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Lufthansa First Class Terminal Review - Frankfurt (FRA)

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Review - Frankfurt (FRA)

The highlight of any Lufthansa First Class journey departing Frankfurt is a visit to the airline's First Class Terminal.  Pure luxury, exclusiveness and glam!

This isn’t just a lounge – it’s a separate terminal dedicated to pampering the rich and famous who are flying in Lufthansa’s most prestigious cabin: First Class

Here’s a review of my recent visit to the terminal.

Access

 Lufthansa's  First Class Terminal  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin WOod

Lufthansa's First Class Terminal - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin WOod

This facility is exclusive on purpose ­– and it’s not easy to get in!

You can’t get past the main doors with status alone – unless you have HON Circle - Lufthansa’s top frequent flyer tier.  Instead you need to be flying out First Class on Lufthansa (or arriving on it, with a same day first or business connection on Lufthansa, Swiss or Austrian).

If you’re taking a cab, there’s a separate exit for the terminal from the Frankfurt roadway.  If you’re arriving on another flight, you need to clear customs, exit the main terminal, walk left until you pass the taxi rank (which can be a bit of a hike depending on where you start).  Once you pass the rank, you'll see the First Class Terminal.  There’s an entrance at the bottom with a door bell – press that – and take the elevator up to the main level.

Atmosphere - Lufthansa First Class Terminal

 Seating -  First Class Termina l - Lufthansa - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

You definitely feel like you're in a private club – full of wealthy people or business titans!

 Leather Chairs -  First Class Terminal  - Lufthansa - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Leather Chairs - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

The place is decorated in subdued browns and tans – and it’s full of leather.  There’s a lot of seating – mostly in the form of super comfortable armchairs – grouped around coffee tables.  There’s also a number of single recliners to relax in – and if you want to catch a snooze there’s even a couple of nap rooms (first come first serve)

 Table Snacks -  First Class Terminal  - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Table Snacks - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Mod Seating - Lufthansa  First Class Terminal  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin WOod

Mod Seating - Lufthansa First Class Terminal - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin WOod

 Resting Chairs -  First Class Terminal  -Lufthansa - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin WOod

Resting Chairs - First Class Terminal -Lufthansa - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin WOod

There’s a lot of windows – but truthfully not a lot to see.  The terminal is situated back from the tarmacs so there’s isn’t an opportunity to plane spot.

 Work Desk -  First Class Terminal  - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood  

Work Desk - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood 

The Bar

 WOW- That's Selection  - The Bar - Lufthansa's First Class Terminal    Photo: Calvin Wood

WOW- That's Selection  - The Bar - Lufthansa's First Class Terminal   Photo: Calvin Wood

The bar is spectacular – something I haven’t seen, even in luxury hotels!  The most demanding celebrity would be happy here!

The selection is overwhelming – and it’s definitely focused on premium top-shelf brands. All of the drinks are complimentary including $170 USD a bottle Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch and $250 Hennessy XO Extra Old Cognac!

 Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch - Lufthansa's First Class Terminal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Johnnie Walker Blue Scotch - Lufthansa's First Class Terminal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Fear not though if you are looking for vine based beverages.  There’s a whole wall of wines and champagnes to select from!  White and Rose bubblies include Ab Fab favorite:  Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV

 Wall of Wine & Champagne - Lufthansa's  First Class Terminal  - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Wall of Wine & Champagne - Lufthansa's First Class Terminal - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

And if you want something sans alcohol there’s a mind-boggling selection on that front.  Besides the normal java-based beverages, there’s all kinds of juices (including banana!) and over a dozen different kinds of bottled waters.

Dining

 Dining Area -  First Class Terminal  Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Dining Area - First Class Terminal Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Selection of Treats - Lufthansa  First Class Terminal  - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Selection of Treats - Lufthansa First Class Terminal - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Don’t go to this lounge hungry!   There’s enough luxury food in there to cater a Kardashian wedding!

