SLOW Lounge Johannesburg is one of two airport lounges of this kind in South Africa. The other is SLOW Lounge Cape Town which we already reviewed earlier. While we were not as impressed as we were in Cape Town, the SLOW Lounge Johannesburg is still a very decent lounge which is definitely worth planning some extra time for!
Located in the domestic terminal, SLOW Lounge Johannesburg is available for all passengers flying Comair (British Airways) Business Class, holding an oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status or a premium credit card by FNC with a minimum spend.
Even though access is limited to few, the lounge did feel anything but empty when we arrived.
Most comfortable seats had already been taken, but we still found one or anything empty seat to relax.
SLOW Lounge Johannesburg has quite a nice layout with different seating arrangements in different parts of the lounge.
All are separated from each other, so you feel more private than in open plan lounges like the British Airways Galleries First Lounge London.
All seating furniture is very modern and comfortable. The stylish design adds even more comfort to the seating which is mostly either couch or bar style.
Personally, I especially fell in love with the large and inviting couches which make you stay and not want to leave again. This combined with walls filled with either magazines, newspapers or books (there’s even a library) makes seating at SLOW Lounge Johannesburg very good.
At the same time, you can enjoy a nice view of the tarmac on most seats! The only downer may be the fact that the lounge can get crowded from time to time.
One of the highlights of SLOW Lounge Johannesburg is definitely the buffet. Especially for a domestic lounge, the offerings at SLOW Lounge Johannesburg are blowing other lounges apart.
Even though the buffet is focused on cold items, there was such a choice available that you could hardly taste everything. The breakfast spread for example consisted of different yoghurts, freshly cut fruits, pastries, mueslis, cheese, cold cuts and several other dishes.
Porridge and scrambled eggs were also available. The lunch buffet is more a selection of smaller items like sandwiches or finger food, but everything did not only look, but also tasted amazing.
It’s worth noting that at all times there was a wide selection of drinks including four different freshly squeezed juices available. Surely, there are also several coffee machines with cookies right next to them at SLOW Lounge Johannesburg.
If the amazing food offerings at SLOW Lounge Johannesburg are not enough entertainment to you, you’ll definitely find something else to do in the lounge.
For example, there’s a little business corner with computers and printers which you may use if you don’t have a device for making use of the fast and reliable Wi-Fi (something SLOW Lounge Cape Town lacks).
If you are more into books, it’s easy to grab one out of the library shelves you can find at SLOW Lounge Johannesburg. Last but not least, there are also the standard offerings including magazines as well as a choice of English newspapers.
Only international offerings were a little limited when it comes to press.
SLOW Lounge Johannesburg is not a very big lounge, but seating is very comfortable nevertheless.
The design and the brightness are really great and make SLOW Lounge Johannesburg a real oasis to spend time at.
This combined with the amazing food offerings which not only look appealing, but also taste heavenly, make SLOW Lounge Johannesburg another domestic lounge to take into my list of the best lounges in the world.
Congratulations to Comair for having such a partner when it comes to lounges. European and American airlines are fare behind when it comes to domestic lounges!