Finnair's Helsinki business class lounge review.

Finnair’s Helsinki Business Class Lounge Review

25 Sep 2017

After flying in from Tallinn, we had a short transit in Helsinki so popped into Finnair’s non-Schengen area business class lounge.

The lounge is located just before Gate 50, Gate 50 is actually a small wing with a series of gates called 50A-M where most Finnair non-Schengen flights depart from. The lounge is conveniently located at the top of this wing, a short walk to any of the Gate 50 departure gates. Conveniently there is also a duty free store right next to the lounge, making it easy to pop out for any last minute purchases.

 

Finnair's non-Schengen business class lounge to the right, Gates 50A-M to the left.

Finnair’s non-Schengen business class lounge to the right, Gates 50A-M to the left.

Inside the lounge is split over 2 levels with dining, communal lounges and work stations downstairs and individual recliners upstairs on the mezzanine.

finnair business class lounge Inside the lounge is split over 2 levels.

Inside the lounge is split over 2 levels.

Dining area, downstairs in the Finnair lounge.

Dining area, downstairs in the Finnair lounge.

Lounge area downstairs and further seating on the mezzanine.

Lounge area downstairs and further seating on the mezzanine.

Sleep pod and recliners on the Finnair business class lounge mezzanine.

Sleep pod and recliners on the Finnair business class lounge mezzanine.

A (rather small) kids playroom is also located on the ground floor.

The kids area, although small, included a playmate and a table for colouring.

The kids area, although small, included a play mat and a table for colouring.

Finnair Business Class Lounge Food & Beverage

The bar and food offering within the lounge is downstairs to the left of the entrance.

Finnair Business Class Lounge bar and self serve restaurant.

Finnair Business Class Lounge bar and self serve restaurant.

As far as premium business class lounges go these days, the food offering was a little low on options, with a small selection of salads and fruit along with a vegetable lasagne and one soup.

Finnair business class lounge self serve salad bar.

Finnair business class lounge self serve salad bar.

Vegetable lasagne available in the Finnair business class lounge.

Vegetable lasagne available in the Finnair business class lounge.

Salmon soup, salad and vegetable lasagne at Finnair's Helsinki business class lounge.

Salmon soup, salad and vegetable lasagne at Finnair’s Helsinki business class lounge.

Although light on choice the food was delicious, especially soup, on this occasion Finland’s specialty chowder style Salmon soup finished with dill.

A full bar is also available in the lounge with wine, beer, spirits and fresh juices available along with a cocktail of the day – Finnair’s signature ‘Blue Sky’ sparkling wine with blueberry juice.

Finnair business class lounge full bar.

Finnair business class lounge full bar.

Fresh juices available in the finnair lounge.

Fresh juices available in the Finnair lounge.

'Blue Sky' - Finnair's signature cocktail made with sparkling wine and blueberry juice.

‘Blue Sky’ – Finnair’s signature cocktail made with sparkling wine and blueberry juice.

Overall the lounge was comfortable place to spend a couple of hours while in transit, albeit a little on the small size, filling up quickly, and with a limited food offering.

Access

The lounge is available free of charge for:

  • Finnair Business Class passengers
  • Finnair Plus Platinum member s+ 1 guest
  • Finnair Plus Gold Members + 1 guest
  • oneworld Emerald cardholders + 1 guest when the departure flight is operated and marketed by a oneworld airline

Access can also be bought for 48euros from the lounge reception however availability is limited.

Also read:

Our review of Finnair’s A350 business class
Our review of Finnair’s Inflight dining
Our tips on a Helsinki Stopover
Our tips for visiting Tallinn, Estonia
Our Helsinki Airport Guide

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Our Cathay Pacific Business Class review
Our review of the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
Our review of Cathay Pacific’s newest Hong Kong Business Class Lounge ‘The Pier’