Lufthansa Business Lounge near gate A13
My first stop in Frankfurt was the Lufthansa Business Lounges as I do not have any Star Alliance Gold status. Lufthansa supposedly has the Senator lounges which has slight improvements of food and amenities though they are more or less the same and I doubt most travellers would even notice. This post, I would attempt to show the 2 Business lounges in the ‘A’ concourse which is the departure gates for Schengen flights. In Frankfurt, the Senator Lounge was just beside the Business Lounge so guests who can enter both lounges can check both out to see which is less crowded. As it was just past Christmas when I visited, there was still the familiar Christmas decor by the foyer.
The receptionist behind the counter took a look at my boarding pass and waved me through, though I have to mention that there was a staff outside at the entrance checking the boarding passes as well. Across from the reception desk, there was a shelf containing newspapers and magazines on one side and a wall of lockers on the other with a key that guests can use to secure their belongings. Past the reception desk, there was 2 enclosed cubicles for conversing on the mobile phones. I have only seen such a room before in The Private Room within Singapore Airlines’ First Class lounge so it was nice to see such a facility to keep the rest of the lounge quiet.
Behind the magazine shelf is a row of workstations but the bar stools does seem to make the area less comfortable so that guests do not hog the computers for too long. It was nice to see a photocopier/printer at the end of the workstation area if guests need to have their documents printed out or copied.
Taking up the central space in the lounge is the buffet counter and there was a respectable variety of snacks served inside the lounge.
For starters, there was a salad bar with olives, garden greens, and potato salad that is common in Lufthansa’s lounges.
Hot cooked food served when I visited consists of Swabian pasta with mixed vegetables, boiled sausages that was tasty with mustard and ketchup dressings and an unknown soup, which contains fish and poultry. Though it was my first time having a fish and poultry soup, it was adequately delicious.
If there was one thing the lounge excels, it probably is the variety of sweet snacks available. From fresh fruits to cakes and mini dessert portions, there was a choice of sweet treats.
My favourite though was the jelly candies and popcorn that they have on the buffet table. Even kid’s would be happy to be inside this lounge!
For drinks, there was a selection of beer on tap or by the bottles. Soft drinks are available from the dispensers, while both still and sparkling water are from large bottles.
In addition, there was chilled white wines and red wines on the buffet counter.
Next to the buffet area, there are plenty of seats to dine. While most of the chairs were plastic and more cafeteria style, there was a nice dining booth with comfortable cushions.
The rest of the lounge was furnished with plenty of armchairs with power outlets between them for easy access to charge your devices and laptops.
At the end of the lounge, there is a space to show the new travel products in WorldShop as well as an alcove with sit-down tables and chairs and an espresso machine. This makes it easy for guests who just want some coffee and not food.
Shower Rooms in Business Lounge A13
Since I was travelling for the whole day with an expected late arrival into my final destination, I used the transit time to refresh myself by requesting for a shower room. The Business Lounge near gate A13 does have several shower rooms that has their own reception for guests who needs one.
Inside the private shower rooms, there is a long bench with a wall mirror on entry. Along the walls, there are conveniently placed coat hooks.
On the right side was the sink and countertop with a wall mounted hair dryer. There is even a toilet inside so it was a relatively spacious shower area that made this lounge that much better.
Behind the partition with the wall mirror lies the shower area so they do not need any glass door to keep the rest of the area dry. There was a wall mounted all-in-one body wash and a rain shower in addition to the hand-held shower. That was all most guys needed so no complaints here since the warm water worked normally and the space was clean.
Lufthansa Business Lounge near gate A26
After my shower, I still had plenty of time which I wanted to check some of the shopping at the Lufthansa WorldShop outside the terminal. Even with that, I was still able to check out the other Business Lounge located at the end near gate A26. I was still able to enter this lounge just with a scan of my boarding pass by the smaller reception area.
The main difference here is the lighting which is darker here with more dim lighting. This would make it more comfortable for people who wants to rest and lounge. Past the reception there is a long communal table with stools on both sides and the dining space.
Beside the dining space there is a separate bar counter with their own bartender. The buffet table can be found behind the dining section nearer the windows.
Most of the food served inside the lounge has the same variety though I noticed a different soup was available here. It was a mixed vegetable soup that is called pichelstein stew. Otherwise there was the same type of beers served here and the same kid’s corner is available too.
At the side of the dining area, there is a semi-enclosed space for a coat rack and for the lockers so guests can secure their belongings as well.
Beside the locker space there is a corridor that leads to several private working area fitted with power outlets. These are very nice and quiet spaces to work with your own laptop as there are no workstations in the cubicles.
During my visit to this lounge, I found it quieter with less crowds so if the one in A13 is full, passengers may consider making their way here instead. However the staff here seems to be more uptight as they made it a point to tell me to avoid taking photographs in the lounge. I figure this is usually more sensitive amongst the Lufthansa group (including Swiss) staff as they tend to be more private. This was also the same onboard their premium cabins and First Class Terminal.
As a hub airport, the number of lounges operated by Lufthansa was adequate considering there is another Senator Lounge in the ‘A’ concourse, and several lounges around other sections of the airport. For Business class passengers, the food, services and amenities provided was adequate, though I find it somewhat demeaning that paid Business Class travellers might get less lounge choices compared to an Economy Class passenger who is a frequent Star Alliance traveller. Other than that, the renovated lounges, spacious shower rooms, well stocked newspapers with secured lockers make for a solid lounge for most travellers.