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Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge B Frankfurt

It won't win any awards, but the Lufthansa Senator Lounge B at Frankfurt Airport is a solid pre-flight option by European standards, especially for Star Alliance Gold members flying Economy Class.

General details

Opened: 5th July 2011
Opening Times: 5am to 9.30pm (pre-COVID)
Capacity: 300
Showers: Yes
Spa: Yes
Bar: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Multi-standard Power Sockets: No
USB Charging Sockets: Yes
Wireless Charging: No
Dress Code: None

Lounge access

Lufthansa has three lounge tiers; Business Lounges, Senator Lounges and First Class Lounges.

Senator lounges like this one are only available to a select group of passengers, as follows:

  • Miles & More Senator members*
  • Miles & More HON Circle members*
  • Star Alliance Gold passengers^
  • Lufthansa / Swiss First Class passengers
  • Star Alliance First Class passengers

* Travelling on a Lufthansa, Star Alliance or LH codeshare partner flight on the same day
^ Travelling on a Lufthansa or Star Alliance flight on the same day

Those departing in Business Class on a Lufthansa or Star Alliance flight are not eligible to use the Senator lounge – but instead can use the Business lounge.

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Lufthansa’s lounge access policy is a little unusual, with a Star Alliance Gold member flying Economy Class eligible to use the Senator lounges, while a Business Class passenger with no status is relegated to the Business lounge, one level down.

For most airlines, like SIA, the opposite would be true!

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COVID-19

At the time of writing, you’ll also require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 24 hours, or proof of recovery from COVID-19, to access this lounge.

Buy your way in

During this period of lower travel demand, Lufthansa is also selling access to its Senator Lounge for any passenger, regardless of loyalty programme status level or flight details. You simply need to have a valid boarding pass for the same day with any airline.

Access to this lounge is available for EUR 39 (around S$62). You can book Lufthansa lounge access at this dedicated site.

Location

Frankfurt Airport Terminal 1 is split into departure gate zones for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations, and as such Lufthansa operates four Senator lounges at the airport:

  • Senator Lounge A (Schengen)
  • Senator Lounge B (non-Schengen B gate departures)
  • Senator Lounge C (non-Schengen C gate departures)
  • Senator Lounge Z (non-Schengen Z gate departures)

Senator Lounge C is temporarily closed at the time of writing.

You can actually visit any of the lounges you like (assuming you are lounge-eligible), regardless of your destination or departure gate, but do note that when you pass from a Schengen to a non-Schengen part of the airport you’ll undergo an immigration and security check.

If you pass from a non-Schengen to a Schengen part of the airport, another security check is needed.

That makes it a bit of a hassle to do a ‘lounge safari’ at Frankfurt, so like most people we visited the lounge closest to our departure gate, which in our case was the Senator Lounge B, near gate B43.

Senator Lounge B highlighted

While the Senator Lounge B is the smaller of the two non-Schengen options currently operating, it does boast a tended bar and a Senator Spa, neither of which you’ll find in the Senator Lounge Z.

Look for the orange signs for directions to the lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Getting to the lounge is easy, because Lufthansa has bright orange signs directing passengers to its lounge facilities.



 


 

Opening hours

Th Lufthansa Senator B lounge at Frankfurt is usually open from 5am to 9.30pm each day, however during our visit the morning opening was set at 7am due to the limited flight schedule.

At the time of writing the morning opening hours have been extended to 6am and this may be changed further, so do check the Lufthansa Lounges page for the latest information.

Our visit

We visited the lounge prior to a Singapore Airlines flight from Frankfurt to Singapore in First Class, departing at 10pm.

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That’s effectively the final flight of the day from the B section, though there are also around five Lufthansa flights departing in the 9.50-9.55pm window, including a long-haul service to Sao Paolo, so the lounge does remain quite busy right through to closing time.

First impressions

When you arrive at the lounge entrance on the departure concourse level near gate B43, there are two podiums where staff will check your entry eligibility and vaccination (or COVID test) status.

