Review: Aer Lingus Revival Lounge, Dublin Airport

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For business travellers on incoming Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge at Dublin Airport offers a space to shower, have a light snack and prepare for their onward journey.

Aer Lingus Revival Lounge: Location

A baggage carousel at Dublin Airport
Do look out for it as it took me a moment to locate the door. If you exit the baggage hall, you can’t return!

I had the chance to use the Revival Lounge after a trip from Los Angeles to Dublin in Business Class.

The entrance to the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge at Dublin Airport

Once you see the door and welcome mat, you will notice it every time you arrive into Dublin via Terminal 2!

Revival Lounge Facilities

After a warm welcome and checking my invitation, I entered the lounge and was a little surprised at how small it is. There’s some seating in signature Aer Lingus colours, but it’s clear that the Revival Lounge doesn’t expect large numbers of guests.

Seating at the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

In the past, I’ve used Arrivals Lounges like Virgin’s service at Heathrow, or the ‘ses’fikile lounge in Johannesburg (sadly now closed). In my limited experience, the Arrival (or Revival) service hinges on providing drinks, snacks, a place to shower and an ironing service. How does the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge experience stack up against those goals?

Food & Drink

There’s an impressively large coffee station along one wall, as well as a hot water boiler for preparing tea. There are plenty of hot drink choices.

Coffee and tea facilities at Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

The snack situation was fairly light, at least when I visited. Some small pastries were on offer and cookies wrapped in plastic. The majority of visitors will have enjoyed a snack before their flight landed. There’s not much point in preparing and maintaining a hot spread here.

Snack options shown include mini pastries and cookies

Shower Facilities

Given that the lounge overall is petite, there are good shower facilities on offer here.

Toilet facilities at the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

The shower room was freshly prepared between visitors and felt clean and ready to use.

A large shower head in the private shower room

If you’ve just come off a long overnight transatlantic flight, and you’ve got work in Dublin or beyond, there really is nothing like having a facility to shower.

Voya products are used at Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

Aer Lingus seems to have a deep connection with Voya. They use this brand in their departure lounge and in the amenity kits in business – you can see that here.

Fun Ireland Activities

Ironing

This is the service which really makes it worth using the Revival Lounge. It’s hard to keep a suit, shirt or blouse crisp to carry on to a work meeting after a long flight. While you shower, staff will arrange for your clothing to be steam pressed. Guests place their items into a cupboard INSIDE the shower room, which staff members can access from the outside. Everything is returned there by the time your shower is finished. I love this service and wish I could have it in real life!

A sign showing the Steam Press Service at the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

Overall Impression: Aer Lingus Revival Lounge

Who would use a service like the Aer Lingus Revival Lounge? This is set up for anyone who doesn’t need to leave the airport quickly and has time to enjoy a shower and freshen up their clothes. It’s really not so much a stop worth making just for food and beverages. All the same, this is a useful service. It sets Aer Lingus apart from other transatlantic airlines operating the same routes. This is, after all, their home hub.

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I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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