My discovery of the Air France KLM Lounge at the Munich Airport (MUC) was kind of an accident. I had no idea that it even existed until I saw the signs for it while waiting for a flight to CDG on Air France.
Truthfully, the only redeeming thing about this lounge was the food. It wasn’t a very comfortable place to do any serious lounging in my opinion, but I certainly appreciated a full plate of eggs and bacon at 6 AM.
My full review of the Air France KLM Lounge at the Munich Airport (MUC)
Yeah. There’s an Air France KLM Lounge at the Munich Airport. I certainly wasn’t expecting to see it, but I’m not going to fault it for being there. The following is a full review of my experience.
The KLM Air France Lounge is located on the second level in Terminal 1 (near the D gates). Accessing it will require ascending a set of stairs or taking your chances on a sketchy looking elevator.
This lounge is easy to find thanks to all the signs pointing to it, but the actual entrance is another story. It basically looks like the door to where they keep all the janitorial supplies.
The best way to describe the layout of this Air France KLM Lounge is to say that it looks and feels exactly like a budget Priority Pass offering. It consists of one rectangular shaped room sectioned off by modular wall panels.
I didn’t find it to be a very relaxing environment thanks to how open and exposed everything was. It felt more like a waiting room of some sort, and not a luxurious airline lounge. That said, it did feel like one heck of a nicer waiting room than the Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club at the Honolulu Airport did.
Interior design can be summed up as being 100% Air France. There is nothing that even comes close to hinting that this is also a KLM lounge, which was unfortunate considering how nice my last visit to a KLM Crown Lounge was. Most everything is either blue, red, or white, so…vive la France I guess.
It’s fairly obvious they tried as hard as they could to make this a comfortable space with many different types of seating. There’s workstations (with power outlets), cafeteria style tables and chairs, couches, and cushy seats everywhere you look.
I had no problem finding a comfortable place to sit thanks to being the only one in the place. I would’ve hated to be in there when it was crowded though. I have no doubt that it would’ve been extremely miserable.
Ah, yes. The food! If it wasn’t for the impressive amount of food available, I could’ve easily declared this to be one of the most disappointing airline lounges that I’ve ever been in. However, the food was good enough to make this something special.
Even at 6 AM, there was everything from eggs and bacon to pastries and muffins. All of it was high-quality stuff as well.
I’m not a coffee drinker, but I assume what they had available was pretty good. As I sat there scarfing down my plate of eggs and bacon, I watched everyone who came in make a beeline straight to the coffee machine. The look of satisfaction on their faces spoke volumes.
How to get into the Air France KLM Lounge at MUC
Getting into the Munich Air France KLM Lounge is extremely easy. All it takes is a business class ticket on either KLM or Air France (no matter if you’re flying intra-Europe or beyond). Other ways to get in include:
- Flying business (or first) class on Air France, KLM, or any other SkyTeam partner airline. I was flying Air France A220-300 business class to Paris this morning, and that was enough to get me in.
- Having Flying Blue Platinum or Gold status.
- Having SkyTeam Elite Plus status.
Keep in mind that entrance requirements and qualifications change all the time, so be sure to check the Air France website for the latest information. And if you’re wondering: no, you can’t purchase a day pass to enter this lounge. Not that you’d want to anyway.
Pros and cons
Long story short, this is pretty much the opposite of an aspirational airline lounge. If you go because you need a quick bite to eat or a semi-quiet place to get a little work done, you’ll love it. If you go for the sole purpose of wanting to feel spoiled and important, you’re going to be disappointed.
- The food is impressive! Not only the quantity, but the quality as well.
- It’s extremely clean and tidy. They maintain the space quite well.
- It looks to be fairly recently updated. All the textures and materials seemed fresh and new.
- It feels more like a waiting room than a lounge.
- Despite the barriers in between the different sections, it’s still going to be noisy at times due to the dense seating layout.
- There are no views to the outside world. If you need sunshine to help you unwind and relax before your flight, you’re better off finding a quiet spot out in the main terminal next to a big window.
Nice review! This kind of reminds me of your YUL Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge review, in that both lounges look good (ok, this one is a bit sterile, but the Air France brand colors are elegant), there’s a lot of seating, and the food looks tasty, but they’re let down by the dense seating layout.
That being said, I’d gladly spend time here, because this lounge looks like it gets most of the basics right (a comfortable space to relax & enjoy some free food). I honestly don’t mind busy lounges as long as they’re not overcrowded to the point where I can’t find a place to sit.
Also, regarding the decor, I think KLM & Air France had a coin toss to determine who would decorate the lounge, and it looks like the latter won. How much do you bet that there’s an AF/KL lounge out there with sky blue seats/walls and crown logos everywhere? Lol.
If there’s an AF / KLM lounge out there that is predominantly “KLM”, I’ve yet to find it! Air France seems like kind of a bully in that regard (they always seem to take credit for everything lol).
But yeah, this was similar in a lot of ways to the AC YUL lounge. I think it’s more like the Edmondon AC though – at least when considering things like size, layout, view to the outside, and decor. Only the food is different (by a long shot).