Contributed by Hirofumi Suda
Before taking my flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix on my September round-the-world trip, I had a chance to visit United Club lounge in Terminal 7.
The lounge was renovated in December 2016 and is accessible to Star Alliance premium passengers (excl. domestic first class), United Club membership holders, as well as non-United Star Alliance status holders among others.
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Right after the lounge entrance and check-in, there was an escalator going to the upper floor where the lounge itself was located.
Interestingly, the lounge offered 360-degree view as all sides of it had windows overlooking the apron and the city. Those windows (combined with the ever-present Californian sun) also brought in a lot of natural light.
The lounge had plenty of seating and there was also a bar and a spacey buffet area.
One thing I loved about the lounge was its terrace from where one could enjoy some fresh air and airplane views.
Food & Drinks Selection
The food offered in the United Club at LAX included salads, two kinds of hot soup (clam chowder and Southwest vegetarian soup), various cold cuts, and cheese cubes.
As for beverages, there were soft drink fountains with juices and sodas, as well as the usual coffee machines.
For a moment, I would like to talk about the drink fountain. Rather than being a simple one found at many lounges, it was a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine where one could make their own “mixed” soda. Unfortunately, during my visit the machines did not work as intended and all I got was plain water. Oh, well.
Separately, there were also alcoholic beverages offered at the staffed bar – however, most of those were offered for a separate charge.
Going back to the food, since my friend told me his wife was preparing a dinner for me, I decided to have just a light meal. I picked up a bowl of clam chowder, which was excellent, and a slice of ham.
United Club Los Angeles International Summary
I found the United Club at Los Angeles airport to be a pleasant place to spend some time before a flight.
There was plenty of seating ranging from sofas to work desks and the lounge was airy and well-designed. The panorama views and outdoor terrace get the lounge some bonus points as well.
As for the food, considering that I was departing on a short domestic hop, it was more than sufficient. However, from the point of view of international passengers, it was subpar. That should, luckily, change once the Polaris Lounge opens.