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:
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.
Other seating was also visually striking:
Although there were more classically styled seating options as well:
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.
And even tall passengers will have no problem, given the height of the rain shower:
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.
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:
My other breakfast staple, yoghurt, was also well represented, with a peach-passionfruit variety in addition to strawberry and vanilla flavors.
As you'd expect in Germany, there was an extensive bread and pastry section.
I was especially thrilled to see d'arbo jam, which I prefer over Bonne Maman and cheaper brands.
What really intrigued me was the Belgian Waffle Maker: a DIY waffle station.
At home, we often make Belgian waffles on the weekend, and the instructions couldn't have been easier:
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 🙂
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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