Last year, I visited the SAS lounge at Terminal 5 as a Business Class passenger when departing out of Stockholm. This time around I was on transit and as luck have it, my flight from Östersund landed in Terminal 5 which is also where Schengen flights departs out of. Thus it was close to walk to the SAS lounge.
However this time I had Star Alliance Gold status and that gave me the opportunity to visit the Gold lounge which shares the same foyer with the Business lounge. The SAS Gold lounge is located on the left side while the SAS lounge is on the right side.
By the entrance of the lounge, there are some bench seating with stools and small dining tables. There are espresso machines and baskets of fresh fruits next to the entrance so travelers rushed for time can quickly grab essential items before their next flight.
Next to the espresso machine, there was a communal working space with the centre of the desk having conveniently placed power outlets. There is also working lights on the space making this a very neat area for guests who needs to work.
In the center of the lounge there are various different kind of armchairs spread around a square coffee table. What is nice is they have a distinct Nordic design and the variety means there should be one that guests would enjoy sitting in.
Beside the lounge chairs, there are coat hangers, reading lights and side tables with power outlets. Together they create a highly functional lounge space for travelers.
Past the central lounge space, there a mild ramp leading to a bar table by the window with a couple of computers and printer. There are several armchairs by the sides popular with guests who are typing away on their laptop in the morning. This seems to be a space for leisure work on your laptop as you enjoy the sunrise.
Next to this space are several napping chairs that has privacy screens. Located by the window, this is another nice area to relax in between flights if you do not want to be disturbed or wish for some privacy. There are individual hangers by each napping chair so it makes it comfortable for guests to hang their winter coats.
Beside each lounge chair, there was a small side table as well so guests could relax and have a cup of coffee or indulge in some snacks.
Shielded by a partition wall around the corner, there was a more secluded section of the lounge which is more quiet. There was another of the communal work desk complete with power outlets and good lighting.
At the end of this hallway guests can find enclosed phone rooms and private office space for guests who need to make calls or conference via the webcam. I find European airlines lounges are consistent in offering this useful facility.
A small hallway from this enclosed section leads back to the main dining area where the buffet was located.
As always in the SAS Lounge, there was a menu displayed on the buffet about the choices offered today. Since it was still early the food items were mainly for breakfast.
There was muesli, corn flakes, raisins and sunflower seeds along with berries compote and natural yoghurt on one side of the buffet. Due to the crowds, the food stuff had to be replenished fast since the portions put out are quite small.
This was followed with more basic food items like ham and cheese with only one choice of each. There was boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes and overnight oats on the next section.
Condiments such as fruit jams, butter and caviar spread rounded up one side of the buffet.
Several types of bread was offered throughout the buffet area. There was white bread beside the toaster, organic bread beside the oatmeal porridge pot, rye bread beside it and crisp bread on the baskets.
Since I was hungry, I had a couple of cookies along with croissants from the buffet and enjoyed it with a cup of cappuccino. There was tea bags available as well beside the cookie basket, while a touch-screen espresso machine is used to make the cappuccino.
Other sift drinks were available from the fountain dispenser juice selection includes orange or tomato juice. Soya milk was also placed in the chilled beverages section next to the tomato juice and white wines.
Alcoholic beverages in the lounge includes wines and beer. There was also sparkling water from the tap for guests.
Next to the buffet island, there was several large rectangular tables with stools. These were popular for larger groups and it was the busiest in the morning when I arrived. Along the walls, there was bench seating with smaller circular tables for smaller groups of 1-2 people.
Aside from the restroom spaces inside the lounge, there was a couple of shower rooms though I did not utilize them early in the morning for this short transit.
For the purpose of this transit, the lounge provided me a space to relax and get some light breakfast. Compared to the SAS Lounge next door, the SAS Gold lounge was larger and has more seating spaces even when it is busy. However, the food and beverage variety did not seem to differ much and both gets crowded at times.