Lufthansa Business Lounge – ATH

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Lufthansa Business Lounge - Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

Lufthansa Business Lounge – Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

The Lufthansa Business Lounge at Athens airport serves all Lufthansa premium and elite passengers, as well as Star Alliance passengers (the latter may also use the nearby Aegean Business Lounge.) Athens is a relatively minor destination in Lufthansa’s worldwide network, so the airline operates a single premium boutique lounge, in lieu of the traditional separate Business and Senator Lounges. The local Lufthansa team takes great pride in their lounge offering, and premium customers receive a brochure on the space and amenities at check-in.

Lufthansa Business Lounge design

Renovated late 2016, the Lufthansa Business Lounge at Athens airport features Lufthansa‘s signature design, which is remarkably consistent worldwide. Decorated in Earth and neutral tones, the space features a variety of seating arrangements, with dining and cocktail tables, table-top seating, and traditional lounge seating outfitted with power and USB outlets.

Lufthansa Business Lounge - Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

Lufthansa Business Lounge – Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

The club benefits from windows and thus daylight, though the view on the airport access ramp and parking lot is unremarkable.

The footprint of the space hasn’t changed with the latest renovations. At 275 square meters in total, the lounge is on the small side, and may get busy at peak times. The layout remains somewhat impractical, with the buffet, kitchen and reception desk in the center, and two separate seating areas on either side.

Lufthansa has designated the left area as a Bistro area with dining tables and a wall made of noise-absorbing material. The right area is meant as a smaller, cozier, brighter and quiet seating area with a more limited food selection.

Lufthansa Business Lounge amenities

The Lufthansa Business Lounge at Athens airport is a land of contrasts: it lacks some basic amenities but boasts a superior buffet and beverage selection.

Lufthansa Business Lounge - Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

Lufthansa Business Lounge – Athens (ATH) | © Lufthansa

In a glaring omission, though perhaps justified by the lack of real estate, the lounge lacks a bathroom. Public facilities are located nearby, closer to the security checkpoint.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available. Lufthansa uses T-Mobile, as they do around the world, while other lounge operators rely on the local airport’s network. When we visited, Lufthansa’s Wi-Fi service was slow even though the lounge was deserted. Hopefully that was an anomaly.

The buffet is the crown jewel of the lounge. Breakfast features a selection of juices, Greek yoghurt, warm Bougatsa and cold cuts, while the lunch and dinner selections include hot soups, delicious Greek salads, sandwiches, a selection of hot dishes, and desserts. The spread is beautifully presented and very unique with a Greek twist. The fare is tasty and the selection generous enough for a full meal.

Lufthansa Business Lounge - Athens (ATH)

Lufthansa Business Lounge – Athens (ATH)

In addition to an espresso machine and a selection of soft drinks, patrons will find a selection of Greek wines including tasty featured wines, beers on tap, a liquor assortment, plus an impressive array of international Bourbon, Scotch and malt whiskeys. The overall selection vastly exceeds our expectations of a Business Lounge.

Other amenities include a few work a selection of newspapers and magazines.

Lufthansa Business Lounge bottom line

The Lufthansa Business Lounge at Athens airport is a small boutique lounge, which trades basic amenities such as a bathroom and ample space for a premium dining experience. Considering that Lufthansa’s hubs are a mere three hours away from Athens, the food and beverage service is remarkable.

Outside peak times, the club is a quiet and an enjoyable place to relax, and a superior alternative to the Aegean Business Lounge. At peak times, the lounge can be busy, but the new layout optimizes the use of the space, with comfortable seating options that cater to both work and relaxation.

The pluses
  • The Greek buffet.
  • The outstanding beverage selection, including the whiskey bar.
The minuses
  • The small footprint.
  • The lack of a bathroom.
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