In this review we will take a look at the ‘Moscow’ and ‘Jazz’ business class lounges in Terminal D of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO).
Getting to the airport
After a fun Moscow stopover of almost 24 hours it was time to head back to Sheremetyevo Airport for my flight back to Paris.
Having finished breakfast at the Pushkin Hotel, it was a rather unpleasant walk to the nearby Tverskaya metro station dragging my trolley along through the snowy Moscow streets. As my flight would only depart at 1.05pm I however had plenty of time, and I still vastly preferred a metro and train ride above a taxi given my fascination for train and metro networks.
It is only two stops by metro from Tverskaya to the railway terminus of Belorussky (Belarus) Station from where the Sheremetyevo airport express departs. Yet you’d be crazy to stay on the train and not to get off at the intermediate metro station of Mayakovskaya – which in my opinion is one of the most beautifully designed stations of the entire Moscow metro network.
Given that there are trains every two minutes, you hardly lose any time at all getting off – snapping a few pictures – and taking the next train again!
Airport express train
Just like my journey into Moscow a day before, the train to the airport was again rather empty. It took just a minute to buy my ticket and the seats around me remained empty during the ride.
From the railway terminus at Sheremetyevo Airport it was a fairly long walk to reach Terminal D from where my flight to Paris would depart.
Although nowhere close to being beautiful or having any kind of groundbreaking architectural design or cool amenities, the airport does feel quite spacious and never felt too crowded. That included the check-in area, which had a separate area for business class passengers.
With just 2 people in front of me, I was quickly helped by one of the agents who confirmed my window seat and handed out my boarding pass. Unfortunately, the check-in agent could not print a boarding pass for my connecting TAROM flight from Paris to Bucharest, but as I already checked in online for the flight and had a mobile boarding pass it did not matter too much.
The lines at security and passport control were a breeze at this hour of the day in the late morning and with about two hours to spare before departure I was airside at Sheremetyevo.
It was my first time at Terminal D having previously only seen only the domestic terminal on my way to Irkutsk earlier this trip and Terminal F when once flying from Moscow to Copenhagen on SAS.
Those passengers flying business class, having elite frequent flyer status with the airline or having a priority pass can choose between half a dozen of lounges in this terminal. Frankly, there were so many business class lounges available at Sheremetyevo Terminal D that I hardly knew which one to visit.
After exchanging my last Rubles for Euros I went to the first lounge I encountered – which is one floor up straight after security. Called the Jazz lounge, this lounge is only accessible for Aeroflot passengers in business class and Sky Team frequent flyers and not for priority pass holders.
Like the domestic lounge, the first impression was rather bad as the lounge was very dark with no natural light. It was also absolutely packed – which surprised me as the terminal itself seemed rather empty. The only seats available were bar stools at a long table.
Jazz lounge food
Food and beverage options in the lounge were decent enough. The coffee machines made a decent brew, there was the usual breakfast stuff such as croissants and cold cuts, as well as a decent booze selection. There were also lots of sweets.
I therefore decided to have a second breakfast in true hobbit-style and get myself a cup of coffee and some orange juice while trying every sweet I could find, as why not? The little cakes were however visually more appealing than they tasted. They weren’t necessarily bad – but more rather unmemorable and bland.
Although I might have had a slightly better impression if the lounge would be less crowded or would have visited during lunch or dinner time, I thought it was absolutely forgettable.
As I didn’t really like the Jazz Lounge, I went for a quest to find a better place to spend the remainder of the time before my flight departure. Right next to my departure gate for Paris I found the ‘Moscow Lounge’, which allows both priority pass holders as well as Aeroflot and Sky Team elite passenger in.
Even though it was absolutely packed to the brim at 11am – I found it more pleasant than the Jazz lounge as it had some natural light coming in from the terminal corridor which separates it from the tarmac as well as a more pleasant overall design. I managed to grab a seat by the window so I could look out over the same-floor terminal.
When I arrived they were changing the food offerings from breakfast to lunch, with a soup and a huge bowl of chicken wings available. As I was not hungry, I didn’t partake. Instead I just had a glass of champagne and some water.
