Lotus Lounge Vietnam Airlines lounge in Hanoi (domestic): decent but not more

Vietnam Airlines’ domestic Lotus Lounge in Hanoi offers a flawless but rather bland service. It has the merit of existing but nothing more.

It’s time for me to leave Hanoi for the last stage of this Vietnamese journey: Phu Quoc. I’ll be flying business class on Vietnam Airlines, so I’ll be spending most of my waiting time in the airline’s lounge.

You’ll find a summary of articles about this vacation in Vietnam at the bottom of the page.

Location of the lounge

Once through security, an escalator takes you to a floor above the boarding gates, where you’ll find all the lounges in Hanoi airport’s domestic terminal.

It’s a reasonable distance from the gates, given the terminal’s modest size.

Access to the lounge

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The lounge is open to Vietnam Airlines business class passengers and Elite members of its frequent flyer program.

It is also available to Elite Plus members of Skyteam airlines traveling in Economy, provided they are connecting from or to an international flight.

Lounge layout

The lounge consists of a large room divided by screens and a separate buffet area. The style is rather dated and plain.

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There is also an area dedicated to dining.

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For those in the know, it’s a bit like a Lufthansa lounge, only more dated.

Not really pretty, not really warm: in a word, just ordinary.

Catering

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The buffet is quite large, with hot and cold local food on offer.

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The presentation is less sloppy and more attractive than at the domestic Lotus Lounge in Saigon, but if the quality is correct, it’s really nothing exceptional.

Facilities

The lounge has toilets, but I don’t remember any showers.

Atmosphere

Quite calm when I visited.

Bottom line

A rather unremarkable lounge, but a little better than its Saigon counterpart.

The articles about this trip to Vietnam

#TypePost
1Travel diaryPreparing for vacations in Vietnam
2FlightParis-Stockholm – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
3LoungeSAS Gold lounge – Stockholm
4FlightStockholm-Oslo – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
5HotelRadisson Blu Airport Hotel – Oslo Gardermoen
6LoungeSAS Gold lounge international zone – Oslo
7FlightOslo-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
8LoungeTurkish Airlines Miles&Smile Lounge international zone – Istanbul
9FlightIstanbul-Saigon – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
10HotelRenaissance Riverside Hotel – Saigon
11RestaurantAnan – Saigon
12RestaurantHoa Tuc – Saigon
13Travel diarySaigon city tour
14LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus lounge (domestic) – Saigon
15LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (domestic) – Saigon
16FlightSaigon-Hanoi- Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A350)
17HotelJW Marriott Hotel – Hanoi
18RestaurantGia – Hanoi
19RestaurantTung Dining – Hanoi
20Travel diaryCity tour of Hanoi
21LoungeVietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
22LoungeSong Hong Lounge (domestic) – Hanoi
23FlightHanoi-Phu Quoc – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320Neo)
24HotelSheraton Long Beach Resort – Phu Quoc
25Hotel JW Marriott Emerald Bay – Phu Quoc
26LoungeHoa Sim Business lounge – Phu Quoc
27FlightPhu Quoc-Saigon – Vietnam Airlines – Business Class (A320)
28LoungeLe Saigonnais lounge (international zone) – Saigon
28FlightSaigon-Istanbul – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A350)
30LoungeIGA Lounge (zone internationale) – Istanbul
31LoungeTurkish Airlines business lounge – Istanbul
31FlightIstanbul-Oslo – Turkish Airlines – Business Class (A321Neo)
32HotelRadisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Oslo
33RestaurantKatla – Oslo
34Travel diaryCity tour of Oslo
35FlightOslo-Copenhagen – SAS – SAS Plus (A320)
36FlightCopenhagen-Paris – SAS – SAS Plus (A320Neo)
37Travel diaryDebriefing of my vacation in Vietnam
Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrinhttp://www.duperrin.com
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.
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