Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Washington (DC) Dulles International (IAD)
Lufthansa operates its own lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport, located in the B-pier opposite gate B50. The lounge is used by most European airlines in the Star Alliance which serve Washington, including Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and SAS.
The lounge is divided into a Senator section for Gold Card holders, located upstairs to the left after the reception, and a business section, located on the ground floor, which is accessed via a staircase opposite the reception desk.
The Senator lounge has Lufthansa’s traditional lounge design with black armchairs and white oblong lamps. The lounge is long and has views towards the apron through large panoramic windows. These windows also provide the lounge with plenty of light. In most cases, the gates in front of the lounge are used by airlines in the Lufthansa Group, which means walking distances are often very short when it comes time to board.
Directly to the right after the entrance is a separate section for passengers in first class. This area has no extra facilities but does guarantee guests a seat and a quieter atmosphere than the rest of the lounge, which can get quite crowded during the evening as there are several departures to Europe.
Eating and Drinking
The buffet area serves decent food. This is especially handy during the evening as one can eat in the lounge and, therefore, skip the dinner served on the plane. During this test visit there were pre-prepared sandwiches, a salad buffet, and a hot buffet with pork, potatoes, and broccoli. For dessert, there were two choices, pumpkin cheesecake and apple strudel.
One strange thing is that the state of Washington does not allow the self-service of alcoholic beverages, therefore, there is a staffed bar in the middle of the lounge. This is really not a problem, everything is still free and a bartender is on hand almost all the time. The bar has a good selection of alcoholic beverages, including three red wines, four beers and a variety of spirits. Coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks are available for self-service at the regular buffet.
Showers and toilets are available in the lounge. For those who wish to work, there is free WiFi provide by T-Mobile. A standard range of newspapers are on offer from a rack and there are also several TVs in the lounge.
A perfectly okay lounge, the excellent range of food and drink being a big plus. The biggest problem lies in the lounge’s size, it is simply too small for all the evening departures between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.