Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa First Class Terminal is one of just a handful of super exclusive First Class lounges in the world, as its primary home base in Frankfurt. Lufthansa off course also served First Class from its Munch base( that took a brief pause due to Covid, due to restart with new A350s in future). What is perhaps unique with this is while the likes of Private Room, or Emirates First Class Lounge in T3 or Cathay’s Pier First/Wing First are indeed very exclusive and luxurious, Lufthansa First Class Terminal is as it says, its own Terminal. For First Class passengers only. I have been lucky to experience this lounge on two occasions this October, just weeks after reopening. Is this possibly as divine as it sounds? Lets find out!

Entry & Location

You are entitled to use the First Class Terminal if you are flying either a Lufthansa First Class or Swiss First Class for the day, as well as if you have just arrived in either of those First Class and connecting onto another flight (even in Business). Access is also available for Lufthansa Miles & More programmes most elite members, the HON Circle. These elite members can use the lounge if flying on any class of travel within the Lufthansa Group of airlines.

If your journey starts from Frankfurt, you can head straight to the Terminal itself via car or any transfer provided by Lufthansa directly. If you are connecting from another flight however, the terminal is located about 4/5 minute walk from Terminal 1 (once you are outside).

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as this. There are no airside transfers between the terminals like many airports provide. You therefore have to exit and then enter again! Yes that potentially means passports being stamped! On my first visit, I somehow ended up existing, then entering again while still in the main terminal! You need to be aware you could end up spending potentially more than an hour trying to transfer over!

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Building
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Building

Once you arrive at the building, you will either be at the ground floor, which as a empty reception like area where you get an elevator up one level.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Ground Floor Entrance
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Ground Floor Entrance

or you walk over the footbridge and arrive directly into the main reception area.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Reception Area
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Reception Area

Here you are greeted by team of smiling faces, all ready check you through and to whisk you into what looks to be a very pampering experience.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Security & Immigration

Being its own terminal and you only passing through this before getting onto your flight means the First Class Terminal has to have its own security and immigration.

Straight after being checked in you will be directed straight to the security (your Passport will be taken and any exit formalities completed behind the scenes).

There are two small conveyor belts with the security trays on opposite ends of a corridor you have to go through. It’s all super prompt. At this point you have a personal escort ready to assist you with anything.

Inside Lufthansa First Class Terminal

After security, you sort of enter the lounge in the centre, from which it’s mostly an open plan design of various seating areas.

The central point being the bar and the formal dining area immediately in front of that.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar Area
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar Area

A fairly large inviting space with minimalist deco that still feels sophisticated and classy.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Bar
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lounge Seating
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lounge Seating

I liked the open layout of the main spaces with very comfortable leather sofas separated by side tables. In some areas you have much bigger tables in front of the seats too.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Dining
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Dining
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Formal Dining Area
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Formal Dining Area
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Seating Zones
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Seating Zones

There are some more intimate seating spaces available which are perfect for families or groups of travellers.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Seating Zones 2
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Seating Zones 2

You can chose to be seated where ever you should desire. There are staff walking around who will serve you anything you need. As with most airports now, you need to be wearing a mask unless you are eating or drinking.

For those that need a quite and private work area, they have quite a few of those booths equipped with large desks, nice comfy chairs with plenty of connectivity options.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Work Booth
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Work Booth

The Lufthansa Duck

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Duck
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Duck

And then there is the infamous Lufthansa Rubber Duck. These are a now a signature of Lufthansa First Class travel, and have become quite the collectable for regular First Class travellers.

For my first visit I requested the special Covid-19 duck, but they had run out, so went for the classic black duck.

On the second visit, they still did not have any Covid ones, so got this..

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Duck In Jeep
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Duck In Jeep

Lufthansa added these way back in 2004, as a way to inject some personality into the First Class experience. I have to say, even though it is just a piece of rubber, I think it accomplishes that exceedingly well!

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Work Booths
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Work Booths

Just behind the work booth is a more open resting area with loungers

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Loungers
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Loungers

Then there is also a specific Cigar Lounge within the lounge!

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Cigar Lounge
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Cigar Lounge

Though of the both times I had visited, only seen 2 person in there once.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Food & Beverage

Food and Beverage is generally one of the main highlights of any good First Class lounge.

