Lounge Review: Lufthansa First Class Terminal (FRA)

by Anthony Losanno
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On a recent trip to Europe, we flew home in Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA). One of the unique elements and part of the amazing experience when departing Frankfurt is the ability to visit Lufthansa’s dedicated First Class Terminal. I’ve been several times before and the experience is always consistent and special.

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Upon arriving at Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), whether by car or on foot after connecting from another flight, you need to leave the airport and walk outside a bit to get to the First Class Terminal.

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Upon entering, there is a small lobby with an elevator to take you up to security and the lounge.

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Once exiting the elevator, there are several agents waiting to check you in and escort you through security. The dedicated security had no line, but it uses older machines. We had to remove our shoes, have all of our electronics swabbed, and even take other shoes out of our bags to be swabbed. A minor annoyance, but not a very First Class experience.


Access is granted to passengers traveling in Lufthansa First Class or connecting to a SWISS First Class flight. HON Circle members in Lufthansa’s Miles & More program (equivalent to United’s Global Services status level, but with really high published criteria) also have access.

Anthony’s Take: I have loved the First Class Terminal every time that I have visited. The service is excellent, I love the restaurant, the shower suites are luxurious, and it is my favorite premium ground experience. Is it as exciting visiting the 3rd or 5th time? You feel pampered, but you know what to expect. Lufthansa is incredibly consistent with the experience.

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Once through security, your boarding passes and passports are taken by an attendant. These are returned before you board the plane (as you go through the dedicated immigration desk before getting into your car or van).

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The bar is to the right side once you enter the lounge. It has just about every type of alcohol and spirit you could imagine.

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There were so many bottles.

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On the side of the bar was a display of tequila.

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Lunch/dinner was being served during my visit. The buffet has salads, cold cuts, cheeses, several hot dishes, and desserts. There is also a la carte dining. We were hungry, so we decided to start with a sit-down lunch. The restaurant is located near the bar and there are more than enough tables for the number of guests that were there on our visit.

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We sat ourselves and within a minute a server appeared with menus.

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There is a card full of monthly specials.

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The menu has a nice assortment of choices, which can be supplemented with the buffet.

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The buffet is not huge, but everything is tasty.

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The menu is also not that big, but the dishes all sounded pretty good.

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I had the Filet of Beef last time I visited and knew that was a must.

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We both started with the Creamy Pumpkin Soup.

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Next, I had the Saddle of Veal with Lobster Filling. It was delicious.

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My husband selected the Filet of Pike with Pumpkin Risotto. He enjoyed the dish.

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We then split the Filet of Beef. It was cooked a perfect medium rare as requested.

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We also checked out the buffet during our meal.

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There are several salads.

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More cheese

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Even more cheese

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Various meats

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A selection of bread

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Burrata and smoked fish

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Roasted squash and more

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There were multiple hot dishes including Beef Stroganoff, Pumpkin Ravioli, and Thai Noodles. We were pretty full, so we did not try these dishes.

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Carrots, Thai Noodles, and Pumpkin Ravioli

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Beef Stroganoff and rice

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The desserts looked so good, but I was too full.

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There was champagne nearby, but the server brought us whatever we wanted to drink.

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There are tons of wines on offer in the dining room.

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There is a nice selection of gummy candy and snacks near the bar.

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Seating & Decor

There is tons of seating in the First Class Terminal. It’s divided up into smaller areas for added privacy. We selected seats near the window.

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More seats near a TV.

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Additional seating.

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I like that the seating is segmented into smaller areas.

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The decor of the lounge is fairly neutral and calming. There are some grasses near the elevators.

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Several phone booths are up front for working and making calls in private.

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A Cigar Lounge offers more seats and the ability to smoke cigars (although I have never seen anyone do that there).

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There is a small bar in the Cigar Lounge.

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Near the Cigar Lounge is a relaxation area for taking naps. There are two private rooms.

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Each has a bed.

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There are also some candles for added relaxation.

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The First Class Terminal offers extensive dining and beverage options. It also has the Cigar Lounge and relaxation area outlined above, as well as private shower suites with bathtubs, some magazines, and plenty of staff to assist at every turn.

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The shower suites are one of the highlights of the First Class Terminal. They are like having your own luxury spa bathroom.

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These are requested at a desk that is attended throughout your stay.

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There are additional amenities found here. Even if you’re not showering (we didn’t, but I asked to take photos), make sure you get your rubber ducks. These are a must when visiting.

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The shower suites are spacious. They include a toilet, vanity, and bathtub.

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Toiletries are Balmain brand.

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The tub is huge.

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The shower is also spacious.

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Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are mounted on the wall. These are also Balmain brand.

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The toilet was off to the side. There was a spacious bench and even a robe and slippers included.

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When it was time to go, we were escorted to another set of elevators. Once downstairs, our passports were stamped, boarding passes were scanned and handed off, and we were taken to a van to be driven to the Boeing 747-8.

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There was another couple on our flight from Norway. I talked points and miles with the young guy. He was lamenting SAS leaving Star Alliance and said he was not a fan of Air France or SkyTeam. If you’re the only passenger heading to a flight (or one of two), you have a better chance of being driven in a Porsche.

Overall Impression:

I will never grow tired of this amazing space. Everything is top notch and it’s an experience that I recommend everyone try at least once. Miles make it possible if the ticket prices are out of reach.

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