Sheltair Lounge – CDG

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The only lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport Terminal 2D, the Sheltair Lounge serves a variety of airlines flying within Europe’s Schengen zone. The club welcomes select premium and elite passengers, as well as members of global lounge access program Priority Pass.

The Sheltair Lounge is located on a mezzanine at the rear of the boarding concourse, after security, near gate D56. (The club was initially outside the secure area, but the entrance was reconfigured in 2016 to provide access post security.)

Sheltair Lounge design

The Sheltair Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport Terminal 2D, situated on an open mezzanine above the concourse, overlooks the check-in area, the terminal entryway, and the tarmac in the far distance. The views are unremarkable, but the space benefits from plenty of natural light, thanks to the skylights and window walls which are signature features of the otherwise concrete-heavy architecture of Charles de Gaulle airport.

The reception area looks like a second thought, with a series of planters acting as dividers between the concourse and the lounge. It doesn’t take much to sneak in, especially with the staff seemingly always away from the reception desk, while on double duty to clean the lounge and replenish the buffet. Indeed, the club received a retrofit in 2016, with the entrance thankfully moving from outside the secure area to a new staircase located after security.

The Sheltair Lounge offers a perfect blend of open spaces and privacy.

Next to the reception desk is an open sitting area with traditional lounge seats, a TV, individual lamps, indoor plants, and two high-top tables well suited for laptop use. The design is mildly attractive, with a plain white ceiling, a dark carpet, and yellow hues, but the mezzanine and sparse layout foster a pleasant perception of space.

Adjacent is a more intimate sitting area with numerous partitions carving out cozy, semi-private nooks with a variety of booths, dining tables, individual seats, and conversation pods. The alliance of dark colors, spot lighting, and accents such as pillows, flowers, and indoor plants give the space an enticing and slightly luxurious vibe. Elegant black-and-white photographs of Paris spruce up the ensemble.

The structure may feel like a maze at a first glance, and some of the furniture has seen better days, but the design affords an impressive amount of privacy.

Power outlets and USB ports at located virtually at every seat, along with convenient individual work or reading lamps which can be adjusted and turned on or off.

Beyond is the buffet and an open dining area, along with a large staircase descending to the bathrooms located on the lower level.

While typically sparsely used, the Sheltair Lounge is unfortunately relatively noisy, due to noise bleeding from the concourse. The radio playing in the background does not help in this regard.

Sheltair Lounge amenities

The Sheltair Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport features an array of essential amenities.

The buffet offers a modest assortment of snacks and simple fare. At breakfast time, patrons will find pastries, bread, jam, juices, and espresso. The all-day offering is a bit more substantial, with chips, bread and deli items, a pasta salad, crudites, a soup, and cheese. The spread will accommodate a simple makeshift meal, and, as expected from France, the cheese and bread are delicious.

Soda, juices and soft drinks are available in a cooler. There is also a basic assortment of self-service alcoholic beverages, with a white wine, a red wine, and a few liquor staples.

The Sheltair Lounge offers complimentary Wi-Fi access with an open network—while the lack of a password makes the connection seamless, it also means that the network is available to passengers outside the lounge, reducing the speed and reliability of the service.

A broad selection of international press is available. In addition, guests can download a dozen magazines over Wi-Fi through a complimentary online service.

The bathroom, located downstairs, is spacious and functional, albeit hardly pristine. Unlike at the Air France Schengen Lounge in Terminal 2G, there are no showers.

Sheltair Lounge bottom line

The Sheltair Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport Terminal 2D features a comfortable environment with ample privacy, plenty of space to work and relax, power and USB ports at every seat, and a basic snack selection.

The location on the open mezzanine has its drawbacks, and makes for underwhelming views and a noisy environment. The lounge also appears to be understaffed, with a skeleton crew juggling between front-desk duties, trash pickup, and buffet replenishment.

Despite these few shortcomings, the Sheltair Lounge is a welcome amenity and delivers on all the essentials. It is also one of the few locations available to Priority Pass members in Paris, though access is solely for passengers departing from Terminal 2D.

The pluses
  • The ample privacy.
  • The power outlets and USB ports at every seat.
The minuses
  • The lack of views.
  • The ambient noise.
  • The limited food selection.
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