Helen and I recently upgraded from an American Express Gold card, to an American Express Platinum card. With this came a complimentary Priority Pass that provides us with access to hundreds of airport lounges around the world for free.
Which means we’re going to be doing A LOT of airport lounge reviews from different airports around the world. Airport lounges are in our opinion at least great value for money if you’re flying long haul or enjoy an alcoholic drink or two as a way to kick off your travels. Access to an airport lounge usually retails between £15 and £25 depending on the lounge you visit and different lounges offer different facilities and services.
During our long-haul Aeroflot flight from Rome to Japan, we had a layover in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. This was set to be a 1.5-hour layover, but by the time we’d taxied the plane and made it through immigration and security we had just 20 minutes before the final call of the second-leg of our flight.
Determined to check out the Moscow Lounge at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport. We speed walked, speed ate and speed photographed for a chaotic 20-minute lounge visit. Here’s what we experienced during our visit.
Where To Find The Moscow Airport Lounge
There are five lounges within Terminal D of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, all of which are currently open to priority pass holders. We chose to visit the Moscow Lounge as it was central to the terminal and meant that we wouldn’t be too far from our gate (even if it was at a far end of the airport terminal, which turned out to be the case)
The Moscow Airport Lounge is located on the 3rd floor airside at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport within Terminal D. You’ll find it opposite gate 30 on your right-hand side after passing customs and passport control.
The Moscow Lounge was open and spacious with plenty of seating. It was nice to see some architectural thought going into an airport lounge for once. Formed into two sections; an upper level and a lower level with a sweeping design.
The majority of the food and drink was located by the kitchen and reception area at the front of the lounge. However, at the top of the lounge by the children’s area, there were additional snacks including crisps and sweets.
View from The Airport Lounge
The Moscow Lounge is embedded centrally within the terminal providing no outside view. Instead, nearing the top of the lounge you’ll find some frosted glass that allows you to look out onto the rest of the terminal.
Despite the lack of an outside view, the lounge didn’t feel claustrophobic due to fantastic lighting and light furnishings.
There was a variety of seating in the lounge, mostly catered to dining or lounging:
Relaxing Lounger Chair
As always we’ve found a variety of seating make space work for any traveller; family, business or couple. We sat on the bench and chair area (photo: bottom right). We decided on these seats as they were nearing the front of the lounge and next to the food, ideal for our quick visit.
Catering / Bar
The catering at the Moscow Lounge was definitely on a higher class than I expected. The food looked wonderful and would be greatly appreciated if we had longer in the lounge. As we were in a hurry I chose a ham sandwich, salad dish and a meat pancake roll. Unfortunately, I found the bread a little hard to bite and couldn’t eat the top half. I moved onto the salad and it was nice but a little fancy for what I was after.
I was especially impressed with the catering towards babies and children. There were jars of baby food and facilities catered to families. This is something I had not seen before and was nice to see as lots of families use lounges.
I noticed there were a variety of noodle pots available, ready-made soups and warm dishes. Though not something I was interested it all looked lovely. There were chicken wings, steamed vegetables and tom yum soup.
It would be rude to leave the Moscow airport lounge without trying out a couple of desserts first. There was a tray full on mini desserts from eclairs to lemon poppy seed cake, muffins and much more. I put together a small sample of the desserts and by far my favourite was the eclair. So much we grabbed another 2 for the walk to the gate.
If you’re looking to enhance your visit to the Moscow Lounge you’ll find paid food options in a fridge opposite the general catering area. During our visit, the majority of this food was different varieties of caviar.
The drinks available were varied from beer/ lager, soft drinks, juice and wine. There were the usual fridges offering up water, juice and beer/lager. On the countertops were juice dispensers with tomato juice, apple, pineapple and one other.
The wine was kept in a case and was dispensed from there. It was something I had not seen before and meant that the bar part of the lounge was self-serve. Also on the countertop was a self-serve dispenser for soft drinks with coke, diet coke and fanta etc.
There were toilets integrated into the lounge on a slope section up to the upper level. Within the bathrooms were a suit press stationed for anyone wishing to use it. I had not seen something like this in a lounge before but I would assume they get a lot of business people coming through and it is a great added feature.
One of the nicer features of the Moscow Airport Lounge was the special built-in child’s’ playroom. Though I didn’t go in I could see it was a soft play area with activities built in.
As we were only in the lounge for 20 minutes our main focus was on the food. We didn’t get a chance to use the internet.
During our short visit to the Moscow Lounge, we only interacted with the reception staff. We noticed a rude customer prior to our visit, however despite this none of the staff looked displeased or phased when assisting us moments later.
There were many other staff members around the lounge cleaning tables, assisting other customers and filling up the food and drinks area when necessary.
We very much enjoyed our short visit to the Moscow Airport Lounge at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport and wouldn’t hesitate to come back to this lounge during a future visit to the airport. With a wide selection of food and drinks, this lounge is perfect for any traveller.
A great airport lounge with a wide variety of food and drink makes this the ideal place to relax prior to or in-between a flight. Some minor adjustments to seating options could heavily increase the comfort level here, as for the food rating – we’re probably just being over fussy!