Air France Business lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2F : Superb decoration but a real zoo during rush hours

After an intense week of work in Paris, I took advantage of my wife’s trip to Barcelona to join her.

It will take me almost an hour from our seminar location in the Oise to reach Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

Terminal 2F will be deserted airside and I will pass through main security in less than 5 minutes.

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As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryAutumn weekend in Barcelona
2LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2F
3FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Barcelona El Prat, Airbus A321
4HotelKimpton Barcelona Vividora
5LoungeJoan Miro Lounge, Barcelona T1
6FlightBritish Airways Club Europe (operated par Iberia), Barcelona El Prat – London Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Location

The lounge is located almost opposite the main security checkpoint, a little to the left of it.

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The entrance is quite stately, and eligibility is checked through automatic gates, and with a broad smile from the flight attendant at the entrance.

Due to the presence of control gates, many terminals allow guests to be attached to the eligible member.

Lounge design

The lounge is very nice, and it is a discovery for me despite its opening 18 months earlier.

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This new lounge, which I helped design through the Referral Clients Club, is magnificent.

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It has two floors.

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The entrance is done by the first floor of this one, and leads to a large space of catering and relaxation.

On the left, the discrete entrance to the Ultimate space and on the right, two Customer Service counters, separated from the lounge reception.

After this area, a large bay window with plenty of lounging space is available.

A large staircase with small spiral steps leads to the second floor which has similar areas.

Unfortunately, the configuration of the latter limits the presence of passengers to a few and, despite the extra space available in this new lounge, it is often close to capacity. And this was the case during my visit, one Friday evening in October.

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Darker spaces with seating for passengers to rest and sleep are available on both floors.

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On the second floor, a Clarins spa is available, with unfortunately a closing time close to my arrival time and slots already filled.

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Showers are also available in large quantities, though I didn’t have the pleasure of trying them this time.

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Catering

The catering offer is organized around blocks placed throughout the lounge.

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For drinks, the offer has been increased with champagne, available from 11am in self-service and from the opening of the lounge on request.

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Bottles of still water and cans of Perrier have been replaced by water fountains, no doubt for reasons of sustainable development.

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For food, the traditional cold buffet is available at all hours, and some hot dishes (taken by storm) are added at meal times. The whole is of rather average quality.

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Quite decent for a medium-haul lounge.

Bottom line

A pleasant wait in this beautiful lounge. But the crowd degrade the experience. It will certainly be better when the passengers have lost their status!

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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