Review: Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT)

After a nice week on Sylt, we took Lufthansa to Düsseldorf via Frankfurt. In this issue I wanted to review the Sylt Airport Lounge (on the island of Sylt in northern Germany). Sylt Airport is tiny and has a strange lounge. If the Sylt Airport Lounge got even more sponsorship, it would be an Instagram influencer. Yet somehow I found the whole experience somehow charming?

Sylt Airport (GWT) is adorable, somehow

Sylt Airport has limited air traffic, mainly from Lufthansa Group airlines, including Lufthansa (to Frankfurt and Munich), SWISS (to Zurich) and Eurowings (to Dusseldorf and Stuttgart). The airport is adorable small and kind of reminds me of the airport Lego sets I played with as a kid.

Exterior view of Sylt Airport

As you enter the airport, there is a restaurant upstairs, including a pizzeria (we ordered takeaway here one evening – don’t ask, but it’s kind of sad when you order takeaway from the airport).

Entrance to Sylt Airport

When entering the terminal, the check-in counters are on the left, while security is on the right.

Check-in at Sylt Airport
Check-in hall at Sylt Airport
Check-in hall at Sylt Airport

There were only two people checking in, and when Ford showed his US passport, they kind of looked at him like we were from another planet.

Check-in at Sylt Airport

Security went smoothly, although airside was… a little less charming. Not sure if the terminal is currently being renovated or what, but the design wasn’t particularly coherent. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Airside of Sylt Airport
Airside of Sylt Airport
Airside of Sylt Airport
Airside of Sylt Airport
Airside of Sylt Airport

Location and opening hours of the Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT).

Amazingly, this tiny airport has a lounge. Once through security, walk maybe 50 feet to the end of the terminal and you will see the lounge entrance.

The lounge does not have set hours, but is open whenever passengers are able to use it. As soon as check-in opens for a flight, the lounge also opens. The airport might seem to have a handful of employees, and they all wear the same uniform, whether they’re working at check-in, in the lounge, or on the ramp.

Exterior view of the Sylt Airport Lounge

Access requirements for the Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT).

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

What I can’t think of is why this lounge isn’t part of the Priority Pass. The lounge is a good size and there aren’t usually many premium passengers, so the lounge operators just aren’t familiar with Priority Pass, are they…?

Design and seating of the Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT).

The Sylt Airport Lounge has maybe a few dozen seats, which is adequate for the amount of traffic in the lounge. The lounge is on the same level as the apron and has floor to ceiling windows. The seating is fairly uniform, with only black leather armchairs facing each other, with glass coffee tables in the middle.

Seating in the Sylt Airport Lounge
Seating in the Sylt Airport Lounge
Seating in the Sylt Airport Lounge
Seating in the Sylt Airport Lounge
Seating in the Sylt Airport Lounge

Unfortunately the lounge does not have toilets, you have to use the ones in the terminal.

Sylt Airport Lounge bathroom

Food & drinks at the Sylt Airport Lounge (GWT).

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

Day-long branding of the Sylt Airport Lounge
Day-long branding of the Sylt Airport Lounge

This is also reflected in how seemingly random the selection is.

Buffet in the Sylt Airport Lounge
Buffet in the Sylt Airport Lounge

The lounge has a lethal amount of “organic power drinks” which I think 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 choice of biscuits, snack mix, and you guessed it – more power shots.

Sylt Airport Lounge Snacks & “Power Drinks”

The lounge has a coffee machine as well as a selection of tea.

Sylt Airport Lounge coffee machine
Sylt Airport Lounge tea

The wine comes almost exclusively from Zanzibar.

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

Even the coffee cups and napkins bear the Zanzibar logo.

Sylt Airport Lounge coffee

I would be interested to know what exactly the lounge did with these vendors for deals.

bottom line

Sylt Airport is delightfully small, and it’s a pleasant surprise that the airport even has a lounge. The lounge isn’t fancy, but it’s a nice place to kill some time and is nicer than the terminal. I’ve never seen a lounge with as many banners as this one promoting products, but I guess it’s a small price to pay for ice cream and organic powershots.

What do you think of the Sylt Airport Lounge?