My last trip before the outbreak of the corona pandemic took me to Los Angeles in December 2019. Before my return flight to Stockholm with SAS, I still had some time to spend in the Star Alliance Business Lounge in Los Angeles. I was really looking forward to it as this airport lounge is considered one of the best Star Alliance Gold lounges in the US.
There are over 1000 Star Alliance lounges worldwide. In most cases, these lounges are operated by a member airline such as Lufthansa. For currently seven locations, however, it was decided that the Star Alliance itself would maintain the lounges. In addition to Los Angeles, there are Star Alliance lounges e.g. in Rome, Buenos Aires, São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. You can find more information about the Star Alliance Lounge on the official website.
Where is the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles located?
The Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles is located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). The way to the lounge is very well signposted: after the central security check, I took the stairs on the right to get to the sixth floor above the duty free shops. A lift is of course also available.
Who has access to the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles?
All Star Alliance Business and First Class passengers departing from Los Angeles on the same day have access to the Star Alliance Business Lounge. Also, Star Alliance Gold owners, like me, have the option to visit the lounge before departure.
How is the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles equipped?
In the lounge there are several seating groups with armchairs and sofas, which are spatially separated from each other by curtains. I particularly liked the two booths, which are arranged like a private library. To the rear of the lounge is the dining area with a buffet and some tables and chairs and a really nice wine bottle display.
The terrace open to the terminal is also very nice. From there you can watch the hustle and bustle at the departure gates. I found it incredibly comfortable to sit here. This was partly due to the fact that it was sometimes too dark in the interior seating area. But with many passengers in the terminal, it can get a bit noisy here.
The absolute highlight of the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles is certainly the outdoor terrace with a view of the apron. However, it rained heavily during my stay, so the terrace was closed as a precaution.
The Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles also has showers, which should be a matter of course for a lounge with international departures.
What is there to eat and drink in the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles?
The Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles offered an above-average range of food and beverages for a business lounge. Compared to a United Club, I found the offer almost the same as a first class lounge.
Several hot and cold dishes were offered for self-service at a buffet. There was a selection of different salads, sandwiches, chips, four hot main courses and an extra buffet to put together a Chinese noodle soup. I also found the dessert variations and the cheese buffet particularly delicious.
Drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, were available from a buffet and from the fridges in the lounge. The selection of wine, beer, champagne and spirits were very extensive. There is also a bar where you can have various long drinks or cocktails prepared.
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Rating of the Star Alliance Business Lounge Los Angeles
In my opinion, the Star Alliance Lounge at Los Angeles Airport is one of the best business lounges I've visited in the United States. I really like the interior of the lounge. The terrace with a view of the apron is a particular highlight. The range of food and drinks is also quite extensive and of high quality.