Menzies Executive Lounge, T5 Schengen, Arlanda
Date of visit: December 22, 2012
Last updated: July 31, 2016
Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel
NOTE: This was used by Qatar Airways a few years ago until it was made exclusively for Schengen flights. Qatar Airways now uses the Stockholm Arlanda Lounge which is directly above this lounge.
Although I've spent a lot of times in this lounge over the last couple of years (primarily because of my Silver status with Qatar Airways), I haven't written a review about it yet. Two weeks ago, I was at this lounge once again and I decided it was time to make my first ever lounge review.
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 to 16:30
Saturday: 7:45 to 10:45
Sunday: 9:30 to 16:30
The Menzies Executive Lounge is located in Arlanda Terminal 5, for Schengen flights, right beside the Passport Control near gate F26.
Access to the lounge are for the following:
*Priority Lounge members
*Priority Pass members
*Diners Club members
Transit passengers require a valid Schengen visa to access the lounge.
There is normally one staff who is both accepting travellers in the front desk and taking care of the buffet area. The lounge doesn't really get that busy so I guess having one staff is quite acceptable.
Communication and Entertainment
There are two lounge computers with free wifi and a printer as well as copy machine, telephone and fax. If you have your own mobile or computer, you will need a username and a password, usually given in the front desk. And since it was Christmas time, there were two poinsettia plants on the computer table.
The last time I was here, they were still using two ordinary computers located just before the buffet area. I was surprised they have opted to use an ipad (this is actually the first time I've been to a business class lounge providing ipads) and since I do not own one, I had fun testing it myself.
Opposite the front desk, you will find a wide selection of newspapers, both Nordic and international. In this corner, you will also find the beautiful British Airways Concorde model, so make sure you don't miss it.
There are three TV screens showing both swedish and english programs, as well as three monitors showing the schedule of departures. Unfortunately, you would have to come closer to the screen to be able to read the flight schedules since they are too small, and no announcement for boarding were being made either.
A pretty basic selection of cold buffet and drinks...
As it was breakfast time (around 8) the buffet area was well-stocked with cereals, bread, cheese, ham, caviar mini tubes, milk and yoghurt.
Coffee is also available from the coffee machine, as well as a good selection of Twinings tea.
Bottled beer, juice and Schweppes are also available.
Spendrups draft beer and Spring Village wines (Chardonnay and Shiraz) are just beside the softdrink dispenser.
There are no shower rooms but the toilets are plenty and are always kept clean. Unfortunately, the soap dispenser on the right side was empty so I had to use the other one on the left side.
The Menzies Executive Lounge has pretty basic offerings: a place to have a light meal, check emails, read a newspaper, or just relax before a long flight. It's big enough so finding a seat will not be a problem. Plus, it has lots of windows with a nice view (although not much during winter). It's probably not the best lounge I've been to (I give a plus to the ipads though) but since not too many travellers are departing nor connecting in Stockholm, I would say this lounge is still worth a visit.