Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

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Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

With the 1.5 hour, mostly non-eventful flight from Frankfurt to LHR in the books, Jaime and I made the trek from Terminal 5C to Terminal 4.

Back in Frankfurt, the BA representative gave us ticket folders that had information about our transfer in Heathrow. It told us that from Terminal 5 it would take about 75 minutes, and from Terminal 5B or 5C if could take up to 90 minutes. This seemed completely absurd that it would take that long, and it made me a little more nervous for our just over 2.5 hour layover.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

[Taken from the Heathrow website] As you can see, it’s a bit of a trek to Terminal 4!

Now obviously I wasn’t worried about missing the flight, but with this being our honeymoon I wanted everything to be perfect, which meant having time in the EY lounge before the best flight of my life!

Being a travel blogger (albeit very part time), I’ve read countless horror stories regarding transferring LHR. I was absolutely prepared for the worst and was luckily surprised in a good way!

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

[Taken from ifly.com] For those of you unfamiliar, this is a breakdown on Terminal 5. You have to take the train from the C gates to the A gates, then take busses from there to Terminal 4.

Our flight landed in Terminal 5C, meaning we literally had the longest possible transit in LHR, going from 5C to 4. Much to our delight, from disembarking the plane to getting through the security checkpoint at Terminal 4 (yes, you have to go through security again – it was literally just the two of us) it only took us about 40 minutes!

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Talk about a luxurious trip – we had the transfer bus all to ourselves!

After going through the security at Terminal 4, we went to the Etihad desk, wanting to get our next two flights’ boarding passes printed on Etihad stock (as we had temporary passes on BA stock). While we were there the agent also re-confirmed that our bags were being tagged all the way to the Maldives, to which we concurred, of course. This comes in to play a few installments from now (scroll down to and take a guess).

New boarding passes in hand all the way to the Maldives, along with another set of baggage tags, we were are set!

All caught up on our transit at Heathrow, let’s take a look at the trip so far:

It was pretty easy to find the lounge as it’s actually right across the hall from the departure gate. You have to go down a floor via stairs or elevator to get to the lounge.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Upstairs signage

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

In case you were lost from the last sign 15 feet before, proceed the only way you’re able to go…

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Classic Etihad lounge signage.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Opaque class entrance to the curvy stairs. It took me about 2 minutes to even be able to get a picture with only one person in it….a good indicator of how busy this lounge was.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Here we go!!

After getting our daily exercise (give me a break, it’s our honeymoon), we got to the front desk and they were waiting for us, checking our name off a list. They showed us into the lounge and explained some of the intricacies of it.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

I forced her to take this….but it didn’t seem like she hated it!

We took a quick loop around the lounge and then settled on a table (one of the only ones available) near the bar to get some grub. While we knew we would be eating on our flight to AUH in the wonderful First Apartments, we were pretty hungry and decided to just grab a little bit of food.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

BAR – The most important part of all lounges – I don’t care who you are.

The lounge isn’t overly large. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Directly behind the front desk is the a section of dining tables and the bar (where we were).
  • After you pass the reception desk, immediately to the right is the kid’s playroom and prayer room, and past that is an open seating area.
  • Also on the right side towards the back was the Six Senses spa. No visit from either of use – maybe next time.
  • Behind the bar to the back-left corner of the lounge is another seating area area with chairs/loungers.
  • The lounge has two choices when it comes to food. You can order off then menu (which we did) and/or you can get food from the buffet (which just I did….I ate a little more than her).
  • Attached to that room, just off of it, is the room for the A380 Residence passenger. I knew our flight didn’t have a passenger(s) in the residence, but I peeked through the opaque glass just to be sure. Looked cool in there, with their own private dinner, couches, tvs, etc. Alas, all set up for no one.

Did you get the picture of the lounge? No? Great. No one every really does. It’s hard to picture the exact layout of a lounge you’ve never been to, and honestly it doesn’t matter if you really get it. Just look at the pictures.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Elevator lobby – which turned into a madhouse when they announced boarding.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Spa! Didn’t even inquire about a massage as we didn’t have a ton of time, and judging by all the people in there, I figured there was no way they had availability.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Looking back towards the front desk area (straight ahead down the hallway – look for the flowers). Kid’s playroom on the left.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Part of the main seating area.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Pretty much the same picture with the one guy not in the black chair.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Mini business area in the back-left seating area (near the buffet). Just one computer and printer.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

The back left seating area

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Entrance to the private lounge for The Residence. You can see in there a tiny bit, but you have to be extra creepy to do that.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Speaking of creepy, I didn’t go inside the kid’s room to take pictures. Not quite the attention i’m looking for.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

While I walked around taking photos, Jaime sat down at the table while connecting to the wifi and checking out the menu.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Dinner Menu

Like I said earlier in the post, we each order off the menu, while I also got some pasta from the buffet. We obviously complimented these meals with champagne.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Absolutely delicious red pepper and tomato soup. Big fan. My white jacket was very much afraid of this.

I had the Tagliatelle and it was superb. Jaime had the same and copied my opinions of it (Copy Cat).

Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge LHR

Yummy pasta!

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Dessert: Dark Chocolate Tarlet. De – wait for it – licious.

During our meal, a lounge attendant came up to me and asked me about our checked bags. This worried me a little, considering we have now confirmed TWICE that they were being checked to the Maldives. She told me our bags were only checked to Abu Dhabi, and asked if I wanted to check them all the way to the Maldives. I obviously answered YES….guess what happened? (stay tuned a few more posts).

Annnnyyyyyyyy way, back to the meal. To accompany my meal I got penne pasta from the buffet and some of the bread. It was just easier to grab that than bother the waiter for bread.

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Buffet

Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

Buffet – un tiempo mas.

Conclusion

The lounge was pretty solid for a non-hub lounge. It had pretty good food, good vibe, massage services and even a kid’s room. It was very hot though – very hot. I took off my jacket and was still sweating in just a polo. A big part of that could have had to deal with the fact that the lounge was completely packed, so who knows. If that’s my biggest complaint about a lounge – good job.

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2 Comments on “Lounge Review: Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge LHR

  1. Great TR. Do find it funny how you Americans are shocked you have to re-clear security on an international-international connection when you have to re-clear security on an international-domestic connection in the US (thinking ATL here). To me it makes sense for every transiting airport to re-check security. Better safe than sorry.

    • Will,
      Thanks! Really transiting LHR wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be. I think we just really lucky with timing and there being zero people in the security line.

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