Once you’ve experienced the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and First Class Lounge in Frankfurt, nothing else compares (obviously). That said, Lufty’s Senator Lounges are still very nice and I visited the one near gate B43 after checking in with Singapore Airlines.
They check credentials at a podium at the concourse-level entryway that leads to an escalator up one level to the lounge.
Upon entering, there’s a reception desk immediately to the left and the very large dining and buffet area is to the right, as well as the business area with computers, a printer and a selection of international newspapers and magazines.
I do love the Senator Lounges for the substantial spread of food and beverage options no matter the time of day. I was there first thing in the morning not too long after they opened, so breakfast items were dominate and included pastries, bread, hard boiled eggs, meat and cheese selections, fruit, salads and more.
Just past the reception desk is an area where you can lock your carry-on luggage in storage locker. I didn’t take too close of a look, but it didn’t appear to me that a standard roll-aboard would fit – just a laptop bag or a flexible type of carry-on such as a duffel bag. Beyond that area is the entry to the Spa which features a row of shower rooms, as well as the restrooms.
Now on to the coolest area of the lounge. It’s a trendy, W Hotel-esque bar and seating area, dimly lit and has several areas of living room style couches, chairs and coffee tables.
Around the corner from the big “LIGHT” wall are a few tall stool tables followed by the main seating area overlooking the tarmac.
As an “avgeek,” I absolutely love lounges with a view of the runway and surroundings, so I spent most of my time here next to the windows. And I saw my first Boeing 787 pushing back from a nearby gate.
At one end of this area near the tall stool tables is the relaxation room with several stalls of leather lie-flat loungers complete with pillows and blankets – perfect if you’ve just come off a long-haul from Asia and are continuing on to North America.
The other end had two (or three) rows of leather chairs facing two wall-mounted televisions, each with the volume incredibly low so as not to bleed into the main seating area. An entry door to the smoking room was to the immediate right of the TV area.
It’s a nice lounge and consistent with what you’d expect from Lufthansa for a Senator-level Lounge. Boarding announcements were made for flights, but I didn’t hang around until mine was called as I wanted to check out the gate area ahead of time. By the time I left, the lounge had filled up considerably, so don’t expect a similar sparsely populated environment during peak times.