Leave it to SWISS to create a sophisticated, beautiful new first class lounge now open in the A Gates (Schengen) area of Zurich Airport.
Like the E-Gates First Class Lounge, the bar design resembles a plane fuselage–made of beautiful wood.
Around the corner is seating:
A full bar and restaurant offers a la carte and buffet dining and a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. For coffee lovers, a barista is on-hand to craft exquisite coffee.
Also in the lounge: showers, restrooms, a quiet room (with two easy chairs like the ones in the E-Gates Senator Lounge), conference room, and smoking room. The SWISS First Class Lounge A Gates lounge does not offer sleeping rooms.
Thanks to a flight delay, I spent over five hours in the lounge…it was truly a treat. While the a la carte menu is not as extensive as in the E-Gates First Class lounge, I enjoyed a very delicious Swiss-German dinner of soup, salad, and bratwurst.
And the hot chocolate brownie was heavenly!
I was flying from Los Angeles to Rome via Munich, Zurich, and Frankfurt. Initially, I was denied access at the door of the SWISS First Class Lounge A Gates. The agent insisted that because of the extra connection, I was not eligible for access admittance. That is not how I read the rules, but I remained silent while she checked with her colleague.
Her colleague agreed that I was not eligible, but nevertheless allowed me in as a “one-time” exception. It would have been counterproductive to argue after I had already been granted access, but I will follow-up with this issue in a future post.
Stay tuned for a full review of this lounge next week. It’s a beauty!
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