Inside the Oneworld Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport
You're at Los Angeles International AIrport and preparing to wing your way to another continent and you'll be spending those in-air hours in either Business or First Class. First off, that sounds like you planned an excellent tripcongratulations. Second, you'll want to hit up the lounge for a last-minute tipple or email check, and if you're traveling on a Oneworld alliance airline (like Qantas, LAN, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Japan Airlines), then the lounge for you is on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
As it's a combined lounge, the amenities here are generic but plentiful. This means more than 10 shiny Mac desktops, a long buffet bar with both and hot and cold food options, two extensive self-serve beverage areas plus a full bar with bartender, private shower rooms, and plenty of modern, comfy chairs nearby power outlets. The design isn't exactly revolutionary or even notable, but it is clean, modern and spacious.
WiFi: free and easy.
Overall the lounge most impressed us when it came to the bar; there were three specialty California beers on tap, all of them sounding sincerely worth a try even if it means heading onto a flight a little tipsy. For the beer geeks, they were: Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout (New Belgium Brewing Co), Sculpin (Ballast Point Brewing Co), and Strand Beach House (Strand Brewing).
We were a little rushed with our time in the lounge before our flight, so we've no photos of the showers or First Class portion, but consider those surprises for your visit.
How to get access:
Travel in Business or First Class internationally on a Oneworld airline. OR you can travel in any class if you hold Sapphire or Emerald elite status with Oneworld. Emerald members can even head into the First Class portion.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]