The Turkish Airlines Lounge in Washington Dulles was one of my favorite Star Alliance and Priority Pass lounges in the USA due its excellent food selection. But be warned: food selection is currently quite limited during the pandemic. Here’s a review that looks at the Turkish Airlines Washington Dulles lounge before and after the pandemic.
Turkish Airlines Washington Dulles Lounge Review
Since it first opened in 2016, the Turkish Airlines lounge in Washington Dulles has been my favorite lounge at IAD. But the pandemic has transformed food and beverage offerings…and not in a good way.
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Hours + Location + Access
The lounge is located near Gate B43 and open daily from 08:30AM to 10:00PM. You can access the lounge using Priority Pass, with cash or credit card ($49), or if flying Star Alliance with proper credentials. Star Alliance business and first class passengers have access and so do Star Alliance Gold status holders traveling in any class of service. While those with United MileagePlus Star Gold status are not granted access to United Clubs on the basis of that status if traveling on domestic itineraries, that same restriction does not apply to this lounge. I was flying Washington Dulles to Newark in economy class and still had no trouble accessing the lounge on the basis of my status.
Food + Dink
Pre-pandemic, the lounge offered a lovely spread of food and drink. In addition to fresh salads and soups, delicious hot meat and vegetarian dishes were available along with fresh bread, fruit, and desserts. Eating here was far more satisfying than eating onboard and I made it a point to stop here ahead of my flight, when possible.
Lunch and dinner selections (March 2020):
Breakfast selections (March 2020):
But the pandemic has led to cutbacks. Breakfast now is limited to hard boiled eggs with arugula, yogurt, muffins, and bananas. That’s quite a diminution.
Beverage selection has not changed, with a full selection of beverage (including alcohol behind the bar) the same as before.
As you enter the lounge, you’ll encounter a large room with the buffet in the center and seating around it.
Proceed down a hallway along the window and you’ll come to the back room which has the bar, a couch that stretches around the room, and more tables and chairs.
During the pandemic, the little back room with additional couches (pictured directly above) is closed:
Restrooms + Showers
The lounge features a unisex shower suite plus restrooms and an ablution room for Islamic travelers.
Last time I was in the lounge the shower sign said this:
Now it says:
Did “unisex” become a bad word?
I’ve noted the secret lounge within a lounge before…there’s a big VIP area upstairs that I’ve never stepped foot in.
Is this lounge worthwhile now? It still beats sitting in the gate area and the food, though packaged, appears fresh. That said, until a full buffet returns or new a la carte menu is introduced, I will not bother showing up early any longer.
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