Review of KLM Business Class from San Francisco to Amsterdam including photos of meals, amenities, and lounge information!
Amsterdam has long been a bucket list destination for me. I recently had the chance to check it off my list with a comfortable and convenient direct flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Business Class.
When traveling, comfort and convenience are top priorities, and KLM excelled at this! The luxury and warm service that were a part of the journey was a welcome bonus. It was a truly memorable experience.
Here’s a video of my flight so you can see for yoursel:
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Experiencing Luxury and Comfort: KLM Business Class
Stepping into KLM’s Business Class feels like entering a refined oasis above the clouds. The spaciousness of the cabin, coupled with ergonomic seats that transform into lie-flat beds, was the perfect environment for our 10-hour flight. Dividers offered personal space and privacy. There were two middle seats and an aisle seat on each side. The seat was fully customizable from upright to a comfortable recline that was perfect for working on my laptop and of course completely flat for sleeping!
There are little touches of luxury throughout, like fresh tulips and Rituals products in the bathroom!
A Review of Food on KLM Business Class Flights – with photos of meals
Passengers are treated to a diverse menu curated by top chefs, showcasing the best of both international and local cuisine. The airline’s dedication to quality extends to its wine selection, carefully curated to complement the flavors of each dish.
I was impressed by how healthy but filling the food was in KLM Business Class. This is perfect for me because I don’t to be overly full on a long flight. There are multiple options for each meal so if you want something a little heartier you will be satisfied as well.
KLM Business Class Meals San Francisco to Amsterdam
For our dinner on the way to Amsterdam, I had the ovo-lacto vegetarian option (selected in the app in advance) which was even heavier on the vegetables. The regular meal was three courses starting with lobster salad or cauliflower-curry soup. The soup was excellent – perfectly flavorful and so comforting. Check out the salt and pepper shakers – traditional Holland clog shoes!
The main course was oven-roasted sunflower choke with shiitake, porcini, and walnut ragout or Spanish-style chicken in adobo sauce, or sous vide short rib in morel sauce with potatoes and roasted apples.
The main vegetarian meal (below) was couscous and roasted veggies. I loved it!
Dessert was a cheese plate or white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with matcha sauce and marshmallows (both pictured).
Two hours before landing we had breakfast which was chia coconut oatmeal with fruit, a cold plate with smoked salmon, meat, cheese and egg, and your choice of poached egg with Hollandaise sauce (pictured) or folded crepes with pineapple compote and raspberry coulis.
KLM Business Class Food from Amsterdam to San Francisco
On the way home to San Francisco, the main meal was smoked beef carpaccio with garlic caper dressing or carrot cumin soup with mescun salad as a side. The main course was vegetarian stroganoff, salmon in sesame sauce, or thai chicken with sweet basil, chu-chee cod, and jasmine rice.
This was the vegetarian meal option:
Teresa had the salmon and thought it was excellent. Dessert was a cheese plate or petit grand dessert of cappuccino ganache with caramel crumb bake and sticky toffee tartlet.
This flight landed at noon so two hours before landing we had a light meal. Options were a vegetarian croquette sandwich with mustard or ravioli with scamorza cheese. The main course was a POKE bowl! It was so delicious and there was something almost thrilling about eating sushi grade fish at 30,000 feet.
I follow a pescatarian diet so in the future, I won’t select the vegetarian option in advance. They had such lovely fish options on the flight this was definitely the way to go. If you are strictly vegetarian, be prepared to have a lighter meal as there wasn’t a lot of protein in those meals. The flight attendant also recommended trying Asian Vegetarian is you want a special meal because it has more spices.
If you’re still hungry they have snacks you can have throughout the flight such as stroopwafels and salted nuts. I also was able to try a few of the standard menu options since there were leftovers which is why the photos are a little mixed and matched.
KLM Business Class Amenity Kit
On each KLM Business Class flight there is an amenity kit with everything you need. The beautifully embroidered pouch contained Rituals face moisturizer and lip balm we well as Marie-Stella-Maris No12 Objets d’Amsterdam hand gel. There was also a toothbrush and toothpaste, an eye mask, a pen, earplugs, and socks.
On the way to Amsterdam, I took melatonin, put in my earplugs, and slept five hours. It really helped me transition to a new time zone with minimal jet lag. The seat itself was spacious and the life-flat option was one of the best things about the flight. The blanket was a little thin and there was no cover for the seat so I asked for a second one. This made things perfectly cozy!
KLM Business Class Delft Houses
One of the last and perhaps most memorable parts of the flight is KLM’s Delft houses. These blue and white homes are charming miniature replicas of actual Dutch homes and buildings. They hold a unique and cherished place in the hearts of business-class travelers and make a great collectible item. Inside is Bols Genever, a traditional Dutch gin. They release a new home every year on their anniversary in October and there are 104 houses so far.
KLM-Air France Lounge at San Francisco International Airport
The newly remodeled Air France lounge that is shared by KLM just reopened this summer and it is gorgeous! The spacious and comfortable lounge is filled with natural light and lots of comfortable seating. The buffet-style food is exceptional. The hot bar has an array of classic French dishes like croque-monsieur, salmon, and boeuf bourguignon. There are also little pastries and desserts as well as charcuterie, cheese, bread, fruit, and multiple salads. I was in heaven! The new lounge also has lots of new amenities including a staffed bar and showers. There’s also free wi-fi and lots of outlets. It’s a calm and relaxing place to wait to board your flight and honestly one of the best airport lounges I’ve used.
KLM International Airport Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
There are two KLM lounges at Schiphol Airport one for domestic travel and the one we visited that is past customs for international travelers. This is the largest airport lounge I’ve ever seen. It is enormous with multiple restaurants and two expansive floors. There’s even an outdoor balcony where you can watch planes coming in. Our flight left at 10 am so we had breakfast there before our flight. It was delicious and fresh with a huge selection. It really felt like we just scratched the surface though. There’s a more formal restaurant you can order lunch or dinner from for an additional cost. This lounge also has showers and they even have nap rooms you can rent for an additional fee.
KLM Business Class – Is it Worth It?
With its blend of luxurious comfort, top-notch service, delectable cuisine, and a commitment to sustainability, KLM is an easy choice for travel from San Francisco to Europe.
This relaxing flight helped to set me up to have as much energy as possible for this short trip. We landed Monday morning and did a full 12 hours of sightseeing that day! It wouldn’t have been possible without sleeping on the plane.
Business Class tickets are a luxury, but if this type of travel fits into your budget the Business Class experience at KLM is absolutely worth it. They excel in reliability, comfort, food, and amenities that really make the experience memorable.
See more from the flight and also what we did in Amsterdam in the Amsterdam Highlight in my Instagram profile!
KLM provided me with this business class ticket in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own!