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It is not often I am genuinely positively surprised by a European lounge…and I know it is subjective…but if you have BA Gold or equivalent try the Finnair Premium Lounge (as opposed to BA third party offering, which despite excellent reviews elsewhere seems cramped to me). Feels spacious and relaxed even when busy. Excellent service and food. Lunch was hot dogs, pizza, salad offerings, and game pie. Lots of natural light and comfy seats. Credit where credit is due..14 Jun 2018
Completely completely agree! I loved the sauna experience as well! My only peeve is that the showers don’t have a toilet but instead u have to walk across the corridor.15 Jun 2018
It is a nice lounge, but tbh not (at least in my opinion) that special when you consider that it is the home base for an airline which is concentrating on long-haul trips to Asia.
I was also a little surprised by the comment that it doesn’t seem cramped even when it is busy, since I find it quickly does become so. Ironically, when busy, I think it is better to go to the “standard” business class lounge next door – if you like views over the apron (which you can get from either lounge) you will note that the seats in the standard lounge are twice as far apart as those in the premium lounge!
I have found the food offering is fine for snacks but if you want a proper meal, better to go to the Nordic Kitchen a short distance away.22 Jun 2018
If you are coming in from schengen, the best restaurant stop in my view is Fly Inn. Great views, very Finnish decor, and menus from Finland’s leading chefs. I think it’s the best food in the airport.22 Jun 2018
I agree with IanfromHKG. I travel through several times a year. It’s a nice lounge (especially if you like the cold white minimalist scandi look) but…. For me the food selection is pretty limited and not a patch on the Cathay Lounge in Hong Kong or say the Qatar Lounge which is really where the competition is on the routes to Asia. Without wanting to stir it up the BA First Lounge in T5 has greater choice of food and is just as comfortable…22 Jun 2018
I remember being in the Finnair lounge a couple of years back. It was the last time I caught slight frost bite as I was very inappropriately dressed for an arrival down the steps and onto a coach…
I recently got a quote via Helsinki and the Finnair lounge (for Asia) but found the ex-Europe fares on BA remain ca. £600 lower (in C)…
Good lounge from what I remember although disappointed I could not access the sauna to warm me up..22 Jun 2018
The Finnair lounge today stank of fish, they had Salmon Soup as one of the offerings…..but it was quiet
At least I was able to watch live coverage on Finnish TV of a domestic T20 cricket match being played in Finland !8 Jul 2018