Review: Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)

Review: Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)

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NAME: Hugo Junkers Lounge
Airport: DUS
DATE: June 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Hugo Junkers Lounge is a solid Priority Pass or contract lounge option, with lots of natural light, a pretty cool design, and quite a bit of space. Just don't expect great food & drinks.
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After a few nice nights in Dusseldorf, it was time to fly Condor’s A321 business class to Athens. While I’ll review the flight and general airport chaos in the next installment, in this post I wanted to review the Hugo Junkers Lounge (named after the German aircraft engineer), which is the Priority Pass location we visited during our time at the airport.

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf (DUS) location & hours

The Hugo Junkers Lounge is located airside in Terminal B of Dusseldorf Airprot. Once you clear security, just turn right and take the stairs or elevator up a level, to the second floor.

Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) Terminal B duty free shopping

Once on the second level you’ll see the entrance to the Hugo Junkers Lounge right there.

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf Airport entrance

While this lounge is located in the Schengen area, you can also access it if traveling from non-Schengen gates. Just leave enough time to go through passport control.

The Hugo Junkers Lounge is open daily from 5:15AM until 9PM. We arrived at the lounge right as it opened, as we had a 6:20AM flight, so we didn’t have much time there.

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf (DUS) entry requirements

The Hugo Junkers Lounge is primarily a contract lounge, so it’s open to Priority Pass members (there are lots of premium credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships).

Airlines departing from the terminal that offer lounge access to their passengers will send travelers here, so if you’re in business class or an elite member, you can expect you might receive an invitation to this lounge.

Lounge access can also be purchased for a fee of 28 Euro per person.

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf (DUS) seating & layout

The Hugo Junkers Lounge is around 800 square meters (~8,600 square feet), and it’s spread across two floors. During our brief visit everyone was using the first floor of the lounge, as it seemed most people didn’t realize there was even a second floor. The two levels also have very different decor.

The first floor has lots of dark tones, with furniture you’d almost expect to see in a cigar bar. The first floor largely has seats in rows facing one another, plus some dining tables with more chairs. There are also a few booths with high-top seating, as well as some communal tables.

Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on first floor

The lounge has (nearly) floor to ceiling windows with great views of the apron.

Hugo Junkers Lounge view

The second floor of the lounge is much more modern, and arguably a bit more cheery, based on the lighter colors. There’s one main room upstairs, with communal high-top seating, as well as a long bench with dining tables. There’s also some cool airplane art here.

Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor

There are a few smaller sitting areas around that main room, and there are drapes of sorts that provide a bit of separation between zones.

Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor
Hugo Junkers Lounge seating on second floor

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf (DUS) food & drinks

The Hugo Junkers Lounge has a self-serve food & drink selection on both the first and second floor. As you’d expect from a contract lounge, there’s no chateaubriand or top shelf liquor.

The main buffet was on the first floor, and during our early morning visit included a coffee machine, soft drinks, juice, and water. As far as food goes, there was cereal, cold cuts, cheese, veggies, bread, and croissants. There was no hot food at the time, but maybe that’s served later in the morning, as there was a heating plate.

Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet

The second floor had a similar drink selection, but a more limited (though different) food selection. This included hardboiled eggs, veggies, snack mix, and cookies.

Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet
Hugo Junkers Lounge buffet

Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf (DUS) bathrooms & showers

The Hugo Junkers Lounge has bathrooms on both the first and second floor, and they were pretty basic.

Hugo Junkers Lounge bathroom

There are also shower rooms, though I didn’t have a chance to check them out during my very brief visit (they were locked, so I couldn’t just peek in).

Hugo Junkers Lounge shower room

Bottom line

The Hugo Junkers Lounge Dusseldorf is a pretty solid Priority Pass lounge, as it’s quite large, and has two levels with very different designs. The lounge also has lots of natural light with great apron views. As an avgeek, I also appreciate the lounge’s name, plus the aviation themed art.

The food and drink selection isn’t terribly exciting, but that’s kind of what I’d expect from a contract lounge accessible with Priority Pass. Still, this isn’t a bad place to kill some time.

