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Over the past decade I’ve visited the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt a countless number of times, and it certainly ranks as one of my favorite first class lounges in the world. However, it has occurred to me that I haven’t actually reviewed it since 2012, so it’s probably time to revisit it. In 2014 I wrote a primer on the lounge, including access rules, how to get there, etc.
Anyway, shortly after 9AM we were dropped off in the transit area at Frankfurt Airport. The First Class Terminal is intended primarily for passengers originating their travels in Frankfurt, since you can drive directly up to it and skip the airport altogether. It’s not quite as seamless if you’re connecting, since you have to walk to the FCT on your own.
After a transatlantic flight we were happy to get a bit of movement, so didn’t mind the walk. Regardless of what terminal you arrive at, you’ll want to clear immigration and then go through baggage claim. Once on the outside roadway of the airport, start walking left until you’re at the very end of the terminal.
There you’ll see the taxi stand, and then past that is the First Class Terminal in the distance.
If you’re coming from the main terminal, the fastest way to enter the FCT is through the lower level. Just cross the street once you’re at the taxi stand, and you’ll see a door with an elevator inside of it. Take the elevator up a level.
Once we were on the main level of the FCT we were greeted by our “PA” (personal assistant — it’s a weird term, but that’s what they’re called), who verified our boarding passes and then led us through the security checkpoint. While security in the main terminal at Frankfurt Airport can be a pain, it’s totally seamless in the FCT, given that there’s never a wait.
Just a couple of minutes after arriving at the FCT we were already through security and invited to enjoy ourselves.
Just past the security checkpoint is a duty free shop.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal duty free shop
Past the duty free shop is a set of double doors, which leads into the rest of the lounge. On the left is a huge variety of magazines and newspapers.
The FCT isn’t as big as some people imagine it to be, though fortunately it wasn’t especially crowded for our visit, and was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
The centerpiece of the lounge is the bar, which has several high-top seats. There’s also another communal table parallel to it.
The selection of drinks available in the FCT is damn impressive.
They even had a quirky display with six kinds of gummy bears on the bar.
Next to the bar is the restaurant area, which has about a dozen tables. There’s both a menu as well as buffet, though I’ll talk more about the food a bit later.
The rest of the lounge consists of areas to relax, and there’s a great variety of seating arrangements.
There are several “traditional” lounge seating arrangements, with leather chairs facing one another.
Along the windows of the lounge are chairs with ottomans, which are great for relaxing.
Then in the far corner of the lounge are three swaying chairs with blankets.
A few of the seating areas have TVs, though fortunately the TVs are kept at a low volume, so they’re not disruptive.
Near the entrance to the lounge are about five fully enclosed offices. As far as airport lounge workspaces go, these are tough to beat, given that they have doors that close.
Then on the other side of the lounge, opposite the dining room, are the nap rooms, cigar bar, showers, and bathroom.
The lounge has two nap rooms, which are available on a first come first serve basis, and can be reserved with the shower attendant.
Both of the nap rooms were occupied during our time in the lounge, though below is a picture of one of the nap rooms from a past visit. As you can see, it’s more of a daybed than anything else, and isn’t nearly as comfortable as the bedrooms in the Swiss First Class Lounge Zurich or Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Doha.
Past the nap rooms is the shower reception desk, where you can request a shower, nap, etc.
Perhaps most importantly, the shower attendant is also the lounge’s duck-keeper. As many of you may know, Lufthansa has special first class ducks, and sometimes they even have specially themed ones. Technically they’re intended for those who take a bath, but in practice I’ve never been denied when I just asked the attendant nicely, in the nerdiest way imaginable.
In this case they had a really cute Christmas duck.
I took the opportunity to shower. The shower rooms in the lounge are great — they’re spacious, the water pressure is great, and they have top notch amenities.
As you can see, toiletries are provided by Etro.
If you’re interested in taking a bath, there’s one shower room that also has a bathtub. I used to love taking a bath in it, until a reader a few years ago left a comment along the lines of “hey, isn’t it funny how we’ve all taken a bath in the same exact tub?”
