Recently, Lufthansa, built a new part to the A concourse in Frankfurt – Pier A Plus. The new area can accommodate the largest aircraft in the world, including the Airbus A380. With the new concourse, came five new Lufthansa lounges – 2 Business Lounges, 2 Senator Lounges and 1 new First Class Lounge.
I got a little frightened upon landing in Frankfurt, I know the airport very well (I was stuck there for 6 days during the 2010 winter snowstorm), but I somehow had absolutely no idea a fourth runway was constructed. So we were descending and descending and suddenly I see we are getting lower and lower and lower and not even close to one of the runways. Later I found out we landed on the new runway (which might as well be in Cologne as it’s so far away from the terminal).
We reached the remote stand quickly and were taken by a bus to the main terminal. Being a dual citizen, I used the ‘EU’ lane which is always faster due to the huge number of international flights arriving during the morning time with lots of visitors. The immigration officer looked at my passport, smiled and loudly said ‘Polska’!
I have to admit, I was very excited to try this Lounge. It just opened in October and is located in the new Pier A Plus (which by the way is stunning and has an awesome rotunda).
I entered the lounge and everything felt so modern and new and it still had the smell of new furniture. I love the design of the lounge as it is very spacious and did not feel that crowded (at the time I was there). There are 6 bathrooms with showers, so you are able to freshen up before your flight. The shower was probably the most exciting part of the entire experience, given that I have never showered before at an airport, you could imagine how F#$%ing excited I was. The whole time I was repeating to myself the following: ‘I’m taking a shower, at an airport’ and I simply couldn’t stop smiling.
After showering I decided to grab a bite to eat, and after exiting the room, I noticed the lounge was full of people. Literally in the ten minutes I was showering, the people in the lounge tripled. Overall, I was very impressed with the design of the lounge. To be fair, both the Senator and Business Lounges look identical to me and I didn’t really notice a difference in the food… so I don’t know what the purpose of having the same lounge with different names is.
Since I knew we would be driven to the aircraft by bus, I left the lounge about ten minutes before boarding was scheduled to begin.