Lufthansa has some great ground services for first class passengers but those services are only offered to first class passengers flying on Lufthansa or Swiss Air operated flights. Because I was flying Asiana Airlines first class from Frankfurt to Seoul, I wasn’t granted access to the Frankfurt First Class Terminal or any of the First Class lounges.
Lufthansa has three levels of lounges: First Class, Senator and Business Class. The First Class Terminal and First Class lounges are only available to first class passengers on Lufthansa or Swiss Air operated flights. The Lufthansa Business Class Lounges are available to Lufthansa and Star Alliance business class passengers and the Lufthansa Senator Lounges are only available to Star Alliance first class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members.
There are four Senator Lounges in terminal 1 at Frankfurt Main. The Senator lounge in the Schengen area is located by gate A50. The other three Senator lounges are located in the non-Schengen area near gates B43, C14 and Z50. On this trip, I had four hours to kill so I was only able to visit and review the lounges in the A, B and Z concourses. But of all the lounges, I really wished I got to visit the Senator Lounge in the C concourse. That lounge is special in that you could board the planes directly from and without leaving the lounge. I’ve never been able to do that before and would have been a cool experience.
It should be noted that going from the Z to A concourse required a passport and a security check and going from the A to B concourse also required another passport check. So keep that in mind if you intend to visit a Senator Lounge that is not at your arrival or departure gate.
Additionally, Star Alliance premium cabin passengers, Star Alliance Gold members and Qatar premium cabin passengers may also use the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge located in terminal 1, B concourse and TAM Airlines premium cabin passengers may use the Lufthansa lounges in terminal 1, B concourse. The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is open from 6:00 AM to 10 PM.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Z Gates:
I flew Turkish Airlines business class from Istanbul and landed in the Z concourse of terminal 1. The Senator Lounge is located by gate Z50 and is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Between the three that I visited, this was the biggest one of the bunch. This Senator Lounge and Business Lounge share the same entrance but the lounges are separate. The Business Lounge is to the left after the entrance and the Senator Lounge is to the right.
The Senator Lounge was beautiful. It was spacious, bright and airy with lots of natural light. This design had a forest motif with oak paneling, backlit walls and comfortable leather chairs. As you entered the lounge, there were a bank of individual storage lockers to secure your belongings. The lockers had individual keys and were large enough to store a small roller board and your other carryon items.
The dining and buffet area was located to the front of the lounge. There was a good variety of food from cold cuts, salads, pastries, soups and desserts to lots and lots of pretzels. The self-serve bar was decent with a good selection of beers on tap, champagne, wine and hard spirits. There was also a soda fountain and coffee/cappuccino maker.
The main seating area was located behind the dining area. The seating area was spacious with plenty of seating but most of the seats were occupied during my visit. There were smaller rooms to the side of the main seating area that offered a bit more privacy to relax or work.
There were relaxation rooms with lounge chairs and dimmed lighting for resting, a business center with individual partitions for working and an enclosed smoking room for the Europeans. The individual shower rooms were clean, modern and stocked with basic amenities such as towels, oral hygiene and shaving products. If you want to get some sleep, there’s a quiet room in the back with four open beds. They are first come, first served and the attendants will put out a pillow and day blanket for you.
Other lounge amenities included restrooms, local and international newspapers and magazines, televisions, flight information boards, a Lufthansa World Shop, printers, copiers and a fax machine. WiFi was provided and universal power ports were plentiful around the lounge.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge, A Gates:
Located by gate A50, this Lufthansa Senator Lounge is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. This Senator Lounge is not a combo lounge and is only accessible to first class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members. Compared to the Senator Lounge in the Z concourse, the two lounges were very similar in style and substance. Slightly smaller in space than the Z concourse lounge, this lounge was the most crowded of the three.
The notable differences between the two lounges were this lounge offered flat daybeds for relaxation (as opposed to loungers in the Z concourse lounge) and the food offerings were slightly upgraded. Other than that, everything else was the same.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge, B Gates:
Located by gate B43, this Lufthansa Senator Lounge is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Also not a combo lounge, this lounge is only accessible to first class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members. Between the three that I visited today, this lounge was my favorite.
As I walked in, my first impression of the lounge was that it was very spacious and beautiful. It wasn’t elaborately decorated or overly luxurious but instead, the “City Lights” motif struck me as very modern and chic. The lounge was shaped like an “O” and there were plenty of seats throughout the lounge. Even though there were a lot of people in the lounge, I didn’t have a problem finding a seat in several areas of the lounge. There was a variety of seating from executive chairs, to loungers and sofas. However, unlike the other lounges, there were no private relaxation rooms or flat daybeds.
By the entrance to the showers, there were a bank of individual storage lockers to secure your belongings. The lockers had individual keys and were large enough to store a small roller board and your other carryon items. The individual shower rooms were clean, modern and stocked with basic amenities. There used to be a Spa facility here for massages, facial and other services but that’s no longer available.
The dining and buffet area was located to the right of the lounge. Of the three, this lounge offered the best selection of food. There was a nice spread including salads, cold cuts, cheeses, pastries, soups, sausages, hot finger foods and of course, lots of pretzels. You really could eat a full meal here.
With all that food, you’re gonna want a complimentary drink to wash it down with. Luckily, there were two bars for alcoholic drinks. You could pour your own drink at the self-serve bar or have a drink made for you from the traditional bar with bartender service. There was a wide selection of alcohol available including beers on tap, wines, champagnes and hard spirits. There was also a soda fountain and coffee/cappuccino maker.
There were sausages and potatoes in these trays but you wouldn’t know that from the lids. Sorry.
Other lounge amenities included restrooms, an enclosed smoking room, local and international newspapers and magazines, televisions, flight information boards, printers, copiers and a fax machine. WiFi was provided and universal power ports were plentiful around the lounge.
Other trip reports in this series:
- The new Star Alliance Lounge at LAX
- The new Korean Airlines Skyteam Lounge at LAX
- Turkish Airlines business class from Los Angeles to Istanbul
- Hilton Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines business class from Istanbul to Frankfurt
- Lufthansa Senator Lounges at Frankfurt
- Asiana Airlines first class from Frankfurt to Seoul
- Asiana Airlines first class lounge at Seoul
- Asiana Airlines business class from Seoul to Shanghai
- Westin Bund Center Shanghai
- VIP lounges at Shanghai Pudung International Airport
- Thai Airways business class from Shanghai to Bangkok
- Thai Airways Royal First Spa and Lounge
- Thai Airways first class from Bangkok to Paris
- Star Alliance Lounge at CDG
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG
- Air Canada business class (Executive First) from Paris to Montreal
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal
- Air Canada business class (Executive First) from Montreal to Los Angeles.