Arriving off my flight from Milan it was a short walk to our next gate for our next flight to Budapest. We also had a short transit and had barely less than 20 mins. Given the long travel day, we also didn’t manage to grab lunch and were feeling famished. Thankfully the lounge is just above our gate and we hop in for a quick bite and refresh before flying again. I guess I finally see the true purpose of having access to an airline lounge when flying. Sometimes you just appreciate having a place to grab a bite and drinks when in a rush. Access to a private bathroom is also much more efficient. I didn’t have much time to pen down many thought given how rushed it is but I will definitely make it up with pictures.
Star Alliance premium cabin customers as well as Star Alliance Status holders are allowed access to the lounge. I had access to the Senator Lounge as well which is supposedly the better one but given the short transit time we just went to which is nearest. Lufthansa access rules are rather weird. For example, a Star Alliance member flying in economy class had to the Senator Lounge but if you are a business class paying passenger you are relegated to the supposedly inferior Business Class Lounge. We simply presented our boarding pass and was promptly welcomed in.
Arrival & Location
The Lufthansa operates various lounges in Frankfurt Flughafen given this being their hub. So it is a matter of which is nearer to your gate. We visited the one right above A26 since we are departing from here. Thankfully it is just a short walk away from the gate we arrived on. The lounge is located one level above the main terminal. I was politely welcomed by the staff and was admitted upon presenting my boarding pass. The Lufthansa Business Lounge A26 is open daily from 6am to 9.30pm. Although I was flying in Economy, I was allowed access given the KrisFlyer Gold membership. You will also need to don an FFP2 standard mask and adhere to the 3G regulations which mean Vaccinated, Recovered or Tested within 24 hours. Do check the rules as they are always changing.
Lufthansa Business Lounge A26 Frankfurt Flughafen
The lounge is on the smaller side given how the concept here is to spread out the crowd over various lounges located in the airport rather than having a central huge offering. Simply for Business Lounge, Lufthansa has a total of 4 in Frankfurt and this is not including the Senator and First Class Lounge. Lufthansa also has a similar theme to their lounge. The concept and design are always kept constant throughout various locations. Upon entering you can find a reception desk and ticketing desk by the corner which they could help with any assistance that passengers might require. They are not much in use given that your entry is already verified at the door.
You then enter the main space of the lounge itself. It consists of mainly proper dining tables. Then towards the corridors, you have some sort of the typical couch loungers. The lounge is pretty busy at this period. Here are some pictures of the lounge.
The centrepiece of the lounge has to be the bar.
It is a full service bar and the attendants are on hand to offer any drinks that you might want. The collection of drinks is pretty good. Various types of wines are on offer and you can also find two types of sparkling wine and even a rose option.
There is a good collection of spirits as well and the quality of decent. Being in Germany, you cannot miss out on those beer fountains as well. All sorts of non-alcoholic drinks are on offer too.
Food-wise you can find some salads, pretzels and a couple of hot dishes. There was a pork stew, dumplings and some potatoes. They were alright but good for filling up. I would have expected something better from a full-fledged Star Alliance lounge in their own hub but Lufthansa lounge is definitely not known for their food offerings.
I appreciate having access to the lounge to have a quick bite, especially when I am flying in economy within Europe. As it turn out, from breakfast at 10am at the Milan hotel my next full meal was only at 8pm in Budapest. It is definitely nice having a venue to access for some refreshments, keeping in mind that airport drinks and food are pricey. Lufthansa lounge has solid drinks offering but food-wise, it leaves a lot to be desired.