My arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport was at Concourse F in the nicer part of this airport. That is to be expected since I am flying on Air France and will be connecting to a domestic flight. It was thus nice to have the Air France Salon close by to my arrival and departure gates since I did not have a long connection here.
Passengers take the escalators one floor down from the departure level and the signs for the lounge are prominent enough to be seen so I was able to find it without further ado.
Inside there was a small reception desk where the agent checked my credentials. Guests seeking to use the shower rooms should also register here with their boarding pass which will then be collected before the keys to the shower room are handed. Next to the reception area was a cabinet by the wall that showcases some Air France branded goods for sale along with magazines and newspapers that guests can help themselves to.
Across from the reception desk, the first section was a dining area with the buffet located next to it. This section was the busiest in the lounge since it was closest to the entrance.
On the buffet console, there was sweet snacks like sugared crepes, chocolate squares and walnut tarts. There was a bowl of grapefruit wedges and a selection of cheese as well.
Next to the sweet snacks there was assorted vegetables with salad toppings like croutons and fried onions. Turkey and chicken fillet slices are provided as well in the buffet.
At the corner near the window, there was bread on the basket with packaged gluten-free options. Fresh bananas as a convenient to-go option is another commonly found fruit in the lounge.
By the wall, guests could find the beverage corner complete with an espresso machine. There was a chiller for bottled water as well with 2 kinds of mineral water brand (one of them was Evian). Though it was surprising to note both of them are still water.
Wines and liquor are available on the shelf with packaged snacks. And next to the bar was a Tropicana juice dispenser with 3 different flavours. Bags of potato chips can be found next to the juice dispenser.
Seating spaces in the main section of the lounge are arranged groups of 8 seats with 4 on each side facing each other. There are small side tables that can be moved around and there was a partition to provide some semblance of privacy but I did not really like this seating arrangement especially since most of the spaces are occupied at the busy evening time.
While the seats on this floor are mostly occupied, there was actually a lower floor that can be accessed by the circular staircase inside the lounge.
There was more seating in the lower level with the layout being more or less similar in the main floor. Seats are arranged in groups of 4 facing each other within one partitioned section. Power outlets are easily accessible and there was small side tables that can be moved around to guests could use them for laptops, drinks or snacks.
At the pointed end of the lounge, there is a small section that was roped off with the signs indicating it was reserved for ‘Flying Blue Ultimate’ members. The section was totally empty and it was one of the most private areas in the lounge.
Over to the end of the lounge, there is another dining hall with another buffet. This space was the emptiest since it is the furthest point from the entrance on the lower floor. Most travellers with limited transit time is unlikely to head here but when the lounge gets crowded, this might be a nice quiet corner for guests who wants some privacy.
There was a similar buffet areas with the same foodstuffs provided as on the main floor so it makes it convenient for guests to grab food and drinks in the lower floor as well.
As mentioned at the start of this post, there was several private shower rooms that guests could request to use. This is based on availability thus if you need to use on, do register your name upon entry since there might be a wait during peak lounge-use hours. The shower room is a bit dark and has limited space for luggage with only a small bench provided beside the door. Do note there are no toilet in the private shower space with only a shower cubicle.
The shower cubicle is clean and fitted with both a handheld and rain shower head. Clarins shampoo and bath gel are provided in the wall-mounted dispensers. It is adequate for a Business Class lounge and being clean means it is usable.
For a Business Class lounge, the amenities provided in the lounge was adequate and the space is large enough, since Air France operates other lounges in their main hub at Paris CDG airport. I would rate the lounge to be better than the usual United Club in North America and on par with some of the more basic lounges operated by fellow Sky Team carriers Korean Air in Seoul Incheon and Garuda Indonesia in Jakarta.