Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt

Review-Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Reception

 

This Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt Review is part of a trip report including Singapore Suites, Emirates First Class, Asiana First Class and luxury resorts and dining in Southeast Asia. For the previous posts, please see:

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After arriving in Frankfurt, we had about an hour and a half before our next flight from Frankfurt to Singapore. Conveniently, we were escorted to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Frankfurt, just a couple minutes' walk from our gate. Here's the entrance:

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Entrance

 

The thing I wanted most was a shower, so that was my very first stop. I signed in and was led to one of the several shower rooms. It was about as spartan as you can get and completely devoid of any aesthetic sense, but at least it was clean.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Shower Room

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Shower Room Sink

 

The shower had generic combination shampoo/body wash from a dispenser, so I was glad to have brought L'Occitane bath amenities with me. There was both a rain shower and regular shower head, and the water pressure was good.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Shower Room Rain Shower

 

While finishing up, someone turned the handle of my door trying to get in, so do make sure you lock your door.

The lounge was actually very crowded when I was there, so it was difficult to get any photos without potentially intruding on someone's privacy. There was a bar with seating near bold “City Lights” signage:

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - City Lights Seating

 

As that area was quite full, I sat at a table near the buffet, which offered breakfast items such as fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, cereal, and breads. Nothing looked all that appealing, so I settled for a fruit yogurt, and later accepted a fruit buttermilk drink that one of the staff brought by. That was a nice touch, and one I haven't seen before in a Lufthansa lounge–a staff member coming by to offer something.

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Buffet Fresh Fruit

 

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Cereals, Breakfast Buffet

 

Plenty of drinks were on offer, including wine, even at 9:45am in the morning (!):

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt-Drinks on Buffet

 

There was additional seating beyond the dining area with a better view of the tarmac and runways, both regular and bar seating:

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Seating Area with View of Runways

 

I didn't have time to use the relaxation area, but the forest motif looks nice, and probably the most aesthetically pleasing thing I saw in the lounge. That said, I wish there were actual massage chairs, as they have at Qatar's Business Class Lounge in the Doha Premium Terminal.

Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt - Relaxation Area


Lufthansa Senator Lounge Access

If you're wondering if you have access to a Lufthansa Senator Lounge, here's who has access:

  • First Class boarding pass for an arriving/departing LH/LX flight on the same day (although you also have access to Lufthansa's First Class Lounge and in Frankfurt, the First Class Terminal, which are much better)
  • First Class Star Alliance boarding pass for a same-day departing flight (hence, my access as a Singapore Suites passenger)
  • Valid Star Alliance Gold Card and Lufthansa / Star Alliance boarding pass for same-day departing flight
  • Valid HON Circle Member Card and boarding pass for a same-day arriving / departing Lufthansa / Star Alliance / Codeshare partner flight
  • Valid Senator Card and Lufthansa / Star Alliance / Codeshare partner* boarding pass for a same-day arriving / departing flight

All of the above give you access to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge. If you're a Business Class passenger but not Star Alliance Gold or an HON Circle Member or have a Senator card, you don't receive access, however.

Verdict: Having enjoyed the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich, even though it's a fairly small lounge, my view is that the Lufthansa Senator Lounge, which was apparently refurbished last year, is a huge step down. The seating areas are ok, although apart from the relaxation chairs, not particularly comfortable. And the modern, spare aesthetic, especially when it comes to the shower facilities, just seems rather cheap. Food offerings were the basics, although even in the Munich First Class Lounge, the real attraction was with the menu and prepared to order offerings, not the buffet. WiFi worked well, however, which was a relief after experiencing only 5 minutes of WiFi for $15 provided by OnAir on my Singapore Suites flight.

If you've been to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Frankfurt, what was your experience?

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