At the new SWISS First Lounge E at Zurich Aiport, the Champagne Bar, flanked by a restaurant and a lounge area is an excellent first stop. Here you can enjoy a glass or two of bubbles and decide on your next move. Dine à la carte, relax or work, check-in to one the hotel-style rooms, freshen up before your flight, or admire the view from the expansive outdoor terrace. This new SWISS First Lounge is a lot different from the previous SWISS lounge.
With natural light from floor to ceiling windows flooding the space, an extensive use of wood, and overall minimalist design, every inch of the Champagne Bar feels Swiss. Except for the Champagne from France.
If you prefer wine, the SWISS First Lounge has an impressive wine humidor with over 1000 bottles of wine from all over the world. Santé!
Guests – no one feels like a passenger in this lounge – can dine à la carte in the dining area, lounge area, or on the outdoor terrace. I’m not sure if it is possible to request room service from one of the hotel rooms, but given the attentive staff in the SWISS First Lounge, I doubt anyone would refuse.
Lounge or Work
The private living-room-like areas in the Swiss First Lounge are fabulous. The comfort factor, privacy, interesting reading material, and state of the art TV’s score Swiss a five out of five on this well-designed space.
If work is calling, there are mini-suites with seating for up to six as well as a conference room.
There are two hotel-style rooms with double beds, en-suite bathrooms, and gorgeous views of the Alps available for use while in the SWISS First Lounge.
SWISS First Lounge E – Outdoor Terrace
Visit the beautiful outdoor terrace for a meal, snack, or drink. If you enjoy plane spotting or want a closer look at the Alps, help yourself to the Leica binoculars. During the winter months, raclette and fondue are served on the outdoor terrace.
- There are two SWISS First Lounges at the Zurich Airport (ZRH) – one in Terminal A and the newest in Terminal E. Read about my visit to the SWISS First Lounge in Terminal A here.
- It is always an excellent idea to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight. If you have access to the SWISS First Lounge E in Zurich, arrive as early as possible.
- Be sure to request a hotel room when you reach the lounge – the rooms can’t be reserved in advance.
- SWISS First, Lufthansa First Class, HON Circle, Miles & More Senator, SWISS/Lufthansa Business Class, and Miles & More Frequent Travellers can access the SWISS Arrivals Lounge at Zurich Airport. Read more about the SWISS Arrivals Lounge here.