The Air France – KLM Lounge at Washington Dulles recently joined the Priority Pass network, offering an alternative to the British Airways Galleries Lounge at IAD and and arguably a better lounge option. I spent several hours in the lounge yesterday and offer this review.
- Location: Concourse A, opposite Gate A22
- Hours: 10:30a – 10:00p, daily
- Food: sandwiches, soups, pizza, fruits, yogurt, bread
- Alcohol: complimentary
- Showers: yes
- Access: SkyTeam Elite Plus, Business Class, Priority Pass, Lounge Club
For years I’ve used the British Airways Galleries lounge, open daily from 7:30a – 2:00p, in the same concourse but this Air France – KLM lounge was added last month as a Priorty Pass lounge after PP lost its lounge contract with United Airlines.
The lounge is spacious and in Air France’s red color. The food spread is significantly better than the BA lounge, which offers just potato chips, cookies, fruit, yogurt, packaged cheese, and beverages. This lounge offers a wide variety of sandwiches, pizza, soup, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, as well as snacks like peanuts and potato chips. Liquor and soft drinks are also available and per Commonwealth of Virginia regulation, administered by a bartender.
There is no business center and wi-fi is poor — the BA lounge has far superior internet speeds and you are better off using the free Washington Dulles network than the protected AF Lounge network.
Bathrooms are clean and the single shower room is spacious. If for no other reason, avail yourself to the shower suite for a nifty Air France amenity kit.
I spent the entire afternoon and evening in the lounge yesterday and it filled and emptied according to the Air France, KLM, Korean Air and Aerflot departures. The lounge never reached full capacity.
Air France – KLM Washington Dulles Lounge Seating Area
Air France – KLM Washington Dulles Lounge Food and Drink
Air France – KLM Washington Dulles Lounge Bathroom and Shower Room
I’ll still use the BA lounge when I am IAD in the morning because I have come to know the lounge manager and like the cappuccino there machine slightly better, but there is no question the Air France lounge at Washington Dulles is a valuable addition to Priority Pass and a better lounge overall. The Lufthansa Senator Lounge, it must be noted, is located between the BA and AF lounges and beats both of them.