Let’s face it, as the main hub of one of the biggest European airlines the airport in Paris is big. So finding the Air France Lounge at Charles De Gaulle means finding many of them! They are all over the place.
With multiple terminals and then these terminals sectioned off by numbered gates it is quite easy to get lost in the maze of the airport often referred to as CDG (this is an acronym for the Paris airport name).
On recent visits I’ve experienced the rather swish Air France Lounge located in terminal 2E. To be more precise it is the lounge serving specifically gates M. If you visit CDG terminal 2E you may well experience a different lounge to this one dependent upon your departure gate.
So first of all getting there. After arriving on my flight from the UK I had to pass through security at CDG. Thanks to not only my high frequent flyer status but my business class ticket, I was entitled to pass through the Sky Priority lane.
Once through I ascended the escalators to find the main lobby area of this terminal.
Paris airport shopping is typically high to mid-range duty free shops which is what you are greeted with. High end French fashion and perfumery mixed with American and UK coffee chains (is this an irony for the French who adore coffee?).
Walking straight on through this commercial maze of the Charles De Gaulle airport duty free you will find a narrow entrance corridor to the Salon or Lounge, whichever phrase takes your fancy.
Arriving at the Air France lounge at Charles De Gaulle
Registration is quick and easy as you present your passport and boarding ticket. Keep an eye out as well, I found some complimentary chocolates at the reception desk 😉
Which passengers can enter the business class lounge
Displays directly outside the lounge indicate which airlines’ tickets are accepted in the lounge. If you are flying with a Sky Team airline then you are more than welcome.
Once you’ve arrived the Air France Lounge fans out left and right. Quick lounge guides on the wall greet you to figure out where you need to go.
I first ventured right as this seemed to be the less busy area.
You quickly hit the Customer Service desk. This was unmanned when I arrived yet I guess if you needed some assistance the Reception desk is a first port of call.
An array of newspapers are available to help you pass the time. Unsurprisingly these were very much of a French focus, yet we are in France.
Getting some work done
A self labelled business area offers some limited, shall we say communal desk space. If you are looking to work then this may be your prime spot since electrical sockets can sometimes be hard to come by.
You will find them scattered around the lounge but you’ll be fighting over them if the lounge is busy.
Do Air France have wifi in their lounges?
There is complimentary wifi in the lounge offered in collaboration between Air France and Orange.
You need to register with your name and e-mail address to be signed up for an immediate allocation of 6 hours access. Typical of the internet in France it is lightning fast so you will not be disappointed.
Massage treatment at CDG
Moving on from here is what I thought was a real treat, the Clarins desk! You can book yourself in for some complimentary treatment before your flight. I quite fancied the idea of a 20 minute facial massage. Unfortunately the waiting list on the desk revealed that the first available slot coincided with my scheduled boarding time. So no complimentary treatment for me.
If you can’t benefit from the complimentary Clarins you will find the shower cubicles close by.
A little further on is a quiet waiting or should I say snoozing area. This little resting area made me think of “The Internship” film starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. If you’ve seen the film you may remember a little sleep zone for employees with some rather cool looking sleep pods. I wonder if Air France were inspired by Google?
Moving back down the lounge there is an array of various bright coloured furniture along a back drop of floor to ceiling windows.
The Air France lounge also has something for the children
I even noticed a little children’s play area which even featured some gaming machines. After seeing a similar feature in the Emirates Lounge in Dubai I wonder if airlines are becoming wise to keeping kids happy means keeping everyone happy.
Food in the Air France lounge at Charles De Gaulle Airport
At the left hand side end of the lounge you’ll find the busy “Restaurant” area. Food selections are comparable to other lounges although the dessert selection is very appealing; anyone for crème brule?
Hot drink vending machines and alcohol filled fridges offer plenty to keep you going during an hour’s stay over in the Air France lounge.
Then I noticed a nice little touch. Along one wall were a range of iPads set up for your use. If you need a quick check on your e-mail or favourite travel blog site then you can connect instantly. No need to unpack your computer and fight over a power socket.
All in all the Air France Lounge at Charles De Gaulle Terminal 2E Gates M (wow what a mouthful) is a swanky, modern and diverse range of restful treats for the discerning traveller. This airport has developed a long way from the monstrosity it was in the 80s and 90s. Thankfully the waiting facilities for the Business Class traveller have really come of age.