Traveling around the globe can be really, really depleting. If you don’t have access to an airplane lounge, sometimes, you can feel like a refugee — no place to sit or lay your bags, crawling on the floor looking for a charger, having to drag all of your worldly possessions around just for a Coke.
Traveling business class and through certain credit cards and other travel programs, you can use Lufthansa’s business lounge in Frankfurt, Germany. That’s where I am now and I’m so very glad to have been hosted to experience it!
Lufthansa is Germany’s national airline. Their lounge — located past the duty free shops and an elevator ride up one floor — is spacious and well lit, without being overly bright. After all, jet lagged travelers don’t want to feel like they’re being prepped for surgery!
There are business chairs, padded chairs and what we in the family furniture business used to call “potato chip” chairs in a quiet, darkened room for intense rest. By the way, flight announcements aren’t made on a PA, so keep your wits about you and don’t completely zonk out, tempting as it may be.
Newspapers were offered in a variety of languages, including English. At some lounges, there’s only one English language paper offered and they about run out. Here was a fine selection of the International Herald Tribune (a New York Times paper), USA Today and Financial Times. If you haven’t read David Tang’s style columns there . . . well, you just aren’t living right! If I ever win the big jackpot, I will ask him to be my major domo. I have dreams.
Lufthansa’s business lounge at Frankfort was offering cereals, cold cuts, Frankfurters (!), a coffee bar with flavored syrups (don’t mind if I do!), plus a bar with special local liqueurs from the Black Forest and wines chosen by Germany’s only sommelier world champion, Markus Del Monego. I certainly was curious as to the proper wine with cold cuts!
As a tip — though I’m no doctor and I don’t even play one on tv — if you have one of those dry coughs because you’ve been exposed to dust or you’re a little dehydrated, a sip of the Black Forest cherry liqueur seems to quiet things down considerably. Probably the same concept as cough syrup, only delicious. It’s good to instantly stop a hacking cough in an international airport lounge: you don’t want people staring at you, hoping you aren’t carrying The Plague.
There’s a service station to check out or change your flight with a couple of attendants. That keeps things moving. They also have free wifi with no password needed . . . don’t you just love that? Plus — and this is a BIG plus — even with everyone in the lounge using it, the wifi is fast. I wish it were this fast at my office! I’d get a lot more done . . . maybe.
They have several showers and I checked them out. They’re like a huge hotel bathroom, with shower, sink, toilet, dressing area. They have shower gel in the area and they give you a towel. There’s even one for the physically disabled.
There’s no doubt that the services, offerings, comfort and quiet make it well worth adding lounge access to your journey. Thanks, Lufthansa!