I was pleasantly surprised by the size and amenities of the Lufthansa Panorama Lounge at Frankfurt (FRA), a former VIP lounge.
Formerly an airport-operated VIP lounge, this lounge moved into the Lufthansa family in December 2018. It is located near Gate A26 in the Schengen Area of Terminal 1. It is only open Monday thru Friday, 6:00AM to 9:00PM. Both Star Alliance Gold members and business class passengers have access.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Seating
As a former VIP lounge, the seating areas of the lounge are divided into several small rooms, originally intended as private suites. Each room is now large enough for 5-10 people and has home-like items including carpet, coffee tables, couches, chairs, bookshelves, and plants.
In that sense, it is a unique lounge for Frankfurt Airport and the whole Lufthansa network, where even first class lounges have more open seating.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Sleeping Rooms
If you’re tired, a darkened sleeping room has five daybeds with pillow and a blanket.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Lockers
A luggage area with lock and keys is available if you want to ditch your bag while in the lounge or step out to go shopping.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Food + Drink
Food and drink in this lounge is no different than other Lufthansa business class lounges in the airport. In the main dining room, a buffet includes soups, salads, hot dishes (usually something with meat and potatoes), breads, and a wide selection of self-serve beverages.
Drink stations are located throughout the lounge and another area offers sandwiches and sweets.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Restrooms + Showers
Spacious restrooms are available as well as shower suites.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Smoking
A small smoking room adjacent to the dining rooms offers and indoor area to smoke. The lounge has no terrace.
Lufthansa Panorama Lounge Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is fast, though this represents a greater improvement throughout the airport, where wi-fi used to be unreliably slow and expensive. It’s a good place to back up your phones before your flight.
I still prefer the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge located almost directly above the Panorama Lounge because of the barista-made coffee, but this is a spacious and very comfortable lounge.