The Moscow Lounge is again nothing to write home about – but vastly superior to Jazz in my opinion.
While much better than the domestic lounge, the international lounges at Terminal D are nothing to write home about. There are quite a few other lounges available besides the two I tried, but what I’ve heard they are all more or less the same in terms of design and food and beverage options.
Just like the airport itself – the business class lounges at Sheremetyevo are something which definitely could and should be improved. As a big hub airport to a major world city, it definitely feels a bit subpar when compared to the excellent airport lounges you can find in other cities.
Besides the average quality, crowding is also a huge issue in these lounges which is definitely something which Aeroflot and Sheremetyevo Airport should improve. It is especially a pity because in flight Aeroflot has an excellent business class product.
If the airline truly wants to compete with the world’s best they should definitely refurbish the lounges at their hub airport.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘Siberian Shuffle – A Crazy Winter Trip Around Eurasia‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: Wizz Air economy class from Bucharest to Oslo Sandefjord Torp (Airbus A321)
2. A day in the Norwegian capital of Oslo
3. Review: Norwegian Railways night train from Oslo to Stavanger in a private sleeper
4. Review: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger
5. A day in the city of Stavanger, Norway
6. Review: Stavanger Airport North Sea Lounge
7. Review: KLM Cityhopper business class Stavanger to Amsterdam (Embraer RJ-175)
8. Celebrating carnival in the Netherlands
9. Review: KLM Crown Lounge (Schengen) Amsterdam Airport
10. Review: Air France business class Amsterdam to Paris (Airbus A319)
11. Review: ‘Salon Paris’ business class lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2C
12. Review: Aeroflot business class Paris to Moscow (Airbus A320)
13. Review: Aeroflot domestic business class lounge Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
14. Review: Aeroflot business class Moscow to Irkutsk (Boeing 737-800)
15. Review: Matreshka Hotel, Irkutsk
16. Exploring the Siberian city of Irkutsk
17. Review: Mayak Hotel, Listvyanka, Lake Baikal
18. A Winter Trip to the Frozen Wonderland of Lake Baikal
19. Review: Ibis Irkutsk Center Hotel
20. Review: Domestic business class lounge Irkutsk Airport
21. Review: Aeroflot business class Irkutsk to Moscow (Boeing 737-800)
22. Review: Pushkin Hotel, Moscow
23. A 24-hour stopover in the Russian capital of Moscow
24. Review: ‘Moscow’ and ‘Jazz’ business class lounges Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (current chapter)
25. Review: Aeroflot business class Moscow to Paris (Airbus A320)
26. Review: TAROM business class Paris to Bucharest (Airbus A318)
27. Review: TAROM business class lounge Bucharest Otopeni Airport
27. Review: Air France business class Bucharest to Paris (Airbus A320)
28. A short stopover in Paris
29. Review: ‘Sheltair’ business class lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2D
30. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines business class Paris to Baku (Airbus A320)
31. Review: Old City Hotel & Apartments, Baku
32. Baku: a captivating mix between old and new
33. Review: Azerbaijan Railways night train from Baku to Sheki in a private sleeper
34. Sheki and the Caucasus foothills
35. Visiting Azerbaijan’s second-biggest city of Ganja
36. Review: Shah Palace Hotel, Baku
37. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines business class lounge Baku Airport
38. Review: Azerbaijan Airlines business class Baku to Paris (Airbus A320)
39. Review: Air France business class lounge Paris CDG Terminal 2F
40. Review: KLM business class Paris to Amsterdam (Boeing 737-800)
41. Review: KLM business class Amsterdam to Bergen (Boeing 737-800)
42. Review: First Marin Hotel, Bergen
43. Visiting the Norwegian city of Bergen
44. The Bergen Railway from Bergen to Oslo
45. The scenic Flam Railway from Myrdal to Flam
46. Review: Saga Hotel Oslo Central
47. Review: SAS economy class Oslo to Brussels (Boeing 737-600)
48. Review: Diamond Lounge (non-Schengen) Brussels Airport
49. Review: TAROM economy class Brussels to Bucharest (Boeing 737-800)