· Seating options
There’s plenty of sunlight and good views in the lounge, thanks to its huge windows backing onto the runway. And although it’s pretty small, it seems bigger thanks to those windows, light colors and a high (and pretty – with cut outs) ceiling. Black and white abstract pictures of plant details and the like are scattered around.
The seating area is basically one big room partitioned into two. Behind that, there’s a smaller area with a TV and plants, beside the bar. Chairs were comfy and, most importantly, there were plenty of power outlets. Most people seemed to be congregating in the areas by the coffee and the bar, leaving the other section an unofficial quiet zone.
TVs in two out of three sections of the seating areas. The newspaper rack had USA Today, the Financial Times and the San Diego Union Tribune, along with a big sign asking you not to remove them from the club. Because the UT is worth stealing, obvs.
· Food and drink
Not great, and laid out pretty disparately. Coffee, tea and cookies tucked away in a corner of the main seating area, with celery, mini tomatoes and dip within grabbing distance of the seats. There was also a plate of bananas, grapes and crackers. At the bar there was a tray of sandwiches: ham, cheese and salad. They were pretty good. Not sure about the separate tray of pickles, but each to their own. Near the bar was another stand of crudités and dip, as well as chips and crackers.
WiFi is freejust ask for the password at the deskand there’s a small business center with three computers and a printer. There’s a fax machine, too, just in case you’re still in the 90s. The first page is free to send or receive, and subsequent pages are charged at $1.50.
There are also two conference rooms, which you can either book in advance or jump on if it’s free when you get there.
Just two stalls for the ladies in a lounge that seats 182 and serves longhaul flights? Ohhhkayyy. On the plus side, they were clean.
If you don’t qualify for access, you can, of course, pay $50. Is it worth it? Probably not unless you’re feeling flush. The gate area, however, is pretty small for a large international flight, so were things to get tight there, or the flight delayed, it might be worthwhile. One frequent flyer described it to us as “pretty crap," and no, it was nothing groundbreaking, but then again, it’s a (mostly) domestic lounge in not a huge airport so it’s not going to deliver the moon on a stick. It may have been small, but it was clean and comfy, and staff were niceso what it did, it did well.
[Photos: juliab for Jaunted]