New Senator Lounge at Munich airport

Author: Nick  |  Category: Lufthansa, Lufthansa Lounges, Munich [MUC]

I noticed this week that Munich has got a new Lufthansa Senator Lounge in their Schengen terminal. It was just luck I learned, as I was original on my way to the normal lounge I go to, just on the right side after the security check. As they are re-constructing part of the lounge, which happens to be the Star Alliance Gold card side I was told by the personnel that there was a much nicer lounge further down the terminal.

I thought they just wanted to make sure to spread the load on the lounges, and that this lounge would be the same as all other Lufthansa lounges with gray and yellow interior, and the same kind of accessories. But to my surprise that was not the case. The lounge had a totally different interior, more relaxing, and modern. It has roughly the same kind of food. But they have a open bar with personnel that are more then happy to do you a nice cup of coffee, espresso or if you like me prefer a drink instead. Just ask them and the will be more then glad to help you.

The lounge also had computer stations, TV and shower rooms for does who want to freshen up a bit. I think the best of all was that the environment was much more relaxing then in then normal Lufthansa lounges, even though it was quite crowded at the time I was there. I have a feeling that this is one of the first lounges in a row of new upgraded senator lounges that we will see from Lufthansa.

I checked out Lufthansa’s new on the web and this is what the have to say about it:
“From the end of September 2009 Lufthansa Senators at Munich Airport can look forward to more room to relax in comfort and a welcoming ambience: an additional Senator Lounge with almost 700 m2 of floor area at Gate G24 will double the existing lounge offer in the Schengen Departure Area.

The stylish interior and more than 130 seats will create a welcoming atmosphere, whilst a generously sized comfort zone with TV area and comfortable Relax armchairs will give passengers a chance to unwind. The shower area, with its high-quality fixtures and fittings, will offer you the opportunity to freshen up. In the bistro zone you can enjoy a hearty breakfast or hot and cold regional specialties. Thanks to an extensive choice of work areas, you can use your free time to prepare for your next meeting.

With the opening of the new Senator Lounge, you will have a total of three Senator Lounges, the Senator Café and two Business Lounges available to you at Munich Airport.”

I took the chance to take a couple of pictures just to give you some ideas of how it looks like.

KLM Crown Lounge at Schiphol, Amsterdam

Author: Mange  |  Category: KLM, KLM Crown Lounge, Schiphol [AMS]

Gold members are being granted access to the KLM Crown Lounge. Boarding card was required but non-affiliated airlines did not qulify. For instance, my trip booked from Linköping to Florence had first leg under KLM wing but second leg under Meridiana. The latter boarding card not accepted since Meridiana being non-affiliated.

Multimedia: the lounge offered WiFi, TV, stationary workstations with free 30 minute internet sessions (no limit on the number of sessions) and magazines. Unfortunately most of the magazines were french, only a few in english (could have been even only one [TIME Magazine]).

Board: basic snacks, soup, bread rolls and condiments. The offered edibles varied over time. At lunch, a bowl of nacho chips and sallad appeared. An assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included nice cognac, coke, juice, milk and water.

Staff: the staff offered flight information as well as lounge information.

The most comfortable seats were found in the TV area where the sound was coming from speakers built into the head rests.