In my previous article, I reviewed LOT Business Lounge Polonez, one of the two LOT lounges at the airline’s hub, Warsaw airport. After visiting that one, I also spend a couple of hours in LOT’s other lounge which can be found in the non-Schengen area after passport control.
Continue reading this review to see what the lounge – LOT Business Lounge Mazurek – was like.
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Location, Opening Hours & Access
Unlike the Polonez lounge which is located airside after security, but before passport control, the LOT Business Lounge Mazurek is located in the non-Schengen part of Warsaw airport – after security passport control.
It’s located near gates 7 and 8, one floor below the main departures level.
Just like the other LOT lounge, the Mazurek lounge can be accessed by LOT and other Star Alliance passengers traveling in business class or holding an elite status.
The lounge is open from 6:15AM until 11PM every day.
While the Polonez lounge is quite small, the Mazurek lounge is even smaller. I am not sure about how full the lounge gets during the day, but towards the end of the day – before my flight to Singapore – there was only a handful of people.
As usual, there was a reception desk right past the lounge’s entrance.
Going past the reception desk led into the lounge’s buffet area which had a couple of counters along the walls, as well as a kitchen island – all stocked with a variety of food and drinks that I will talk more about in the next section of this review.
Besides the buffet spread, the area was also home to half-a-dozen counter-height tables without any chairs or stools.
Going further down, there was a communal counter-height table, and there were pairs of sofa chairs with coffee tables along the windows. Behind the communal table, there was a handful of dining tables as well.
Before continuing, I should also mention that the lounge offered nice views of the apron – and I believe (although given that it was dark outside I can’t confirm) – of some runway action.
Towards the end of the lounge, the seating turned from more of a dining setup into a relaxation one as there were some sofas and couches – some of them even by a fake fireplace.
Other than that, just like in the Polonez lounge, there were some retro LOT posters displayed in the Mazurek lounge as well. Not only that, but there were also some memorabilia and aircraft models.
Finally, at the very back of the lounge there was a hallway where a small area with a pair of stools (I believe for people to take their phone calls there without disturbing the rest of the passengers), the toilets, and the showers could be found.
I decided to take a shower before my flight, and so I asked for the key – which was handed to me on a cute LOT keychain – at the lounge’s reception.
The shower room was fairly simple but nice, although the amenities were minimal.
One last thing I will mention here is that I was surprised to see Japanese-style “washlet” toilet seats in the lounge.
Food and Drinks
The drinks and food offered in LOT Business Lounge Mazurek were roughly the same as those in the Schengen area’s Polonez lounge. There were some small – and positive given that the Mazurek lounge mainly serves long-haul flights – differences, though.
Starting with hot drinks, there were coffee and a selection of Dilmah teas. Cold soft drinks included apple and blackcurrant juices, as well as soda and water in glass bottles.
Alcoholic drinks included Zywiec – a local beer – and Heineken in glass bottles, and Cydr Lubelski – a Polish apple cider. There was also some wine and a selection of six or seven different kinds of liquor.
Going to the food, there were both regular yogurts as well as a selection of different flavors of drinking yogurts. And, there were some snacks including wafer bars, the traditional Polish candies Krowki, nuts, and dried fruits.
There were some fresh fruits as well.
Other cold items included a couple of different types of bread and a selection of jams, some cakes and cheese, as well as a variety of appetizers including ham, smoked salmon, prawns with cream cheese, etc.
Finally, there were two different kinds of mains – one western and one Asian.
LOT Business Lounge Mazurek Warsaw Summary
Overall, I would rank LOT Business Lounge Mazurek mediocre at best.
While it was nice to see LOT’s retro posters as well as memorabilia displayed in the lounge, it did not impress in terms of foods and drinks offered.
As mentioned above, the overall selection was about the same as that in the Schengen Polonez lounge. And, even though it was slightly better than that one, it was still nowhere near the standard of some of the lounges offered by other airlines.