The Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is part of a small network of shared lounges operated by Star Alliance on behalf of the member airlines, typically in cities where each airline operates just a few flights a day, making the economics of separate lounges questionable. Paris is an obvious fit: as a major SkyTeam hub, heavily dominated by Air France, Charles De Gaulle airport sees relatively little Star Alliance service overall.
While three Star Alliance member airlines do operate their own lounges in Paris (Lufthansa and SAS in Terminal 1 Schengen, and Air Canada in Terminal 2), the Star Alliance Lounge is the only option for Star Alliance passengers departing from Terminal 1 to a non-Schengen destination.
The Star Alliance Lounge also welcomes members of popular airport lounge access programs such as Priority Pass. The option is extremely valuable for arriving passengers, who may enjoy a shower and breakfast or a light meal, ahead of their day in the city.
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge CDG design
When it opened in 2008, the Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport was a welcome and widely anticipated addition to the rather dreadful Terminal 1, but it failed to impress, with its dark colors, boring seating arrangement, and low ceilings. Fortunately, the lounge was remodeled in 2014, and the upgrade can be deemed a success.
The updated décor does away with dark tones and partitions. The new design features an open space shaped by lightweight dividers, a variety of seating arrangements, a central “touchdown” area conducive to work, and a (slightly cramped) buffet area. Thanks to modern lighting and the use of LEDs, the refurbished space looks brighter and more welcoming. To give the lounge a local vibe, the designers have included many elements evoking the City of Light, including a large picture of Paris by night, as well as black and white photos of the city’s acclaimed architecture. Some hints are more subtle: the canvas-like dividers evoke the city’s street network.
Opposite the main lounge area, to the left at the bottom of the stairs is a quiet zone with an upper scale vibe, featuring comfy seats and couches. Power and USB outlets are available at every seat.
Despite the renovation, the main caveats of the space remain, including the overall lack of windows, the low ceilings, and more importantly the location outside security in the main terminal—a ten minute walk from the departure satellites. Unfortunately, these challenges are virtually impossible to address given the space constraints at Terminal 1.
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge CDG amenities
A unique amenity of the Star Alliance Lounge is the roof top patio that serves as a smoking area. Don’t expect grand views—the space is essentially an atrium surrounded by higher sections of the terminal, but it’s a pleasant place to take a short walk or make a phone call.
The buffet offers a selection of hot and cold appetizers, salads and entrees, as well as soft and alcoholic drinks. The design, with a wine wall as a backdrop, is reminiscent of the Star Alliance Lounge at Los Angeles (LAX) though the space is much more modest overall. In the morning, patrons will find delicious warm French pastries as well as scrambled eggs, while throughout the day, soups, salads, mini sandwiches and simple hot dishes are available. The lounge doesn’t quite showcase French gastronomy—the fare is somewhat basic and the staff can be a bit slow at replenishing the buffet—but there’s enough for a quick meal on the ground.
Two spacious and functional shower suites are available, including an accessible room. Both come 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.
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge CDG bottom line
The Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at Paris CDG is a good business class lounge all around. It’s not luxurious by any stretch—the lack of natural light and crowds at peak times can be underwhelming, but the amenities make for a comfortable stay.
Do make sure to leave early, in anticipation for the long walk to the satellite gates and security controls. Passengers are invited to exit through the back door by the buffet, which is located one level below the reception area.
For Priority Pass members, the Star Alliance Lounge also doubles as a great arrivals lounge with showers and a hot breakfast buffet.
You may have access to Star Alliance Business Class 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) Adria Airways (JP) 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 Business Class Lounge at Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG) welcomes:Guests must be departing on the same day on a flight operated by a Star Alliance member airline.View detailed access rules at staralliance.com.
- 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.
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- 3.0Based on 18 ReviewsTheresa 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,...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...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...
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