The Salon Solano Lyon is an independently operated lounge at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport. The modern lounge in Terminal 2 is a decent place to hang out before departure, in my opinion. Read why in this extensive review!
While Lyon is an important airport in France, it’s not a big hub for any airline, which means that most lounges at the airport are operated by independend parties. This is true for the Salon Solano Lyon in Terminal 2, too. The lounge is used by various airlines for Business Class passengers and status members, including the likes of Lufthansa and Swiss. Sadly, it’s not open to Priority Pass members, but you can pay at the door if you like to enter anyways.
The Salon Solano Lyon isn’t particularly big, but the lounge offers a couple of different seating options nevertheless. Basically, there are three different areas with two kinds of seating. To the right of the reception, you can find some armchairs arranged in rows of two chairs as well as some single chairs.
To the left of reception, you’re immediately getting to the buffet area, which has some typical dining tables with two chairs each.
Then further back in this area, there are several more of the same armchairs as on the other side of the lounge though arranged in rows of three chairs facing each other here.
While I would hardly describe the lounge as big, it never felt up and thus was a comfortable place to wait for departure. There’s also some daylight and a somewhat obstructed view of the tarmac.
All in all, I thought that the Solano Lounge Lyon is a nice place to hang out before departure thanks to daylight and modern seating.
Your expecetations of the catering in the Salon Solano Lyon should be a bit lower as the buffet only has one hot option and a soup.
The hot option during my visit was pizza, which was okay.
Then there are a few cold options in the fridge, which are mainly sandwiches and salads. I chose one of the latter, which was clearly off – something that shouldn’t happen in an airport lounge.
In addition, there were a few petit fours as well as a couple of pastries and bread rolls.
The drink selection consists of the typical options, including soft drinks, juices, water, a coffee machine, wine, beers and some lower shelf spirits.
The entertainment options in the Solano Lounge Lyon are quite good. First of all, there are plenty of newspapers, including international ones (e.g. German, English, French, Italian).
Then there was a choice of various different magazines, also including some international ones.
Plus, there’s a decent enough business center with computers and a printer.
The WiFi worked well throughout my visit, so there’s hardly anything bad to say in that regard either.
The Salon Solano Lyon is a nice enough lounge. It’s located airside, offers a modern ambience, daylight and a fair enough buffet, plus good entertainment options. While it lacks anything exciting, it ticks all the basic boxes, making it a place where you can easily spend an hour or two before departure of your flight!