During a trip to Paris, I tried the new Extime Lounge at Paris Charles DeGaulle International Airport in Terminal 2B/2D. It was as middle of the road as a lounge gets.
Location and Access
The Extime Lounge is accessible after security in Terminals 2B/2D servicing predominately star alliance carriers but also available for cash entry. Star Alliance passengers in Paris used to have a great number of options but nearly all lounges are closed that serve these carriers, this is a rare option.
Near Gate D50, the entrance to the lounge is along a white wall, down a short hallway to a lift, up one level t0 Floor 3, and then down a hallway again to the open doors.
Passengers traveling on premium tickets or with appropriate status will have access when flying:
- Austrian Airlines
- ITA Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Voyageurs Du Monde (membership)
Seating and Layout
The Extime Lounge is a long rectangle with several separate rooms. The first is a small library anteroom, best for quiet parties and those who do not need power. During my visit it was unoccupied. Following that a large dining room with seating for more than 50 guests and opposite the food and beverage area and with a pair of bathrooms and a shower room (more on that shortly.)
The last room faces the tarmac and is more for those who are looking to work and congregate with coworkers. Outlets are available at every seat, there is a bar against one wall for single travelers just in to have a quick bite too.
Food, Drink, and Amenities
I visited in the late afternoon and found a salad and cold food bar, a cereal station (two types.)
Hot food items included fish filets in a cream sauce, white rice, and a pair of very tired Italian dishes: penne pasta and cooked zuccini.
I tried the fish filet with rice (average at best) and some herb cherry tomatoes, cheese, and olives.
Soft drinks and coffee were on offer as well as a single bottle of most base liquors and a bottle of iced white wine as well a bottle of red. The booze was self-serve which some guests will appreciate, and the brands were reasonably mid-grade – nothing top shelf, but also not well brands.
The restrooms were interesting. Below you will see the entrance for male and female restrooms – obviously clearly marked for gender.
After a day in Paris following an overnight flight for which no arrival lounge was available, I wanted a shower. The lounge offers showers… for €20. I found this to be expensive and really tacky. The fee includes a “shower kit” but I knew I would have access to a proper lounge when I arrived at my connection airport and couldn’t stomach spending €20, especially with just 30 minutes available in the lounge including any food and beverage before my flight.
The Extime lounge was beautiful and convenient for my flights. There were plenty of power outlets and it was easy to find privacy and a place to work and eat without disturbing others. The food wasn’t great, in fact, I probably wouldn’t have eaten anything hot if I were to visit again and I found the shower fee to be distasteful. Perhaps for €5-10 I would have given it a try, but €20 seemed steep.
What do you think? Have you tried the Extime lounge? How was your experience?