July 3, 2018
Review: Star Alliance Gold Lounge Addis Ababa

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I was connecting through Addis Ababa (ADD) on my way from Milan to the Seychelles. I popped in to the nearby lounge as I had a few hours to kill. This Star Alliance lounge, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, is located in the center area of Terminal 2.


Access


Customers traveling in Star Alliance Business or First Class or who have Star Alliance Gold status can access this lounge. I was flying Ethiopian Airlines Business and have Star Gold status, so access was a breeze.


Seating



It was around 8 AM when I got to the lounge. The whole area is full of these couches and there’s a couple rows of bar seats near the windows as well. It was surprisingly busy that early in the morning, so it took a few minutes of wandering around to find a seat.


Dining



Ethiopian had a good-sized buffet available, given the small scope of the lounge itself. Some options included scrambled eggs, roast potatoes, stir fry chicken, beans, cereal, fruits, juices, coffee, etc.



They also had an omelet station here! I ended up helping myself to two orders (I like to start off my day with eggs).


Amenities


The check-in agent gave me a piece of paper with a Wi-Fi code when I checked in. Each code is good for three devices. The internet speed worked fine during my visit.


Overall this lounge was fine. Much like Ethiopian’s Business Class flying experience-it wasn’t anything great or terrible, it was adequate. Space was a bit cramped and the smell of body odor was stronger than I’d prefer. There wasn’t a whole lot of air circulation, which can definitely be a problem in transit airports.

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