For the Lufthansa First Class lounge, what I immediately noticed to be lacking was any buffet/self serve food at all. In addition, where there used to be an extensive a la carte menu for the time of day you visit is now replaced by a very limited offering. For my first visit on a night time departure, the menu was:

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Dinner Time Menu
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Dinner Time Menu

Unfortunately when I decided to eat there was no longer any tables left in the dining area, so I decided to eat in the island opposite the bar.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Snitzel
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Schnitzel

This was the only thing that appealed in the menu and boy was I glad I ordered it. It was absolutely delicious! I did not order any cold appetizers as I needed to save room for my late dinner on the flight!

I did however follow through with a chocolate mouse..

Lufthansa FCT Dessert
Lufthansa FCT Dessert

My second visit was during what was supposed to be a 5 hour morning/lunch layover. I could have had breakfast that day but I ended up wasting alot of time in the main terminal after landing, and decided to get some rest and shower after the night flight in.

However, when I decided to eat at noon, there were no tables available in the dining area again!

The lunch menu was as follows:

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lunch Menu
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Lunch Menu
Lufthansa FCT Lunch
Lufthansa FCT Lunch
Lufthansa FCT Salmon Teriyaki Lunch
Lufthansa FCT Salmon Teriyaki Lunch

This was decisively more average. But after a rather stressful few hours before getting here (will have to save that for another post!) it was mostly a mute point.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Showers & Bathtub

Further ahead into the lounge and past the Cigar Room, you will find the rest rooms and shower/baths.

There is a little reception (normally staffed) where you can book a shower bath slot.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Bath Sleep Reception
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Bath Sleep Reception

Unfortunately the rooms with bathtubs were closed. However, I did not have to wait for a shower room either times.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Room
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Room

These are very spacious showers with a large changing area and actual shower and WC behind.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Amenities
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Amenities

There were some nice amenities as well as slippers and bathroom being provided. You can also request further shaving/vanity kits if needed.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Slippers and Robe
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Shower Slippers and Robe

While everything was fine as as they should be, I did find the shower room steamed up quiet alot. So much so, when you are getting back clothed after the shower you already start sweating because of the heat. I have noted this to be a problem with most lounge showers unfortunately. Could they not make the ventilation any better? Or at least temperature control the room?

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Sleep Rooms

This may be one of the best features of this lounge. They have completely private bedrooms with proper beds for you to get some rest should you require it. And I can imagine this is very handy when you have some of those super early arrivals into Frankfurt too.

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Sleep Rooms
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Sleep Rooms
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Room 1
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Private Room

Each room is kitted out with a nice single bed with a big pillow, side table/lamps and several lighting options to create the ambiance that you need.

Your Chauffer To The Plane

When it is time to board, your personal escort will come to pick you up and take you directly to your Porsche transfer and onto to your flight directly

Lufthansa First Class Terminal Chauffer Transfer
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Chauffer Transfer

This has surely got to be the best part of being in the FCT. Having your own drive straight up to the aircraft. Unfortunately due to night time departure I could not get the photo I wanted below the Queen of the skies. I will have to save that for another time!

Note sometimes if you are travelling Solo, they may actually put you in a transfer with another First Passenger!

Overall thoughts

I am super glad this place re-opened just before my trip to South Africa. This is indeed quite a special lounge. It had a very serene atmosphere that I found relaxed me well for the flights ahead. I liked the understated deco and how impeccably well it is kept throughout the day.

The space itself was much smaller than perhaps what I actually imagined before my visit. And especially comparing to something like the Emirates First Lounges in Dubai. Having said that, were there anything of note missing? The only thing I could note was any lack of spa facility. Even some good business lounges can have some sort of spa/massage opportunities. For First Class, I think this should be a standard feature. It’s understandable if they were not in full operation right now, mind. I am aware we are still in a pandemic.

How about everything else? For me the main thing is the food and service, which seemed a tad bit confusing to say the least. It’s a shame that the lounge catering has not resumed back to normal service. There are still elements of the lounge that I still did not utilise. For instance, they still stock some great selections of wines and top shelf liquors. I mostly decided to stick to juices.

Another thing that popped into my thoughts was that there was a distinct lack of any views from this terminal. If you walk around, a view of a highway and some grey old buildings is all you will see.

Finally note, while Lufthansa normally still provides a separate First Class lounge for passengers in the main terminal, this is currently closed. It is indeed a shame there could not be a more convenient way to get to this lounge for connecting passengers.

 

Verdict in numbers
  • Location & Entry
  • Seating Areas
  • Service
  • Amenities (Showers, Wifi, Quite space, Work space, Spas etc)
  • Food & Drink
  • General Ambience
4.3