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Review: SWISS Business Lounge at Zurich Airport Terminal E

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This is our review of the SWISS Business Lounge at Zurich Airport Terminal E.

It is a while since we reviewed SWISS Business Class on Head for Points.  When I (Anika) headed back to the US after a couple of weeks in Europe, partly for the HFP Summer Party, it seemed a good opportunity to take another look.

I had spent my last couple of days back in Europe with a friend in Düsseldorf, so my trip had started with an uneventful SWISS short haul flight to Zurich.  I look at this briefly tomorrow as part of the long haul review.

I was connecting in Zurich to Chicago. This involved quite a long walk and a train ride from the A Gates to the E Gates before I arrived at the SWISS Business Lounge.

Where is the SWISS business lounge in Zurich?

This lounge – SWISS has a number in Zurich – is located on the third floor near Gate E37 and is accessible via an elevator. It is very close to the international gates.

The reception serves both the Business and the Senator lounge.  The Business wing is to the left whilst the Senator (Gold Card – there is a dedicated First Class lounge elsewhere) lounge is to the right. They share shower facilities, though I didn’t check them out.

swiss business lounge zurich

After scanning my boarding pass I was given a personal access code for unlimited Wi-Fi across the whole airport.  Users normally get two free hours and are subsequently charged.

Reception staff advised that I should make my way to the gate about 15 minutes before boarding as there was another passport control to get through. Luckily there were designated Business and First Class queues which meant I didn’t have too wait long.

The SWISS Business Class lounge (E gates)

I don’t need to describe it in detail, because this overview of the lounge was hanging on one of the walls (click to enlarge)!

swiss business lounge zurich floor plan

The SWISS website says that the lounge covers 1,200 sq m and can seat 200 guests.  The Senator lounge next door is virtually the same size.

As I walked into the lounge there were seats to the left and the magazine shelves in front of me.

swiss business lounge zurich zones

The magazine selection was great – if you speak German. Magazine and newspaper titles included Der Spiegel, Elle, Vogue and Gala (Rob’s wife would have been very happy about the latter). There were also some English titles but fewer than you might have expected – and, overall, the selection was one of the biggest I’ve seen in a long time:

swiss business lounge zurich magazines

Around the corner was a selection of food and beverages:

swiss business lounge zurich buffet

…. with a salad buffet, fruits and cakes ….

swiss business lounge zurich food

…. and a good selection of alcohol, for people who are less pregnant than me!

swiss business lounge zurich alcohol

The lounge also had an open kitchen with a made to order menu.

swiss business lounge zurich chef kitchen

The lunch options were:

Pasta with Carbonara sauce and bacon
Spaetzle with garden vegetables
Potato quiche with rosemary
Beef bouillon with root vegetables
Chilled tomato soup

The desert option was French Toast with apple puree.

I had a small portion of the pasta which had a little bit too much bacon in it, but was otherwise tasty.

swiss business lounge zurich pasta

There was a coffee island in the middle of the room:

swiss business lounge zurich coffee station

…. and opposite the coffee machines was a good selection of wines and prosecco.

swiss business lounge zurich wines

The lounge was very bright with floor to ceiling windows facing the tarmac.

swiss business lounge zurich windows

One plus was definitely the outdoor space, especially as it was gorgeous sunny day (no smoking allowed!).

swiss business lounge zurich outdoor area

Here’s another picture of the main area with the made to order food kitchen at the far end.

swiss business lounge zurich seating

Other areas in the lounge included the ‘work area’ (a number of small office cubicles) and a relaxation area:

swiss business lounge zurich relaxation spaceConclusion

All in all I enjoyed my short stay in the SWISS Business Class lounge. The lounge was bright and inviting, the atmosphere calm and the food and drink selection great. It’s definitely a lounge where you won’t mind spending a couple of hours waiting for your flight.

The lounge is open from 6am – 10:30pm Monday to Sunday and can be accessed by ticketed First and Business Class passengers or Star Alliance Gold / Miles & More Frequent Traveller (Silver) members.  That said, Star Gold members should preferably use the Senator lounge and First Class passengers should use the dedicated First Class facility.

You can find out more about all of the SWISS lounges in Zurich Airport on their website here.

Tomorrow I will take a look at SWISS Business Class as I head to Chicago.

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Comments

  1. I thought this lounge was already in the non-Schengen area?

    Pregnant women shouldn’t have too much coffee either!

    My wifi code from the lounge used by BA is vaild for a year… saved it on my phone so can reconnect straight away every time I pass through…

  2. ‘Too much bacon’? Is such a thing possible?

  3. Where is the SWISSS business lounge in Zurich? 🙂

  4. Concerto says:

    Know this lounge well, this is one where I am a regular. I think a carpet in the walkway just after the reception, shown in picture number three just after the pic with the plan, would be a good improvement because people going in and out produce a lot of noise, especially those who like to feel important with clacky shoes. The Senator lounge next door has an amazing whisky bar, well worth a visit if you can get in.
    To be totally avoided is the dreadful business lounge in Terminal A.

  5. Lady London says:

    Reminds me Zürich airport is generally great for magazines ! IIRC loads including a few boys’ and techie ones like chip.de and one other, that i used to pick up there.

    Not just in the ounges, but in a couple of places on thé pieds as well!

    Not been there for a while but your article has reminded me this could be one reason to route a flight via there soon Tks Anika!

  6. My wife and I also enjoyed our time at E Gate SWISS business lounge in Zurich last April bound for BKK on their superb GBP2.5k 2-4-1 bargain fare. So good that we’re on the same promotion fare in November.

    From departing LHR to arriving back we had no complaints with SWISS, whatsoever. I like the surreal cowbell and mooing sounds on the Skymetro which lightens the mood.

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