Air France’s salon lounge at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2F is under renovation upon my visit. The ground floor of the lounge has been closed except the reception area, while the underground floor is still accommodating passengers. You can access the lounge with any SkyTeam Elite Plus Status.
My first impression of the lounge is that it’s dark and old and it seems to have been in use for a very long time. The whole 2F terminal is rather crowded and always seems to be running over capacity. Air France uses the ground and underground floor of the terminal to operate its 2 lounges at 2F. This review is on the lounge between gate F41-F56(second pier). It felt a bit cheap although it make sense in a business operating perspective as they probably want to make as much room as possible for store space.
So after taking the escalator(tiny) down from the floor level, you will see the entrance on your left side, you can either check in with the front desk staff or use the automatic scanner opposite to the reception desk. The staff was nice and always greet people in French.(which is okay)
There’s a long walk when you enter the terminal from security to lounge, you will pass a dozen stores and several restaurants(underground) right in front of (/next to) the lounge.
A small serving or pick up counter was placed next to the stair down to the underground floor. As it’s explained from the picture taken regarding the partial close of the lounge. They placed it there for passengers to grab and leave. A basket of pear and some small packages of snacks are among the options as well as coffee to go. Some newspaper was on display on the newsstand next to the stairs.
I have to admit, the stairs was beautifully designed and somewhat elegant just like Air France’s flight attendants’ chic uniforms.(old but gold?) As you can see the view from above, it looked like an eye. Although I still have a bit of resentment towards the idea of going downstairs for the lounge.
The underground area is in an L shape, with windows looking out to the concourse, the seating area took the majority of the space and it was jam-packed with people, it took a while for me to find a sofa chair to sit on.
You can see almost all of Air France’s intra-europe operation outside the window,including the infamous Joon, which no one understand clear enough about their exact business objective. With all of the jet bridges going to different directions, it looks rather fictional when people walking in and out of those even though the paint on the walling area started to fade and the concrete start to reveal its cement-like surface.
The same set up of food and drinks were repeated 2-3 times alongside the inner wall of the lounge where it connects to the kitchen. In-between those drink stands and serving stations, a few showcase windows was displaying souvenirs of Air France. Some of them looked very interesting and some of them just looked cheap and of low quality. I ended up buying a iPad case made of old Air France’s crew members recycled uniform for 25 Euros.
Decent and business lounge must-haves – coffee machines, were featured with abundant glassware, the interesting thing is that they use the same tableware for their business class onboard dinning service. So maybe if you travelled on a short haul flight in economy class and you have lounge access, it wouldn’t matter that much as the things you can self serve in the lounge would be the same; besides they don’t taste that good anyway. Do you guys agree ?
Magazines were also displayed with the majority of them in French, and a good selection of newspaper both locally and internationally.(as in English)
A soup serving stand were placed at the area in front of the stairs, and the staff will change to a different soup when it’s empty.
Some pastries and cake with a poorly looking fruit salad bowl. Some yogurt were also available and it tasted rather plain. The lounge only serves cold food other than the soup.
A decent selection of soft drinks were also displayed in the cooler fridges,from sparkling water to soda, and Evian water, maybe that’s a french delicacy?
A liquor bar were also featured with a decent selection of drinks. It’s quiet standard for lounge to have it nowadays, although I hardly see anyone drink them. As the majority of passengers only grab a beer or a glass of wine. One thing with the lounge is quiet special is that, form time to time, the staff in the lounge will come around with glasses of champagne, I am not sure if they are doing this to create more personal touch or they were just trying to empty those already opened bottles where the bubble will soon go out. It was a nice touch, but they do not served anything else to passengers other than that.
I didn’t take pictures of the seating as the majority of them were occupied, this 2 pictures were the one I was seated on when I was about to leave the lounge to board my flights. They have the same layout spread around the lounge and also with some other desks and dinning table setts. The sofa chair was comfortable and behind each of it comes with a usb and normal EU socket. It was quiet convenient.
Around dinner time, they put out more food that are dinner-like. With shrimps and chicken slices, I put together a plate of it together, and with the Air France’s onboard tableware,to me, it looked exactly like the food they’ve been serving onboard in business class. Do you guys think so?
The packaged snacks were decent, it was placed sparsely throughout the lounge counters. You should grab some to take with you onboard if inflight meal service was too long of a wait.
The Salon Lounge at terminal 2F was relatively of poor quality compared to its peers at CDG, it does make sense as this lounge will be only serving pasengers on flights within Europe, I believe that the renovation it’s a good sign as they are trying to improve service standards here. The lounge also provides shower facilities, however it was closed due to the renovation project. I am hoping to do a new review of it very soon when it’s done polishing up.
I have also learned to not expect too much when comes to European airlines as everybody is doing cost cutting these days, so if you don’t want to spend too much money on food when you are at the airport, this lounge can be a good option to rest and work on your own(not so quiet in peak hours).
I will not give this review a score, it would fail the rating metrics as a whole, also I do not want to raise any controversy around it since the lounge was not fully operating.Other than that, I don’t have much to say, and as an economics student, I am hoping to write an analysis on my website regarding Joon airline’s viability from a economic standpoint, hope you will tune in to read that.
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