Review: United Lounge @ EWR (Newark, NJ)

The United Lounge in Newark, New Jersey (EWR) is one of the better domestic United Lounges that I have been to. It’s located on an upper floor where you need to take an elevator (or stairs) to get to. It’s a circular lounge that wraps around the food court below it and gives you a panoramic view of the terminal and air field. The decor is classy with leather lounge chairs and empty space. There’s a separate business center for printing/faxing, quiet room, bar area, as well as a TV room.

United Lounge @ EWR

United Lounge overlooking the food court

United Lounge @ EWR

One side of the lounge with airline information screen

United Lounge @ EWR

United Lounge with windows overlooking the plebeians waiting at the gate

The usual lounge chairs and work desks are there. The bar is stocked with low-tier beer, liquor, and wine, which is fine. I wouldn’t pay the extra $7 for the “premium” Corona, but booze is booze.

United Lounge Snack Center

United Lounge Snack Center

 

It seems that the Lounge in EWR has maybe upgraded their food selection recently. The previous United Lounges I’ve been to have been serving what someone I’ve read rightfully described as kindergarten lunch box items: carrot sticks, cookies, coffee, plastic-wrapped cheese, and plastic-wrapped crackers. Now there’s at least some hot food and something a little more filling for a travel-weary stomach.

The food spread at the lounge includes a hot vegetable soup, bread, nuts, bell pepper, hummus, cheese and crackers

The food spread at the lounge includes a hot vegetable soup, bread, nuts, bell pepper, hummus, cheese and crackers

The value of the United Lounge varies from person to person. There’s a number of ways to obtain access, but the most standard way is a $50 day-pass, $450-550 (depending on member status) annual membership, or free one-time passes. However, during my 3 hour delayed flight, I’d say the comfort and food the lounge provided was definitely worth it. It is also nice to have an outlet and internet access so that I could actually enjoy being at an airport just like I would enjoy sitting in front of my computer at home.

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