We landed in the Z Terminal, and our connecting flight to Athens left from A Terminal. The First Class Terminal was still closed due to COVID, so we made our way to the First Class Lounge in Terminal A.
It was about a 15 min walk, and we had to clear immigration. They checked our passports and asked for our vaccination cards or negative test results. We were through immigation in less than 10 minutes.
At the lounge check-in desk, they asked for our passports, boarding passes and our vaccination cards. We also registered our contact information for contact-tracing purposes. We also learned this lounge was set to close in a few days once the First Class Terminal reopened on September 1st.
It was a beautiful lounge that didn’t look temporary at all. In fact, I think in normal times Lufthansa operates this lounge in addition to the First Class Terminal, but since demand is still quite low, they are consolidating operations.
We showered first, and my gosh, there is nothing better than a hot shower after a transatlantic flight. The bathrooms are gorgeous and have Etro products, which I loved! I didn’t know Etro made toiletries before Lufthansa First Class, and I would love to see more collaborations with them! The scent was called “musk,” but it was really pleasant and more neutral than the name suggests. Jason and I both asked for a spare set to take home.
The lounge was well equipped but offered minimal service because of COVID. Typically, Lufthansa has an impressive buffet, but they were just offering a limited dining menu at the restaurant. We were really starting to feel the effects of jet lag, so we just ate scrambled eggs and coffee. Lots of coffee.
A hallmark of Lufthansa First Class service is being driven to your airplane. That typically only happens when you’re using the First Class Terminal, and they weren’t offering it from the lounge, even though the First Class Terminal is closed. They also were not offering a walking escort to your connecting flight either. It’s not a huge deal, but this makes a difference when you’re flying First Class, and there is a certain ease of being guided to your gate instead of searching for it, especially after a long haul flight.
All in all, we had a pleasant stay at the Lufthansa First Class lounge at Frankfurt. It doesn’t have the grandeur of the First Class Terminal, but it felt very similar. The pared-down services due to COVID were disappointing but understandable. We were excited that the First Class Terminal would be open by our return flights.