My dad’s favorite FCT amenity, no doubt, would be the cigar bar, which is between the shower rooms and dining room. It’s spacious and even has its own self serve bar.
Once out of the shower I joined Ford back in the lounge. I love how each table has a gorgeous setup with lots of nuts. It looks beautiful, though as a germaphobe I spend a lot of time thinking about those nuts. Given that the canisters are always full, how often do they add nuts to the top? Perhaps more importantly, how long have the nuts at the bottom been there? And most important of all, how many people have touched some of those nuts? Blech!
There’s table service in the lounge, as the servers in the lounge come around every 10 minutes or so to see if anyone wants anything. I just had a cup of coffee and glass of water at first.
Later on I ordered an iced coffee, and Ford had a smoothie.
The drink list in the lounge is damn impressive. The list is too long to post here, but just to give an example, here’s their water menu:
So I’m trying to be healthier and drink less when traveling in general (it’s tempting to just always have champagne, but…), so I love the concept of being able to choose the type of water you want. It makes drinking water fun! At the same time, I felt like a total douche asking for a specific type of water — it’s water, after all. But still, somehow I got a thrill out of it.
Perhaps more importantly for many, here’s the champagne list:
There were menus at all the tables, though in practice most people choose to dine in the restaurant. Here’s the breakfast menu:
Meanwhile the menu for the rest of the day read as follows:
While I didn’t eat anything, I had a look at the breakfast buffet, which looked great, especially since you can also order something off the menu to complement it.
The wine selection didn’t look bad either.
I spent the rest of my time in the lounge getting caught up on work. The wifi in the lounge is easy to connect to and fast, which I appreciate. My one constructive criticism of the FCT is that I wish they’d have some sort of background music or ambient noise. That might sound crazy, but the lounge is so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, and the only sound you hear most of the time is that of the employees’ heels “clicking” on the ground.
Boarding for our 12PM flight to London was scheduled for 11:30AM, so at 11:35AM our PA came to fetch us. Fun fact — there’s a departures monitor next to the elevators, and it only lists destinations that passengers in the lounge are traveling to. At least that’s my understanding. I sort of love that, since it gives you an idea of where everyone else around you is headed.
The FCT is disconnected from the rest of the terminal, so the only way to get to your plane is by car. To get there you take the elevator down a level from the main part of the lounge.
On the lower level there’s an immigration officer who checks your passport (if you’re traveling out of the Schengen zone), and then you bring your boarding pass to the person at the desk, who checks off your name and introduces you to your driver.
There are a few kinds of cars used to transport people from the FCT, including a Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes S-Class, and a Mercedes van if there are several people who need to get from the FCT to your flight.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal cars
Fortunately we were alone, and got a Porsche.
As an aviation geek there’s simply nothing like being driven across the tarmac in a private car. Driving under the tails of all kinds of planes is just so fun.
Our drive to the plane took only about five minutes. This time around our flight was departing from a gate rather than a remote stand, so we parked between a 747 and the A321 that would be taking us to London.
When you depart from a gate rather than a remote stand, you take an elevator up a level to the jet bridge, and then the driver is supposed to escort you to the door of the plane. This driver was probably the least fun one I’ve ever had from the FCT (often they’re fun and joke around), so he bid us farewell as soon as we got out the elevator.
Lufthansa First Class Terminal bottom line
It goes without saying that the Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is one of the world’s best airline lounges. For passengers originating their travel in Frankfurt, it’s so convenient to be able to skip the main terminal altogether, and be sitting in a comfortable lounge a minute after you arrive at the airport.
If I had to provide some constructive criticism, I wish that Lufthansa would make the experience more seamless for connecting passengers. When you’re in first class and connecting you’re on your own. I’m not even saying they should necessarily drive you to the First Class Terminal (though it would be nice), but rather to any of their other first class lounges.
Overall, though, this remains one of the world’s best first class lounges, and I always enjoy my visits here.