DUB: Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

 

Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge
If you ever want to see what airport lounges used to be like, visit the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge in Terminal 2. It's not that the Dublin Airport Authority can't do lounges - they can, just look at the lounge in Terminal 1 - it's just that this drab, depressing, room smacks of the 1970s, even though it was only built a few years ago.

Even finding the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge T2 is a bit of a mission. After security in Terminal 2, head down the lifts opposite The Loop shops to an area called 'The Street' which links (airside) T1 or T2. Infact from here, it's only a short walk to T1, so you might want to head there to the much better T1 DAA lounge which has had a light bright revamp.

However, if you are on any one of the myriad of airlines which use the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge T2 as their lounge (like Delta, Emirates, or American) you're stuck.

It's not that the lounge is particularly bad, it's not, but it is just one very tall large open room, and has all the architectural niceties of a bad 1970s bus station. Spot the wood veneer walls. The Swirly carpet. The Gull-wing lights overhead. Style is very much not in presence.

Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

However, it is a pleasant place to sit and wait for a flight.

There are racks of dull brown armchairs, between which small coffee tables are located (alas, without sockets to recharge your phone or laptop - there are sockets by the wall). The only hint of the 2000s are the small lamp standards.

At the far end of the room is a TV screwed to the wall - almost inevitably on sports. Which seems an odd place to put a blaring TV, because it is right next to the 'nap' room, where there are large white recliners. Never mind -the nap room is rarely useful for sleeping in, because people adopt it as their own private room, and nip in there with families, take in food, and have a bit of a picnic.

At the other end of the room, close to the reception desk, is a small children's room, a business centre with two computers (iMacs) and a printer. And the small refectory alcove.

And that's it - a small, dull, generic, airport lounge. It seems odd that it is used as the Emirates Dublin Business lounge, when Emirates normally put in large outstation lounges, but it appears they were beaten to it by Etihad, who have opened a vast and very good lounge in the only available space.

Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

Food

Forget having much food in the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge T2. If you want anything substancial, you really needed to eat in the 'Loop' before heading down here.

The only hot offering is soup, which changes daily. Rolls and butter are cold.

There is a quite decent cheese selection, including a little mini fridge with cheese in it, plus a selection of pastries in plastic wrappers, and muffins under a plastic cabinet.

Cutlery is in the small hidden drawer under the worktop.

Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

Bar

The bar in the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge T2 is pretty basic, as you might expect.

There are cans of Guinness, Strongbow, and Heineken in the frosted fridge, without a label, under the worktop.

There is also a bottle of a non-descript white in the fridge. On the worktop, in a lovely wine holder, is a very non-entity red.

Spirits are on a rotating optic. But don't get too excited either - there is Jamesons whisky, Bacardi, Gordon's Gin, Smirnoff vodka, and Hennessy.

Bathrooms

In lounge. As grimly corporate 1980s office block as the rest of the lounge.
Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

Business Facilities

The good thing about the Dublin Airport DAA Lounge T2 is the newspaper rack. It is large and comprehensive with not just the Irish papers, but also all the UK ones too. It is by the food counter, and there is another rack of Irish Times by the door.

There is free Wi-fi in the lounge.

The small and pretty much unused business centre has two apple iMac, and a colour printer.

Dublin DAA T2 Lounge
Dublin DAA T2 Business Class Lounge

Access

You can buy entry on the door for 20 euro. Although, if you are here, you might as well walk up to the much better T1 DAA lounge which is the same price.

The Dublin DAA lounge also accepts Priority Pass, Airport Angel, and Diners Club.

The lounge is also used as the Emirates Dublin Business Class Lounge, the Dublin American Airlines lounge, and the US Airways and Delta Sky Club Dublin.

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