Review: Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT)

Review: Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT)

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NAME: Sylt Airport Lounge
Airport: GWT
DATE: June 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: Sylt Airport has to be one of the smallest airports with a lounge. It's not much to get excited about, but it sure is unique.
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After a lovely week in Sylt, it was time to fly to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt on Lufthansa. In this installment I wanted to review the Sylt Airport Lounge (located on the island of Sylt in Northern Germany). Sylt Airport is tiny, and has a strange lounge. If the Sylt Airport Lounge were any more sponsored, it would be an Instagram influencer. Yet somehow I found the whole experience to be kind of charming?

Sylt Airport (GWT) is adorable, kind of

Sylt Airport has limited air service, primarily from Lufthansa Group airlines, including Lufthansa (to Frankfurt and Munich), SWISS (to Zurich), and Eurowings (to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart). The airport is adorably small, and kind of reminds me of the airport Lego sets I’d play with as a kid.

Sylt Airport exterior

As you enter the airport there’s a restaurant upstairs, including a pizzeria (we ordered takeout from here one night — don’t ask, but it’s kind of sad when you’re ordering takeout from the airport).

Sylt Airport entryway

When you enter the terminal, the check-in desks are to the left, while the security checkpoint is to the right.

Sylt Airport check-in
Sylt Airport check-in hall
Sylt Airport check-in hall

There were just two people working check-in, and when Ford presented his US passport, they kind of looked at him as if we were from a different planet.

Sylt Airport check-in

Security was seamless, though the airside was… a little bit less charming. I’m not sure if the terminal is currently being renovated, or what, but the design was not terribly cohesive. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Sylt Airport airside
Sylt Airport airside
Sylt Airport airside
Sylt Airport airside
Sylt Airport airside

Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT) location & hours

Amazingly enough, this tiny airport has a lounge. When you pass security, just walk maybe 50 feet to the end of the terminal, and you’ll see the entrance to the lounge.

The lounge doesn’t have set hours, but rather is open whenever passengers could use it. As soon as check-in opens for a flight, the lounge opens as well. The airport seems to have maybe a handful of employees, and everyone has the same uniform, whether they’re working check-in, the lounge, or the ramp.

Sylt Airport Lounge exterior

Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT) entry requirements

The Sylt Airport Lounge is open to premium passengers who receive an invitation from the airline they’re flying with. In other words, business class passengers and select elite members can expect to get lounge access.

What I can’t wrap my head around is why this lounge doesn’t belong to Priority Pass. The lounge is a good size and there typically aren’t many premium passengers, so are the lounge operators just not familiar with Priority Pass, or…?

Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT) layout & seating

The Sylt Airport Lounge has maybe a couple dozen seats, which is plenty for the amount of traffic the lounge receives. The lounge is on the same level as the apron, and has floor-to-ceiling windows. The seating is pretty consistent, as there are just black leather chairs arranged facing one another, with glass coffee tables in the middle.

Sylt Airport Lounge seating
Sylt Airport Lounge seating
Sylt Airport Lounge seating
Sylt Airport Lounge seating
Sylt Airport Lounge seating

Unfortunately the lounge doesn’t have bathrooms, but rather you have to use the ones in the terminal.

Sylt Airport Lounge bathrooms

Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT) food & drinks

While it’s not unusual to see some partner marketing in airport lounges, I’ve never seen anything quite like at the Sylt Airport Lounge. I would have to imagine that almost everything in the lounge was sponsored, based on the amount of advertising.

Sylt Airport Lounge branding for days
Sylt Airport Lounge branding for days

That’s also reflected based on how seemingly random the selection is.

Sylt Airport Lounge buffet
Sylt Airport Lounge buffet

The lounge has a lethal quantity of “organic power drinks,” which I guess is like a wellness shot.

Sylt Airport Lounge power drinks

Then there was a selection of ice cream, with three banners promoting it.