 Grilled  Asparagus - Lufthansa  First Class Terminal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Grilled  Asparagus - Lufthansa First Class Terminal Photo: Calvin Wood

If you want a quick bite, there’s a fabulous buffet that showcases a spread of sweet and savory treats.  Asparagus salad, smoked salmon, French cheeses, Mediterranean Mezés, shrimp salad, fresh guacamole, and lemon ravioli are just some of the (many) dishes on display.

 Buffet -  First Class Terminal -  Lufthansa - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Buffet - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Mezés - First Class Terminal Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Mezés - First Class Terminal Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Salads -  First Class Terminal  - Lufthansa - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

Salads - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt Photo: Calvin Wood

 Hot Dishes - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa    Photo: Calvin Wood

Hot Dishes - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Smoked Salmon - First Class Lounge Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Smoked Salmon - First Class Lounge Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s also full-service options. You can order dishes off the menu – including a scrumptious Wiener schnitzel with warm potato salad (a Lufthansa First Class Lounge favorite!).

 Freshly Shaved Prosciutto - Lufthansa First Class Terminal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Freshly Shaved Prosciutto - Lufthansa First Class Terminal  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Fresh Berries - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt    Photo: Calvin Wood

Fresh Berries - First Class Terminal - Lufthansa - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers

 Shower Rooms - Lufthansa  First Class Terminal  - Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Woow

Shower Rooms - Lufthansa First Class Terminal - Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Woow

The showers rock!   

I was in the city for the day touring around – and they were a welcome site in the lounge.  My stylish, roomy shower unit came equipped with a bathrobe, plush towels, and luxe ETRO bath products. 

 House Coats - Lufthansa First Class Terminal   Photo" Calvin Wood

House Coats - Lufthansa First Class Terminal  Photo" Calvin Wood

 ETRO Bath Products - Lufthansa First Class Terminal   Photo: Calvin Wood

ETRO Bath Products - Lufthansa First Class Terminal  Photo: Calvin Wood

There's a rain shower that's totally relaxing in each room.  If you want to be extra decadent though – you can request a chamber with a full-on tub and have a bubble bath!

 Showers -  First Class Terminal  Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers - First Class Terminal Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Rain Shower - First Class Terminal Lufthansa   Photo: Calvin Woof

Rain Shower - First Class Terminal Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Woof

Flight Transfers

 Mercedes Flight Transfer - Lufthansa  First Class Terminal  Frankfurt   Photo: Calvin Wood

Mercedes Flight Transfer - Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt  Photo: Calvin Wood

One of the first things you notice when you come in this lounge is that it’s not connected to any gates. 

No worries – the rich and famous will not miss their flights.  Instead of walking to your departure flight – you are shuttled there in a private transport (that you may share with a couple other fellow travelers going to your destination).

 View From The Tarmac - My Flight To Seoul    Photo: Calvin Wood

View From The Tarmac - My Flight To Seoul   Photo: Calvin Wood

This is truly an eye-opening experience on how the top 0.5% live. 

An attendant collects you when your flight is ready depart, escorts you down to private (dedicated) customs clearance, and brings you to a parked vehicle – either a Mercedes or a Porsche.  Your driver then whisks you via the tarmac to your awaiting flight.  You are put in a private elevator and escorted down the jetway to the airplane door.

What a fascinating experience!

My Verdict

 First Class Treats- Lufthansa  Photo: Calvin Wood

First Class Treats- Lufthansa Photo: Calvin Wood

Lufthansa was one of the original carriers to embrace the First Class super lounge concept. Their facility in Frankfurt is still a leading lounge in that category.  Sophisticated – Luxurious – & Premium.  My first visit to this space dedicated to glam was almost ten years ago – and it’s still a fabulous club.

A truly exceptional treat when it comes to spending time at the airport – even for people who practically live in lounges!

 

 

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