Club International Seattle
Lufthansa Business Class Seattle to Frankfurt
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt
Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Nice
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee
Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
Park Hyatt Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Zurich
Austrian Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Business Class Vienna to Tokyo Narita
EVA Air Business Class Tokyo Narita to Taipei
Le Meridien Taipei
EVA Air Infinity Lounge Taipei
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class Taipei to San Francisco
Thoughts on Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes, Zurich, and Taipei
Our incoming flight from Seattle parked at the “C” gates while our connection left from the “A” gates (which are located on top of the “Z” gates) so we began the long journey there, which sure felt awfully Heathrow and de Gaulle-esque. We decided to go to the “Z” gates since there’s a nicer lounge there and it’s in the same area. Totally random tangent, but am I the only one that thinks “Z” is a horrible name for a concourse in Germany? Saying “your flight is leaving from zhee gates” seems like it could lead to a German episode of “Who’s on first.”
After clearing security we headed to the non-Schengen Senator Lounge, located near gate Z50.
Once in the lounge I decided to first take a shower. To my surprise there was no queue, and I have to say the shower rooms were lovely. I find most European airport showers in business class lounges to not be especially nice or large, and because of how small they are they get super-hot and you end up sweating to the point that the purpose of the shower is defeated.
These shower rooms were spacious and beautifully designed.
The shower had a single dispenser for soap/shampoo.
After a quick shower it was off to the rest of the lounge to catch up on some work. This particular Senator Lounge is the size of an IKEA, and it really is amazing how much it fills up.
The food spread was fairly good and consisted of the two staple items of any good German’s diet — pretzels and Fanta.
Anyway, on the whole this is one of the nicest Senator Lounges I’ve been to. I do wish it would’ve been a bit less full because it felt more like a terminal than a lounge, but at least the food spread was decent, it was nicely furnished, and the wifi speed was fairly good.
At around 11:45AM we left the lounge to clear passport control and head towards the Schengen gates in the “A” concourse.
We made it to our departure gate, A1, at around noon, shortly before boarding began.
This also has to be the coolest departure gate ever, given that the plane parks “sideways” and doesn’t even have to pushback — awesome!