I recently passed through Paris Charles de Gaulle airport a couple of times flying both Air France and AeroMexico. I previously reviewed the Air France Lounge in 2E, but think I saved the best for now. This iconic new lounge has been designed by Jouin Manku. I saw a glimpse of it via one of Air France teaser ads and was immediately struck by the beautiful design, and was glad I had trips passing through Paris not long after..
Access & Location
The lounge is located within the Schengen zone at Terminal 2F. If you are connecting in Paris, you can get to it from other terminals but may have to go through passport control depending on where you arrived from.
Changing terminals or getting to the right lounges is reasonably well sign posted at CDG. Follow the signs for gates F21-F36 and you will find the lounge on your right hand side.
You can access this lounge if flying Air France Business Class, most of which will be flying short-medium haul. You are also eligible for access if you are flying select SkyTeam members and Virgin Atlantic feeder passengers in Business Class or are Flying Blue Elite Plus members travelling on the day.
I had an evening flight, but arrived at the lounge around 4.30 in the afternoon so I had plenty of time to check it out!
Air France Salon Lounge CDG 2F
There are 2 layers of security here almost, first entrance is manned by staff checking only those eligible are entering, then you actually have to scan your boarding passes to get through in after that check.
Boy what an entrance that is indeed! I almost wanted to just stand there and take it all in, without looking odd standing by!
The layout of the lounge is fairly open, but different zones have been so elegantly carved out within it, it just all feels so effortless.
As far as self serving buffet/snack stations go, these are by far the most chic and graceful I have yet seen in any lounge. Unless you actively look up the ceiling (which is hard not to do to admire it!) it feels as if some are just floating around you..
And then, in the middle of the whole space, you have this centre piece!
Naturally, these are some very captivating stairs within an airport.. together with the curved walls forming the outer shell of the terminal give you sweeping and expansive views across the taxi-ways. For a better view of the space, you can also check out my Instagram stories here
There are various choices of seating spaces, from circular sofa setups, to semi private booths and everything in-between..
Past the stairs and on your left you will find almost individual rooms within which also have buffet stations and plush leather chairs.
The design and colour choices reflect the signature dark blue hues of Air France branding, which all translate into a mature and stylish ambience.
Up the stairs on the mezzanine level there are further seating areas affording fantastic views. There are stool type seating’s as well as more formal eating tables.
It got dark while I was sat back with a few drinks and really able to take in traffic movements and changing sky…
Some further seating areas..
Air France Salon Lounge CDG 2F Food & Beverage
I don’t know if this was due to the timing of my visit in late afternoon. It seems the catering might possibly be the weakest point of this lounge. At around 4.30pm and then again just before 7pm, I checked the catering on offer and it really left much to be desired!
I would classify all of this as just snacks. Naturally this is somewhat surprising given this is an Air France lounge, and how the French are almost conceited about their food. This lounge did not offer anything exciting at all. I believe Salon Lounge in 2E provides better catering, since it serves long haul passengers.
Air France Salon Lounge CDG 2F Quite Zone
The lounge also had a dedicated relaxation/napping area with several fully enclosed spaces..
As you enter you will find a corridor of rooms..
There is a lounger chair which doesn’t seem all to well padded/deep for a proper sleep but might suffice for shorter duration, which as I imagine was the intention here.
The curtains here are certainly thick and heavy, helping block off most of the lighting from outside.
Showers & Restrooms
There are restrooms on both levels of the lounge and are very on brand also..
Then upstairs you will also find several shower cubicles..
There did not appear to be a shower booking system, instead you can see ones that are either “occupied”, “cleaning in progress” and if neither than its free to be used..
They are kitted out with just the basic essentials.
Last but not least, this lounge as a Spa treatment room provided various complimentary treatments as well as add on.
Unfortunately, I did not realize it was complimentary for guests, and thus did not book a slot until it was rather late.
For what is meant to be a lounge serving mostly European/Regional flights, this is a fantastic treat! The design and architecture is just beautiful and seamless. At certain points the lounge was very busy but it just did not feel that way. It felt calming and relaxed throughout. Kudos to Air France and the designer on really getting the aesthetics nailed. Even with the limited food options, I would say this is one of my top favourite lounges in Europe now, alongside Virgin Clubhouse and Turkish Lounge . I would highly recommend you check it out if flying out of CDG airport!