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Lufthansa first-class terminal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 12:00am

Where? At Frankfurt International Airport, adjacent to Terminal 1, in an understated two-storey grey structure fronted by bamboo shoots and zen-inspired stone sculptures.

Luxurious or basic? Awash with creamy leather furnishings, hand-tufted woollen carpets and bespoke designer fixtures, the Euro30 million ($300 million) terminal resembles a five-star hotel.

Who goes there? Lufthansa's first-class passengers, along with its top-tier frequent flyers (those who amass 600,000 air miles in two years).

How is it different? It offers a highly personalised, decidedly upper-echelon experience. Guests are greeted by porters and valets, who see to their luggage and cars, respectively, while personal assistants deal with passports, check-in and security.

What is there to do? Most guests rest and ruminate in the hushed environs, realised in a minimalist style by architects Bernd Hollin and Alexander Radoske. The full-service bar offers countless spirits, including 36 single-malt Irish whiskies. There's also a cigar lounge, where classy Cuban smokes can be savoured with limited-edition aperitifs, liqueurs and digestifs. Other areas offer total solitude - none more so than the spacious private rooms with sound-proof walls and Edra leather daybeds. Guests can also freshen up in the well-appointed bathrooms, where monsoon showers and sunken tubs are complemented by de rigueur Etro toiletries. For those who insist on working, a handful of small offices is available.

What's on the menu? An a la carte selection and a buffet changed twice daily, all presented on linen-covered tables with marble partitions for privacy. Highlights include cold appetisers such as Loch Fyne smoked salmon and home-made pasta.

Anything else we should know? It's all free. And once past a two- man immigration checkpoint on the lower level of the lounge, guests are chauffeured across the tarmac to their planes. For more information, go to www.lufthansa.com.


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