Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – FRA

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Frankfurt (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Frankfurt (FRA)

The impressive Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Frankfurt airport opened late 2013. Air Canada is the only Star Alliance carrier to operate their own lounge at Frankfurt airport besides the home carrier Lufthansa, whose numerous lounges dot the airport.

The Air Canada Lounge welcomes Air Canada elite and premium passengers as well as all Star Alliance premium passengers, offering a fresh alternative to the well-appointed but often busy Lufthansa lounges.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge design

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Frankfurt airport boasts a remarkable entrance with a large scale logo etched in slats of maple wood.

The lobby leads to the centerpiece of the lounge and its most dramatic feature: the Canada room. Designed by Bennet Lo, the room, which pays homage to the natural beauty of Canada, features elegant seating around a stunning glass sculpture and are covered in Ontario Eramosa marble.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Frankfurt (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Frankfurt (FRA)

Immediately adjacent are more traditional seating spaces with comfortable designer chairs. European and North American power outlets are available throughout. Floor to ceiling windows let plenty of natural light in and reveal views on the tarmac.

The design is a study in contrasts. The seating areas are cozy, serene, and classy, while the dining room features a bold and more dynamic décor with angular lines and touches of red.

The partitioned rooms are a mixed blessing. While partitions enhance the feeling of privacy and help shield seating areas from the noise of the dining area, they also partially block natural and make the space feel restricted. This must have been on the designers’ mind: strategically placed mirrors help reflect light and increase the perception of space. On the flip side, they also make way finding more confusing at a first glance.

Located behind the reception desk, the business center is a crown jewel of the design with a sparkling white table sitting under a floor-to-ceiling arrangement of slats of maple wood. Stop by for an inspiring sight.

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Frankurt airport was clearly designed to impress. The space is modern, sophisticated, and functional, with an upper-scale feel and luxurious touches. Interestingly, Air Canada was somewhat less successful in implementing the same design concept at the new Maple Leaf Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 2 (“The Queen’s Terminal”).

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Frankfurt (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Frankfurt (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge amenities

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Frankfurt features a generous food and drink selection. Options include salads, sandwiches, appetizers, hold and cold entrees, and desserts, while drinks include soft drinks, espresso, German and Canadian wines, and liquor and spirits. While substantial, the spread is no match for the more elaborate fare available at the Lufthansa Senator lounges, to which Star Alliance Gold passengers also have access.

Patrons who wish to relax or enjoy additional privacy will enjoy the cell-phone free zone with six semi-private booths equipped with a recliner chair, an audio-video system with satellite programming, a noise cancelling headset, and USB ports. The booths don’t have doors to encourage customer turnover but remain an oasis of privacy.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Frankfurt (FRA)

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Frankfurt (FRA)

Several gorgeous, spa-inspired shower suites are available. Each room comes with plenty of space to change, a sink, a toilet, and a rain shower with high-end Hansgrohe fixtures. Water pressure and temperature are both excellent, and ventilation functional. Plush towels are provided (but no washcloth), as well as Canadian Escents Spa bath products in wall-mounted dispensers.

The business center offers self-service PCs as well as a printer and scanner.

Other amenities include a selection of international newspapers and magazines.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge bottom line

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Frankfurt airport is an enjoyable lounge with a posh and original décor, a substantial food and beverage selection, and high end amenities including elegant shower suites and private media booths.

The Air Canada lounge is smaller than the Lufthansa lounges, and the food and beverage selection a step below the offering at the Lufthansa Senator Lounges. However, the club is typically much quieter than the Lufthansa lounges outside Air Canada flight times, and the design a feast for the eye.

The pluses
  • The elegant design with high-end materials and finishes.
  • The gorgeous shower suites.
  • The private AV booths.
The minuses
  • The partitions that block natural light.
  • The mirrors that might make the layout feel a bit confusing.
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