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.
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.
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 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.