Where Ireland and America connect. Or so the website says.
51st&Green is the new lounge in Dublin Airport for passengers flying to the United States. It’s located after U.S. Pre-clearance in Terminal 2. Interestingly, it’s the closest airport lounge in the world to an active runway. That makes waiting a little bit more entertaining. And we had ample opportunity to check out the features of this modern lounge before our flight to Philly.
Dublin Airport Lounge Review: 51st & Green Lounge
We arrived at the Dublin Airport about 3 hours before our scheduled flight departure. As we were taking an international flight from Dublin to Philadelphia, we wanted extra time. And it’s a good thing we arrived early! After getting through check-in, security and U.S. Pre-Clearance, we barely had an hour left to relax in the lounge before boarding.
If flying internationally from Dublin, you MUST allow plenty of time to get your bags checked, go through security, go through customs (after waiting around for precheck), then to go through security again. As we were flying business class, which included a priority line for check in, it only took about 10 minutes to check our bags & have our tickets printed. The line was long for general boarding and would have been a minimum of a 30 minute or likely longer. It took over an hour to get through security and customs – without much of a line. I think everyone else was still waiting in line to check their bags!
Thinking of flying from Dublin the U.S. in business class? Read our American Airline Business Class review before you book your ticket.
Curious if you’ll be required to go through customs again once reaching the United States? Well, you won’t. Once arriving in the states, you can head straight to baggage claim if arriving at your final destination or to the gate for a connecting flight. This was great, as we had a short connection for our flight down to Tampa.
Thoughts on the 51st&Green Lounge
Upon entering the the 51st&Green lounge, my eyes were immediately drawn to the large bronze centerpiece featuring “paper” airplanes. The lounge is large and clean, accommodating up to 180 people. I liked the modern and simplistic feel. The lounge is open but also offers zones for guests to spend time as needed. There are spots to relax, work and eat. The tall windows flood the lounge with light and allow ample space for viewing the busy runway.
Staff frequently came around to collect trash and used dishes. This is the first lounge we’ve visited where used glasses and trash weren’t left on tables until after guests departed.
The bathrooms were clean, but there were only 4 stalls in women’s bathroom. For the amount of seating, I would have expected more. I would anticipate a wait if the lounge was full. We did appreciate the nice towels to dry our hands. It’s the little extras that make the biggest impressions.
Other amenities include:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Luxury shower rooms
- Entertainment area with sports channels
- Private area for Platinum Services customers
- Printing facilities
- Charging outlets for multiple devices
51st & Green Breakfast
51st&Green offers complementary food and beverages. The coffee from the machine was good, so we didn’t pay for the Barista. Soda, juice, wine and beer were also complementary. The 51st&Green breakfast included various cereals, two choices of muffins, banana bread, toast, fruits and pancakes. The kids thought the pancakes from the machine tasted good and even went back for seconds. Cheese, crackers, chips, fresh juices and water were also available.
The food was constantly being restocked by the friendly staff. The pancake machine ran out of mix and was immediately reloaded. Thats the beauty of being in an Irish lounge!
I had read reviews from other travelers that some additional foods were available for purchase only. I didn’t see this option for breakfast, but can’t comment for other meal times.
51st and Green Access
51st&Green welcomes all passengers. You can book lounge access online for just €35 per person or pay €39 per person on entry. Passengers holding business class tickets (as we did) have complimentary access.
We enjoyed our time relaxing in the Dublin Airport Lounge. The 51st&Green Lounge is a welcoming mix of contemporary style with Irish hospitality. Eat, drink and relax before embarking on your Transatlantic flight. And to make it all worthwhile, arrive extra early!
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