Operated by Star Alliance on behalf of member airlines, the Star Alliance Lounge Paris is situated in Terminal 1 within the non-Schengen zone. The opening of the club in 2008 was the culmination of the world’s largest airline alliance’s efforts to create a mini-hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle, an airport heavily dominated by SkyTeam. The club serves most Star Alliance airlines, with the exception of Air Canada, Ethiopian, Adria, Croatia, and Austrian, which operate from Terminal 2.
The Star Alliance Lounge welcomes elite and premium passengers flying with Star Alliance, as well as members of Priority Pass, a popular global airport lounge access scheme. Priority Pass members may use the club when departing or arriving, and thus have the option to use the lounge for a shower and breakfast upon arrival in the morning.
Note that while passengers traveling within Europe’s Schengen zone are welcome to use the Star Alliance Lounge, they’ll find find more conveniently-located Lufthansa and SAS lounges near their boarding gates.
Star Alliance Lounge CDG design
The Star Alliance Lounge Paris was remodeled in 2014 and then in early 2019. The elegant lobby, situated on the 10th floor of the terminal, leads to a fresh but dark and cavernous space. The floor was originally designed as an office area with low ceilings, and the only daylight emanates from the adjacent outdoor patio.
The design of the two-level club aims to evoke the feel of a Parisian interior: somewhere in-between a café, with marble tables and booths outfitted with traditional French patterns and textures, and a traditional apartment, with hardwood floors throughout. Black-and-white photography celebrates the many sights of Paris. The mesh-like pattern of the screen that divides the lower-floor space evokes the web of streets of the French capital.
The décor is subtly elegant, if not quite authentic, but the conservative color palette is an unfortunate choice for a space that’s naturally dark.
Guests have their choice of seating options. Near the lobby is a large shared work table outfitted with numerous power outlets. Near the buffet area are inviting dining booths. In the center are comfortable couch-like seats, arranged in a smart layout that caters both to solo travelers and couples. Finally, more traditional individual seats are located along the wall opposite the buffet area. The layout achieves relatively high density without excessively sacrificing privacy, thanks to the low dividers throughout. All seats come with power outlets and USB ports, and many feature individual reading lights.
Near the window, under the staircase, is a more secluded work area. There are also a few nooks with additional seating.
The upper level, where the First Class lounge used to be located, now functions as an overflow space, though it is furnished somewhat more luxuriously. The upper floor benefits from additional daylight and features a few design highlights such as an adorable cozy nook with a fireplace, and a variety of sofas, high-backed chairs, and intimate seating options for couples.
First Class passengers benefit from an intimate cordoned-off area which accommodates about twelve guests. While hardly luxurious, the space is sparsely and elegantly furnished. Each passenger benefits from a comfortable amount of privacy with high-backed seats and individual coffee tables. Large photographs of Paris adorn the walls. While the aesthetics of the room are enjoyable, the long window wall along the patio makes all the difference, providing a comfortable amount of daylight as well as relaxing views.
Star Alliance Lounge CDG amenities
A unique amenity of the Star Alliance Lounge is the outdoor patio, which welcomes guests year-round with cocktail tables and metal chairs that would be right at home at the Luxembourg or Tuileries. Umbrellas are available at the reception desk. The concept has its appeal, but it’s worth noting that the space functions primarily as a smoking area, and is enclosed an all sides and thus doesn’t feature views of any kind.
The buffet offers a selection of hot and cold appetizers, salads and entrees, as well as soft and alcoholic drinks. In the morning, patrons will find warm French pastries, smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs, among other breakfast items. Throughout the day, soups, salads, mini sandwiches and hot dishes are available. While the spread doesn’t quite showcase French gastronomy, it’s nevertheless enjoyable and substantial. A wide selection of self-serve alcoholic beverages is also available.
In the First Class section, patrons can help themselves from a slightly higher-end selection of alcoholic beverages, as well as bottled water to go. There’s also a small buffet with a hot entrees.
Bathrooms are located on both floors. Two spacious shower suites are situated on the lower level and are outfitted with a toilet, shower, sink, hairdryer, heated towel rack, and baby changing facilities. A bath towel and bath mat are provided, and shower gel is available in a wall-mounted dispenser. Inquire with the receptionist who will provide a key in exchange for your boarding pass.
Other amenities include fast Wi-Fi as well as a selection of newspapers and magazines.
Star Alliance Lounge CDG bottom line
The Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is not luxurious by any stretch—the lack of natural light and crowds at peak times can be underwhelming—but the design is pleasant, the food selection enjoyable, and the showers, outdoor patio, and convenient work spaces make for a well-rounded line-up of amenities. For First Class passengers, there’s not much to look forward to besides a quieter and substantially more private area.
Make sure to leave early in anticipation for the long walk to the satellite gates and security controls. Passengers flying within Europe’s Schengen zone will need to go through passport control upon exiting.
For more details, read our blog post: Inside the newly remodeled Star Alliance Lounge Paris
You may have access to Star Alliance Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any Star Alliance member airline.
ANA (NH) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EVA Air (BR) Egyptair (MS) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) SWISS (LX) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Air (SA) TAP Air Portugal (TP) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
LATAM Airlines Brasil (JJ) LATAM Airlines Chile (LA)
Star Alliance Lounge at Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG) welcomes:
- Pay-in customers: relax at the lounge no matter what airline you’re flying. Purchase access now in order guarantee your spot, and save time and money.
- First Class passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport (+1 guest)
- Business Class passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport (no guests.)
- Star Alliance Gold passengers, departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline from the local airport, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- United Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Customers holding an invitation issued by an airline.
Guests must be departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline.
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- 3.5Based on 30 ReviewsJingyan Y.2019-04-25 04:45:42What a great lounge! I highly recommend this if you're coming through terminal 1 at CDG. It's located after passport control (where you get the cool stamp)...Pat K.2019-04-10 08:52:32Due to renovations, we could not access this lounge. Was told that Priority Pass is denied access. Told to go to ICARE lounge instead. Disappointed that PP...Andrew K.2019-04-03 23:08:58Unfortunately, we did not fully enter the lounge. From the inside, there was one person helping clients, and the lounge area was well lit, with many...Alexandra K.2017-12-10 22:19:06we arrived around 7 am for an early flight. first, the lounge is underground and there is one barely functioning handicap lift so you'll have to lug your...Theresa G.2017-07-11 13:35:48This is a great lounge. Don't understand why peeps are hating on it? It has so many spaces all around to rest read or work. Plug ins also. Fruit, bread,...Timothy C.2016-04-23 22:48:44Great lounge, easy to find, after leaving passport control, turn left, the sign for "Salons" is where you want to go. Hit "11" in the elevator and head...