Aegean Business Lounge – ATH

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Aegean Business Lounge - Athens (ATH)

Aegean Business Lounge – Athens (ATH)

The Aegean Business Lounge at Athens airport serves Star Alliance premium and Gold passengers. It is one of only three lounges operated by the Greek Star Alliance carrier. The club is located towards the end of Concourse B, beyond the duty free shops. Like all other airline clubs at Athens airport, it is located before security.

Aegean Business Lounge design

Aegean being the dominant carrier, the Aegean Business Lounge is the largest club at Athens airport. The vast rectangular space benefits from plenty of daylight, though the views on the parking lot are anything but exhilarating.

The space is pristine, but the décor is somewhat of an assault on the senses, with a highly reflective black floor, glass and metal tables, red chairs and harsh lighting, plus loud background music to compound the effect. It seems that the design would be a better fit for a food court where patron turnover is the goal, than for an airline lounge where passengers are supposed to relax. Thankfully, the large black leather couches and indoor plants provide a slight counterbalance. On the walls are cool pictures of airplane engines.

Aegean Business Lounge - Athens (ATH)

Aegean Business Lounge – Athens (ATH)

The open space is primarily furnished with large round dining tables and couches of variable degrees of comfort – form occasionally trumps function. This layout works well when the lounge is quiet, giving patrons a lot of space to stretch out in a living room like environment. At peak times, however, the lack of seating catering to solo travelers means that patrons will find it challenging to find privacy. The focus on group seating and social interactions is an odd design choice, considering that most business travelers fly solo.

Power outlets are sorely missing overall, in unfortunate oversight for a newly designed lounge. Thankfully, there are several clusters of work desks with built-in plugs.

Aegean Business Lounge amenities

Aegean Business Lounge - Athens (ATH)

Aegean Business Lounge – Athens (ATH)

The buffet area is large, and frankly a bit over dimensioned considering the actual offer, which consists mostly of snacks. In the morning, patrons will find tasty hot pastries and yoghurt, then throughout the day snacks and finger food – in short, nothing that constitutes a true meal. The drink selection is decidedly superior, however. Mineral water and soda are available from coolers, while the expansive alcoholic beverage selection includes a wide self-serve assortment of wines, spirits and liquor. Both drip coffee and espresso are available.

The large smoking room is a highlight – located in the back of the lounge and spanning the entire width of the space, it features the same elements as the rest of the lounge, including couches and workstations, giving smokers an opportunity to settle down for the duration of their stay.

Aegean Business Lounge - Athens (ATH)

Aegean Business Lounge – Athens (ATH)

Other amenities include a limited selection of newspapers and magazines (look for the “press corner” to the right of the reception desk when entering) as well as small lockers by the reception desk that fit a handbag or small backpack.

Aegean Business Lounge bottom line

Overall, the Aegean Business Lounge at Athens airport is a modern and pleasant facility featuring a luminous space, comfortable seating, and a lovely drink selection. When it’s quiet, the posh couches and space to stretch out are particularly enjoyable, even though the décor is a bit odd. When it’s busy, however, the lack of individual seating becomes awkward.

Considering that the Aegean Business Lounge serves only short flights within Europe’s Schengen zone, it’s difficult to expect much more. That said, for what should ultimately be Aegean’s flagship lounge, it’s not especially impressive – the airline could have put a greater focus on catering, or perhaps offered showers. Star Alliance premium passengers may head to the adjacent Lufthansa Business Lounge for a much more impressive buffet.

The pluses
  • The spacious layout and daylight.
  • The alcoholic beverage selection.
The minuses
  • The background music.
  • The lack of power outlets.
  • The limited food options.
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