Dublin Airport has quite a few lounges for departing guests. The lounge in Terminal 1, known as the “T1 Lounge”, features an expansive selection of desks, several distinct seating areas, light snacks, and a full bar.

The T1 Lounge at Dublin Airport accepts prebookings and walk-in customers and is open Monday to Sunday from 08:00 – 17:00. Access is complimentary to business class ticket holders on carriers including Air France/KLM, Finnair, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Lufthansa. Day passes are available for €25 per person when booked online or from €29 at the door.

Entry and first impressions

On a recent trip to Ireland, I decided to visit the lounge in Terminal 1. The lounge is located directly following security. After a few missed passes, I realized the stairs were directly behind me, between the security lanes, as if you were departing the airside area.

There are stairs and an elevator leading you up to the lounge area. I accessed the lounge using my Priority Pass membership. However, the lounge is also accessible using LoungeKey, Dragon Pass, cash, and to passengers flying on business class tickets.

Upon entry, I was informed that there were two sides to the lounge, the only difference being the left side contained the bar. Both sides have dynamic seating areas with a broad mix of couches, chairs, individual workstations, and communal tables.

The tables, long seated bar, and desks are fitted with power sockets that have two UK-spec power plugs in addition to two standard USB A sockets.

Snacks and drinks

The food selection at breakfast was minimal at best. The refrigerator on the left side contained an assortment of cheeses, brown bread, sliced watermelon, and coconut protein bites. There is a self-serve drink station next to the bar with a coffee machine, well-stocked soft drink fridges, and a selection of cookies and crackers. The area also includes a scone station with plain and fruited scones served alongside a variety of Irish jams and butter.

Dublin Lounge Breakfast Snacks

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The lunch selection was slightly more substantial, with an option of chicken stuffing and free-range egg salad sandwiches, delicious tomato and basil soup, and some small cakes.

Are you flying out of Dublin’s Terminal 1 instead? Find our review of its lounge here.

The space to the right of the entrance corridor was also supplied with a long self-service drink station containing light breakfast snacks and sandwiches and soup at lunchtime.

The guest bathrooms are located at the top of the stairs just outside the doorway and are well-appointed and clean, with large mirrors and sinks. There is also an accessible bathroom located between the men’s and women’s washrooms.

Dublin Lounge Showers

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The bathroom included a spacious waterfall shower, which was notably free of charge and exceptionally clean. It is in a single stall at the end of the bathroom with a little tray of complimentary mini bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner alongside a stack of clean towels.

Overall layout and functionality.

The flight information monitor was quite intuitive and one of my favorites I have seen. The left side features the first page of upcoming flights and is always static, so you don’t have to wait for it to scroll back to see your departing flights as you rush out of the lounge. The right screen features the typical scrolling pages of upcoming flights for the rest of the day, along with helpful information such as if the flight is duty-free eligible or past US pre-clearance.

Dublin T1 Lounge Flight Display

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The monitor also includes a convenient estimate of how long it takes to walk to the relevant gate, which is great for peace of mind and doubtless saves the front desk time answering the same question.

Overall, the lounge is partitioned well to provide ample space for individual private workstations, small booths for families, and long communal tables for larger groups. The only downside was the fact windows are frosted, which does not allow for apron views except through small decorative slits halfway up.

Dublin T1 Lounge bar

Photo: Jonathan Hendry | Simple Flying

Other lounge features include digital newspapers and digital magazines via the press reader app and complimentary WiFi.

Source: simpleflying.com

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