I had the chance to visit the brand new United Airlines Polaris Lounge in Washington Dulles (IAD) yesterday ahead of its public opening tomorrow, October 21, 2021. Put simply, the space is stunningly gorgeous and this new lounge will be a great perk to international business class flyers from Washington Dulles.
First Look: United Airlines Polaris Lounge Washington (IAD)
For this post, I’ve selected 30 of my favorite photos from the lounge.
I love the beauty of this 21,000 square foot lounge: the natural light, the artwork by local artist Maggie O’Neill of America’s capital city, and the touches like the library and wainscoting on the ceiling of the bar.
You’ll see familiar features, including:
- Dining room with a la carte dining (42 seats)
- Buffet with individually-portioned dishes
- Bar area with unique cocktail menu
- Relaxation room
- Shower suites
- Individual restrooms
- Tarmac views
There’s nothing “temporary” about this lounge right next to gate C18, in the middle of United’s “temporary” terminal in Washington Dulles. I’d view this lounge as a good indicator that United is not going anywhere anytime soon when it comes to its greater terminal strategy at IAD.
Access to this lounge will be reserved exclusively for international longhaul business and first class customers on United or on a Star Alliance carrier. If you are traveling in business class, no guests will be permitted. From IAD, that includes a number of carriers that operate out of Terminal B including ANA, Austrian, Ethiopian, EgyptAir, and Lufthansa. Access upon arrival of your international flight is only for United Airlines Polaris passengers. Frequent flyer status does not come into play in terms of access to this lounge.
Later this week, I’ll post a more detailed review of this lounge with even more pictures and commentary. For now, though, I can confidently say this lounge is beautiful and a great addition to the United lounge portfolio.