Travel Planning: Fall in Asia
Review: LAX Star Alliance Lounge
Review: Singapore Airlines Suites Class LAX - NRT
Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Recap: Time in Tokyo
Review: HND JAL First Class Lounge
Review: JAL Business Class HND - GMP
Review: IP Boutique Hotel Seoul
Recap: Time in Seoul
Review: ICN Cathay Pacific Lounge
Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class ICN - HKG
Review: Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
Recap: Time in Hong Kong
Review: HKG Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge
Review: Cathay Pacific First Class HKG - SFO
After so much planning and anticipation, we are back from our trip to Asia and it's finally time to write about the experience! Due to flight availability, we flew to Tokyo out of LAX instead of our home airport (SFO), so we were able to check out the Star Alliance Lounge there. Our LAX > NRT flight was via Singapore Suites (more on that to come), so we were afforded entrance to both the Star Alliance First Class and Business Class lounges.
We grabbed seats in the first class lounge, which is connected to the business class lounge by a locked door, and both are located on the fourth floor of the Tom Bradley International terminal. Because there aren't many first class passengers, the first class lounge is very small, with a one-room seating and dining area, and has far fewer buffet choices than the business class section. Despite it's size, it was quiet and comfortable, so we were happy to sit in the first class area and walk over to the business class side when we wanted more snack variety.
As I mentioned, the food selection was quite small due to the lack of people in the lounge, but there were tiny portions of fruits, cheeses, crackers, and chocolates, as well as a nice selection of wines, beers, champagne, liquor, and non-alcoholic juices, sodas, teas and coffees. The first class lounge also offers an a la carte menu to order from in case you wanted a more substantial meal prior to your flight, but I knew that a feast was awaiting me on my Singapore Airlines flight, so I passed.
The business class side of the lounge was much larger and had a large buffet selection, which was serving salads, sandwiches and wraps, soup, fruits, desserts, and had a build your own noodle bar. There was also a full-service bar, various seating areas, a media room, shower suites, and both an indoor and outdoor terrace. The outdoor terrace was quite impressive and was not something you usually see at an airport. There was extensive seating, a water feature, several fire pits, and a bar out there as well.
Both lounges were beautifully appointed and I really loved all of the Los Angeles themed art throughout, especially at least one photo by my favorite photographer, Peter Lik, which I spotted hanging in the first class lounge. You could tell this lounge was located in LA, but the color scheme was understated and the images were all in black and white, so nothing was too over the top.
The service was also quite excellent. The staff in the first class lounge was attentive without being overbearing and were happy to offer us anything we needed.
The Star Alliance lounge is absolutely my favorite lounge at LAX and almost makes me wish I flew Star Alliance more often...
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