I was transiting through Charles de Gaulle on a 2 hour layover, and was certain that I wouldn’t have time to spend in the lounge – from what I heard, CDG is a mess to connect through and anything less than 2 hours would not be enough.
Well, thanks to a morning arrival (I guess no one else was landing in my terminal) and a flight delay, I had plenty of time to kill at the lounge.
The Salon in terminal 2F was mysteriously difficult to find. It took Brian and I a couple minutes to even find the sign for the lounge, and even then, the signs weren’t particularly clear.
We eventually found the entrance to the lounge, which was located one floor below the main terminal level.
There were three associates checking in people, so the process was fairly quick. Once we made our way inside, I was surprised to find the lounge was packed. Just about every seat was taken.
The lounge was somewhat L-shaped, with a buffet area by the entrance, and another food section at the end of lounge.
We walked all the way to the back before we finally found an empty table and a lone chair. I managed to find an untaken seat tucked into another (occupied) table, but they didn’t need it and let me have it.
Once we settled in, we checked out the buffet for the breakfast offering.
Breakfast was – as expected – mostly pastries, fruit, bread, cheese, and deli meat. Since these are some of my favorite things to snack on, this was just fine. And this was also my second breakfast.
Even so, I would hardly consider this spread impressive (especially compared to the hot breakfast I’ve had at the Air France Salon in Terminal 2E), but considering this is intended for short-haul, intra-Europe travelers, they’re not bringing out the big guns.
Beverages were on the wall opposite the seating area, which consisted of juice, sodas, tea, wines, and champagne. There was also some liquor on the wall, though I can’t imagine anyone was starting their day with that (but who knows).
I walked around the lounge a bit more to stretch my legs and to see if the buffet by the entrance had more to offer. For the most part, it had the same stuff, I didn’t notice anything terribly different.
The lounge had some magazines up for grabs, though (as expected) all issues were in French.
I eventually found a couple seats open up, though the lounge was by all means still incredibly packed. The seats were large and comfortable, though I think they could use a much larger lounge in this terminal given the foot traffic.
By the time I got back to where Brian was sitting, they had changed the buffet offering from breakfast to lunch. Since I had, at this point, eaten 2 meals before noon, I decided to skip what would have been my third meal of the day, though the offerings looked a little drab, so I didn’t mind too much.
This is my first visit to this lounge, and it is much smaller and far less updated than some of the other Air France lounges in Paris. It is also far more crowded, which was surprising for a Saturday morning (I thought no one travels on Saturdays? Except for all SkyTeam elites, I guess). Apparently, this lounge is only open to travelers flying business class and SkyTeam elites – day passes are not sold – which makes it even more surprising that the lounge was so busy. Hopefully they choose to expand the lounge and improve the food offerings.
Not that I can really complain, since they’re providing free alcohol and Delta is miles away from doing that.
Overall, this lounge is a fine place to pass the time between flights – if you manage to find a seat. We ended up leaving early and sitting by an empty gate – where there were far more seats available.