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While traveling on business last week, I had the opportunity to check out the Capital One Lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It opened in November 2021 and was the first location for the bank. Capital One opened a second lounge in Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) last week (more here).
Access is granted to Capital One Venture X and Venture X Business primary cardholders. They can enjoy unlimited complimentary access, plus complimentary entry for two guests per visit (it costs $45 per visit for additional guests). Venture and Spark Miles cardholders receive two complimentary visits towards their account per calendar year (additional visits can be purchased for $45). All other cardholders and non-customers can enter for $65. Children under age two can enter for free with a supervising parent or guardian. Access to all amenities is included with lounge entry.
Anthony’s Take: The Capital One Lounge is one of the nicest lounges in the United States. It offers delicious food, lots of grab-and-go options, a nice bar, plenty of seating, fast Wi-Fi, and other amenities like a shower suite, Peloton studio, yoga room, a relaxation room, a nursing room, and a multi-faith prayer room. I’m looking forward to checking out the location in Washington DC and the upcoming one in Denver.
There is a small lobby that leads to an elevator to the American Airlines Flagship Lounge and the Capital One Lounge. You’re asked to wait there (or leave and come back when you receive a text) when the lounge is full. The lounges are both located on the fifth floor. Once you get the text, you have 15 minutes to return and check in. My wait was around 20 minutes.
Once you exit the elevators, you check in at a desk staffed by several agents.
You need to present your credit card and same-day boarding pass. Access is allowed only within three hours of departure.
Cake pops are available on the desk. Make sure to snag one to take with you.
Just past the desk is the first seating area.
There are plenty of other seating configurations throughout the lounge and tons of outlets.
The bar is in the back of the lounge. It offers a good selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. There are also some premium options for sale.
The full menu is above.
Coffee and tea
There were various beverages on tap.
Lunch was being served during my visit. This buffet is divided up into several areas with each item already divided into individual portions. This is good for both preventing waste and is more hygienic than bigger trays. There are also multiple areas with grab-and-go options.
A refrigerated case is near the entrance. It’s filled with sandwiches, salads, and beverages that you may take with you. The staff at the front desk can provide a bag.
There is also whole, fresh fruit next to the case.
On the other side, you’ll find various snack mixes and candy.
Pesto Alfredo Meatball Sliders
French Onion Deviled Eggs
Sundried Tomato Hummus and Veggies
Spanish Chorizo Skewers
Roasted Tomato Crostini
BBQ Mushrooms & Cauliflower Rice
Red Curry Lentil-Potato Soup
Spinach Mango Rainbow Salad
Mac & Cheese
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower
Ginger Chicken Kahari
I tried several dishes and they were all great.
A separate buffet was filled with bake goods. These could be eaten in the lounge or bagged up to go.
Gluten-free Brownies and Baklava
Royale, Lemon & White Chocolate, and Caramel Pecan Cookies
White Chocolate and Cranberry Scones
Butter Croissants and Pan Au Chocolat
Seating & Decor
There is a good amount of seating in this lounge. There are tables, comfy chairs, and counters that serve as individual workstations around the room. There is not a ton of art around the Capital One Lounge, but I liked the modern decor throughout.
The Capital One Lounge offers free Wi-Fi, a cycling and yoga studio, a shower suite, a nursing room, a multi-faith prayer room, a relaxation room, and the food and beverages mentioned above. The shower suite above was occupied the entire time I was in the lounge.
The cycling studio has two Peloton bikes and views of the runway outside.
The nursing room had ample space for mothers and children.
The relaxation room was also busy the entire time.
Another water dispenser is tucked near these amenities.
The Capital One Lounge is one of the nicest lounges in the United States. It has a great menu, bar, and plenty of seating to work and relax. There are multiple amenities here, but most accommodate one person at a time. They were occupied most of the time I was there, but if you have time you can relax, pray, shower, or ride a Peloton.
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