Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Airport

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Review, Frankfurt

 

This Review of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Frankfurt Airport is part of a trip report including Thai Airways A380 First Class Bangkok to Frankfurt, Asiana First Class, and luxury resorts and dining in Chiang Rai and Siem Reap. For the previous articles, please see:

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Review: Asiana First Class Suite NYC JFK to Seoul ICN

Park Hyatt Seoul Review

Review: Cornerstone Restaurant, Park Hyatt Seoul

Lounge Review: Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul Incheon

Asiana Business Class A330 Review

Review: Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel Suite

Review: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Sala Mae Nam Restaurant Review and Menu

Mahout Experience at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Dining By Design at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Beng Mealea Jungle Temple Photo Tour, Siem Reap Cambodia

Touich Restaurant Siem Reap Menu and Review

Amansara Siem Reap Review

Ta Prohm and Preah Khan Temple Photo Tour, Siem Reap

Angkor Wat Photo Tour and Breakfast at Amansara's Khmer Village House

Amansara Restaurant Review and Menu

Amansara Tonle Sap Boat Cruise

Bayon Temple Photo Tour with Amansara, Siem Reap

Bangkok Airways Review

Thai Airways First Class Lounge Review, Bangkok

Thai Airways First Class A380 Review

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Airport

 

Location and Access to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Frankfurt Airport

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Frankfurt Airport is located in Terminal 1, Concourse B, on Level 3. I didn't expect to have access, since even though I had arrived on a Thai Airways flight in First Class, my flight home from Frankfurt was in Singapore Economy. Nevertheless, I was granted access.

Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges are supposed to be open to these passengers:

  • Business Class passengers flying Air Canada or any Star Alliance flight
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members
  • Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K members
  • Star Alliance Gold members
  • American Express AeroplanPlus Platinum and Corporate Platinum card holders


Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Amenities and Seating

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is one of the the more beautiful business class airport lounges I've seen, with extensive use of wood and a fiery glass sculpture in the “Canada Room”–reminiscent of sitting around a modern campfire, since seating was around the perimeter, with wooden “stumps” serving as tables.

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt - Canada Room


Other seating was also visually striking:

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Review, Frankfurt


Although there were more classically styled seating options as well:

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt - Seating

 

My first stop was a shower room. Since we arrived at the lounge just minutes before it opened and the lounge was uncrowded throughout my brief stay, there was no wait for a shower room. The shower rooms were simple and spare in design, but very clean.

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt - Shower Room

 

And even tall passengers will have no problem, given the height of the rain shower:

Rain Shower, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Shower Room

 

Shampoo, conditioner and body wash were in generic dispensers, so I used some of the L'Occitane bath products that came courtesy of the Thai First Class Lounge shower rooms.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Shower Room - Shampoo

 

While I didn't have occasion to use it, the lounge also features a Quiet Zone with six reclining pods and noise cancelling headsets. No nap room, however. There's also a standard looking business center with computer work stations, in addition to free WiFi throughout the lounge.


Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Food and Drinks

Breakfast offerings were varied and plentiful, and I was happy to see plenty of fresh fruit:

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt - Fresh Fruit

 

My other breakfast staple, yoghurt, was also well represented, with a peach-passionfruit variety in addition to strawberry and vanilla flavors.

Review-Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt-Yogurts

 

As you'd expect in Germany, there was an extensive bread and pastry section.

Breads and Pastries, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Frankfurt

 

I was especially thrilled to see d'arbo jam, which I prefer over Bonne Maman and cheaper brands. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt-d'arbo Jams

 

What really intrigued me was the Belgian Waffle Maker: a DIY waffle station.

DIY Waffle Station, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt

 

At home, we often make Belgian waffles on the weekend, and the instructions couldn't have been easier:

Belgian Waffle Station Directions, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt

 

Well, somehow I managed to mess it up. I sprayed it with nonstick spray and added the batter, so far, so good. But when the machine beeped and I tried to get it out, I nearly burned my hand due to the hot handle, and the waffle maker was impossible to open–seemingly glued shut by the batter.

I popped my head into the kitchen to advise one of the staff (and warned her about the hot handle) and unfazed, she took the machine back into the kitchen where somehow someone got it unstuck and working again. Lo and behold, within 10 minutes they served me a couple of perfectly golden brown waffles. Very kind of them, considering the grief I caused 🙂

Belgian Waffles (Not Made by Me)

 

The Verdict

I'm sure it varies depending on time of day and flight schedules, but the uncrowded state of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge was such a refreshing difference from the jam packed state of the Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt which I visited between Singapore Suites flights last year. In fact, I wouldn't have been aware of the lounge had it not been for the staff who escorted other Thai First Class passengers and me to it.

The shower facilities were fine, but nothing special. What I valued with this lounge, in addition to it being uncrowded at the time of my visit, were the kind staff (given my waffle challenges above); good quality fresh fruit, yogurt and jams; and inviting and artistic spaces, compared to most business class lounges.

If you've been to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Frankfurt Airport, what was your experience?

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