Review – Etihad Washington Dulles Lounge

by Zac George
a room with blue chairs and a black and brown carpet

If you’re a frequent reader of the blog, you’ll know by now that I fly on Etihad very often, not because I have to but rather I love flying them. I’ve now reviewed their Melbourne loungeAbu Dhabi First loungeLondon lounge and even the Residence Lounge in Abu Dhabi. Here is the latest review of the Etihad Washington Dulles lounge.

Etihad’s lounge is located in the A terminal next to gate A14 at Washington Dulles airport. The lounge is used by both Etihad and Royal Air Maroc.

a entrance to a building

To access the lounge, you’ll need to be flying either In First or Business Class or be Gold or Above with Etihad Guest or their partner airlines.

a room with a television and a chair

As you walk into the lounge, the first thing you’ll find on the right is the Business Centre which consists of 3 IMac’s and a printer.

a row of computers on a desk

Directly behind that, you’ll find a stand with an assortment of reading materials.

a shelf with several newspapers on it

Just next to the reading materials you’ll find the kids area.

a room with a tv and toys

The lounge features Etihad’s older decor, but it’s still a very comfortable and spacious area.

a room with couches and coffee table

There’s a heap of seating, but the only thing lacking from the lounge is a number of power points. I could only find two ports, and they were being used as soon as people arrived.

a room with a tv and couches

The coolest thing about the lounge is the fact that you can board directly from the there. Very similar to what Emirates have In some of their lounges.

a white door with a rope around it

The lounge has big windows which means a heap of natural light. It makes the space feel airy, and I love that in a lounge.

a room with couches and luggage in front of a large window

As you can see, there is an abundance of seating available.

a room with a couch and chairs



a room with chairs and a large window

Not a bad view If you’re an Avgeek!

a room with a large window and chairs

A6-BLC getting ready for it’s journey to Abu Dhabi.

a plane on the runway

The lounge is split into three parts, a bottom seating area, a dining area with a bar and an upper seating area.

a table set up for a meal

The lounge assistants offer passengers dates and Arabic coffee as you enter the lounge.

a hand holding a basket of dates


a person pouring coffee into a cup

This is the main dining area where you can either eat from the A la Carte menu or from the buffet.

a restaurant with tables and chairs


a table with silverware and glasses on it

For my late lunch, I had the pepper crusted steak.

a plate of food with a fork and knife

And for the dessert, I had a small vanilla cake.

a plate of dessert on a black surface

The buffet has a good selection of fresh fruits, cookies, and all types of other food.

a counter with plates of food and utensils

You can even make your own Mezze if you want to.

a tray of food in a buffet


a table with bowls of food and a plant

I found the honeycomb to be an interesting selection.

a bowl of food on a table

Past the dining area is the bar. The bar can serve anything from a soft drink to a cocktail of your choice.

a room with a bar and a table


a bar with orange chairs and a white counter

Next to the bar is the bathrooms, Etihad does a fantastic job to always keep them clean and tidy. Hat’s off to the cleaners.

a bathroom with a large mirror and two sinks


a toilet in a bathroom

As is the norm in all Etihad lounges there is a prayer room.

a toilet with a roll of towels


a room with white couches and a tv

As I mentioned earlier, the lounge does have an upper section. This is either used for VIP guests or when the lounge is reaching maximum capacity.

a staircase leading to a restaurant

The upper level is almost exactly the same as the lower, just a little more confined and private.

a room with white couches and a coffee table


a room with a couch and a lamp

It also has a fantastic view of the beautiful 787-9 😉

a white airplane on a runway


a room with couches and a tv

If the area is being used, there is a buffet available, however, when I was visiting it wasn’t being used.

a glass shelf with white flowers on it


a room with a white couch and a lamp

Here’s an overview of the main seating area on the lower level.

a room with couches and coffee tables

And here’s an overview of the main dining area.

a restaurant with tables and chairs

Bottom Line

The Etihad Washington lounge is a great place to relax and await your flight. This is the third Etihad lounge in the United States, beside Los Angeles and New York’s JFK airport. Is it better than the other two? No, but that’s in no way saying it’s a bad lounge. It’s got everything you could need, and the staff are lovely which makes the time in there very enjoyable.





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Tim Cook March 6, 2017 - 9:30 am

Didn’t know Apple renamed their iMac desktop computers to “Macbooks”… : )

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