Lounge Review: Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi (T1)

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 was refurbished not long ago and though is definitely worth a new review. We’ve already reviewed the lounge more than a year ago, but as several things changed, the lounge looks even more impressive today! Read what you can expect in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 in our newest lounge review!

While the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 had a greenish color scheme when we visited in 2014, it definitely changed since then.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge comes with a new and modern design

The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge is indeed equipped with the new and more stylish new Etihad design. This means that the dominating colors are brown, beige, white and black.

This makes the new Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 very stylish and modern. As before, the lounge is separated in different areas.

Seating in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1

When it comes to the seating, the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 looks quite different to the lounge in Terminal 3, which we reviewed here. The latter still comes with the old design and though looks not close as stylish as the new lounge.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

In the new lounge, you can find the typical modern dining tables

This one also comes with new and more comfortable leather chairs, which differ in color and style. While most chairs are typical lounge chairs, you can also find high top seating and dining style seating in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

The lounge chairs also got upgraded

Especially the dining set-up looks extremely modern and definitely reminds guests of a restaurant rather than an airport lounge. While I liked the seating in general and the portioning in most areas, I found the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge T1 a little small taking into account the number of guests in rush hour.

However, this didn’t change to the old lounge due to space restraints in the old terminal in Abu Dhabi.

Food in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1

The last time I’ve been to the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1, I enjoyed the breakfast buffet, which was really amazing.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

The buffet spread in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi is impressive

This time, I visited the lounge during the night, where a dinner buffet was set-up. While the offerings are plentiful, I didn’t find the presentation to be as appealing as I’m used to with Etihad Airways.

Being not very hungry, I just had one or another bite and everything was good once again. Nevertheless, I kind of missed the on-demand dining options you can enjoy in other Etihad Airways Premium Lounges, for example in the new lounge in Paris.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

There’s also a little Arabic corner on the buffet

However, the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 still comes with great food offerings and you can surely have a nice meal there!

Entertainment in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1

Speaking of entertainment options, Etihad Airways is one of leaders in my opinion. For example in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 there are not only several flat screen televisions, where you watch news channels. You may also opt for one of the several newspapers and magazines available in different languages.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

There are several entertaniment options at the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge

If you want to browse the internet, you may either want to make use of the free and fast Wi-Fi or enjoy the business center equipped with iMac’s. In my opinion, the fact that there are just Mac PC’s is the only downer when it comes to the entertainment opinons in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1.

Bottom line Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1

Etihad Airways definitely offers one of the best lounge experiences available in the world. Taking into account that the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 is actually a Business Class lounge, the offerings are absolutely great. The buffet is really big and comes with a nice selection of international and Arabic options.

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Terminal 1

With the refreshed design, the Premium Lounge is a nice spot to spend some time

The staff is extremely friendly and well trained and the new seating does not only look beautiful, but also is very comfortable. Last but not least, the entertainment is very good as well. The Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi T1 might not be an amazing lounge for First Class, but it definitely is for Business Class!

 

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