I don’t often find myself flying on American Airlines which means I don’t often find myself in the Admirals Club lounges. A few weeks ago while headed to Chicago I flew with AA and, due to a minor SNAFU with my work scheduling I found myself at LaGuardia about 5 hours prior to my originally booked flight. Thanks to the AmEx platinum card I can use the AA lounges so that’s exactly what I did. I’m VERY impressed.
For starters, the lounge is huge, with many separate seating areas. In any of the several rooms it never felt too crowded nor loud though some were pretty close to having all the seats full. I also happen to be a fan of the décor, though I suppose that’s very much a subjective thing.
Separating the main bar area from the rest of the lounge was a decorative wall. This wall also happens to be a museum tucked in to the middle of the space. Want to relive the past 100 years in Whiskey? Check out the bottles on display in the wall. Very cool stuff there.
Like many Admirals Clubs there is also a kitchen/snack bar area available where food is sold. The selection looked decent enough and I was impressed to see waiters walking around the lounge bringing hot dishes out to guests who ordered food and then went back to their seats. That said, there were one or two wandering enough that I wonder if the food was still warm when it got to the guest.
And, scattered throughout the lounge were computer terminals available for use. Many AA lounges have the computers so that part isn’t too much of a surprise but it was nice to see them throughout the lounge, not just in the business center.
There is a TV room and conference rooms, too, making the lounge fitted to serve just about anyone’s needs.
Oh, and views of the Manhattan skyline, too.
I don’t generally expect much from domestic carrier lounges so perhaps my expectations were sufficiently low that the quality of this lounge really wowed me more than it should have. That said, I’m still reasonably convinced that it is one of the nicer options available in the NYC area, at least from the domestic carriers.
More photos, reviews and details on the Admirals Club at LaGuardia can be found in the Airport Lounge Guide section of Wandering Aramean Travel Tools.
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