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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.
Once airside we followed the signage towards the lounge, which is just shortly after security, past some duty free shops.
The lounge is located up one level from the main concourse, and you can take either the (painfully neon green) stairs or an elevator.
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.
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:
- The Citi Prestige® Card: comes with Priority Pass access for the cardmember and up to two guests or immediate family
- The Platinum Card® from American Express: comes with Priority Pass access for the cardmember, and additional guests can be brought in for $27 each
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN: comes with Priority Pass access for the cardmember, and additional guests can be brought in for $27 each
So there are plenty of ways to access this lounge.
Anyway, the Aurora Lounge was modern and spacious. And it seemed to be very dedicated to having about as many themes as seats.
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!
I’ll let the pictures below speak for themselves.
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.
The spread was quite decent, as they had toast, croissants, muffins, cookies, cereal, yogurt, cold cuts, cheese, veggies, etc.
Aurora Lounge breakfast spread Stockholm Airport
Then there were also a few types of snack mix.
In terms of drinks, there were fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, and an espresso machine.
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.
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.