The recently-refurbished Lufthansa Lounge in Detroit (DTW) serves as both a Star Alliance Gold and Priority Pass lounge in the North Terminal and is worth a visit before your flight.
Lufthansa Lounge Detroit (DTW) Review
It isn’t clear to me why Lufthansa operates a lounge at Detroit Wayne Airport, though I suspect it is because there are no other lounge options in the North Terminal and not offering a lounge to its premium passengers is unacceptable to the German airline. I also suspect there’s a business case from offering a Star Alliance lounge right in the heart of United Airlines’ gate area. United and Air Canada must pay Lufthansa an unpublished amount, thought to be about $25 per visit, when its premium cabin and Star Gold passengers visit. As a Priority Pass lounge, it also attracts other passengers in the terminal flying on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, and Spirit.
Hours + Access + Location
This lounge is located next to Gate D8 in the North Terminal, past security. It is open Mondays as well as Wednesdays – Saturdays from 6:00am to 7:00pm. On Tuesdays, it opens from 9:00am to 7:00pm. On Sundays it is closed.
There are several ways to access this lounge, including:
- Priority Pass (number of guests depends upon specific program)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers (one guest)
- Star Alliance Business (no guests) or First Class passengers (one guest)
Children under two are admitted for free.
A sign on the door makes clear that United’s premium cabin passengers and Star Gold elites are welcome.
Credentials are checked just inside the door.
This lounge has recently been refurbished and no longer offers a separate Senator Lounge and Business Lounge within the lounge. Instead, it is now just a Lufthansa Lounge with both sides of the lounge open to all passengers. As you enter, turn left for a seating area that looks like any modern Lufthansa Lounge you would find in Germany:
During my visit, the food area and restrooms on this side of the lounge were closed.
The other side of the lounge is primarily the dining area, with tables and chairs as well as booths and a counter running the length of the window.
Power plugs (120 volt) are located throughout the lounge, as well as USB-A ports.
Food + Drink
Self-service food was available, including:
- roast beef & cheddar
- turkey & Swiss
- veggies & mozzarella
- fresh mozzarella and tomato with balsamic glzes
- cheese plate with grapes
- hummus with fresh veaies
- pasta with fresh veggies
- fresh fruit
Beer, juice, soda, and water was also self-serve in the refrigerator.
Sparkling wine, red wine, and white wine were also available.
Perhaps to prevent people from walking off with several bags of tea, tea bags from Fraser Tea were available upon request only.
The coffee in the lounge was horrible (weak yet bitter).
If you appreciate good coffee, try Detroit Street Café directly around the corner from the lounge:
Private, single-person restrooms on the right side of the lounge were open. Showers are not available.
This was a surprisingly nice lounge and looks very fresh with its recent remodel. I would not hesitate to stop by here again and even arrive a bit early for some food and drink prior to my flight.