The Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich A is one of two Senator Lounges at the airport. We’ll also release a review of the ‘new’ Senator Lounge in Terminal E shortly. This review, however, features the lounge in the main terminal, which is used for most Schengen departures.
The Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich A is located a couple of minutes after the security control in the direction of the A gates. You can find the lounge at the end of shopping areas, not far away from the first A gates. It’s also possible to go to the D gates from the lounge as there is no particular lounge there. Access is granted to everyone holding a Miles & More Senator status or any Star Alliance Gold status if flying with any Star Alliance Airline. In addition, you can get access with a Business or First Class ticket or when holding a Miles & More Frequent Traveller Status in connection with a Miles & More airline flight.
Sadly, the lounge was rather crowded when I visited. In addition, it was dark outside, which made the lounge feel a little claustrophobic. Upon entering the Swiss Senator Lounge Zürich A, you’ll have to check-in at reception, before entering the ‘lower’ of the rooms.
In this area, there is some bar-style seating along with some armchairs in the corner. Plus, there’s a small buffet in this area. If you go up the stairs, you’ll find yourself in the way bigger area of the Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich.
While there are mainly classic lounge chairs, which looked fairly comfortable, there are also some other areas. These include a business center with work stations and computers, a dining area and a few more seating options.
Generally speaking, the lounge looked decently nice, yet not any special at the same time.
The Swiss Senator Lounge Zürich A comes with an extensive buffet with lots of options. As I’ve already mentioned, there’s a small buffet in the lower area, where you can grab a sandwich and other light snacks. There’s also a good selection of drinks including wine, beer and spirits here.
Yet, the main buffet is located in the back area of the upper lounge. I’ve been visiting during dinner time and found the offerings to be quite appealing.
There was a soup with lots of different types of bread to choose from, a selection of salads, some chili con carne, a curry and some noodles with meatballs.
If you are just in the Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich for a snack, you can also find a selection of sandwiches, cookies and whole fruits on the buffet. There are some small desserts if that’s what you are craving for.
I’ve already mentioned that the Swiss Senator Lounge Zürich A comes with a business center, where you can find work stations with and without computers. The seating in this area isn’t especially comfortable, but okay if you are not sitting for too long.
In addition, the Senator Lounge comes with a good amount of newspapers and magazines. The selection is focusing on the German, Italian and French markets, but there are a couple of international options as well.
As you’d expect, the Swiss Senator Lounge Zürich A also offers free and quick Wi-Fi to all lounge users. The log-in is quite easy, but not as easy as it is in the Lufthansa Lounges in Munich, Frankfurt and abroad.
The Swiss Senator Lounge is a decent place to hang out prior your departure in Zurich. There are a couple of different seating areas, a decent buffet and a good amount of entertainment options. However, the lounge can get slightly crowded and also feels a little dark, in my opinion. The ‘new’ lounge is definitely nicer, but I wouldn’t say that it’s worth the hussle to get through immigration just for visiting the lounge located near the E gates (you would also need to take a train).