As I first wrote about late last month, Etihad Airways is opening a new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport this month.
This is Etihad’s third lounge in North America. Presently Etihad also operates a lounge at New York JFK and Washington Dulles.
The great news is that the Etihad Lounge LAX is now open daily from 1:30PM until 4:55PM. I was invited to attend the lounge’s opening earlier today, so figured I’d report back with my thoughts on the lounge.
Etihad’s new lounge in Los Angeles is located in Tom Bradley International Terminal. After you clear security, you’ll see the signage pointing right towards the Etihad Lounge.
Once you’re in the main part of the terminal, turn right and take the elevator up to the sixth floor, which is also where the Star Alliance Lounge is located.
Past that you’ll see the Etihad Lounge.
For context as to where the lounge is within the terminal, below is the view from outside the Etihad Lounge.
If you go further down the same hallway, you’ll find yourself at the Los Angeles International Lounge (which is a contract lounge), as well as the Emirates Lounge.
The exterior of the lounge is gorgeous, and is very similar to that of the Etihad Lounge in New York, though on a smaller scale. Come and think of it, I’d say that describes the lounge all around. The Etihad lounge seats a total of 76 people, with a maximum capacity of 122 people.
There’s a beautiful reception desk, with signage listing all Etihad Airways Partners. As of now the lounge is only accessible to Etihad passengers, though I’m told eventually airberlin and Alitalia passengers should have access to this lounge as well.
Past the entrance and to the right is a beautiful seating area, which can apparently be converted into a VIP room if needed. That’s because there’s a glass shield that can extend to completely enclose the room. That being said, I’m told for the most part it should be accessible to all passengers.
To the left of that is another small seating area, with six chairs.
As you go further into the lounge you’ll find yourself at the bar.
The bar is beautiful, and has a similar design to the bar at the Etihad Lounge in New York.
In addition to there being seating at the bar itself, there’s also a long bench behind the bar with several small tables.
Adjacent to the bar is the buffet, which I’ll talk more about in a bit.
Then next to the buffet is the dining area, which features nine tables.
Past that is another small room with 12 seats, with two rows of six seats facing one another.
Across from that is another small seating area with six seats.
There’s also a rack with magazines and newspapers.
As you walk to the back of the lounge there’s a prayer room.
To the left of the prayer room is the women’s bathroom, and to the right of it is the men’s bathroom.
The men’s bathroom features two stalls and two urinals.
On top of that there’s a shower room located inside the men’s bathroom, which features a walk-in shower, sink, and toilet.
In terms of the Etihad Lounge food spread, there’s both a buffet and menu. The buffet was limited in terms of options, and featured fresh fruit, cheese, hummus, several types of salad, etc.
Then there were also cookies and brownies.
Here’s a full description of the buffet selection:
On top of that, here’s the a la carte selection, which I didn’t have a chance to try, though it sounded great (and my experience with the menu at the Etihad Lounge JFK was excellent):
In addition to the dining menu, there was also an extensive cocktail list, with each signature cocktail named after a different city:
There was also a more traditional cocktail and mocktail list:
Then there was a wine list, including champagne:
Lastly, there was another list with tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc.:
Given that we were in Los Angeles I had the cocktail named after the city, which was incredibly unique. It featured tequila, rice milk, cocoa nib, chili, sugar, coffee dahlia, aromatic bitters, and candy floss. It’s not something I’d drink every day due to the strong flavor, but it was really great, and unlike anything I’ve seen before.
At 11AM there were some short speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The first to speak was Etihad’s head of corporate communications.
Then James Hogan, Etihad’s CEO, spoke. It’s pretty impressive that they sent the airline’s CEO for a lounge opening!
Then the president of LAX Airport spoke, and finally there was a ribbon cutting ceremony.
I was most impressed by the ladies in the Etihad uniforms who managed to smile throughout all of it. Kudos!
Etihad Lounge Los Angeles International Airport bottom line
Etihad does an incredible job with their lounges, and this one is no exception. The decor is beautiful, the signature cocktail list is great, and the a la carte menu looked excellent. I loved my visit to the Etihad Lounge JFK several months ago, and I imagine this experience would be very similar.
There are only two things that came to mind. First of all, the lounge has no views, though that’s true of most lounges at Tom Bradley International Terminal. Second of all, the lounge is small. It should be more than big enough for Etihad’s once daily 777-200LR flight, but if airberlin and Alitalia do indeed end up using this lounge as well, it seems like it would be overcrowded.
Kudos to Etihad on this gorgeous new lounge. Tom Bradley International Terminal has a lot of great lounges, though this one holds its own. I’d argue that this is the best business class lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal, as it’s the only one to offer a la carte dining, as far as I know.
What do you make of Etihad’s new LAX lounge?