On my most recent trip through Frankfurt, I was arriving on a Lufthansa Business Class flight from Buenos Aires and connecting to a Thai Airways Business Class flight to Bangkok. With 2 ½ hours layover between two very long flights, I was looking forward to visiting one of the many Lufthansa lounges in their home airport. With my flight departing in the international, non-Schengen B-Area of the huge terminal, I picked the Senator Lounge near the B4x gates.
First off, Lufthansa operates a number of different lounges at their hub in Frankfurt: The most desirable are the First Class Terminal and Lounges, only for Lufthansa First Class travelers and LF HonCircle members. There are Business Class lounges for business class travelers and Senator lounges for Star Alliance Gold members, both of which are nearly identical, so you can choose based on gate location and how crowded they are based on your ticketed class and membership level.
The Senator lounge in the B-Area is renovated and in the new lounge design, which I really like! The most important part for me, coming of a 13h flight, was a visit to the shower room! Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait and was assigned a shower suite immediately. It’s a large room with a nice, open shower, a toilet and sink, as well as a bench and plenty of space to store your luggage without getting wet. It all looked new and was very well maintained and clean, making for a very pleasant and refreshing visit! There are clean towels and bathroom amenities provided. Having access to a clean shower is one of my most important requirements for a layover on long-haul flights – it makes it easier to “start a new day” and makes the second flight of any trip a lot more enjoyable!
After my shower, I headed to the lounge itself. It’s very open, brightly lit and is nicely separated into a bistro area, a bar area and a lounge area. The bistro area is near the food buffet, with options of hot and cold snacks, including some changing specials. During my lunch time visit, there were sandwiches, hot dogs, some soup as well as fruit and snacks. There are lots of cold and hot soft drinks as well. I just had breakfast coming off one flight and would have a lunch onboard later, so I just had some nibbles and juice to tide me over.
It was too early to visit the bar area with a huge selection of beer, wine and liquor – much more generous than what you’ll find at most US airline lounges! I spent most of the time in the lounge area, past the partial space dividers, giving me a little peace from the traffic of people and a nice view of the traffic of planes on the airfield outside – great, if you like to spot different types of planes from different carriers. There are also German and international newspapers and some magazines available for entertainment, as well as TV screens with flight and gate information.
The staff on this visit was professional and polite, as usual. I’ve had some bad experiences with rather rude staff, but on average, I’d put it somewhere between the dreadful experiences in the US and the always fantastic service experience in Asia, like at Singapore Airlines’ Changi lounges! During my visit, the lounge was not too busy, making it a pleasant place to be. I have experienced the lounge during “rush hour” when it can get crowded. Your best bet then is to check out one of the other lounges available to you – there are lots of them and one is bound to be less busy – check out the map below!
Overall, I really like the LH lounges in Frankfurt, including this one at the B 4x gates. They are bright and well maintained, offer different areas depending on whether you want to eat, work or rest, have clean showers and a good choice of food and drink, enough for a snack or a full meal. While many people dislike the Frankfurt airport for its size and long ways to walk, I find it a much better choice for layovers than London’s horrible Heathrow airport or Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with its mediocre Aspire Lounge, contracted by Singapore Airlines. The Lufthansa lounges are a nice play to spend time, especially after their renovation, so I’ll be sure to be back on a future StarAlliance trip!