June 19, 2015

Review: Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Business Class, Terminal 3 Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH)

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Etihad Airways Premium Lounge signage

Location: Terminal 3 close to gate 35
Access: Business class passengers flying on Etihad, Ar Berlin, Alitalia, etc.
Opening hours: 24 hours

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi entrance

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi bar

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi ala carte dining

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi ala carte dining

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi breakfast buffet

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi breakfast buffet

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi breakfast buffet

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi breakfast buffet

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi business center

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi 1 of 3 dens with individual TV pods

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi 

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Style and Shave

As a first class passenger, I got a complimentary hair cut which would have otherwise cost 20-25 USD if I was flying in business class.

Hassan, the Moroccan guy who did my hair cut definitely knows his job as he has been doing this for 10 years now.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Six Senses Spa entrance

Since I had my haircut booked at 6:20am, I decided to book my back massage at 7am.

Omo, the masseur from India gave me a really wonderful back massage while I sat on this "energy chair". Thanks Omo 🙇

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi lavatory


Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi shower room

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi shower room

CONCLUSION

Before my flight on Etihad First Apartment from Abu Dhabi last month, I had a chance to visit the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Terminal 3. The First Class Lounge was supposed to open in April but I guess Etihad is really making it so nice that it is taking a long time. Anyway, they do have a small dedicated first class section inside the lounge, although there is really not much difference in the service and food as the buffet, dining area, Six Senses Spa (where you can get a complimentary massage), the Style and Shave (for haircut and manicure), the business center, and the shower rooms are all located in the bigger business class section. Upon arrival, I thought I'd book a complimentary haircut at the Style & Shave and then a back massage at the Six Senses Spa. Both these service were exceptional. The only problem I encountered was that I had to wait for a shower room to be available after my haircut as there are no separate shower rooms for first class passengers and that most of the business class passengers have booked way ahead of me. Fortunately, I was able to find a vacant shower room on the other side of the lounge. The food on the buffet looked great although I was not able to try their ala carte dining as I had planned to make use of their services in the Style & Shave as well as the Six Senses Spa. I also noticed that there were a lot of staff working in the lounge which reminded me of the scenario at the Al Mourjan Lounge in Doha. For a business class lounge, I thought this lounge was very nice although my faforite is still the Al Mourjan Lounge.


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