Review – Air France Salon Lounge – CDG

After my quick flight on the A318, I headed towards the departure gate for my connecting flight on to Lisbon (LIS) as it was right across from the Air France Salon Lounge.

Since I was traveling on a business class ticket, I had complimentary access to the Salon Lounge. SkyTeam elites (Elite Plus only) also have complimentary access to this lounge. In the event you are not traveling on a business class ticket or do not hold SkyTeam elite status, you can buy access to this lounge for between 25 and 45 Euros.

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After deplaning, I had to go through security again before I could head to my gate. After quickly clearing security, I followed the signs towards the Salon Lounge.

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The signs led me to the main terminal right by where my flight to Lisbon (LIS) would be departing from.

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Much like the Cathay Pacific lounges in Hong Kong, the Salon Lounge in Paris is located downstairs from the main terminal.

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After taking the escalators down, there was a small sign in an otherwise dirty area that welcomed me to the lounge.

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After providing my boarding pass, I was quickly welcomed into the lounge, which was packed. It took me a solid 10 minutes of walking around just to find a single seat. Although the lounge featured some great tarmac views and let in a lot of light, it still had kind of dreary and dark feel to it.

Throughout the lounge were multiple alcoves that featured individual brown leather chairs with worn out padding.

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There were two levels and this seating arrangement was identical throughout.

Both levels featured two identical dining areas on either side of the lounge.

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The dining areas offered the usual offerings of a coffee machine.

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Along with a selection of liquors and wine.

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As well as your typical array of bottled waters, juices, sodas and beer.

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The food spread was rather bare bones and featured some chocolate bars and chips.

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As well as some breads and cakes, deli meats and cheeses and some yogurt with fruit cocktail.

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Overall, I was extremely disappointed by the lackluster food spread when I first arrived at the lounge. However, it turns out I was there before they had put out the dinner spread which actually featured some tasty options. That included some tomato soup and mini baguette sandwiches.

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Along with some leaf lettuce for a salad and a delicious quinoa based concoction.

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That was followed by a selection of cheeses and flavored mousses.

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And finally some of the same delicious pastries that were served on my flight from Amsterdam (AMS) along with some fresh fruit cocktail.

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After grabbing a small sandwich and a water, I wandered the lounge a bit more. Located on the outside of the dining areas was a small selection of reading materials.

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The restrooms were located just past the check-in counter and we an absolute and complete disgusting mess. I snapped this photograph after overhearing someone complain to the staff about how dirty the restrooms were to show was “cleaned” restrooms look like at the lounge.

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The Salon Lounge does offer shower facilities, though the list was rather long and I did not actually need to shower, so I did not put my name on the list or get any pictures.

The wifi was decent, but dropped out completely several times during my stay in the lounge, which was a bit frustrating as I rely on wifi when I am abroad. When the wifi was working, despite the lounge being packed, the speed was more than reasonable.

My biggest pet peeve is when there are not international style power plugs at international airport lounges, and that was the case at the Salon Lounge. The lounge staff more than made up for this though by really working their butt off to make sure the lounge (minus the bathrooms) was clean and the food and drinks were restocked. It was like they were waiting whenever someone finished with a plate as a staff member would be right there within minutes to pick it up.

One of the coolest aspects of this lounge was the staff walking around offering champagne and macaroons at 5:30 PM to everyone in the lounge. I asked if I could get a picture of the setup, but the staff member asked that I not take a picture of him and with my limited French language skills, I was not able to communicate to him that I just wanted to take a picture of the tray. In any case, I thought it was an extremely classy touch for an otherwise outdated lounge.

I ended up doing a little bit of work on my laptop until the battery died and then spent the next half hour just watching the tarmac.

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After a few hours in the lounge, it was time for me to make the quick trek up the escalator to my gate for my flight to Lisbon (LIS).

Final Thoughts

I think I would have appreciated this lounge a bit more if it was both less crowded and offered international style power plugs. But overall, I would consider it slightly above a Priority Pass type lounge. And the reason it is slightly above was definitely the desserts that they had on offer. But if you can find a seat, it’s a decent enough place to spend a few hours on a layover.

What is your favorite Paris (CDG) lounge?

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