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Transport : Airport Lounges

During my short layover at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, I visited the lounge of Ethiopian Airlines. This was the stopover on my Business Class flight on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner from Vienna (Austria) to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).

Ethiopian uses 3 lounges at Addis Ababa’s Terminal 2, which can make things a little confusing:

The Star Alliance Gold Lounge is designated for use by Star Alliance Gold members, including ShebaMiles Gold members (ShebaMiles is Ethiopian’s frequent flyer program).

The ShebaMiles Silver Lounge, located on the inside corridor away from the gates in the departure hall, is only accessible to passengers with ShebaMiles Silver status (silver is the tier one step above regular).

The Cloud Nine Lounge can be used by passengers flying Ethiopian Airlines’ Business Class who don’t have Star Alliance Gold or ShebaMiles status. In fact, it’s called Cloud Nine Lounge 2 because this is the lounge in Terminal 2 and there’s another Cloud Nine Lounge located in Terminal 1.

Since I don’t have status anymore with Star Alliance, I spent my layover in the Cloud Nine 2 Lounge. The lounge is quite large and features several separate seating areas with tons of comfortable loungers in addition to a corner with a few dining tables. The room’s walls and the seats are all red, reflecting one of Ethiopian’s 3 signature colours (the other two are green and yellow). At the end of the colourful and busy lounge is a quiet room where cell phone conversations are not allowed and where you can relax in a few seats with built-in massage functions.

The Cloud Nine 2 Lounge features a fairly large bar area as well as a buffet station, which offers a variety of refreshments, cold and hot snacks, including Ethiopian dishes and international dishes from the East and West. There’s also a traditional Ethiopian coffee station, which is the highlight of the lounge experience since Ethiopian coffee is terrific.

The lounge provides complimentary and fast WiFi, which is great since Ethiopian Airlines does not offer internet on its aircraft, so it’s the only place to check your emails while on route. You do not need to worry when to board your flights as Ethiopian Airlines staff members walk around the lounge and personally come to announce the departure time for each flight.

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Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert