Lounge Review: Hamburg Airport – A Great Lounge At A Small Airport


While it’s nowhere near the size of the main German hubs of Frankfurt and Munich, Hamburg Airport still offers its passengers a pleasant travel experience. This includes their contract airport lounge, aptly named “Airport Lounge”. The lounge is undergoing partial renovations at the moment but still has a lot to offer.

The lounge offers a decent view of the tarmac and flight operations while letting in a lot of natural light. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

In addition to “The Airport Lounge”, Hamburg Airport also has a Lufthansa lounge as well as one for Emirates passengers. Everyone not flying with those airlines has this “Airport Lounge” as an option as it accepts Priority Pass and other forms of payment. As a KLM elite status holder, access to this lounge was complimentary for me.

The lounge is on level two of the airport. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

This lounge is located airside on floor two and is quite close to the area after security screening. Floor one, above the ground floor, offers some restaurants and cafes as well as lovely lounge-seating that faces the tarmac – this is all for travelers who are outside the lounge.

The reception area of the lounge. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Space and seating

I quite enjoyed the vibe and atmosphere of this lounge. It seems to strike a nice balance between open and non-claustrophobic while also being cozy and comfortable. There is a nice mix of warm airport lighting with cooler tones coming from the natural light through the windows. The abundance of natural light throughout the airport is actually a great feature.

I should note that there are showers here at the lounge. Unfortunately, I don’t know if access to these requires an extra charge. But they do exist!

The half of the lounge that is available to guests. It appears that the other side is under renovations. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

There is a decent mix of seating including reading chairs, workstations, and semi-private restaurant-style booths. The workstations look quite modern and fairly useful for those taking care of business.

There are several workstations and private booths. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
For those who like to read magazines before the flight, there’s a reading section with German material. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Coffee, tea, and other beverages

There is a good variety of refreshments at the lounge. This includes two coffee machines – one on each side of the lounge. There is also a soda dispenser as well as pitchers of juice.

One of the two coffee stations at the lounge. Fresh fruit is available in the same area. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
There is a decent selection of tea. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

On the topic of alcohol, the lounge has every type: beer, wine, and the harder stuff. You can check out the photos below for the types of alcoholic drinks on offer. Everything is self-serve.

A look at the liquor selection. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
The lounge also has two fridges full of beer. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
The wine and juice are available at the lounge. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying


Unfortunately, this review is part of a morning flight out to Amsterdam. As a result, it’s a ‘breakfast time’ review. However, based on what was on offer, it’s quite possible that this is the type of food that is served throughout the day. You can be the judge.

I was a little hesitant about a soup-dispensing machine. However, I tried all three soups (asparagus, mushroom, and tomato) and all were fantastic! Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
For breakfast, it appears that there are slices of cucumber, cheese and deli meat available. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
There were three types of bread here: a normal roll, croissants, and some kind of brown bread ideal for sandwiches. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Finally, there were bowls of snacks including chips and soft candy – stuff that is more likely to appeal to children.


I found the service to be excellent here. Staff were actively cleaning the space and keeping tables clear of used cups and dishes. The atmosphere is lovely with one side completely open to the tarmac, letting loads of natural light in.


I would hope for a better selection of food at other times of the day. However, with such a small lounge, I wouldn’t count on it. If you’ve been to this lounge during lunch or dinner let us know what it’s like.

Have you been to the Hamburg Airport Lounge? Share your experience with us in the comments.