December 2, 2016

Review: IDW Esperanza Resort Business Lounge, Vilnius Airport

Trip to Vilnius, Lithuania and Tallinn, Estonia

A couple of weeks ago, I was traveling again and this time, I visited two Baltic cities namely, Vilnius and Tallinn. It was my first time to visit Vilnius and I was really glad to have visited this beautiful city as they have a very nice Old Town with lots of interesting sights to visit. Since I have gold status with Club Carlson, I booked my first night at the Radisson BLU Hotel Lietuva which is famous for its Skybar and my second night at the Radisson BLU Royal Astorija Hotel which is located in the heart of the Old Town and where famous dignitaries like the King of Sweden and ex US President Bush have stayed in the past. Although I've been to Tallinn a few years ago, it was only for a few hours as we were on a cruise that time. This time, I stayed for two nights, staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn on my first night and at the newly opened Hilton Tallinn Park for my second night where I was given an upgrade to a one bedroom suite 😍 I flew with SAS and LOT in economy class during this trip but since I have Star Alliance gold status, I had access to the SAS Gold Lounge in Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, the IDW Esperanza Resort Lounge in Vilnius Airport and the Business Lounge in Tallinn Airport. It was just a short trip since I had to be back in Stockholm for work but I definitely enjoyed every minute of it and hopefully, I will be back again soon 😉



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IDW Esperanza Resort Business Lounge, Vilnius Airport

Date of visit: November 21, 2016

Location: After security, 2nd floor, at the end of the hall next to the Heineken Bar
Access: Business class passengers of all airlines; Star Alliance gold members of passengers flying on Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT, Turkish Airlines and SAS; Skyteam Elite Plus member flying on Aeroflot; One World sapphire or emerald member flying on Finnair; Priority Pass and Diners Club card holders; Single pass visit costs 26 EUR
Opening hours: Daily, 4am to 10pm

Vilnius Airport

Vilnius Airport

Vilnius Airport Arrivals Hall

Vilnius Airport, Departures Hall

Lounge Entrance

Lounge entrance

Seating

Lounge seating

Lounge seating

Lounge seating

Relaxation Area

Three recliners


Wall (lake view) facing the relaxation area

Dining

Packed sandwiches

Salads, butter, desserts

Soup of the day was Bean soup with ground beef 😋

Chocolates and cookies

Drinks including Coke, Sprite, Fanta, mineral water, Schweppes, beer, gin

Water and softdrinks

Local alcoholic beverages like Jeanjean Merlot, Nederburg Pinotage, Yali Merlot, Bozoline, Alita Brandy

Espresso machine

Work & Entertainment

2 PCs and one printer

One of several TV screens

Complimentary wifi although it was disconnecting every few minutes

Toilet

Gentlemen's toilet (no shower rooms)

CONCLUSION

This lounge is actually managed by the IDW Esperanza Resort thus the name. I like the design of the lounge since it has a modern design with several seating areas. The food was also okay specially the soup although all the rest were packed and doesn't give much appeal. The drink selection were also a bit limited as compared to other third party lounges I've visited in Europe. During the time I was there, the lounge did not actually get crowded. Overall, this is a nice and modern lounge and a good place to visit while waiting for your flight.


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