TravelBuzz - Best Airline Club/Lounge
What do Flyertalkers thing is the best airline club out there? Membership clubs, First Class lounges, or Biz Class lounge, etc. are all open.
One of my favorites is the US Airways Club in Philadelphia. It is huge, streching the entire distance between Terminals B and C, over the Philadelphia Marketplace. It is all one big, open room, but divided into little sections by the placement of the chairs and tables, etc. It is a bit inconvenient if your connection doesn't invlove a change in terminals, as it replaces the many Clubs scattered between the two terminals.
What do you all think?
Dec 1, 99, 4:24 pm
The only ones I've seen are DL CRCs and the Biz. Elite lounge in ATL - all of which are extremely nice! I've heard that the BA and VS lounges are extremely nice and I'm sure the SQ ones must be too ...
Dec 1, 99, 5:13 pm
I haven't really been in that many, but out of the handful I have, I'd say the Crown Room in Cincinnati and the RCC on B Concourse in ORD were tops. And ohmygod was the Arrivals Lounge at LHR (that I had no business being in) heaven on earth. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
I agree about CVG, but the CRC in MCO is the nicest domestic lounge I've ever been in.
Of the ones I've been to, the RCC at HKG is tops.
The BIG one for Continental at Newark it tops, I think. It wasn't before it was remodeled, but now that the work is done, it's great!!
Dec 1, 99, 6:35 pm
I have to say that the new DL CRC at Lindbergh Field is great! Very intimate, but stylish and high-tech (internet access, flat screen monitors, etc). They now have a liquor license as well...(they opened ahead of schedule and didn't serve liquor for a few days). Close to gates too.
I like the RCC at LAX too, but not the CASH bar. The Admirals club at MIA is great, except the CASH bar too.
Dec 1, 99, 6:36 pm
I really like the club that KLM and other airlines (except SA which has its own) use for business / first class customers at the Johannesburg airport. Great selection of local and non-local foods (hot & cold) and wines. Very nice liquor selection. Big comfortable chairs. Usually not too crowded.
Business Flyer Magazine ran an article a few months ago where they "created" what would be their ultimate business class from among the features of all the different airlines. Their choice for best lounge was the Virgin Atlantic lounge at Heathrow.
I cannot provide any first hand experience to validate Business Flyer's claim http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/frown.gif
However, of the clubs I have visited, the Delta International Business Class lounge in Atlanta was easily the best among the few I have been priveledged to sample. I snuck a peak past the door into the Delta International 1st Class Lounge at Atlanta, and it look even nicer.
The International Business Class Lounge used by South African Airways in CapeTown was just ok. Kind of small, with drinks and snacks laid out in the center near a drink cooler. But they did have showers in the lounge, and as my wife and I had just came in from a 3 week overland trip through South Africa, I am sure my fellow passengers where really glad the showers worked http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
I personally like the smaller club rooms. You get much more personal attention than in the huge rooms in hubs. My three favorite Presidents Clubs (CO) are SFO, DCA, and SEA.
All time favorite airport lounge is the UA first class lounge at SFO. Extremely comfortable, terrific service, and great food.
I'm very much looking forward to cisiting QF's lounges at LAX and SYD on my travels to Australia this spring.
Dec 1, 99, 8:18 pm
The Canadian Airlines lounge in Vancouver. If you don't agree, you probably haven't been there. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
One of the nicer (LARGER) clubs is the LAX RCC (united), also I agree with the PHL USAIRWAYS... I use to be Chairman's Prefered when it was worth lounge membership.. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
The small club of UA RCC in SNA (Orange County) is nice.. good service.. nice food... http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Without fear of contradiction nothing beats the CX Wing in HKG - in particular the First Class lounge. Each time I go there it seems there is something new to discover. Highlights:
- very modern yet soothing design by Conran
- concierge to take your hand luggage and coats
- waiter service for refreshments or buffet in a separate restaurant style area
- food (yes! high quality dim sum and other treats)
- full bathrooms to freshen up in, complete with mini-bar
- laptops on request with free internet access
- a new individual entertainment system to watch TV and movies, activated by swiping your boarding pass, system tells you when it is time to board your flight
- a secluded library area with a great selection of art and architecture books (supplied by Phaidon).
