge.

We arrived at Arlanda Airport at around 9AM for our 10:35AM flight. Check-in was quick, as was security, and we found ourselves airside at Terminal 2 by around 9:15AM. I had asked at check-in about the lounge airberlin uses at Arlanda Airport, and was informed they use the Aurora Lounge.

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Arlanda Airport check-in hall

Once airside we followed the signage towards the lounge, which is just shortly after security, past some duty free shops.

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Arlanda Airport departures hall

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Arlanda Airport departures hall

The lounge is located up one level from the main concourse, and you can take either the (painfully neon green) stairs or an elevator.

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Arlanda Airport stairs to Aurora Lounge

At the top of the stairs I was a bit confused by the location of the lounge, given that I just saw (what looked like) a restaurant. As it turns out the Aurora Lounge is located in the back of the restaurant, which is a unique setup.

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Arlanda Airport entrance to Aurora Lounge

Once inside the lounge we were greeted by a friendly associate, who scanned my AAdvantage Executive Platinum card. She informed us there were no boarding announcements in the lounge, which is hardly surprising for a contract lounge.

It’s worth noting that this is also a Priority Pass lounge. Several credit cards offer Priority Pass memberships just for being a cardmember, including the following:

So there are plenty of ways to access this lounge.

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Arlanda Airport entrance to Aurora Lounge

Anyway, the Aurora Lounge was modern and spacious. And it seemed to be very dedicated to having about as many themes as seats.

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

The lounge was large, though not huge, but it must have had at least a dozen different “themed” area. I’m not sure if the lounge bought all their furniture in a sectional furniture store liquidation sale, or what, by my gosh did they have a lot of different types of furniture!

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

I’ll let the pictures below speak for themselves.

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm Airport seating

Perhaps the one downside of the lounge was that it doesn’t overlook the tarmac, but rather you just have views of the interior of the terminal.

The buffet spread was back near the entrance of the lounge. Since it was around 9:30AM at this point, they were serving breakfast.

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Aurora Lounge buffet Stockholm Airport

The spread was quite decent, as they had toast, croissants, muffins, cookies, cereal, yogurt, cold cuts, cheese, veggies, etc.

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

Then there were also a few types of snack mix.

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

In terms of drinks, there were fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, and an espresso machine.

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Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge beer & juice Stockholm Airport

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Aurora Lounge espresso machine Stockholm Airport

We only had about 45 minutes in the lounge, and at around 10:10AM we headed to the gate for our flight to Berlin, which was departing very close to the lounge.

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Aurora Lounge Stockholm bottom line

For a contract and Priority Pass lounge I thought this one was pretty nice. It was large, modern (even if a bit oddly designed), and had a decent snack spread. It’s certainly not a lounge I’d arrive early to visit, but ultimately all I want from a lounge in the morning is a place to fire up my laptop, grab a coffee, and maybe some granola.

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Comments

  1. Hehe was there at the end of last year and had a similar impression to you, Ben – pretty decent for what it is. They’ve also got fantastically fast Eduroam WiFi access (applicable to anyone with a university login as a staff member or student from pretty much any major university in the world!)

  2. Thanks for your timely review. 😉 I will be flying out of ARN with AB in 2 days and will be using this lounge for the first time. It looks quite good for a contract lounge – spcially compared to other Menzies lounges in Europe. ^

  3. One addition / correction to the drinks list (unless it has changed since I was there a year or so ago). The tap handles in the picture are beer *and* wine. They had a red and a white wine on tap – at least when I was there.

  4. Don’t be fooled by the reviews, this is a truely aweful lounge. Grumpy staff on the reception. Double checked my ticket and asked to see my card (as I don’t look like you average business class passenger). Once inside used a very dirty coffee machine serving way below average coffee. Then on to the buffet… two cardboard dry crepes, some close to stale bread, meat and cheese in full supply tho. Minimal options but to make a bad sandwich. The seating options are very good, sofas, recliners, work spaces. But they are all a little dirty. To me the place looks like it was designed well but badly managed. Poor food. Poor service. Poor cleanliness. One world should really check on the partner lounges they use…

  5. These people sure are lazy, really bad. 5.45 and still not open. NOT first time. About 50 people were waiting when I arrived a few minutes ago, and they all had to leave with no breakfast etc, despite paying for business class tickets. As this has happened to me a few times, the conclusion is don’t expect it to be open in the morning. The posted opening hours are only when they bother going up early. Bad, Swedavia should kick them out.

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