Lufthansa's first class lounges at their hubs in Frankfurt and Munich are world renowned for opulence and services. While the Frankfurt First Class Terminal (a separate facility adjacent to Frankfurt airport) is best known, the lounge in Terminal One Concourse B close to gate B26 is its twin sister.
To begin, the best advice that can be given is to arrive early or make a long connection in Frankfurt if you are flying first class on Lufthansa.
Lufthansa has some strict rules for visiting their first class lounges. While many alliances share their lounges with partners and honor status and booking classes, Lufthansa is very protective of its exclusive first class lounge experience. Unless you are a Miles and More Elite, in order to visit the lounge you must fly a segment on Lufthansa in first class. Here is an overview of the rules that apply to non-elite fliers.
- Admission to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is restricted to a first class booking on a Lufthansa Group aircraft DEPARTING flight.
- Admission to a First Class Lounge inside the terminal is restricted to a first class booking on a Lufthansa Group aircraft ARRIVING or DEPARTING flight.
- Arriving and/or Departing Star Alliance first class passengers can not access the Lufthansa First Class Terminal/Lounge but have access to the Lufthansa Senator Lounges.
Note: Swiss is a Lufthansa Group member and operates a first class cabin.
Unlike many airports, departing passengers in Frankfurt can basically access the whole airport instead of having to clear customs first. Therefore if you are only flying into Frankfurt you can enter any of the lounges that you qualify for, which is nice as you can use them as arrival lounges before exiting the airport. And of course if you are connecting, this airport is much easier to transit.
In my case I was arriving on Lufthansa and connecting to Asiana. Had I been connecting to a Lufthansa flight I would have enjoyed further ground services such as a personal assistant in the lounge who would summon me once it was time to board as well as a car ride to my plane if it departed from any concourse other than B. Since I was a lowly pheasant flying first on Asiana I was left to defend for myself. Poor me.
The lounge was immaculate. There wasn't an item out of place anywhere. No chairs, tables, items on table, newspapers, nothing was out of place.
Towards the back a small TV room.
With a screen to shield any glare glare.
Oh, I spoke too soon. There is a stool slightly out of place.
Off to the side was an enclosed Cigar Lounge with an incredible ventilation system. Just a faint smell of cigar inside.
This is the self service bar inside the Cigar Room.
A full bar with perfectly placed stools to the center of attention.
And a bevy of self-serve snacks.
Lufthansa's private label wines.
After a long flight I would venture a guess this is the best way to freshen-up at any airport in the world.
The Lufthansa ducks are dressed for the July special BBQ menu available in the dining room.
I requested a room with a bath. They have shower only rooms as well.
With a 4 hour layover and an empty lounge, I was in no hurry. Time for a hot bath.
And afterwards a cold rain shower to cool down.
In addition to shower and bath services, this lounge had a couple private daybed rooms as well as the availability of paid for massage services.
Outside the spa are private commodes.
With real hand towels.
After a hot bath it was time to eat. There are so many choices and so little time.
You can chose the buffet.
Maybe start with a prepared salad.
Or create your own salad.
An assortment of meats and cheeses.
Select from the bread buffet, maybe slice your own?
With the many condiments available.
Finally sample some hot items. These photos were taken with only 2 flights left to depart so it was closing time.
Prefer a proper sit-down table service meal?
No problem. This special BBQ menu made its debut this day.
Or you can choose from the standard menu with a heavy emphasis on German dishes.
For me, and many others, there really isn't a choice.
The Lufthansa first class lounges in Frankfurt are catered by DO&CO. They do an amazing job.
Especially in this area.
Willpower stands no chance.
I am only going to show one of my dessert pictures.
Sadly it was time to depart.
I sent the following tweet.
The Lufthansa First Class Lounges in Frankfurt are some of the best, if not the best, lounges in the world. If you can, go!