- Introduction: A Spring Trip To Italy & France
- My Eurowings Discover Flight Was Canceled, And I Messed Up (Kind Of)
- Review: Eurowings Discover Business Class A330 (TPA-FRA)
- Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
- Review: Lufthansa A321 Business Class (FRA-VCE)
- Review: St. Regis Venice, Italy
- Review: Gritti Palace Venice, Marriott Luxury Collection
- Impressions From Our Trip To Venice, Italy
- Review: Trenitalia Business Class (Venice To Milan)
- Review: Bulgari Hotel Milan, Italy
- Review: Trenitalia Executive Class (Milan To Chambery)
- Review: Les Airelles Hotel Courchevel, France (WOW!)
- My Experience Learning To Ski In Courchevel
- Review: SWISS Senator Lounge Geneva Airport (GVA)
- Review: SWISS A220 Business Class (GVA-FRA)
- Review: Marriott Frankfurt Airport
- Review: Luxx Lounge Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
- Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Suites (FRA-JFK)
I can’t count the number of times I’ve passed through Frankfurt Airport, though I’ve never visited the sole Priority Pass lounge in Terminal 1, which is Luxx Lounge. After spending the night at the Marriott Frankfurt Airport, and prior to flying Singapore Suites from Frankfurt to New York, I had the chance to finally check out this lounge.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt location & hours
Luxx Lounge is unusual among airport lounges in that it’s located landside (at check-in), rather than airside (beyond security). This also means that if you’re connecting, you’ll need to leave the “secure” area and pass through immigration to visit the lounge.
Regardless of whether you’re connecting or originating, you’ll want to leave ample time before catching your flight, since you’ll have to go through security (and potentially immigration, if you’re traveling to a non-Schengen destination).
When you’re in the check-in hall of Terminal 1, you’ll want to find the escalator between check-in Zone A and check-in Zone C.
There you’ll see signage to both the Airport Reisemarkt (airport travel market) and Luxx Lounge.
At the top of the escalator is the entrance to the lounge.
The Luxx Lounge is currently open daily from 6:30AM until 9:30PM.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt entry requirements
The most common way to access the Luxx Lounge is through Priority Pass, given that it’s the only contract lounge in the terminal. There are of course many premium credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships. The lounge can be accessed by Priority Pass members for up to three hours.
There’s one useful benefit to this lounge being landside and belonging to Priority Pass. If you’re arriving in Frankfurt and want to hang out at the airport for a bit (for whatever reason), you could use this as an arrivals lounge. That could be valuable if you want to grab a cup of coffee, catch up on some emails, etc.
Luxx Lounge is also used as a contract lounge by some of the non-Star Alliance airlines departing from Terminal 1. That’s because the only airside lounges in the terminal are operated by Star Alliance airlines, and other airlines have largely not worked out agreements with those lounge operators.
For example, EL AL uses Luxx Lounge as its contract lounge. There are even some Star Alliance airlines that suggest passengers use this (presumably because it’s lower cost to the airline), though those people can also visit airside Star Alliance lounges.
Lastly, you can also purchase access to the lounge for 30 Euro per person.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt seating & layout
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt is a decent size, given that it’s probably not ever going to get that busy. The lounge has two main rooms. There’s one room with seats arranged in rows facing one another.
Then there’s a long hallway leading to the buffet area, and then past that is the second room.
This room has more cafe-style seating, with a bunch of dining tables, mostly with a bench and then a chair.
The design of this lounge is not at all inspiring, to put it mildly. It feels like the lounge hasn’t been renovated in a couple of decades, and the carpet also feels pretty dirty. On the plus side, there’s Wi-Fi in the lounge that’s fast and free.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt food & drinks
The Luxx Lounge Frankfurt has a self serve buffet, which likely won’t spoil your appetite. The drink selection includes a coffee machine, several types of liquor, wine, beer, soft drinks, juice, and water.
The food selection includes cold cuts, cheese, bread, rolls, danishes, cereal, and a contraption full of pork sausages.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt bathrooms & shower
In addition to bathrooms (which were fine), Luxx Lounge Frankfurt has a shower suite. However, if you’re accessing the lounge through a lounge membership (like Priority Pass), there’s an additional 10 Euro charge to use the shower (meanwhile if you’re flying an airline that offers access to the lounge, the fee doesn’t apply).
It’s always a bit disappointing when a lounge charges to use a shower, but some might still find it to be worthwhile if coming off a long flight.
Luxx Lounge Frankfurt is probably the least impressive lounge I’ve visited in quite some time. The lounge’s interior is outdated, the food selection is really limited, Priority Pass members have to pay for showers, and it’s located landside.
I think the main reason to be aware of this lounge is that it could be a useful place to visit if you’re arriving in Frankfurt, and for whatever reason don’t want to leave the airport yet. Priority Pass members can use this lounge for three hours, including on arrival. I also have to imagine that this lounge never gets too crowded.
If you’ve visited the Luxx Lounge Frankfurt, what was your experience like?
I think that lounge might come in handy if someone connects from a flight to the german rail (which seems to be just a 5 minute walk away from the lounge judging by the pics).
As the saver rates for the train are so much lower than any flex ticket one needs a time buffer for plane > train so this lounge could come in handy if you have 1h to kill
How funny is it that to find this lounge once in the airport, the directions in Priority Pass app were useless, the airport service agents were useless, but OMAAT came through and guided me right to it ;)
Years ago, Qatar Airways used the LUXX Lounge as its lounge of choice for passengers. A bit of a dog's breakfast :-l
Tried to use it once a few years ago. It was standing room only!
Would that you had written this two months ago, when we transited FRA -- we spent literally 45 minutes walking around in circles to find the LUXX lounge (reading the Priority description, asking several airport staff along the way), to find it as you described, singularly uninspiring, claustrophobic...and overheated, to boot. Actually, the décor and guest styles at the time put me in mind of a Russian night club.
Ah yes, the old Admirals Club. I used that lounge many times when I was studying in Germany; it came in handy as an arrivals lounge for me a couple of times.
Completely overwhelmed trying to find this lounge in a early Sunday arrival. Spent 2 hours walking around, thru security, with people telling me it was outside, just follow the exit signs.
On my return flight back to the states, I had a 6 hour layover on a Saturday early am and was determined to find it. Success! Glad I could spend time napping, eating and still get back to my gate in enough time.
Yes, Klaus beat me to it: The Admirals Club by American Airlines was in this location for decades, and I fondly remember having breakfast upon arrival. There was a conference room, when you walk all the way to the right to the end. The major problem was insufficient restrooms. Just one for each gender. In very old times, the right was the non smoking section, and the left was the smoking section, and the old interior was identical many decades ago.
I've used this lounge about a half dozen times, both before departure and after landing and prior to taking a train. It's serviceable to catch up on a little work, have a few refreshments and snacks, and to use a clean restroom. I would imagine this would be useful for folks who have access to Priority Pass lounges but aren't flying in a premium cabin.
I find this lounge to be convenient for anyone who is arriving or departing the airport via Deutsche Bahn. I've frequently taken a quick shower before continuing my journey to one of Germany's smaller cities.
If the furniture and design looks familiar to you that is because it used to be the American Airlines lounge until 2012 (before they moved to T2).
Not much happened since then when it comes to renovating.
I never understood why El Al uses a landside lounge (other non Star alliance airlines at T1 use Lufthansa Lounges or the Maple Leaf Club).
It’s a good place to wait for your connecting train (AirRail Service) as it is close to the train station.