April 14, 2015

Review: Finnair Lounge, Schengen Helsinki Airport (HEL)

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Location: Terminal 2 Schengen Airside, 3rd floor near gate 22
Access: Business class passengers on Finnair and One World member airlines; Emerald and Sapphire status holders
Opening hours: 5:30am to 12mn

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area entrance

Reception

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area reception

Seating

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, seating area

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, seating area

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, seating area

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, seating area

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, seating area

Workstation

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, workstations

Dining

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, dining area

Finnair Lounge Schengen, buffet station

Finnair Lounge Schengen, buffet station

Finnair Lounge Schengen, wine selection

Finnair Lounge Schengen area, beer and softdrink station

Finnair Lounge Schengen area, coffee and juices

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, buffet

Toilet and Shower Room

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, gentlemen's toilet

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, shower room

Finnair Lounge Schengen Area, shower

View

Finnair Lounge Schengen area, view of the tarmac

CONCLUSION

This lounge has been renovated and reopened later last year so I was eager to visit it and make comparison to the Finnair Lounge Non Schengen I have visited a few times. I would say that this lounge is pretty much like the one in the non-Schengen area except for that the design is much simpler and the food offerings may be not that great. During lunch time, they were serving rice, coq au vin and vegetable cheese soup which tasted good. It was also crowded during my visit which was around 3-4pm. Lastly, I thought that the toilet for the men was too small and that they could have made a bigger one considering the number of passengers that come to this lounge during peak hours. Overall, a nice lounge.