Review: EuroAirport Skyview Lounge at Basel Mulhouse

Review: EuroAirport Skyview Lounge at Basel Mulhouse

Given that Basel airport’s EuroAirport Skyview Lounge was voted as the best lounge in the entire Priority Pass network once, as well as its best European lounge several times, I was excited to check it during my transit at the airport back at the beginning of January.

And, while the lounge didn’t exactly impress me in many aspects, one thing I can say is that it’s one of the coolest looking Priority Pass lounges I visited so far.

Continue reading this review to learn more.

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Location, Opening Hours & Access

The lounge is located in the Schengen departures area, just past gate 43 and 44, and is easy to find. It opens at 5AM every day, and closes at 8:45PM on weekdays, 7:30PM on Saturdays, and 8:30PM on Sundays.

The EuroAirport Skyview Lounge can be accessed for free by business class and elite passengers, and is also accessible to members of the Priority Pass and Lounge Pass networks.

All passengers holding a valid boarding pass but ineligible for free entrance can also pay a fixed fee of 38 EUR/CHF to enter the lounge.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Entrance
Entrance.

Lounge Tour

After entering the lounge, I was welcomed by the reception staff and my Priority Pass card was scanned. Besides the reception counter, the reception area also included a cloakroom, a couple of sofa chairs, as well as a flight information display.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Reception
Reception area.

Past the reception area and on the left, there was “Piazza Bar,” which seemed to be the lounge’s staffed bar, but it was closed at the time of my visit.

I found it interesting that the opening hours of the bar (at least based on a sign that was placed on the bar counter) were 5:00AM to 7:30AM – something I would expect from a hotel’s breakfast room and not from a bar.

On the right side was a self-service bar where one could get some snacks and other light food, as well as soft and alcoholic drinks.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Bar
Piazza Bar.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Buffet
Self-service bar.

In the middle of the lounge’s first floor was a little “oasis” with some palm trees, a small pond with a bridge crossing it, and half a dozen circular dining tables – each with four chairs.

Seeing this area made me understand why the lounge was voted the best lounge in the Priority Pass network a couple of times. Together with Oman Air’s lounge in Bangkok, the EuroAirport Skyview Lounge has to be one of the most uniquely (in a good way) designed Priority Pass lounges.

Besides the “oasis,” there were also some high-top tables tucked under a staircase which led to the lounge’s second floor.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Overview
Overview of the first floor.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Newspapers
Newspapers.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Seating
High-top tables and stools.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Overview
Notice the small pond and bridge on the left side.

The second floor which was a circular balcony over the edge of the whole first floor and then some was where most of the lounge’s seating could be found. It also offered a nice view of the lounge’s first floor and its unique roof.

Overview of the EuroAirport Skyview Lounge First Floor
A view of the first floor from the second floor.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Second Floor
The lounge looked gorgeous.

As for the second floor itself, there was a large dining area with a buffet and about a dozen tables in the middle, as well as a smaller one with four tables along the windows.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Dining Area
Dining area.
Dining Tables and Chairs in EuroAirport Skyview Lounge
Dining tables along the windows.

There were also a couple of areas designed for lounging and relaxing. One of those was a larger area with black leather sofas and sofa chairs in the central part of the second floor.

Besides that, there were also some smaller such areas along the windows – some with sofa chairs (and sometimes TVs) and some with lounging chairs with ottomans.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Seating
Lounging area.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Seating
Seating in a living room-like arrangement.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Lounging Area
Lounging chairs with ottomans.

Finally, there were also some areas dedicated to work including a couple of desks with computers, a couple of conference tables, a glass booth (presumably for taking phone calls without disturbing other passengers – a feature that I like a lot and that can be found in most lounges in Japan but nowhere near enough in other parts of the world), and a counter with charging ports.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Conference Tables
Conference tables.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Computers
Computers.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Power Outlets
Phone booths and charging counters.

There were also two other, unique things that could be found on the second floor.

First, there was a staircase to a (fairly small) third floor of the lounge which is likely used only during busy times as it was closed during my visit.

Second, there was an outdoor smoking terrace which offered some limited views of aircraft on the apron.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Outdoor Terrace
Entrance to the terrace.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Stairs
Stairs to the third floor.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Outdoor Terrace
Outdoor terrace.

Food and Drinks

While I am not sure what drinks one could get at the downstairs staffed bar when in operation, as far as the self-service drinks were concerned, the offering was more or less the same in both the first and the second floor buffet areas.

Cold soft drinks included soda in large PET bottles and water – both sparkling and still – in large glass bottles. There was also a variety of juices including apple, orange, apricot, and tomato.

Hot drinks included coffee and a selection of Lipton teas.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Soft Drinks
Sodas and water.
Juices
Juices.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Hot Drinks
Coffee.
Tea
Lipton tea.

As far as alcoholic drinks were concerned, there were red, white, and sparkling wines (one kind of each), three brands of bottled beer, and ten or so different kinds of liquor.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Beer and Wine
Beer and wine.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Liquor
Liquor.

Similarly to the drinks, the snacks and other lighter food were roughly the same on both floors.

There were some fruits – both whole and dried – as well as some salty snacks such as nuts, chips, and olives.

There were also simple ham and cheese sandwiches, as well as plain bread with a variety of spreads.

Fruits
Fruits.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Snacks
Salty snacks.
Sandwiches
Sandwiches.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Bread
Bread and spreads.

In addition to the above, in the more extensive buffet spread on the second floor, there were also a salad bar, some cold cuts, a cake, as well as some hot items including tomato soup and ratatouille.

Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Food
Cold cuts.
Vegetables
Vegetables and condinements.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Dessert
Cake.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Soup
Soup.
Basel EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Hot Meal
Ratatouille.

EuroAirport Skyview Lounge Basel Summary

While the food and drinks selection in the lounge was not as impressive as I’ve seen in some other lounges – including other contract lounges in the Priority Pass network – the lounge was still one of the best Priority Pass lounges I visited overall.

It offered a quiet (at least during the time I visited) and nicely designed place to relax and work in.

And, the outdoor terrace was a nice bonus.

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