I don’t give out awards for airline lounge experiences, but if I did, the CDG Air France Lounge in Terminal 2F would win the prize for being the most interesting airport lounge I’ve visited in the last three years.
It’s a beautiful two-level lounge with lots of open space to stretch out and relax. There’s lots of really good food, drinks of all kinds, and I even found myself dreading having to back out in the main terminal to catch my flight (which is rare for me).
It’s almost as if the Air France execs read my article explaining why I hate airport lounges, and set out to prove me wrong. Just to spite me.
How to find the Air France Lounge in Terminal 2F at CDG
Finding the Air France lounge in terminal 2F at CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport) is really easy. Once you pass through the security checkpoint, turn left. It’ll be just ahead on the right in less than 200 feet (61 meters).
The layout of the CDG Terminal 2F Air France Lounge
The first thing you’ll notice about this particular Air France lounge is how spacious it feels. It’s broken up into two separate levels, with plenty of seating options on both. I also liked the fact that there are multiple food bars on each level.
The walkways / corridors are large and uncluttered, and it’ll really feel like you’ll have room to roam. That’s rare for an airport lounge – I can’t think of any other that I’ve ever visited that felt this spacious.
Basically, I found the layout of this lounge to be extraordinarily intuitive (and beautiful). Everything just felt right – which isn’t something I could say about the Air France Lounge in the Munich Airport.
What is the seating like?
Whether you need to get some work done or you just need to catch up on sleep, there is a chair (or seat) for every situation in the Terminal 2F Air France Lounge.
Just looking at the space, I could tell that they could’ve put a lot more seats in here if they really wanted to. I’m glad they didn’t, because of the added buffer zone between seating areas helps to make this a very peaceful and relaxing environment.
Is the food any good?
Yes, the food is excellent in this lounge! I arrived at 7 AM on Wednesday morning, there was a full breakfast spread consisting of eggs, sausage, potatoes, as well as cereals, yogurts and pastries/bread.
One of the most unique things about this lounge are the food bars themselves. Instead of clustering all the food together in one area (as you just saw in my Montreal Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge review), there are multiple food stations spread throughout the lounge on both levels.
Not only will you not have to walk very far to get a hot plate of food or a drink, you won’t have to deal with massive crowds when you get there.
Each food station features the exact same food as the others, so you’re not missing out by picking at the one that is closest to where you are sitting.
How to get into this Air France Lounge
Getting into the Air France lounge in Terminal 2F at the Charles de Gaulle Airport is the same as getting into any SkyTeam lounge. Here’s the most common ways to do it:
- By flying business class on Air France or any other SkyTeam partner airline. I was flying KLM 737-800 business class to Amsterdam on this particular morning, and that was all that was needed to get me in.
- By having Flying Blue Platinum or Gold status.
- By 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.
Pros and cons of the Air France Lounge CDG (Terminal 2F)
It’s rare that I’ll ever admit to enjoying spending time in an airport lounge, but I quite enjoyed this one. If all airport lounges were like this, I wouldn’t be so hesitant to to be a total lounge rat! To prove that I’m not just saying that to be nice, here are what I consider to be all the pros and cons:
- It’s incredibly spacious! This is probably the only airline lounge that I’ve ever visited where I felt like I wasn’t a tripping over all the other guests.
- It’s stunningly beautiful. Of course I know that looks are subjective, but beautiful architecture and interior design goes a long way towards calming frazzled nerves induced by the stresses of air travel.
- The food is good (and plentiful). Having multiple food stations located throughout the lounge helps to reduce the chaos and clutter of a typical lounge experience.
- Seating looks to be somewhat limited, so I would imagine that this lounge fills to capacity relatively quickly.
- Sometimes being on the cutting edge of style and design sacrifices comfort and convenience. I noticed that there were some seats in this lounge that looked great, but probably aren’t all that comfortable.