lounge entrance
Classic two-parents-with-kids seating arrangement.

Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT) is a cozy airport with lots of character, great services, and plenty of space to spend your layover. With such a nice little airport, I assumed the lounge would be a cut above, blending high-brow Scandinavian design with the working-class warmth of Western Sweden. Sadly, dear shark, you will be disappointed by what is, in most ways, a generic space. But we’ll make up for the dissapointment by pouring our soul into this Vinga Lounge Review – Gothenburg (GOT).

Our Trip – Vinga Lounge Review – Gothenburg (GOT)

We were catching a transatlantic flight to Washington Dulles to vote for president much as our forebears saddled up on horses to make the pilgrimage. “Why didn’t you vote by mail?” I hear you, and every other person that has heard this plan asking. A shark believes in the personal touch.

Map of flight
Your typical transatlantic in atypical times.

The Facts – Vinga Lounge Review – Gothenburg (GOT)

The lounge accepts Priority Pass, American Express and status from the AirFrance/KLM group. You can find it easily after the security check, at the end of a disused hallway under a sign that reads, “Beware of Leopard”.

entrance to the Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
Lounge entrance.

The Space – Vinga Lounge Review – Gothenburg (GOT)

The space is about what you would expect from a mid-sized-market Scandinavian lounge. Named after an island in the Gothenburg archipelago, the Vinga lounge has a half-hearted nautical theme. The only real standout is a globe lamp modeled after the glass orbs that were once used on fishing nets. Though we aren’t exactly asking them to go full Long John Silver’s on us, a small granite boulder or some weathered dock-wood wouldn’t hurt.

seating area near window at Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
Nice atrium view of the runway.

The lounge is comprised of a single, large room, with three sub-sections. Lounge space along the atrium window gives you a fleeting glimpse of the winter sun, but an otherwise pleasant view of the runway and forests beyond. To the right as you enter are diner-style tables with a good workspace. There are no bathrooms in the lounge, which is the second worst possibility where bathrooms are concerned. The first being when they are single-occupancy and right next to the food, as in Cancun’s Mera Business Lounge.

nautical light fixture
The nautical globe lamp, half-lit and half-hearted.

The Food

The buffet is as basic as it gets. You have cold cuts, muesli and yogurt. The lounge advises patrons to disinfect their hands and even provides gloves. Although most guests I watched used this station, nothing stopped a small child from hovering over the cold cuts inexplicably saturating the buffet with droplets for several minutes. She left empty handed.

breakfast bar at Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
The breakfast buffet, conspicuously missing crayfish.
medical gloves and hand sanitizer at Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
People seem to prefer the blue gloves.

The Drinks

Even though at Lanvetter it was 8:45am, it was definitely five o’clock somewhere. Either that or the globe lamp cast more of a Jimmy Buffet vibe in the room than it did light. As I watched two patrons side-by-side at the bar, unmasked and pouring a glass of wine and about 4 fingers of bourbon, I was almost inspired by Swedish grit. Not prepared to make my day feel any longer, I went for coffee. This is all to say the booze selection is solid: beer, wine, hard liquors.

authentic Swede getting coffee at Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
Desire gives way to reason as another patron sidles up for coffee.
drink station at Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
Wine on tap, beer by request and liquor, furtively poured in the shadows.

The Internet

I will try to say this as diplomatically as I can: the WiFi in this lounge is hot garbage. I got 3Mbps down and 6Mbps up. This is very puzzling, as the network for the airport at large is incredible, at nearly 200 Mbps. Don’t bother connecting to the lounge network.

Lounge WiFi is very slow
Extending the archipelago theme to the bad internet speeds.
Airport WiFi is very fast
While on the mainland, speeds are very generous.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps it’s the Nordic Janteloven mentality, or the humble needs of a humble people, but the Vinga Lounge did not score highly in many of our metrics and feels like a missed opportunity. Although the space they work with prohibits adding restrooms inside the lounge, more local character and more thoughtful food would go a long way toward improving the space.

view of the lounge - Vinga Lounge Review - Gothenburg (GOT)
A view to a chill.

Final Grades

Connectivity2/5
Workability3/5
Relaxation4/5
Catering2/5
Alcohol4/5
Ambiance3/5
Total Score18/30

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