This is part one of my Barcelona trip – for parts two and three, please see below.
Barcelona – Lufthansa First Class and First Class Terminal
Barcelona – Mandarin Oriental, Gaudi and Mammoth Museum
Barcelona – The Food
Today I want to share the first segment of our trip to Barcelona – which actually doesn’t even take place in Barcelona! Instead, it will just cover my experience on Lufthansa First and their First Class Terminal in Frankfurt, which I was incredibly impressed with.
I’m not a plane or airline nut so I’ve never been super passionate about aviation. I just always try to get booked on an Asian airline whenever possible, and go with it. Mr. Feather however, has been super interested in planes since a young boy and from his time in the military, and as a fluent German speaker has always been a fan of Lufthansa. I finally got to experience their long haul product and I was so impressed that I wanted to dedicate a whole post to it, it’s such a slick, fantastic experience from a product and service standpoint. Bravo!
The Lufthansa first class cabin has a very spacious layout, in my experience it was very close to Asiana, with pretty large TV screens and a nice color scheme.
Mr. Feather and I were booked in the “couple’s seat” which was in the back of the cabin. I was very happy to be placed in this seat, when booked in these types of setups I always end up chattering and bothering my seat mate endlessly which in this case was my hapless husband. He was continually ordering me refills of Cuvée Louise, probably in an effort to put me to sleep!
Shortly after sitting down, meal service began – which started with an amuse bouche of smoked salmon.
Next came the appetizer portion, which was by far my favorite part. Caviar! I love caviar but rarely have it anymore since I’m a cheapie in restaurants and never want to pay the surcharge. Lufthansa starts all their meals with a rolling trolley of caviar and appetizers and you can have as much as you want. The only other airline I’ve been on that does this has been Cathay.
Then after appetizers, came the entrees. Choices included lobster tail and a vegetarian choice which is the one I ordered. Below was Mr. Feather’s choice, a roasted chicken with bok choy and forbidden rice.
Then came dessert, which was a chocolate lava cake with vanilla yogurt ice cream.
Overall I was quite impressed with the food on Lufthansa. Honestly I’d probably rate it slightly below that of Asian airlines like Singapore/Cathay/Asiana, but only because my personal preferences are for lighter Asian food, especially when traveling. It was still great though and the caviar was fantastic.
After the meal came turndown, a service I always appreciate. United has started doing this as well – can you believe it? An American airline!
A photo of my husband sleeping, probably one of the few you will ever see of him on this site. Mr. Feather sleeps very cherubically which is unfair because I’m a tremendously ugly sleeper. Mouth open and everything.
After we slept, we were woken up about an hour before landing for a light breakfast. After that, we landed in Frankfurt for our connection to Barcelona.
In Frankfurt, Lufthansa has quite a few first class lounges to choose from. The purser on board advised that if we had two hours or more, we should go to the Terminal. It was early morning when we arrived. As you can see, it’s a separate free standing building that has it’s own security check in. When you walk in, you’re met by a personal assistant who takes your boarding passes and escorts you through.
Once you’re through security, you enter the main lounge, which is pretty huge.
Immediately on the right was the bar, which was very impressive. They had a great collection which included premium sakes and 86 different kinds of whiskey. They also made smoothies there which is what I ordered. If you put the world’s most expensive champagne in front of me and a good smoothie, well I’d actually probably pick the champagne because of the novelty but my heart would be with the smoothie!
The terminal also had a large cigar bar…
..as well as quite a few private rooms, for you to take a nap, or get a massage…
And also huge bathrooms that came complete with large showers and a tub for you to refresh yourself.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to have a massage or take a shower, I was too lazy and just wanted to curl up in a chair and drink my smoothies (I had two!). About fifteen minutes before our flight was supposed to be departing, our assigned assistant came up to us with our boarding passes and asked us to go with her to the carport.
Because the First Class Terminal is in a separate building next to the airport, Lufthansa actually drives you right up to your plane. They have a whole lot filled with Porsche and Mercedes sedans.
You pile in, and then the driver takes you through all the runways to your plane. This was such a fun experience, I loved seeing all the planes up close from the car.
Finally you arrive at your plane, typically after most of the other passengers have already boarded, and the driver walks you right up to the boarding queue.
And then we were off…just a few hours away from Spain! What an amazing product from Lufthansa, from start to finish. I was very happy to have had the chance to experience it, and of course I hope one day the First Class Terminal and I will meet again (with massages and all). I hope you enjoyed this very aviation heavy trip report, and my next few travel pieces will be in actual Barcelona of course. Thank you for reading!