Second on my list is the BA Arrivals lounge at LHR T4. After a long haul flight a stop in here is highly recommended. Be sure to take advantage of the free massage service.
Dec 1, 99, 10:24 pm
My personal favorite (it's not the best but it's like HOME for me http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
The RCC at EWR:
*They know me by name
*they know I have "children" and ask about them
*the bartender knows what I want
*it's smaller and more intimate
*It has Sam Adams
*It has PEPSI!!!! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
But ANY Airline Club that helps you avoid crying children, screaming passengers, people with six bags on four seats and other annoyances is heaven to me! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Dec 1, 99, 11:26 pm
Pretty much any first class lounge at HKG is better than anywhere else. They devoted far more space to lounges at HKG than any other airport and the service is the tops.
The Thai 1st class lounge at BKK is pretty nice as well.
Dec 2, 99, 12:14 am
I must agree with both Stimpy and mgm that CX First Class Lounge is about the best there is anywhere in the world.
Though the Silver Kris Lounge in Singapore Changi is undergoing "heavy" renovation with a new look due in a couple of months time!
Any new AC Maple Leaf lounge. The best lounges though are the AC arrivals lounge in YVR and LHR....nothing like them....
Dec 2, 99, 8:16 am
I've only been to about six different lounges, but TWA's TransWorldOne lounge at JFK was heads and tails above the others (their domestic one there meanwhile is pretty crummy).
It's done in really warm colors and lighting and they have a large spread of food, which is generally very good.
UA SFO Int'l 1st class lounge has the best food of the lounges that I have been at. But generally speaking, you can't beat any lounges that are in Asia.
[This message has been edited by kyklin (edited 12-03-1999).]
Dec 3, 99, 5:20 pm
KenHamer, I'm looking forward to visiting the YVR Maple Leaf Lounge next summer. I understand RCC members have reciprocal privileges there???
Dec 3, 99, 7:04 pm
Apart from lounges in Asia, my favourite would have to be;
the new domestic NZ Koru lounge in WLG
- lots and lots of food all day (hot and cold)
- 18 different types of beer in the fridge (imported and domestic)
- wide selection of NZ wines
- wide selection of premium spirits and cognacs
- everything is free
- no pepsi! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/wink.gif
- helpful service
- very clean and quiet
- clean bathrooms and showers
- computer access, phones, desks etc
- lots of room and a great view out of the windows.
Only prob, is that I do not get to WLG all that much.
Hopefully the new lounges in SYD when the new terminals open should be good - had better to be to make up for the trauma of flying through SYD.
West Coast Flyer
Dec 4, 99, 5:23 pm
The Aer Lingus Lounge at JFK is nicely appointed, and has a nice selection of food, beverages, magazines and newspapers.
Dec 5, 99, 10:10 am
My favourite has to be the VS Clubhouse at LHR. Hair salon, putting, bars and food, and a conservatory overlooking the flghtpath.
Dec 6, 99, 7:20 am
Essexjay: I think ken is talking Candian, not Air Canada (Maple Leaf). In any case, the Air Canada ML lounge is actually a joint ML/RCC with a desk and concierge for both airlines on duty...and it is nice enough, but nowhere near the nicest RCC I've ever seen, in HKG...
Dec 6, 99, 1:44 pm
Cdn's YVR domestic lounge is a bit ahead of YYZ's (will it ever get its door?) with more secluded spaces, computer terminals, etc. Both have a good array of private work rooms/ kiosks. But those massage chairs in the corner of YYZ make it a toss-up for me. Granville Island on tap in YVR, Upper Canada on tap in YYZ. Snacks are variable at both, but were better when YYZ was under rennovation. And the bar is free! In Calgary it is AC's that is the best.
AC's YYZ Maple Leaf Lounge is too busy and has trouble keeping it together. YVR is better.
CX's small lounge at YVR is a tiny oasis with dim sum and anything else you could want. BA's Arrival's Lounge in T4 at LHR is a welcome space after an all-night flight with its showers and other amenities. BA's Club/First lounge in YYZ is also a pleasant smaller space, with its private dining room for pre- flight F-class dining a great complement to the inflight "bed" service onboard. QF's Sydney airside lounge was one of the original lounges equipped with showers, though it's always busy.