Inside: The Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport finally has a respectable terminal that it can be proud of when welcoming travelers from across the globe. Beautiful shops, eateries, and numerous club lounges (mostly grouped by alliance) are part of the new offering.

We recently took a tour of the beautiful Star Alliance lounge and were impressed with the clever style, ample food and beverage offering, and contemporary furnishings. Let’s take a tour of this airy, new lounge.

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Lounge entrance

The entrance is manned by two reception pods where tickets can be scanned to permit access. When they are not manned, passengers can proceed inside to be assisted at the reception desk.

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Reception desk

The reception desk has three stations to swiftly move crowds through, although with flights spaced out throughout the day, things are rarely busy except for during the mid-afternoon (when most Europe-bound flights depart).

A380 aircraft model

A380 aircraft model

At the reception desk, there is a beautiful Airbus A380 aircraft model painted in the alliance’s catching livery.

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Check-in station for staff

I snuck a peek at the system agents use to check in customers to the lounge. It looks like they simply tap on the airline of travel and enter the appropriate information (although it is likely to be transmitted by a simple scan of the boarding pass).

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Storage area for luggage

Plentiful storage space is available for luggage although most passengers seemed to keep their carry-on bags with them in the lounge.

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Lounge corridor

The stunning entrance hallway makes a fantastic first impression, and translucent curtains gently separate the large lounge into smaller seating areas.

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Sitting area

Off to the side are smaller sitting areas in quiet nooks that are much more private (and popular as they fill up fast).

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More seating

The lounge has a number of types of lounge areas from sofas and armchairs to small conversation areas. Artwork—such as the unique angle of the famous Hollywood sign showing it from behind—throughout spurs conversation.

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Lounge seating

Sheer curtains create the sense of smaller seating areas while the lounge is really just one large space.

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TV room

A dim TV room has cushioned chairs and is a great place to curl up with a book or to watch the news, a movie, or the big game.

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Artistic photographs

This quieter side room showcases some of the lounge’s beautiful artwork and photographs.

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Bar area

The lounge has numerous areas to find libations including this manned bar, where cocktails are shaken and stirred. A variety of beers are also available on tap.

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Decorative wine wall

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Wine wall behind the buffet

The main buffet and beverage areas are backed by an enormous decorative wall of wine.

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Breakfast spread

During my morning visit, the breakfast spread was still being offered.

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Hot items

The selection included several hot items like oatmeal and these tasty egg sandwiches.

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Cereal dispensers

At the end of the buffet, the cereal dispensers had several choices.

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Self-serve coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and beer

The coffee machine prepares fancy concoctions including cappucino and espresso. Soft drinks and juice are also available.

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Wine anyone?

Wine, beer, juice, and sparkling wine are restocked regularly offering ample choice for thirsty flyers.

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Many choices

Bottoms up! The staff were watchful of empty bottles and quickly whisked them away while replenishing with more.

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Vietnamese pho station

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A variety of noodle bowls rotate throughout the week

An Asian noodle or soup station appears to offer a variety of rotating selections. During my visit, the Vietnamese beef pho was absolutely delicious and extremely popular. It was tough to snag a photo of it!

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Terrace entrance

The most unique feature of the Star Alliance lounge at LAX is its al fresco terrace, offering shaded seating areas, relaxing water features and exceptional views of the tarmac and international aircraft parked below. Only Delta’s two Sky Clubs at JFK and Atlanta offer something similar, making this lounge very special.

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Terrace seating area

The glass table has an attractive fire feature housed inside, which would look especially catching in the evening hours.

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Terrace seating

Additional terrace seating is clustered in small groups or at one long communal table. Here, convenient power ports are available for those using their electronics.

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Lounge seating

More lounge seating, and plentiful tables, are available for those partaking in drinks or snacks from inside.

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Notice the clever quotations found on the walls located throughout various corners of the lounge.

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Lounge quotations

Departure screens display updated information on international flights from the terminal.

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Terrace bar

Of course, there is another bar for those sitting on the interior terrace.

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Lounge showers

A half dozen showers are available for those that want to refresh before or between flights.

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Bar selection

A separate, smaller lounge is available for First Class travelers, and it would not be uncommon to spot a celebrity or two here. The bar selection is better with more premium labels, and a few extra food platters are available here.

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First class entrance from inside the main lounge

A private entrance is available from the outside, but also from within the main lounge since first class passengers can access the food and drink buffets of the business class section (but not vice versa).

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Magazine rack

A nice selection of magazines is available in the first class section, which is similar to those found in the business class area.

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First class lounge entryway

This residential living room setting is in the entranceway of the first class lounge. Off to the side is a private room that celebrities or VIPs can choose to use while awaiting their flights.

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Power ports

Throughout the lounge, seats have convenient power ports that are perfect for the modern-day traveler.

Star Alliance and LAX have a real winner in this stunning new lounge that will make awaiting a flight a more pleasant experience. Come hungry, you won’t be disappointed!


Ramsey Qubein

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Ramsey Qubein
Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist and correspondent for Northstar Travel Media covering the hotel and airline industry from every corner of the globe. He has traveled to 144 countries (many more than two dozen times) and lived in both Madrid and Paris. His work has appeared in numerous consumer and industry publications including Travel+Leisure, Premier Traveler, Islands, Business Traveller, Singapore Airlines' Silver Kris, and US Airways magazines. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and completed a Master’s Degree thesis researching various aspects of marketing/branding in the travel industry. Ramsey is highly recognized as an expert in travel loyalty programs, business travel and the luxury travel segment. He flies nearly 350,000 miles per year and estimates he has circumnavigated the globe more than 80 times. He is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio programs and contributor to USA Today, Fox News, BBC, Frommers, and AirfareWatchdog. Ramsey enjoys participating on travel panels or roundtables and is frequently quoted on travel-related subjects. Interested editors are welcome to contact him for any freelance writing needs related to business travel, aviation, or the hotel industry.

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