Updated on March 7, 2016
After an enjoyable night in the Premier Inn, we got up early to make sure we beat security!
I had heard that security at the AUH could be pretty hectic, and the fact that we weren’t in any type of premium cabin made me a little nervous – so we just left a little early!
Pat and I showed up to the barren wasteland that were the check-in desks attempting to get seats next to each other for the flight to Johannesburg – no dice. Neither of us had middle seats, however, so it made it a little easier to switch with people on the flight!
Seeing the check-in area so empty gave me a pretty good feeling about security. It was empty! We probably breezed through security in under 5 minutes, at the absolute most.
After breezing through security we were on our way to the Al Dhabi Lounge!
Now, as I was the only one that had Priority Pass, we had to pay $27 for Pat to enter the lounge. Normally, we would have just stayed in the hotel a little longer or gotten a cheaper breakfast than that elsewhere. But I wanted to get a review in while I was here so it was money well spent (or at least that’s how we justified it)!
Oddly enough, I found out when we got up the stairs that the airport hotel was actually right next to the Al Dhabi Lounge. It was unfortunately closed while we were there which is why we stayed at the Premier Inn. I’m pretty glad it was closed because it forced us to stay in the Premier Inn and I enjoyed it.
The check-in desk was a bit crowded. We probably had about 8 people up there in front of us.
After about 4-5 minutes we were up to the front, swiped my card, and were in! First things first were to get a seat and put our bags down – then chow down!
As you enter the lounge, the first room is pretty open and has tv’s and a beverage station. The first room also had a ton of seating, including mostly individual chairs.
The second room is where the two main food stations were and a lot of the seating. It’s the room we sat in and was the most popular part of the lounge.
The room had two separate food stations with different food. The hot-food table, now known as table #1, was complimented by the rabbit-food table, now known as table #2.
The food in the lounge was pretty good! Between the meat, eggs, fruits and fresh juices, I actually had a pretty good breakfast – and not just for a lounge.
Pat and I got a seat in the corner near the wall and set up camp with our two big travel backpacks and whatnot.
The third and final room was where you make your money – the bar. It was a darker room because it didn’t have windows to the terminal on the side. But it also contained alcohol….so it balanced out.
Intrigued by drinking in the Middle East at 8:30 in the morning, I couldn’t resist but get Pat and me a couple mimosas. Only for the site, of course.
The lounge is open 24 hours a day, which isn’t unheard of in the Middle East, where flights leave around the clock.
The lounge is pretty solid for a contract, Priority Pass lounge. It has good food, free alcohol, internet connectivity and lots of pretty comfortable seating! It blows the first contract lounge of this trip, the Wingtips lounge in JFK, out of the water.
Assuming you have Priority Pass, it’s worth it to get to the airport a little bit early and get a decent breakfast and relax!