The first class airport lounge with its own 'hotel rooms'

By David Flynn, March 15 2017
The first class airport lounge with 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?

Welcome to Swiss' flagship first class lounge at Zurich.

The Star Alliance member's newest and most impressive lounge, located at Zurich Airport's Concourse E, is plenty impressive in its own right, with a luxuriously high-end yet restrained (and so, very Swiss) design...

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

... a well-stocked bar...

... and a wine humidor showcasing a collection of over 1,000 bottles.

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.

And as much as we enjoy some calming time-out in the day suites of Cathay Pacific's The Pier First Class lounge in Hong Kong...

... and appreciated a stay in a 'nap room' of  Qatar Airways' Al Safwa first class lounge at Doha, there's nothing quite like a bedroom with a view.

(Even if that view is over the gates, taxiway and runway of Zurich Airport!)

Each of the lounge's rooms has its own name (there's the St Moritz and the Montreaux)...

... and on the inside, it's pretty much like a 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 were 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.)

Outside is a verandah running the length of the lounge complex, through to the adjacent Senator lounge and its whisky bar.

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 fairly soundproofed windows, done 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.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 197

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. :-)

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