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After landing in Frankfurt from my over-the-top Lufthansa First Class overnight flight from Dallas, I was still a bit tired, but excited to see some fancy cars waiting to drive myself and fellow first class passengers to our next destinations. This type of ground transportation is totally unnecessary, but still pretty fun and actually helpful.
In my case, they drove me to the terminal where I would clear passport control, go through security, and then spend the time in the First Class Lounge before my next flight operated by SAS to my final destination of Norway.
To catch up (or look ahead) on the installments of this ski trip to Norway courtesy of miles and points, check out the posts below.
Lufthansa First Class Lounges in Frankfurt (this post)
Intra-European Flights to Oslo on SAS and Lufthansa
Radisson Blu Plaza, Oslo
One Night in Oslo
Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil
Skiing in Norway
Radisson Blu Oslo Airport
Lufthansa First Class A380 Frankfurt – Houston
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Near Gate A13:
There are two Lufthansa First Class lounges and one Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. I had previously visited the First Class Terminal, but on this visit utilized the two First Class Lounges. While the idea of a separate First Class Terminal is cool, I found that all three of the locations to be pretty similar, so I would use the one most convenient for you.
Upon landing in Frankfurt, I followed the signs and made my way to the Lufthansa First Class Lounge that was near A13. I pushed the button for the elevator, and after arriving on the second floor was greeted by staff members who checked my passport and tickets to ensure that I indeed had the credentials to be there (same day Lufthansa first class ticket).
I was a bit tired from the overnight flight and in need of a shower, so they directed me to the shower area upon request. One was immediately available, so I was asked if I needed any type of toiletries and left to my own devices. Even though I travel frequently, I get a bit weirded out in “public” showers or baths, but these are so nice that they don’t seem like public areas. I passed on the bathtub, but the shower itself appeared to be clean and functioned just fine.
There were soaps and lotions provided, as well as the infamous rubber ducky. I didn’t take a bath, but I did snag the duck for my kiddo. It is important to note that if you were traveling as family, this bathroom would be large enough to accommodate several kiddos at once.
After cleaning up and changing clothes, the front desk stored my bag and jacket for the rest of the visit. It was about 10:30AM or so by this point and they were in the process of changing the included buffet over from breakfast to lunch. If you have never been to a lounge like this before, note that everything was free. The one exception I know of were spa services in B lounge, but those seem to have been discontinued.
I took a look at a few of the breakfast items, and decided to just drink coffee and save most of my appetite until the fresh lunch items came out. I had skipped breakfast on the plane, so was more than ready for lunch when it was put out by about 10:45AM.
My personal favorite selections this day were the pretzel and several different salads, including seaweed salad and a shrimp salad. Even though I was starving, it was greens and lean meats (and water) that sounded the best after a long flight.
This First Class Lounge also offers a cigar room, some sleeping rooms (full for the duration of my visit), and plenty of seating areas. I know there is a family room in the First Class Terminal at Frankurt, and I have heard there is one at the First Class Lounge in Terminal B, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there were a “hidden one” at this First Class Lounge in Terminal A, but I can’t 100% swear to it (need to have my kid with me next time!).
There is also a large bar with tons of different spirits, including well over 100 types of whiskey. If drinking isn’t your thing, the bar also offered fresh juices such as kiwi and pineapple juice. There was also a “water bar” with water from all over the world.
After a couple of hours here, I made my way to my connecting flight to Oslo (more on that in the next post). In general, I found this visit to the lounge to be relaxing and useful in terms of getting clean and fed without spending any extra money. The service was very professional, though not necessarily overly friendly.
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Near Gate B22:
At the conclusion of my trip, I was also able to spend some time in a First Class Lounge in Frankfurt. On that segment, I was connecting from a Lufthansa flight originating in Oslo and then onto Houston, and again was driven in a car from the plane to the terminal. This time I had to go through passport control, but not through security. The closest First Class Lounge for this part of the journey was the one near B22, so that was the destination of choice. The driver from the plane to the terminal had instructed myself and the other passenger on how to get there before we arrived.
It was my first time to visit this particular lounge, but it is actually my favorite of the two first class lounges in Frankfurt. I’m not sure why, but it felt a bit cozier due to a smaller size, the staff were a bit friendlier, and the plane watching was fantastic. The small water feature when you walked in didn’t hurt either.
This time I wasn’t scheduled to have very long in the lounge, so I immediately went straight to the bar for some more kiwi juice. Sorry I had to down some of it before remembering to snap a quick picture…
I thought all I had time for was some brief plane watching in the comfortable chairs, but it turns out I had more time than expected when a mechanical issue that delayed my return flight to Houston.
Once we were personally informed of the delay, I tried to visit the spa within the lounge. However, I was informed that they no longer offered spa services, so that put a quick end to any dreams of a massage. I can’t say if this is a permanent change or not, though it was phrased to me in such a way that indicated it was gone for good.
In light of that info, I opted for a cappuccino, a peek at the buffet, and more plane watching from the windows.
For the two of us that were impacted the delay, the staff at the front kept us very well informed of the progress, and eventually they came to get us when the replacement plane had been cleaned and catered. We didn’t have to worry about keeping up with the delay at all, because it was proactively done for us. When the plane was ready for us to board, we were taken downstairs to a waiting vehicle that would again drive us right up to the awaiting A380 that would take us to Houston.
All in all I find the Lufthansa First Class Lounges in Frankfurt both enjoyable and useful. Contrary to what some think, I don’t find that the First Class Terminal is worth exiting the airport for, but rather think that all the lounges are roughly the same. The showers, sleeping rooms, cigar lounge, bars, and buffets all seem roughly equal..which is to say they are all good and the perfect way to spend some time between flights.