For those vaccinated in Singapore like us, showing fully vaccinated status via the TraceTogether app was sufficient.

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

After that it’s a short escalator ride up to the main lounge entrance, where no further entry checks were made.

Lounge entrance on the upper level. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Once inside there’s a service desk to the left, which doubles up as a reception during quieter hours, at which times you’ll find the podiums downstairs may be unattended.

Reception and service desk. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Flight information screens are available in the lounge. Do note that no boarding calls are made, which is a blessing with Lufthansa flights departing every five minutes at certain times of day, including this evening period prior to the SQ325 departure.

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing in the lounge was mandatory, though many people removed their mask once seated, which was in common with the regional restrictions for dining in Frankfurt and the surrounding region at the time, so it’s quite understandable.

Mask-wearing and social distancing was required for lounge visitors. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Because we had Singapore mobile phone numbers, we didn’t have access to Germany’s Luca app during our stay and therefore were not able to check in to the lounge via QR code.

The reception staff therefore gave us a registration form each to fill out for contact tracing.

Registration form for contact tracing. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

We completed these at our leisure once settled, since you can drop it off with the desk on departure.

Note that the Luca app does now support registration for those with international mobile numbers, so this process should not be necessary for most visitors anymore.

Storage lockers

There are 24 storage lockers you can use in this lounge if you’re travelling with bulky hand luggage or you need somewhere to store your duty free shopping, or other valuable items.

(Photo: MainlyMiles)

These are located on the left side as you enter the lounge, and about half of them were in use during our visit.

Seating options

We headed straight to the back of the lounge where the main seating area is located, with plenty of natural light from the windows running down one side.

Main seating section. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

It was moderately busy when we arrived at around 7.30pm, though there were still plenty of seats available and we managed to secure a pair by the window.

Seats together by the window. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

For those who like a view of the airport activity, these seats provide a great option for some plane watching.

View from the lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The low leather armchairs are a Lufthansa lounge staple. They provide good back support if you’re working on a laptop, for example, and there’s a decent sized table between each pair for food, drinks and other small belongings.

Lounge armchairs. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Even when the lounge is full and you’re sharing one of these ‘quartets’ of seats with other passengers, there’s good distancing between them to ensure you don’t feel too ‘hemmed in’.

Lounge armchairs. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

At the far end of the seating area there’s a TV lounge, probably best suited to those wanting to watch a live sporting event. While we were there, the 24-hour news was showing.

TV area. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

At the far end of the seating section near the TV area (and also at the opposite end nearer the bar) there are pairs of reclined loungers behind half-height privacy screens for a more relaxed experience, with a larger table for your belongings.

Recliner seats. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

There are also a few rows of well-lit high tables with power sockets, for those who prefer to work or dine on bar-style seating.

High tables. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The dining section itself also has a range of low tables, high tables and booth-style seating.

Main dining section. (Photo: MainlyMiles)
(Photo: MainlyMiles)

“City Lights”

When Lufthansa first opened this lounge in 2011, “City Lights” was the name it gave to the cocktail bar, a relaxing lounge with sofas, set within a glass walled area housing these enormous illuminated letters “CITY” near the entrance and “LIGHTS” along the back wall.

(Photo: MainlyMiles)
(Photo: MainlyMiles)

Pendant LED light fittings hang from the ceiling and the section certainly has a nice differentiated feel compared to the rest of the lounge.

“The bar incorporates unique lighting effects that have been created with over 30,000 light-emitting diodes. A bartender is in attendance to fulfil guests’ requests for drinks and mix cocktails or classic long drinks.”

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“City Lights” bar. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The tended bar pours a selection of drinks, though the former cocktail menu wasn’t available during our visit due to COVID-19. Here’s how it used to look.

During our visit, however, a short wine list las offered plus the bar staff would mix you a regular drink of your choice from the spirits selection.

Wine list. (Photo: MainlyMiles)