If you’ve visited the Hugo Junkers Lounge, what was your experience like?

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  1. Thomas Guest

    Condor Business intra Europe DOES include Hugo Junkers lounge access (used it last month). But since you had PP, Condor was certainly delighted they didn't have to pay this time :-)

    https://www.condor.com/eu/fly-enjoy/travel-classes/business/short-and-mediumhaul.jsp

  2. Andy Diamond

    I used this lounge a lot when Air Berlin was still alive, since it was one of their hubs (the other one was TXL). It looks like they have added a second floor. But other than that, the offering seems pretty much the same.

  3. Scott Schultz Guest

    Used this lounge quite a few times to mix it up from going to the LH Senators Lounge when flying back and forth between DUS-MUC for work. I seem to remember that sometimes the 2nd floor was roped off and there was no access when I was there a few times (Pre-COVID 2017-19.)

  4. Miles Guest

    I have to say that I have been to that lounge at least a dozen times, and I didn't even know it had a 2nd floor..:/
    Thanks to Ben now I know!

  5. George Guest

    The key point in your review is that 5:00-ish a.m. entry time. I too visited the lounge about 10 days ago (on what would arguably be the busiest day for this airport this year, maybe even ever?) but with a 12:30 departure and about 11:00-ish a.m. entry time, trust me when I tell you no 2nd floor or 800 sq.ft. could do anything for us to find seats there! Thankfully we didn't have to wait...

    The key point in your review is that 5:00-ish a.m. entry time. I too visited the lounge about 10 days ago (on what would arguably be the busiest day for this airport this year, maybe even ever?) but with a 12:30 departure and about 11:00-ish a.m. entry time, trust me when I tell you no 2nd floor or 800 sq.ft. could do anything for us to find seats there! Thankfully we didn't have to wait too long, as it was only logical, that when there are so many people there, they would also, naturally, be coming and going at a high rate. However I think the major issue was, that there were solo travelers occupying 4-seater tables (probably because when they arrived, that was the only option available). Then there was a small round table which was unoccupied, but only had a single chair. I asked a staff member if we could move some chairs around to accommodate ourselves and I believe she was going for it, but at the same time a gentleman stood up to leave and freed basically 2 lounge chairs, so I quickly grabbed those instead, which was likely a mistake as I realized a bit later, since the table those lounge chairs sported had such a small surface, that it could barely fit two of the (also very small) plates.

    Anyway, I've visited this lounge twice before, let's say "off-season" at around the same time of day and it wasn't crowded at all. That was a much better experience, but the whole point in having lounge access is precisely to relax away from "the crowds" (having said that, I probably wouldn't have preferred it if they'd stopped us at the entrance because it was over-crowded, I think the major issue is, that it's the only accessible lounge at T2! So literally everyone goes there! Someone should open up a second lounge at T2). Also, while it does get decent daylight, there basically nothing to look at through those floor-to-ceiling "windows" (which of course don't open). You get a glimpse at the far end of the taxiway and runway, which see pretty much zero aircraft since most of the time they'd land and begin takeoff roll at the other end and they don't reach that far on the runway for you to see. Don't know if you know this, but DUS has a plane spotting terrace on the roof (it used to be free of charge, then got an entry fee then got closed during the pandemic, no idea if it's open now, it's accessed from the main hall, so before security and I'm sure your next review will agree, that you don't want to arrive late at security these days!), but even that has its view obstructed, so you can't really capture touchdowns. Anyway, a bit off-topic.

    One major drawback of the lounge not addressed here is the lack of a disabled / baby's bathroom (something which the Lufthansa lounge at T1 does have and is very roomy). It was an almost impossible task trying to change a diaper in the lady's room (said my wife) and I'll leave it at that.

    Food options were still only breakfast stuff even at 12 a.m., and, as stated here, it was nothing to get excited about. In fact I just grabbed a small bread roll and some scrambled eggs with 1-2 pieces of tomato and cucumber and that was all (I don't really like sausages, at least not for breakfast, and in terms of food, not counting some pastry stuff, there wasn't anything else there). Very poor.

