This first class airport lounge has its own ‘hotel rooms’

The swish Swiss first class lounge at Zurich includes private hotel rooms with a view over the runway.

By David Flynn, January 31 2022
This first class airport lounge has its own ‘hotel rooms’

Business travellers spend plenty of time at airport lounges and airport hotels – but what about an airport lounge with its own hotel rooms? 

That's one of the unique traits of Swiss' flagship first class lounge at Zurich Airport's Concourse E.

Of course, the lounge itself is plenty impressive in its own right, with a luxuriously high-end yet restrained (and thus, very Swiss) design...

... with upmarket flourishes including an a la carte restaurant...

... and a fully stocked bar (while the adjacent Swiss Senator business class lounge has its own whisky bar showcasing some 120 drams from around the world).

But the Swiss first class lounge has something few of its rivals can match: hotel-style rooms where weary top-tier travellers can take a break.

Beyond the noise-proofed double-glazed windows is a verandah with views over the gates, taxiway and runway of Zurich Airport.

Those with an aviation bent could be happy just to watch the planes, although more weary travellers will be eager to draw the thick blackout curtains over the windows, don the supplied eyemask and grab some shut-eye.

Each of the lounge's hotel rooms is named for a Swiss landmark, such as the St Moritz and the Montreux.

On the inside, they're pretty much like any cosy, space-efficient hotel room.

There's a luggage rack and coat hangar (a playful Hang-it-All designed by Charles and Ray Eames)...

... with a seriously soft hotel-grade double bed...

... plus a bathroom and very generously-sized shower suite...

... where you'll find Hammam Spa amenities including a shave kit.

On the bedside table you'll find bottles of still and sparkling water, and some chocolate.

This panel next to the bed houses a paid of USB sockets plus AC outlets for European, UK and North American plugs so you don't have to rely on carrying a 'universal connector' with you (even though all savvy business travellers do, right? Right.)

Those with an aviation bent could be happy just to watch the planes, although more weary travellers will be eager to draw the thick blackout curtains over the windows, don the supplied eyemask and grab some shut-eye.

The lounge's staff can keep an eye on the clock and if you fail to wake to your smartphone's alarm – or forget to set that alarm in the first place – they can rouse you with gentle rapping on the door.

There's no room service from the lounge's a la carte restaurant, but staff are fine with you bringing some snacks – or a drink from the bar – back to your room.

Best of all, there's no cost to use the two bedrooms and no time limit on your stay: it's purely first come, first served.

The Swiss first class lounge is available only to first class passengers and card-carrying HON Circle members of the Miles & More frequent flyer scheme.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 323

Best First lounge Ive ever been to - Ive tried St Mortiz and Montreaux  bedrooms  -one has a disabled shower  - you get your own key so you can come and go  - The bed is ultra comfy   -and there is a polite request to keep drapes closed  as aircraft can see you in your room   - Smoking  is allowed in the Camel lounges throughout terminal E  and you are allowed to take your nice champagne from the First lounge to the smoking rooms

Food is superb and staff are super kool  The outdoor terrace is wonderful (no smoking as you are next to aircraft engines)  and the Senator Lounge is also a must visit

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Aug 2016

Total posts 26

Very impressive lounge!

So slick! So sexy! So stylish and modern! Too bad that its probably cheaper to stay at the Burj Al Arab than to get into those nap rooms, but goddamn they look good.


That said, Swiss First Class needs to start having Fondue Service, at least in the lounge. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 33

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I believe that the name of one of the bedrooms is spelled, "Montreux". That is, no a.

St Moritz is, of course, the famous alpine resort town in eastern Switzerland, while Montreux in western Switzerland on Lake Geneva is known for its annual jazz festival and the statue of Freddie Mercury. Swiss Air Lines aircraft are also named after locations in Switzerland.

This pedant remark is brought to you by an expat who used to live in Switzerland. :-)

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 323

Best lounge still! - last there before COVID on the way to Tel Aviv - immer Montreux fuer mich!  Sleep for a few hours after arrival from Hong Kong , spend day downtown Zueri, then sleep again before the late flight to TLV.  Apologies to SoftMedPlease - I speak German ScwhyzerDeutsch Italian Greek Hebrew a little Arabic, nut French is not my forte - mis-spelt Montreux

Voted Skytraxx Best First Class lounge Worldwide 2019.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer P1

23 Aug 2014

Total posts 79

Agree David

That view from the balcony (with the jet fumes like Armani cologne for av geeks)!

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 323

Great view  - from your hotel Zimmer but there is a request to keep drapes closed -   Fumes are not bad at all from Terrace Area of First and Senator Lounges . Many, many, many times in this lounge for me - usually alone, or 1 or 2 others, like the First Lounge A Gates.  Only thing is in Sommer, Swiss aren't know for aircon, and these hotel rooms  wonderful as the yare , are not airconditioned  ie Ohne Klima,  so you can be lying on your beautiful bed in the early evening after a day downtown Zueri  lathered in sweat before the flight to Tel Aviv where you reach another sauna im Sommer - in winetr/autumn/spring, no problem   Mann schweisst/schwitzt in Schwyz/Switzerland  :-)


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