United Lounge @ LAX

Review: United Lounge @ LAX (Los Angeles, CA)

The United Lounge at LAX has been saying that they are currently doing renovations. This is re-assuring because I went there for some pre-flight lounge time recently and the lounge has  a style that looks like it was the hippest thing back in the 90’s. As soon as I walked in, I noticed that the feel of the lounge was off; it felt like I just walked into a corporate cafeteria and recreation room from the early 2000’s (If I knew what one looked like back then). The lounge can be separated into 3 sections. There’s a large lounge seating area in the center. To the one side of that lounge seating area are what seemed like conference tables, and on the other side is the cafeteria-looking bar.

United Lounge @ LAX

Relatively spacious lounge seating area

United Lounge @ LAX

One side of the room was filled with what looked like collaboration conference work tables

United Lounge @ LAX

United Lounge bar area that seems like it’s from a converted corporate cafeteria

At the very least, it seems like the food selection update has made it to LAX. Continue reading

United Lounge @ EWR

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. Continue reading