    On the plus side, even though it's "only" a contract lounge it did give me "+1" benefit of my star alliance gold tier.

  6. digital_notmad Member

    Visited a few months ago and had the same crowding experience: pretty full on the bottom floor (still a few seats available here and there), meanwhile we had the entire top floor to ourselves.

  7. Bennett Guest

    I was just there three days ago and it was awesome.

  8. SwimBikeFly Guest

    Jk. I didn’t read. My bad.

  9. SwimBikeFly Guest

    @ben - suggestion: when there is a liquor selection, can you take the picture in a way that it’s easy for readers to see the labels? I totally get it that some people prefer wine or champagne, but others of us prefer liquor. Helps to judge quality.

    Very possible this lounge doesn’t have liquor btw but would also be helpful to know that.

  10. Klaus Guest

    @Ben, that is also Condors business class lounge. How comes you didn’t have access?

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George Guest

The key point in your review is that 5:00-ish a.m. entry time. I too visited the lounge about 10 days ago (on what would arguably be the busiest day for this airport this year, maybe even ever?) but with a 12:30 departure and about 11:00-ish a.m. entry time, trust me when I tell you no 2nd floor or 800 sq.ft. could do anything for us to find seats there! Thankfully we didn't have to wait too long, as it was only logical, that when there are so many people there, they would also, naturally, be coming and going at a high rate. However I think the major issue was, that there were solo travelers occupying 4-seater tables (probably because when they arrived, that was the only option available). Then there was a small round table which was unoccupied, but only had a single chair. I asked a staff member if we could move some chairs around to accommodate ourselves and I believe she was going for it, but at the same time a gentleman stood up to leave and freed basically 2 lounge chairs, so I quickly grabbed those instead, which was likely a mistake as I realized a bit later, since the table those lounge chairs sported had such a small surface, that it could barely fit two of the (also very small) plates. Anyway, I've visited this lounge twice before, let's say "off-season" at around the same time of day and it wasn't crowded at all. That was a much better experience, but the whole point in having lounge access is precisely to relax away from "the crowds" (having said that, I probably wouldn't have preferred it if they'd stopped us at the entrance because it was over-crowded, I think the major issue is, that it's the only accessible lounge at T2! So literally everyone goes there! Someone should open up a second lounge at T2). Also, while it does get decent daylight, there basically nothing to look at through those floor-to-ceiling "windows" (which of course don't open). You get a glimpse at the far end of the taxiway and runway, which see pretty much zero aircraft since most of the time they'd land and begin takeoff roll at the other end and they don't reach that far on the runway for you to see. Don't know if you know this, but DUS has a plane spotting terrace on the roof (it used to be free of charge, then got an entry fee then got closed during the pandemic, no idea if it's open now, it's accessed from the main hall, so before security and I'm sure your next review will agree, that you don't want to arrive late at security these days!), but even that has its view obstructed, so you can't really capture touchdowns. Anyway, a bit off-topic. One major drawback of the lounge not addressed here is the lack of a disabled / baby's bathroom (something which the Lufthansa lounge at T1 does have and is very roomy). It was an almost impossible task trying to change a diaper in the lady's room (said my wife) and I'll leave it at that. Food options were still only breakfast stuff even at 12 a.m., and, as stated here, it was nothing to get excited about. In fact I just grabbed a small bread roll and some scrambled eggs with 1-2 pieces of tomato and cucumber and that was all (I don't really like sausages, at least not for breakfast, and in terms of food, not counting some pastry stuff, there wasn't anything else there). Very poor. On the plus side, even though it's "only" a contract lounge it did give me "+1" benefit of my star alliance gold tier.

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Thomas Guest

Condor Business intra Europe DOES include Hugo Junkers lounge access (used it last month). But since you had PP, Condor was certainly delighted they didn't have to pay this time :-) https://www.condor.com/eu/fly-enjoy/travel-classes/business/short-and-mediumhaul.jsp

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Andy Diamond

I used this lounge a lot when Air Berlin was still alive, since it was one of their hubs (the other one was TXL). It looks like they have added a second floor. But other than that, the offering seems pretty much the same.

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