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EY F, St. Regis AUH, Park Hyatt AUH, EY J, Conrad MLE, CX J, W HKG, LH F, LH C, LH F

Old Feb 4, 14, 9:44 pm
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EY F, St. Regis AUH, Park Hyatt AUH, EY J, Conrad MLE, CX J, W HKG, LH F, LH C, LH F

Just got back a couple weeks ago from a 2.5 week trip...

Itinerary (will add links to posts when I get it all here):

IAD-AUH EY F
St. Regis Abu Dhabi (new one at Nation Towers, not Saadiyat Island one)
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island
AUH-MLE EY J
Conrad MLE (including lounge & seaplane)
MLE-HKG CX J
W Hotel Hong Kong
HKG-MUC LH F
MUC-FRA LH C
FRA-IAD LH F

Hope to have all of it up here within 3-4 days...

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Old Feb 4, 14, 10:27 pm
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Anxiously waiting ^
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Old Feb 5, 14, 1:55 am
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Old Feb 5, 14, 3:25 am
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Old Feb 5, 14, 6:21 am
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Me neither; looking forward to this report! But why post now before there is anything to read?
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Old Feb 5, 14, 8:02 am
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Originally Posted by blueline7 View Post
Me neither; looking forward to this report! But why post now before there is anything to read?
Didn't mean to. Tinypic crapped out on me after uploading the image in the first post...

Still doesn't seem to be working. Can anybody recommend another uploader which also re-sizes images?
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Old Feb 5, 14, 8:12 am
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I booked our chauffeur service several months before the flight, and we did receive a confirmation call from the local contractor about a week ago confirming our 6:00pm pick up time. The contractor is actually in New Jersey, and talking to the driver, they subcontract his company in the DC area among others.

At 5:45pm, our driver called to inform us he arrived at our apartment building and was waiting for us downstairs. He had a nice, just a few day old Cadillac sedan with back seat climate control and cold water… nicer than your average Uber car for sure.

We didn’t hit any traffic and just a few minutes before 6:30 we arrived at Dulles airport. The Etihad counter is located around the back side, and they had a dedicated line for first class passengers with absolutely nobody in it (in contrast to the economy line which looked like about 100 families permanently moving across the world).



Security was also super light (“sir, there’s nobody in lane 7″...don't mind if I do) and we went from curbside to airside in about 7-8 minutes–most of which we spent getting checked in, which is extremely unusual for Dulles in my experience.We took the train to terminal A and made our way to the Etihad lounge, which is located just about 15-20 yards into the terminal from the escalators.



It’s a beautiful two-story lounge, though from what I could tell the second story wasn’t open.



There’s a small buffet with cold options:







…a dessert bar with a few snacks:



and a a la carte menu, which, while not exactly extensive, should have something for just about everyone:



We decided to skip the traditional restaurant style table and sat down in lounge chairs. Service was extremely attentive… definitely more so than in the Lufthansa lounge at IAD and more resembling one of their first class lounges in Frankfurt.

This is the reason I would say it’s probably my favorite lounge at Dulles Airport. It provides a near first class lounge experience, but it’s a mixed class lounge. Add in the chauffeur ride, and this is about as good as it gets at as a non-hub ground experience.

I ordered the cannelloni and my fiancee ordered the lentil soup. She also asked to see the tea menu, but apparently that’s more of a suggestion to ask for what tea you might like, than a physical menu…

Drinks were constantly refreshed, and before we knew it it was time for boarding, which can be done directly from the lounge:



Instead of a boarding call over the PA, one of the lounge employees simply starting circulating and letting everyone know that it was time to board. I didn’t stick around to see if there was a final boarding call over the PA since I wanted to get on board early and snap pictures, but I can’t imagine anyone not noticing boarding.

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Great start and great descriptive writing! Many thanks. Appreciate the time and effort to put this together so well.
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I am gonna pay attention on this one. Looks goooooooood!
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Old Feb 6, 14, 11:32 am
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::Hits refresh again::

Great routing, too. Hope you got some FCT time.
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Old Feb 7, 14, 6:56 am
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Really looking forward to the rest of this one....
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Old Feb 10, 14, 5:54 pm
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I'm a big fan of EY TRs, so looking forward to the first segment of this one!
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Good start OP, keep it coming!
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