Last night I flew United in Polaris Business Class from Los Angeles to London and finally had the chance to check out the recently-opened Polaris lounge at LAX. In fact, I made a day out of it…
The new premium lounge occupies the real estate of the former International First Class Lounge (which later became a standard United Club) about midway into Terminal 7 above the passenger concourse. The new lounge has taken the existing space plus additional space to make a lounge of 12,000 Square Feet.
So how was it? Excellent…just like the four other Polaris Lounge already open.
What stood out to me most was how empty the lounge was. It was most crowded when I arrived around 9:00AM before the Tokyo and Shanghai flights had departed (plus connecting Polaris passengers from the inbound Sydney and Melbourne flights). But it never got full. Not even close.
When I arrived I found a juice bar…love it, love it, love it. There’s nothing like fresh-squeezed orange orange juice and a glass of Naked Green Machine in the morning. Unfortunately, I agree with Sriram from Travel Codex that the cappuccino left much to be desired. Stick with espresso.
I had breakfast and lunch in the lounge. Why not try everything? For breakfast I ordered a Nutella-filled croissant, a “power green smoothie bowl” with granola, and chilaquiles for my main course. All three courses were tasty.
For lunch, I started with an “avocado and burrata tower” followed by a pasta course of butternut squash risotto, and finally the street taco trio.
I’ve had much better risotto, but the tacos were so good I almost had three more. Instead, I ordered red wine-poached pears for dessert.
The dining room is very small, though there was never a wait for a table.
There’s also a full buffet, sleeping area, showers, and restrooms. I’ll post a full report tomorrow with many more pictures.
United has done excellent work with its LAX lounge. If the crowding situation remains under control, this lounge will easily surpass the Star Alliance First Class lounge over the Tom Bradley Terminal as the best Star Alliance lounge at the airport.