Lufthansa’s aging but adequate Senator Lounge provided a productive environment for my long layover in Berlin Tegel.
This lounge really has not changed since I first visited it more than a decade ago. Neither has TXL…for decades. There is something I love about it flying out of West Berlin, which we might as well call it since the airport seems like a Cold War enclave.
The lounge is located in Terminal 1 before security. Follow the signs and then take the stairs up to the first floor (read: second floor in U.S. parlance). The lounge is open each day from 5:00AM to 9:45PM, excpet on Sundays, when it opens at 5:45AM. I visited the Senator side of the lounge, which is reserved for Star Alliance Gold members and connecting first class passengers. The business class side of the lounge is for business class passengers and offers a slightly more limited choice of food, but is virtually identical.
I arrived in the lounge at around 10:00AM and did not fly to Copenhagen until 5:45PM. While I did not spend all day in the lounge (I had a great day in Berlin), I sandwich my visit into the German capital with productive work times.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Berlin Seating
The Senator side of the lounge included seating for at least 100 guests, with nearly all chairs identical. Power ports were not as widely available as in some recently-refurbished Lufthansa lounges in Frankfurt or Munich, but still easy to find beside every blue seat.
The lounge never became particularly crowded during my visit. I loved the natural light that streamed through the bank of windows on both sides of the lounge.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Berlin Food + Drink
Let me put it this way: if you want to make a meal in this lounge, you can. Whether that is a wise idea depends upon how health-concious you are. Me, being a foolish young adult with a fast metabolism, decided to go to town on the Frikadellen, which are pan-fried meatballs of minced meat. I generally avoid mystery meat, but these were delicious…as was the goulash and salad.
The buffet included bread, cheese, cold cuts, salads, soup, and of course the aforementioned meatballs. There was also coleslaw that did not look appetizing, some fruit, yogurt, scrambled eggs in the morning, and mousse-like treats.
Drink selection included beer, wine, spirits, water, juice, coffee, and tea…all beverages were self-serve.
During my stay I also had some wasabi nuts and a cappuccino.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Berlin Smoking
A smoking room in the back of the lounge seemed to be well-ventilated, because I did not smell any tobacco during my stay, even when smokers were present.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Berlin Restrooms
The restrooms (no showers) were clean, but way pats their prime.
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Berlin Business Center
I say “business center” loosely, but the lounge did feature state of the art facsimile and photocopy machines:
There were also desks and newspapers…and even a shoe-shiner.
This is an aging lounge, but a practical and comfortable one. Frankly, I’d say that this lounge will do just fine until Berlin Brandenburg opens…sometime in the 22nd century.