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I always hear about Lufthansa’s First Class flight experience and First Class Lounge in Frankfurt. What about business class? Well, the ‘new’ business class seat would make road warriors circa 2004 pretty happy. How about the lounges?
Of course if you have a few hours you should bop into Frankfurt or other nearby cities. You’ll use that lounge after for the shower, so should how about Lufthansa’s lounges? They have sterile layouts with nice facilities and food. Cannot find anything to criticize or to excite. The standard business class lounges, especially in the Z pier for US-bound flights, can be mobbed. The Senator lounges open to those with Star Alliance Gold are visually similar, with everything a bit nicer, and much less crowding. I forgot to take pictures so you’ll have to check the million+ blogosphere posts on Lufthansa.
Since I came in on Air Canada I heard that in the B pier there is an Air Canada lounge open all day, which is open to Star Alliance Gold members on Star Alliance flights. It is tucked away up one level, near the public showers. There is little crowding, even before an Air Canada departure.
Facilities and food-wise it is a toss-up with Lufthansa. I like the semi-private rooms with chaise loungers and TVs. By the way, what do airlines have against lying flat in lounges when they can on the plane? Off to one wing there is a conference-room style business area with proper desks and electrical outlets, a vanishing amenity in many lounges. There are more Canadian publications that you might think exist, but few of the main international publications.
Why did I like it better? Because it has style. In Lufthansa’s lounges I feel like I am in modular housing.
One last reminder: do your layover on the town!