Sylt Airport Lounge ice cream

Then there was a selection of cookies, snack mix, and you guessed it — more power shots.

Sylt Airport Lounge snacks & “power drinks”

The lounge has a coffee machine, plus a selection of tea.

Sylt Airport Lounge coffee machine
Sylt Airport Lounge tea

The wine is almost entirely from Sansibar.

Sylt Airport Lounge drinks
Sylt Airport Lounge drinks
Sylt Airport Lounge wine

Even the coffee cups and napkins are Sansibar branded.

Sylt Airport Lounge coffee

I’d be fascinated to know what exactly what kind of deals the lounge stuck with these providers.

Bottom line

Sylt Airport is delightfully small, and it’s a pleasant surprise that the airport even has a lounge. The lounge is nothing to get excited about, but it’s a nice place to kill some time, and is nicer than the terminal. I’ve never seen a lounge with quite as many banners as this one promoting products, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay for ice cream and organic power shots.

What do you make of the Sylt Airport Lounge?

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  1. Brian G. Member

    "What I can’t wrap my head around is why this lounge doesn’t belong to Priority Pass. The lounge is a good size and there typically aren’t many premium passengers, so are the lounge operators just not familiar with Priority Pass, or…?"

    Maybe PP has no interest if an airport that is this small and that does not attract many international visitors. I am guessing there is some startup cost that PP pays (i.e. site visit by a PP employee, card scanners, etc.),

  2. Kevin Guest

    Hey Ben/Lucky …. Do you have a link to the AirBnB house in which you stayed?

  3. Deborah Guest

    I’m curious, why didn’t you take the train to Düsseldorf?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Deborah -- I had considered that, but the mileage cost was the same regardless of whether or not we included the connection. Train tickets weren't cheap, so it just seemed more seamless to fly all the way through. We ended up regretting that, though, as our bags were delayed.

  4. tuotuo Member

    Is there a massage station in the corner? !!!
    Those seats along the floor-to-ceiling windows must have priceless view if there are planes on the apron.

  5. riku2 Guest

    I think the article would be better if the article itself included some explanation why a place has such a tiny airport as this and why you might order take away food from the airport. The article doesn't even tell what country this is in!!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ riku2 -- I had linked to a story I published yesterday talking all about Sylt. But I went ahead and added a description explaining that Sylt is a small island in Northern Germany.

      As to why we ordered food from the airport, well, my mom had a bit of a biking accident, so we didn't want to go out to eat. The other places we tried to order food from all didn't pick up...

      @ riku2 -- I had linked to a story I published yesterday talking all about Sylt. But I went ahead and added a description explaining that Sylt is a small island in Northern Germany.

      As to why we ordered food from the airport, well, my mom had a bit of a biking accident, so we didn't want to go out to eat. The other places we tried to order food from all didn't pick up the phone, and it's not like there's Uber Eats in Sylt. So eventually we stumbled upon this pizza place, and only after ordering did I realize it was in the airport.

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tuotuo Member

Is there a massage station in the corner? !!! Those seats along the floor-to-ceiling windows must have priceless view if there are planes on the apron.

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ riku2 -- I had linked to a story I published yesterday talking all about Sylt. But I went ahead and added a description explaining that Sylt is a small island in Northern Germany. As to why we ordered food from the airport, well, my mom had a bit of a biking accident, so we didn't want to go out to eat. The other places we tried to order food from all didn't pick up the phone, and it's not like there's Uber Eats in Sylt. So eventually we stumbled upon this pizza place, and only after ordering did I realize it was in the airport.

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Brian G. Member

"What I can’t wrap my head around is why this lounge doesn’t belong to Priority Pass. The lounge is a good size and there typically aren’t many premium passengers, so are the lounge operators just not familiar with Priority Pass, or…?" Maybe PP has no interest if an airport that is this small and that does not attract many international visitors. I am guessing there is some startup cost that PP pays (i.e. site visit by a PP employee, card scanners, etc.),

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