Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of Emirates’ main destinations in Europe: 3 daily flights connect CDG to Dubai, flown with the A380 or (in rare cases) the Boeing 777. In order to create a better flight experience for the passengers using that service, the airline introduced the Emirates Lounge Paris where guests can relax before flying off to the desert – as one of the very few destinations in Europe with an original Emirates lounge.
This April I had the chance to explore the Emirates Lounge in Paris myself, as I was flying from Paris to Dubai and onwards to Bangkok. In my following review I’d like to give you an idea if it’s worth a visit!
Emirates Lounge Paris: Location
Emirates’ flights in Paris depart from Terminal 2C, one of the multiple sub-Terminals of Terminal 2 that can only be reached by a bus transfer. Directly after security you’ll find an escalator to the floor above, from which you’ll pass through the inevitable duty free store. Once you’ve passed that you’re directly in front of the entrance to the Emirates Lounge Paris:
After another set of stairs (or the elevator if you’re lazy) you’ve reached the lounge level, where also other airlines (Etihad, American Airlines) have their lounges. The entrance area is pretty nice, as it’s built like a balcony with a beautiful art installation:
Here you’ll also find the entrance to the Emirates Lounge Paris to the right:
Lounge Access: Who’ll get in?
The following passengers have access to the Emirates Lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport:
- Emirates First- or Business Class guests with a flight leaving on the same day
- Emirates Skywards Gold- or Platinum members with a flight leaving on the same day
- Additional guests if they pay an entry (additional info here)
Emirates Lounge Paris: Review
The Emirates Lounge in Paris mainly consists of one big room, where multiple smaller seating areas offer lots of space for each daily flight. The whole lounge is designed in the typical Emirates branding, so any Emirates frequent traveler will feel at home immediately. Some examples: the wooden panels on the wall, the stone tiles behind the buffet and the typical five world clocks on the wall near the entrance. The overall design felt pretty elegant to me, and all the materials used are of good quality:
There’s also a nice little stone fountain at the entrance, and the flowing water creating a very calming atmosphere:
I had a pretty busy day before heading to the Emirates Lounge in Paris, so I opted for a quick shower at the beginning of my visit. There was no waiting time as I was there early, but there might be during busier times. I was guided to my shower cabin:
The shower cabins are small and offer no toilet or sinks, but are very clean and well maintained.
After this refreshing start I was a bit thirsty, and a glass of champagne felt fitting. Emirates offers Moet Brut Imperial in their Paris lounge that you can pour yourself at one of the two bars.
There’s also an overall good selection of wine, spirits and softdrinks, as well as a WMF coffee machine:
If you’re hungry during your visit, the Emirates Lounge Paris offers multiple options: there’s a small rondel with cold dishes and snacks, and also a buffet with various hot dishes.
I went for one of the cold appetizers, a very tasty salmon tartar with prawns. With another glass of Moet I sat down near the window:
The lounge food was of good quality throughout, the prawns perfectly juicy and tasty. I went back to the entrance to grab one of the many international magazines:
Especially nice: the huge windows offer a nice view over the airfield which is a nice feature for plane spotters. Most of the time you can also check out the Emirates A380 you’ll fly with from that spot:
After another glass of champagne, it was already time for me to board my flight to Dubai, and my visit to the Emirates Lounge Paris came to an end.
Emirates Lounge Paris: Conclusion
Small but really nice: The Emirates Lounge in Paris is another great ‘global lounge’ of Dubai’s airline. The design is beautiful and consistent with the brand, the food is great (despite not having the broadest selection), the drinks are good and there are all the other amenities you’d expect from a 5-star-airline. With a glass of Moet, the fast WiFi and the huge window front I was able to really enjoy my time waiting for boarding to start. Especially with the long connection times and security lines in CDG, the Emirates Lounge in Paris is a great place to start your journey in style.