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Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Review
12 May. 2018
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Review

Homeward Bound

After 2.5 weeks in Eastern Europe it was time to return home.  I didn’t want to go, and neither did my buddy that I was traveling with, but we can’t always get what we want.  If I could make it happen, I’d still be over there now.  Which reminds me, I should probably try and make a dime or two on this blog, so I can actually travel more.  But I digress…

Our trip started in Minsk, Belarus then moved south into Ukraine, across near the Polish border to Lviv, and up into SE Poland to one of my favorite smaller cities in Europe:  Krakow.  9 total flights in 16 days of travel, 6 airport lounges, 2 Airbnb and 5 hotel stays made for an active itinerary.  I left my jacket at the airport security check point in Krakow which really put me in a negative mood on the return, but with only 2.5 hours of sleep, something was probably bound to get messed up.

In a little over 2 weeks, an active trip.

The 2.5 week trip may not look like a lot of ground covered, but Ukraine is a big country.  It’s also a pretty decent vodka route

Our flight departed early at 6:15 am from Krakow, and upon landing in Frankfurt, we were met on the tarmac by our first driver and a very nice, decked-out, Mercedes AMG.

A pretty cool job, driving passengers around an airport in high end rides all day.

My buddy is a car guy and has done some racing in highly modified corvettes and other cars at various tracks around the country so seeing high end European rides in this setting was pretty cool for him.  I had also been looking forward to the experience.  It was a pretty short ride, only around 5 minutes, by the time we entered the vehicle to when we stopped just outside Lufthansa’s First Class Airport Lounge.

Maybe it was the lack of sleep or giddiness inside the nice ride, but I set my passport down on the center console in the backseat during the ride, and that’s where it remained as I exited the vehicle.  I didn’t realize the error until 15 minutes later when I tried to retrieve it for the lounge.  That brought on some serious panic for 5 minutes until we located the Frankfurt airport’s police station.  I explained the situation to them, assuming they had the phone numbers of all of the Lufthansa drivers on the tarmac.  They didn’t, and it took 45 minutes or so to get my passport back.  Thankfully I did get my passport back, but that did mean roughly an hour less in the First Class Lounge.

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Frankfurt police trying to track down my missing passport. Could have been disaster.

Lufthansa’s first class lounge is pretty spectacular.  We had 1.5 hours or so there before we needed to board out flight.  Another hour or so would have been really good, but thanks to my idiot passport move, that extra hour went bye-bye.

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Honey, I’m home!

After being greeted at the entrance by a personal assistant, we were issued new first class tickets with a first class jacket sleeve, were told what time “our car” would be ready to bring us to our next plane, and and then welcomed into the lounge.  I also left a jacket in the security area in Krakow, so another 30 minutes was wasted in the business area making calls to try and track that down.  Misplaced passport and lost jacket = tough travel morning.

Even the business/call lounges are comfortable and luxurious. I had to use one for a few calls which took even more time away from the rest of the Lounge.

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Lots of comfortable space in the lounge. A truly first class lounge.

We arrived mid-morning into the lounge, and breakfast was still being served.  The As you enter the center portion of the lounge, there is opportunity for food and drink all over the place.  A large buffet area is adjacent to a formal dining/seating area where guests can have table service and order off the menu.

Hot off the press!  Eggs, bacon, mushrooms along with potatoes, vegetables, beans, and much more.

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Plenty of sliced meats for sandwiches and other combinations.

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Sausages abound both in the buffet area and on the menu to be ordered.

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Lots of hummus and vegetable options too

Olive oil anyone? An assortment of oils, flavors and other toppings

An assortment of breads, waffles, muffins, and much more

Or if for some reason you’re still hungry, there’s plenty of cereal options

Or you could just order from the menu. Guessing you could just ask the chef to make something off-menu too

Besides seconds at the buffet, and desert, I also had an omelet and smoothie from the menu. Oink.

The deserts and fresh juices were amazing

Cigar lounge with high end spirits to ease into a flight

The best lounge bar I’ve ever seen. A full assortment of high end liquors and drinks. No corners cut here

After filing ourselves with some great food and drink, we were escorted to our driver (and Porsche) onto the Tarmac about 45 minutes before the flight departed.  A nice way to wrap up a couple hours in between flights.

Summary

Lounges generally aren’t that important to me, but they are a perk that I’m starting to value.  I do appreciate the chance to eat at no cost, so if a lounge has some reasonable food options, that’s great. The Lufthansa has the best of just about every aspect of an airport lounge.  It’s comfortable, spacious, clean, plenty of food and drink, and everything there is top notch.

On 2.5 hours of sleep, a few mishaps and some unnecessary stress accompanied the morning visit to Lufthansa’s first class lounge.  As a result, I didn’t have enough time to experience the lounge fully.  There’s also Relax chairs, two quiet rooms with day beds, four shower rooms (including one with a bathtub).  I also forgot to get into the bathtub room and grab a yellow duck!  Hopefully next time.

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