Lounge Review: SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

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SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is one of only few lounges at Budapest International Airport. It’s a third-party lounge operated by Malév Ground Handling which is accessible for most oneworld frequent flyers as well as holders of Priority Pass. SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is not any spectacular, but offers a fair spread of food, comfortable seating and some entertainment.

When we flew from Budapest to Berlin, we had the pleasure to enjoy the facilities of SkyCourt Lounge Budapest.

SkyCourt Lounge Budapest does not have windows

SkyCourt Lounge Budapest does not have windows

The lounge is located airside, one level above the busy SkyCourt shopping and dining venues in the center of Budapest International Airport Terminal 2.

The location is convenient for all gates, but the location has one big disadvantage: There are no windows and logically no tarmac view.

Seating at SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

The independent SkyCourt Lounge Budapest stretches out on 270 square meters (2.906 square feet), making it one of the biggest lounges at the airport.

After the lobby, there is a small dining area

After the lobby, there is a small dining area

There are two separated seating areas, but no dedicated rest or sleeping area. In all seating areas, different kinds of armchairs may be found. All those got fabric covers, making them quite comfortable. There are seating areas for eating and some for relaxing or reading a newspaper.

The largest area compromises of several armchairs

The largest area compromises of several armchairs

Additionally, there is a little business corner with highchairs. The whole interior of SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is modern and very clean, making seating at the lounge very comfortable overall.

Eating at SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

As most third-party operated lounges, SkyCourt Lounge Budapest offers no hot dishes. Instead, there is a buffet with several cold choices.

The buffet of SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is rather small

The buffet of SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is rather small

Neither of these looked absolutely appealing, but everything we tried was at least not bad. When we visited SkyCourt Lounge Budapest, there was a choice of packed sandwiches as well as several savory snacks available.

Moreover, some sweet choices like pieces of cake or cookies were awaiting us on the buffet. Something positive about the buffet is the choice of regional products as all snacks apart from the packed sandwiches were at least traditional Hungarian snacks.

When it comes to drinks, there was a wide range of soft drinks (in a refrigerator) and alcohol, including several spirits, on the left side of the buffet.

Entertainment at SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

As already mentioned, SkyCourt Lounge Budapest has a small business area with two computers that you may use free of charge.

There is a little business corner at SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

There is a little business corner at SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

For business and leisure, free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the lounge. The speed is average and the Wi-Fi worked well during our time in the lounge. Additionally, SkyCourt Lounge Budapest offers a wide range of newspapers and magazines available at different spots in the lounge.

The choice of newspapers and magazines is decent

The choice of newspapers and magazines is decent

Most papers are Hungarian, but there is an international choice as well. Something else worth mentioning are a few televisions playing international news channels (without any sound).

Overall impression of SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

SkyCourt Lounge Budapest is one of these lounges you’ll pretty much forget about after your flight departed. Considering it’s a third-party lounge, seating as well as the food were absolutely okay. The entertainment options are very basic and so was the service. SkyCourt Lounge Budapest was by far no lounge to complain about, but it’s definitely none to rave about either.

 

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4 Comments on “Lounge Review: SkyCourt Lounge Budapest

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  3. I visited the SkyCourt Lounge in Budapest on June 24th, 2015 around 9:00 A.M. and was disappointed. Admission costs about 40 euros. What was provided in return were three trays of stale appetizers, some prepackaged sandwiches, and a modest assortment of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. There was one copy each of the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times on hand, one copy each of two Hungarian newspapers, plus some Arabic newspaper. Dirty dishes were not collected, until I complained to the manager in charge. She had to be summoned, because her office is located somewhere else in the terminal. I logged my complaints in a notebook kept at the front desk and provided my email contact information. The manager promised to forward the complaint to Malev, which operates the lounge. At this writing, some two weeks later, I have yet to hear from Malev.Travelers are advised to spend their 40 euros elsewhere at Budapest airport.

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    • This sounds like a horrible experience. As I mentioned, we were not really satisfied with the lounge, too. At least, we were granted complimentary access due to our frequent flyer cards. I’d never pay 40 Euros for that lounge. For a sum like that, the offering is just way too bad! I hope you’ll have the pleasure to enjoy better lounges in the future 🙂

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