Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge Paris
The Star Alliance Lounge Paris is a relatively spacious lounge located in Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. In this review, we’ll show whether it’s worth visiting the lounge!
As nearly all Star Alliance airlines depart at Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Star Alliance Lounge Paris is located in this terminal. Suprisingly, the lounge is located landside, which means that you have to pass security after visiting the lounge.
Be aware that the terminal is relatively large, which means that you should plan some extra time to get from the lounge to your departure gate. As you’ll learn in this review, it is worth visiting the lounge anyway. Plus, you can not only get into the lounge with a Star Alliance Business or First Class Ticket or a Star Alliance Gold Status, but also with a Priority Pass.
Seating in the Star Alliance Lounge Paris
After entering the Star Alliance Lounge Paris, you’ll find yourself at the reception desk, which is located one level above the lounge itself. This rather weird set-up also explains why the lounge is relatively dark with just a small courtyard.
While you can catch some fresh air and also some daylight there, the rest of the lounge is rather dark. The lounge is seperated in one large room with the buffet and a smaller area with a few couches and working spots. Plus, there is also some seating in-between the areas.
The whole design of the lounge is quite appealing, making it an atmospheric place to spend some time. I found it quite nice that there are several room dividers, making even the large room not too uncomfortable. Generally, there is various seating including more comfortable couches and armchairs, dining tables, working tables and also some bar-style seating.
There’s also a small business center at reception level, which doesn’t come with any windows, but at least some computers and a printer. Something unique about the Star Alliance Lounge Paris is the outdoor seating, which I sadly wasn’t able to take advantage of due to the bad weather.
Buffet of the Star Alliance Lounge Paris
The Star Alliance Lounge Paris comes with two buffets. The smaller one is located in the business center area and only offers a selection of drinks alongside some snacks like chips or cookies.
The bigger buffet is a little more extensive, yet a little disappointing for an international departure lounge. You can find a do it yourself salad station with plenty of fresh options as well as some cold cuts and a selection of rolls.
Moreover, there are some hot options, which to my surprise were all vegetarian during my visit. Sadly, the options didn’t look too appealing and also were just lukewarm. Other than that, you can find some muffins and a few pre-packed snacks in the Star Alliance Lounge Paris.
Also, there are the typical soft drinks, a coffee machine and a selection of beers, wines and spirits. While the buffet at the Star Alliance Lounge Paris is by no means bad, I just expected a little more.
Entertainment at the Star Alliance Lounge Paris
The entertainment options available at the Star Alliance Lounge Paris are plentiful. You can find a rich selection of newspapers and magazines (international), televisions to watch news, a small business center and nice work stations.
Also, there’s decent Wi-Fi, which you can use with a password available in the lounge. Personally, I found the Star Alliance Lounge Paris to be a good place to get some work done. If you are however looking forward to relaxing, you shouldn’t have any problem browsing the internet, watching a show or reading a magazine in the lounge!
Bottom line Star Alliance Lounge Paris
I didn’t hear much positive about the Star Alliance Lounge Paris. Yet, I found the lounge to be surprisingly good. The only real downside in my opinion is the location as it is not very comfortable to plan some extra time before boarding to get to your departure gate. Other than that, I found the lounge in Paris to be a nice place to spend some time.
The entertainment options are plentiful, the Wi-Fi is very good and the seating is comfortable and atmospheric. Plus, there’s also an outdoor terrace, which is a really rare feature in airport lounges. The buffet is rather average, but not too bad either. So, if you happen to have one or two hours to kill at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Star Alliance Lounge is not a bad place to spend your time!