The Ethiopian Cloud Nine Lounge Review is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.
The rejection theme of access to lounges continues (see Ethiopian Lounge Victoria Falls and Bidvest Lounge JNB). Following the awful flight on Ethiopian’s 737, I found myself in the equally awful Addis Ababa airport. I have been to this airport twice before and thought that it was under construction. If it is, nothing has been done since I was here in 2013. It still has the Sam’s Club feel to it (not even as nice as Costco). This time, instead of sleeping on the lawn chairs that are spread throughout the terminal, I thought I would find shelter in Ethiopian’s Club Nine Lounge. When I went to get my boarding pass for my flight to Nairobi, I was told that I would not have access to the lounge because my ticket was in economy. I tried to explain that it was a voluntary downgrade because of no availability, but the agent wasn’t having it.
Luckily for me, I still had my business class tickets for my flight to Kilimanjaro (at the Smoker’s Lounge in JNB, I made the executive decision to change my itinerary from JRO to NBO). I used those to access the lounge. Th tickets were not scanned so it worked just fine.
The Lounge Itself
With all the red colors, the lounge reminded me of the Chinese restaurant. Cartwright? Cartwright? It is big in size but there’s nothing special about it. I found a chair in the corner, pulled up another, and went to sleep.
I didn’t see anything appetizing so I passed on the food. The first time I came to Addis Ababa I tried injera, the national food of Ethiopia. I wasn’t a fan then at a restaurant and wasn’t keen on trying it in the lounge.
I had a St. George’s beer for breakfast, something that even Ethiopian Airlines cannot mess up.
With four hours until my next flight, I’m glad I had somewhere to sleep. Had I been denied entry, I would have been fine on the lawn chair.