Paris Extime Lounge Review

We recently flew from Paris to Muscat in Business Class with Oman Air. With Oman Air departing from Terminal 1 in Charles de Gaulle Airport, we had the opportunity to check out the Extime Lounge within this terminal.

The Extime Loune is a collaboration between the operator of Paris airports and a global airport services provider. Elite and premium frequent flyers of select airlines receive complimentary access to this lounge, but is also a pay-in club open to all passengers departing from Terminal 1 to destinations outside the Schengen zone.

Entrance to the Paris Extime Lounge
Entrance to the Paris Extime Lounge

Unlike the Star Alliance Lounge and Qatar Airways Lounge, the Extime Lounge is situated after security, in a new area that was built during COVID. 

When we arrived at Terminal 1 we quickly checked out bags through the Oman Air priority counter. We found the staff at the counter to be very attentive, confirming seat selections and changing if a better option was available. With three more flights in total until we landed back in Australia, our bags were checked through all the way to Adelaide. 

We were also told to follow the ‘Access No. 1’ lanes through the airport. This started from clearing security, all the way through to immigration. This allowed us to move through from the check-in desk to the lounge in less than 10 minutes!

Lounge Layout

Once clearing security, you turn right and head up the elevators. The lounge is located on level 3.

How to find the Paris Extime Lounge
How to find the Paris Extime Lounge

We arrived at the lounge during the evening, due to flying out of Paris at 9pm. When entering the lounge we were greeted with a food station to the left and various seating arrangements in front and to the right. 

Paris Extime Lounge Seating
Paris Extime Lounge Seating
Central Seating In Paris Extime Lounge
Central Seating In Paris Extime Lounge

There was a good variety of seating options, from high tables situated against the walls, to lower style lounge chairs for more comfortable options. A feature we liked was each lounge chair had an individual table that could be moved around depending on how you wished to use it. 

Work Stations in Paris Extime Lounge
Work Stations in Paris Extime Lounge
Lounge Chairs with Small Tables in Paris Extime Lounge
Lounge Chairs with Small Tables in Paris Extime Lounge

The lounge was not large, but the styling made it feel very comfortable and not overcrowded. With one side of the lounge overlooking the tarmac and providing excellent views, the other side had large mirrors which really opened up the space. 

Tarmac Views Inside Extime Lounge
Tarmac Views Inside Extime Lounge

The large amount of flowers made the space feel very soft, something which is not a common feeling in airport lounges, with many of them feeling quite sterile. 

Seating and Lounges Available In Paris Extime Lounge
Seating and Lounges Available In Paris Extime Lounge

Lounge Dining and Drink Options

Although we arrived in the evening, there was still a variety of food available to cater to most travellers cravings. There was an assortment of hot foods from rice and chicken curry style dishes to soup with a variety of breads. 

Hot Dishes Served in Paris Extime Lounge
Hot Dishes Served in Paris Extime Lounge
Bakery and Finger Food in Paris Extime Lounge
Bakery and Finger Food in Paris Extime Lounge
Finger Food in Paris Extime Lounge
Finger Food in Paris Extime Lounge

On the opposite side to the hot food was a ‘build your own salad’ bar with fresh vegetables. Next to this were some cheeses and sandwiches, followed by sweets such as chocolate cake, apple tarts, muffins and of course, macaroons. 

Buffet Style Cold Salad Bar Extime Lounge
Buffet Style Cold Salad Bar Extime Lounge
Self Serve Snacks Available in Paris Extime Lounge
Self Serve Snacks Available in Paris Extime Lounge
Pastries and Fruit Available in Paris Extime Lounge
Pastries and Fruit Available in Paris Extime Lounge

There were also three different cereals, yoghurts and fruits in the middle section, while a full drinks fridge, yoghurt selection and coffee machines on the outer wall. 

Self Serve Drinks & Cold Snacks Extime Lounge
Self Serve Drinks & Cold Snacks Extime Lounge
Coffee Machine in Paris Extime Lounge
Coffee Machine in Paris Extime Lounge
Self Serve coffee & Tea Extime Lounge
Self Serve coffee & Tea Extime Lounge

Alcoholic drinks were also provided which ranged from red wine, champagne and spirits. There wasn’t a huge variety compared to other lounges, but the selection reflected the lounge size. 

Self Serve Alcoholic Beverages and Bar Snacks in Extime Lounge
Self Serve Alcoholic Beverages and Bar Snacks in Extime Lounge
Self Serve Champagne Paris Extime Lounge
Self Serve Champagne Paris Extime Lounge

Summary

The Paris Extime Lounge at CDG International Airport, situated in Terminal 1, offers a comfortable retreat for elite and premium frequent flyers as well as pay-in passengers. 

 

Following recent renovations during the COVID era, the lounge provides a seamless experience from check-in to boarding. The lounge boasts a thoughtfully designed layout with various seating options and tasteful decor, creating a welcoming ambiance. 

 

Despite its modest size, the lounge offers a diverse array of dining options, including hot dishes, salads, cheeses, sandwiches, and desserts, along with a selection of beverages, albeit not as extensive as some larger lounges. 

 

Overall, the Extime Lounge provides a pleasant environment for travellers departing outside the Schengen zone from CDG Airport. If you’re looking to fly Business Class to Paris, get in touch with an airfare specialist today for the best value airfares!

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