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Introduction: The Flight Of A Lifetime
Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge Washington Dulles Airport
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Review: Etihad Lounge Melbourne Airport
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My flight from Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi was departing at 10:10PM, and my connecting flight had me arriving at Dulles Airport quite a bit early, at around 6PM. The Etihad Lounge only opens at 6:30PM, so I had planned on checking out the Turkish Lounge at Dulles Airport.
This lounge joined Priority Pass earlier in the year, so I’ve been keen to check it out, since I figured it would be one of the nicer Priority Pass lounges in the US. Keep in mind that all terminals at Dulles are connected airside, so you can use this lounge even if flying domestically on United, for example.
As a reminder, here’s a table with some of the major credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
The Turkish Lounge Dulles is open daily from 6AM until 11PM, and is located near gate B43. At Dulles Airport, the A & B concourses are attached, and gate B43 is towards the far end of the terminal.
The lounge has a cool exterior that’s on point for the Turkish brand. This lounge is contracted out to quite a few airlines as well (which is why it’s open all day, despite there only being one Turkish flight per day). I know some other Star Alliance carriers use the lounge, as well as Saudia.
The lounge consists of two main rooms. The biggest one is a rectangular room right as you enter, which features plenty of seating, including chairs with ottomans, dining tables, couches, etc.
On one side of the lounge there’s a window with fantastic views of the tarmac, while the other side of the lounge has a mirror which looks similar to the one in Turkish’s flagship lounge in Istanbul.
Near the entrance is a huge Turkish 777 model, which I thought was pretty cool.
In the far corner of the room are several computers and a printer. There’s also a wall with half a dozen TVs.
This room also had the buffet, which was in two separate areas. By the wall was a coffee machine, soft drinks, cookies, baklava, rice pudding, cheese, pretzels, and wasabi peas.
Then across from that was a buffet spread with a very nice selection of fresh items.
In terms of quality and quantity, the spread reminded me of what you’d get in an Amex Centurion Lounge. There were a couple of types of salad, hummus, fresh fruit, etc.
Then there were four hot dishes, which looked reasonably appetizing.
As mentioned above, the lounge has fantastic views of the tarmac.
I was there just as the Lufthansa 747-8 was pushing back for Frankfurt.
As you can see below, the lounge really is located next to gate B43. 😉
Past the first big room was a long hallway.
Along the hallway were the toilets, shower, and prayer room. There seemed to be one shower room, though unfortunately it was occupied when I visited, so I didn’t have a chance to snap pictures of it.
The toilets themselves looked quite nice, though.
Past that was the bar area, which was a cute little room. There was a rectangular bench with a flower arrangement in the center, and then by the far wall was the bar.
The bar had a solid liquor selection, and all drinks are complimentary, as far as I know.
There was also another self serve area here with coffee, soft drinks, and light snacks.
Next to the bar was a nap room with day beds. They weren’t fully flat, but did look like a comfortable place to relax. Unfortunately there were people in that area when I visited, so I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures.
Turkish Lounge Dulles Airport bottom line
While my visit to the Turkish Lounge was brief, I thought this was a really solid lounge, and easily one of the best Priority Pass lounges I’ve visited in the US. The lounge is beautifully designed, wasn’t crowded, and had a solid selection of food and drinks. This is a great option for anyone flying out of Dulles Airport.