If you have a Priority Pass and pass through terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda airport, the main international terminal at the airport, you have no less than three lounges to choose between. But which is the best one? Here are some comments.
Menzies Norrsken Lounge
Norrsken Lounge, previously called Menzies Business Lounge, is the main third-party and pay-in lounge in terminal 5. It is located next to the SAS lounges, on the first floor between concourse A and concourse B. To reach the lounge you take the stairs or the lift opposite the SAS service centre.
Out of the three Priority Pass lounges this must be described as the worst one. It can be awfully crowded at peak times and the selection of food and drinks is very limited, the poorest of the three lounges. You get some bread rolls with cheese or ham, some fresh fruits and some cocktail snacks, and that is pretty much it. Alcoholic drinks are limited to beer and wine on tap, there are no spirits.
But the lounge is open during most of the day, from early morning until the evening, and you can visit it irrespective of airline, destination or departure gate (Schengen/non-Schengen). The location makes it reasonable for all departure gates.
Menzies Executive Lounge
Menzies Executive Lounge is located airside in the Schengen area in Concourse F. A very convenient lounge if your flight departs from an F-gate but quite a walk if your flight departs from a B-gate, and in some cases even an A-gate. Few airlines use this lounge nowadays which is the reason why the opening hours are rather limited, especially on weekends. The lounge closes already at 6.30 pm on weekdays and is only open for five hours on Saturdays. So do check the opening hours before heading here.
The interior is nothing to get terribly excited about but the selection of food and drinks is fairly good for a third-party lounge. There is usually an adequate cold buffet with something like chicken, pasta and vegetables. Also some bread rolls, muffins and of course some breakfast items in the morning. And there is a standard selection of spirits. This is the only lounge of the three offering spirits.
Aviator Stockholm Arlanda Lounge
The Aviator Lounge, also called Stockholm Arlanda Lounge, is located in the non-Schengen area in Concourse F. To be able to use this lounge your flight needs to depart from a non-Schengen gate in Concourse F. Other than being a pay-in lounge this lounge is used by a number of airlines such as Emirates and Qatar Airways.
The interior, although not extravagant, is quite pleasant in a Nordic minimalistic kind of way and there is plenty of natural light through the large panorama windows. There is a cold buffet with some food and snacks for self service and there are some tasty desserts. Nothing extraordinary, but you can get a proper cold meal in here. And there is a reasonable selection of drinks, including beer and wine, but there are no spirits.
Overall this is the best lounge of the three given the interior and the selection of food and drinks, but you need to travel to a non-Schengen destination from an F-gate in order to get here.