The East Lounge at Dublin Airport is a facility I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. I was never usually flying long-haul directly from Ireland in that direction, which is why it’s the last one for me to experience.
Every single lounge at Dublin Airport, apart from the Aer Lingus lounge, is operated by the airport. From the very nice 51st and Green Lounge after US Preclearance to the Terminal 1 lounge I have complained about many times, they all have a common operator. So, what is the East Lounge like?
East Lounge Access
The East Lounge is where passengers from Egyptair, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are sent before their flight. In actual fact, this lounge used to be the Etihad Lounge at Dublin, before they decided to hand it back to the airport to run.
Until relatively recently, you were unable to purchase access to the lounge, but this has changed. A lounge pass costs €42 online or €46 at the door and those who buy access are limited to two alcoholic drinks each. This does not apply to those who gain access from their airline travel class.
East Lounge Decor
Evidence of the lounge’s former operator are everywhere, especially as the lounge’s logo is an E with a Y through it. EY, of course, is Etihad’s airline code. I suppose it would not be that obvious to the general public, but I certainly knew what it meant.
The majority of the seats are banks of four with two pairs facing each other with tables in between. At one end is the bar and the other end is the picture at the top of this article. It’s not a particularly large lounge, but it is nice.
Breakfast Is Served
The East Lounge opens at 4am and I got there around 5am. There is plenty on offer at the breakfast buffet, and I filled a plate with all my favourite options.
That meant a sausage, both black and white pudding, the cheese omelette, and a hash brown. Food quality is very good and I was happy with my selection.
There are made to order items on the menu, such as Irish Porridge Oats and Toast in the morning. Later on, there is soup and toasted sandwiches, which would be fun to try sometime. Otherwise it’s self-serve sandwiches and the like.
Drinks wise there is no Champagne, as when a friend and I ordered a glass of it, we were told it was Prosecco. That was fine all round, but I probably should have added juice to make it a mimosa.
The East Lounge at Dublin Airport is a nice place to wile away some time before a flight. While the food options won’t set the world on fire, they do the job and that’s really all you can ask for.
With great views over the apron and generally nice decor, there is nothing wrong with this space. It has obviously been fit out at some expense, which makes it perhaps the best quality lounge at the airport.
What do you think of The East Lounge? Is it the best at Dublin Airport or do you prefer another? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.