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The lounge has rebranded itself after our visit and it is now called as Menzies Business Lounge.
Norrsken Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda Airpot is a peaceful place to unwind before your flight. The lounge looks cosy that anyone can have the first impression on it being absolutely good. When everything goes smoothly, visiting this lounge is worth it. However, during our visit at this lounge, we found a few things which require improvements.
The overall quality of the lounge is not as good as the first impression may suggest. All its services are working well but some minor things are below the average. For example, it is really difficult to find the lounge's contact details and the customer service is handled somehow unprofessionally. Continue reading to find out what kind of issue we had encountered with the lounge.
The Location of Norrsken Lounge
The lounge is located in the Terminal 5 of Arlanda Airport. The terminal has a few wings and you may need to take a small corridor to reach the Gate 1 in the Wing A. Near there gate, there are stairs and elevators up to the fourth floor. Basically, the lounge is really easy to find - you just need to locate the Gate 1 and take the elevator up to the lounge.
Some sources on the internet claim that the lounge is located on the third floor but actually you need to take the elevator up to the fourth floor. Once you arrive at the right floor, just step out from the elevator and you will find the lounge immediately just next to Scandinavian Airlines lounge.
Norrsken Lounge serves business and first class passengers of multiple airlines, for example Norwegian's customers. The lounge has also an agreement with Priority Pass and DragonPass so the holders of these lounge cards may enter Norrsken Lounge. Also, Diners Club card is accepted in the lounge. Discount for Eurocard holders is offered.
Unfortunately, the lounge is sharing very little information so we can't say if it is possible to pay the entry fee just upon entering the lounge. Most probably yes, but the price is unknown.
Our Incident in Norrsken Lounge
We were using Priority Pass and a prepaid Lounge Pass voucher to enter the lounge. Probably the receptionist that time saw for the very first time Lounge Pass* voucher because she looked quite surprised. Finally, she charged 2 people from Priority Pass even though we told that we have only 1 Priority Pass customer while one of us had a prepaid voucher.
Everyone do commit mistakes, so this was not a big issue. The bigger problem was that, is was really difficult to find the lounge's contact details. Finally, we got them via Arlanda Airport's chat service. The phone call to the lounge was even weirder. A lady staff answered with other name than the lounge's name and asked us to send details of the incident to her personal hotmail. Luckily, after a few days, her supervisor contacted us and handled the issue with us very professionally. So finally, we were happy :).
Services in the Lounge
The lounge had all basic services. There was a TV, a clear flight information screen and of course, comfortable chairs to relax. Catering and drinks were offered but the selection was minimal. The lounge also had WiFi that worked well enough. Because the lounge is next to the tarmac, it is also a good place for plane spotting.
Some of the services need improvements. The lounge has only a few toilets that were quite untidy at the time of our visit. There were no showers that is a minus because after a long flight many people need get freshed. Stockholm is an airport for many long-haul airlines so shower would be beneficial.
The Easiness of Getting in
The lounge is easy to find and there are multiple different ways to get in. The lounge is also inexpensive related to the price level at Arlanda Airport. The lack of Diners Club entry method is a small minus.
The lounge has stylish wooden decoration and it looks really modern. Scandinavian design is well visible in this lounge. However, it is easily noticeable that small details in the lounge look old and more renovation is needed. They have two small toilets which were quite untidy during our visit.
Catering is the weakest link in the lounge. At the time of our visit, the lounge didn't have any warm food but only an empty soup bowl.
The lounge had small selection of cold snacks: 3 kinds of bread, 2 varieties of ham, cheese, butter, normal and salted cucumber, paprika, chips, peanuts and a few cookies. The selection was clearly worse than what is usually offered in lounges and it looked like they have wanted only to serve inexpensive food items. There was not any warm food served during our visit just before the lunch time.
The drink selection though was better. There were juices, soft drinks and a coffee machine. Beer was available from a tap and in bottles. There were also wines available.
Friendliness of the Customer Service
The staff working in lounge were really friendly. Nothing to complain. Unfortunately it seems that the staff have not been trained well because they didn't recognize our Lounge Pass voucher that is a valid entry method. Also the phone customer service was unprofessional as we mentioned earlier.
Stockholm Airport is an expensive place so visiting Norrsken lounge is overally worth the money. However, you should not expect too much. You get a peaceful atmosphere in nicely decorated premises, but the services of the lounge aren't so good. With right expectations, there is nothing wrong with this lounge.
Buying Entrance Beforehand
If you are not Priority Pass or DragonPass member, we recommend you to buy an entrance voucher beforehand. Probably it is possible to pay yourself in at the door too but buying a voucher saves time at the airport. Vouchers are also inexpensive.
We recommend you to buy an inexpensive lounge entry on Lounge Pass.
Norrsken Lounge at Stockolm Airport is considered an average level lounge. It is far from the best lounge we have visited but it is also inexpensive. Using restaurant services at Stockholm airport is really expensive that makes using a lounge worth the money. Norrsken lounge is a good option if you are not too hungry and if your eyes are allured with Scandinavian designs. At least, we had relaxing time there despite the unfortunate incident.
Would you like to have more information about airport lounges. We have also written the Ultimate Guide to Airport Lounges. Check it to learn the best ways to get in.