As I wrote the other day, I flew from Oslo to Miami in SAS Plus (Premium Economy), and so had access to the SAS Lounge at OSL prior to departure.
My travel companions were Eurobonus Gold and Diamond, however, so I could pass through to the Gold lounge by accompanying them. Star Alliance Gold members are also accepted here.
Access is easy through the automatic gate, and if you are a bit cynical, you could probably sneak in, as the lounge accepts companions as long as they scan their boarding pass and enter directly after a Gold or Diamond member.
The lounge is of a decent size, and on our morning of departure it was semi-busy, but not very full. We had no trouble finding comfortable seating.
The lounge contains both huge lounge chairs, a few desk areas for getting work done and other tables that are more convenient for eating. Power outlets are found in abundance, both regular and USB, and there’s of course free wifi.
With OSL having free wifi for everyone throughout the airport, I’m not sure if there’s a lot of points to be had for the offering, but at least it’s there. Depending on where you sit, you can opt for a nice view of the check-in area, but unfortunately there’s no chance to see airplanes on the tarmac.
Since we were visiting the lounge in the morning, the food service was more of a breakfast type, with different kinds of bread, croissants, a few cold cuts and cheeses, eggs and yoghurt. The only hot option was oatmeal.
I found the choices a bit limited, so if you’re expecting anything near a decent hotel breakfast, you will most likely be disappointed. The bread was good and everything else perfectly decent for a typical Scandinavian-style cold breakfast, though.
If you are more interested in the liquid options, this is where the Gold lounge differs the most from the regular lounge. Wines are served in bottles instead of on tap, and the selection is way better. There are a few white and red wines, beer and cava. No champagne, however, and the spirits aren’t brought out until later in the day.
Other than that there’s the regular fare: Soft drinks, juices (not freshly squeezed, I believe), coffee, sparkling and still water.
The ambiance was fairly relaxed, and the attendant on duty was efficient in removing dirty dishes from the tables. There are restrooms by the entrance, so you don’t have to leave the lounge if you want to freshen up or go to the toilet.
All in all I would say that the SAS Gold Lounge is a nice option to have before boarding your flight, and leagues better than waiting in the departure hall before your flight. It doesn’t exactly feel luxurious, however.
All kinds of travel rates the SAS Gold Lounge OSL: 3,5 out of 5
I liked: Decent drink options, good seating, dedicated restrooms, good magazine selection.
I disliked: Fairly limited breakfast options, no spirits until later in the day, only machine-made coffee and dispenser soft drinks