Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Washington Dulles Airport As A Priority Pass Guest
Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Washington Dulles Airport As A Priority Pass Guest

View from the Wing

After my brief stop at the Air France lounge I continued my tour of Washington Dulles airport Priority Pass lounges. Next stop: the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Washington Dulles by gate A32.

This is a very small lounge. There’s luggage storage at the entrance and I recall using this lounge before a transatlantic flight when staff insisted that leaving bags there was mandatory given the limited space inside.

I was welcomed in with a swipe of my Priority Pass card and my boarding pass. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Washington Dulles is open for Priority Pass access from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then it transitions to being a ‘real’ Virgin lounge for their 10:15 p.m. departure.

There’s a small seating area downstairs, along with buffet and dining room. Stairs lead to an upstairs section. While I was in the lounge there were only three other guests.

Buffet items are very limited.

You can choose to eat in the dining room, though regardless of where you’re seated in the lounge you can order food via QR code. However when the lounge is open to Priority Pass customers food is charged.

The lounge has a small upstairs space with additional seating. Since the stairs were roped off I asked staff whether they minded my having a look.

Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, Washington Dulles Airport As A Priority Pass Guest

Think of this as an abandoned pay-in restaurant. But it was quiet. Honestly, if I didn’t care to eat I wouldn’t mind spending time in here. But you can eat in the Turkish or Air France lounges (such as it is) or much better yet in the Capital One or Chase-Etihad lounges if you have access and if those are busy then simply wait here.

The Virgin Clubhouse certainly represented peace and quiet from the terminal, but I do wonder about the impression they’re leaving on guests – an impression of the Virgin brand which is lackluster at best.

Gary Leff

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