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Transport : Airport Lounges

This article reviews the oneworld® British Airways lounge at Los Angeles airport (LAX). There are 7 terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) plus the Tom Bradley International Terminal, all have at least one lounge and there are 5 at the Tom Bradley Terminal, one of which is the oneworld® Alliance Lounge. Access to this Lounge is available if your frequent flyer tier status is Emerald or Sapphire, or you are traveling First or Business Class on any oneworld® member airline, which includes Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Latam and Qantas.

The oneworld® Lounge can be found on level 5 and is accessible from the escalator next to Armani. The Lounge is open daily from 06:30 – 23:30. This is a very large and spacious Lounge with seemingly endless different areas to sit! Some are deliberately well lit, whereas others offer a more gentle light. It wasn’t particularly busy when I was there, though I assume by its sheer size that it can sometimes get that way. The Lounge is contemporary and stylish but does feels functional and rather business like, other Lounges I have been in have more of an edgy, sophisticated appeal. A communal fireplace (which wasn’t lit) and a glass atrium are central features, I imagine in cooler weather the circular seats around the fireplace would feel very cosy. The views are rather limited (there’s very little natural light) and mainly consist of views into the terminal.

Food & Drink
There are 3 main areas at the hot and cold buffet: a salad bar, a selection of main courses and a desserts section. There was a wide selection of food on offer, I had the Sri Lankan Chicken with Rice which was very good for a mass-produced buffet but not the standard you would expect at a 5* restaurant. The stylish large black-tiled bar offers a range of signature cocktails and premium wines, as well as beers on tap. Bottles of wine are also available on the bar for you to help yourself to in huge chilled buckets. A range of teas and coffees are available from self-service coffee machines which sit alongside soft drink machines, or you can have the barista make you a coffee if you’d prefer. The service is fine and they make an effort to keep the place cleared, but it’s not particularly notable simply because most items are self-service.

Services
There is a Business Centre off to the side which is slightly partitioned off but easily accessible. There are 6 internet terminals available here, none were in use when I visited as you can see in the photo. The Wi-Fi is complimentary, easy to access and reasonably fast.
There are televisions throughout the Lounge showing different channels and a range of newspapers (although, even though it was 14:00 the British paper that I found was for the previous date!).

The lounge is also wheelchair accessible.

Toilets & Showers
There are several toilet areas available throughout the Lounge, as well as sixteen shower suites with Aurora Spa amenities. The toilets were clean but relatively standard rather than especially stylish, they did offer hand cream which is an absolute must in my book!

I would recommend this lounge as it’s a very comfortable space, with a great range of seating and a good selection of food and drink, but just don’t expect anything particularly exciting from a style perspective.

If you enjoyed this article you may also want to take look at my airline reviews, airport lounge reviews including all the Galleries Clubs at London Heathrow, and my experiences in British Airways First and Business Class on the B777, the 787-9 Dreamliner, the A380 and the B747 Jumbo.

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