Review: The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE)

Review: The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE)

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NAME: The Library Lounge
Airport: NCE
DATE: June 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Library Lounge Nice Airport is a pretty average contract lounge, with plenty of seating, but a limited selection of food and drinks. Don't arrive early to use the lounge, but it's not a bad place to kill time either.
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After a lovely time in the South of France, it was time to fly to Zurich. I’ll review SWISS’ A320 business class in the next installment, but in this post I wanted to review the lounge we used at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE).

Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) location & hours

The Library Lounge is located in Nice Airport Terminal 1, in the Schengen zone. Just clear security, go through the duty free maze, and then when you’re in the main part of the terminal, turn left.

Nice Airport (NCE) duty free
Nice Airport (NCE) terminal

After walking for a bit, you’ll see the elevator to the lounge on the left side. Just take it up a level, and you’ll be at reception.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) entrance
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) reception

The lounge is open daily from 5:15AM until 9:30PM, which covers virtually all departures from the airport.

Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) entry requirements

There are a variety of ways to access the Library Lounge:

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) signage

Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating & layout

I was curious where the Library Lounge got its name. Well, one corner of the lounge has some bookshelves with books, and that’s about the extent of it — the theme doesn’t continue throughout the rest of the lounge.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating

The Library Lounge has two main rooms, in addition to the “library” area. Inside the entrance and to the left is an area with semi-private chairs, couches, and a communal table. There are also a couple of PCs.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating

Seating is similar on the other side of the lounge, except the semi-private chairs are replaced with couches that have a raised back.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) seating

Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) food & drinks

Don’t come to the Library Lounge hungry. The lounge has a self-serve buffet area.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) buffet
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) buffet

In terms of drinks, there’s juice, soda, and water in large bottles. Then there’s an espresso machine, bottles of wine, and liquor bottles.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) drinks
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) drinks
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) drinks

As far as food goes, there’s cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, toast, bread, sweets, and packaged snacks. That’s about it.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) food
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) buffet
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) food
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) food
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) food

Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) bathrooms

The Library Lounge Nice has two individual bathrooms, which were reasonably clean and at least private. However, the lounge doesn’t have any showers.

The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) bathroom
The Library Lounge Nice Airport (NCE) bathroom

Bottom line

The Library Lounge Nice is your average Priority Pass or contract lounge in Europe. The lounge’s interior is fairly nice and the lounge never got too full during our visit. There was a reasonable selection of drinks, while the food options were pretty limited.

Don’t arrive at the airport early to use this lounge, but it’s also not a bad place to kill some time.

If you’ve visited the Library Lounge Nice Airport, what was your experience like?

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  1. Carrie Member

    The protocol is to purchase a small tarte tropézienne, smuggle it into the Lounge and then request a champagne from the accommodating staff - makes this Lounge experience so much better.

  2. SINJim Guest

    Champagne is available on demand though the lounge notes this in very small print (which was captured in one of Ben's images). On my visit there, they indeed would bring out a glass from the kitchen upon request.

  3. ArnoldB Guest

    Some feedback as to the rating system: It would be great if the review rating could be changed to the bottom or have a setting to not be automatically displayed. It always sort of spoilers the review for me a bit if I see the score before reading through it.

  4. Alex Guest

    I use this lounge quite often, and I agree that the food options are rather underwhelming. The atmosphere in the lounge is fairly nice, though - it‘s reasonably quiet, and the staff is friendly.

  5. Flightlove Guest

    Hi friends. Totally agree with this review. Same happened to me. Also, Winston looks friendly and delicious. Hope we meet soon. Best to you all.

  6. schrap Guest

    As we also live in Nice, this is my "almost home base" .. the other being SFO. Just a couple weeks ago I had an early saturday flight - -arrive at 7am and for probably the 1st hour I was the only passenger in the lounge - -it was eerie! in terms of food breadth -- yeah, it's not full on buffet but since most flights departing from here are short or fairly short haul,...

    As we also live in Nice, this is my "almost home base" .. the other being SFO. Just a couple weeks ago I had an early saturday flight - -arrive at 7am and for probably the 1st hour I was the only passenger in the lounge - -it was eerie! in terms of food breadth -- yeah, it's not full on buffet but since most flights departing from here are short or fairly short haul, their market is largely 1-3 hour flights (for the most part) .. so the food options are OK ++ the staff here are really accommodating. If I'm flying BA, the Canopy Lounge in the same terminal I think is a touch nicer at least in terms of physical space.

  7. GLCTraveler Guest

    As you say, looked like the average PP Lounge, with nicer decor and decent liquor selection/variety for a pre-flight topper!!..... But the food looked much better than I expected and certainly need before a 2 hour max flight out of NCE!! Beats the PP Lounge at BWI!

    Thanks for the review.

    1. Rico Gold

      Every lounge I've been to beats the PP lounge at BWI.

  8. DEE Guest

    I remember a differnt smaller lounge last time I was there vs Library??

  9. GroeneMichel Member

    That's some very good wine they got there. Minuty is an excellent rosé!

  10. Bob Guest

    "I was curious where the Library Lounge got its name."

    Because it is so chic in France to have "abstract" concept ^^

    And it is in english!

    I am with you about that :-)

  11. Russ Member

    There is a difference between spewing vitriol and maximizing value.

    As many frequent readers may know, outsized value can come for redeeming for business class on short haul European flights.

  12. Daniel Guest

    Lucky you can't even fly coach for an hour flight what a princess

    1. Icarus Guest

      I agree. Never in economy. He should fly Ryanair and stay at a package hotel in Benidorm

    2. Timothy Guest

      You’re missing the whole point of the Blog.

    3. glenn t Diamond

      I have often flown Business on a short flight in Europe (and elsewhere) generally as part of a Bus. or F ticket.
      You get all the benefits of Business travel, except for crappier seating intra-Europe, and possibly lacklustre lounges such as this one.
      Nice is a small airport, but since it does have international departures maybe full-service lounges (OW and/or *A ) is justified.
      I recall a few years back there being...

      I have often flown Business on a short flight in Europe (and elsewhere) generally as part of a Bus. or F ticket.
      You get all the benefits of Business travel, except for crappier seating intra-Europe, and possibly lacklustre lounges such as this one.
      Nice is a small airport, but since it does have international departures maybe full-service lounges (OW and/or *A ) is justified.
      I recall a few years back there being a lounge for OW passengers at least, equallly as dismal as the Library. Is this still operational, or is the Library lounge its replacement?

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Timothy Guest

You’re missing the whole point of the Blog.

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Daniel Guest

Lucky you can't even fly coach for an hour flight what a princess

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Carrie Member

The protocol is to purchase a small tarte tropézienne, smuggle it into the Lounge and then request a champagne from the accommodating staff - makes this Lounge experience so much better.

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