- Part 1: Star Alliance Lounge at LAX Tom Bradley Terminal
- Part 2: Asiana Business Class Quadra Smartium LAX-ICN
- Part 3: Asiana Business Class Lounge at ICN
- Part 4: Asiana Business Class ICN-HKG
- Part 5: Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers
- Part 6: Sightseeing in Hong Kong
- Part 7: Getting from Hong Kong to Macau
- Part 8: Sheraton Macau Hotel, Macau Central
- Part 9: Sightseeing in Macau
- Part 10: Getting from Macau to the Hong Kong Airport
- Part 11: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Lounge at HKG
- Part 12: Singapore Airlines First Class HKG-SFO
- Part 13: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Suites SFO
- Part 14: Alaska Airlines Boardroom Lounge at SFO Terminal 1
- Part 15: Southwest Airlines SFO-SNA
The first “stop” on my way to Hong Kong was my home airport of LAX. After a smooth check-in in the Asiana Business Class line, I headed straight for security and then the lounge.
The lounge is on the 5th floor, so you’ll need to take the elevator up (it’s directly after you clear security). If I remember correctly the SkyTeam Lounge is on the 4th floor, but I’m not sure where the OneWorld lounge is (possibly 3rd floor). Keep in mind that these lounges, as their name indicates, are open to anyone that has the appropriate status or is traveling in Business or First class, so they can get quite crowded.
First let me make a distinction: within the Star Alliance Lounge there are two separate lounges – the First Class Lounge and the Business Class Lounge. I was flying in Asiana’s Quadra Smartium Business Class so I was admitted to the Business Lounge.
There are quite a few flights leaving at night (I left on a Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:30am), so the lounge was very full. In fact, I decided to just give up trying to find a seat in favor of taking pictures of the lounge, which you can see below (sorry for a few blurry pictures).
On the opposite side of the entrance is a larger kitchen-like area with more food options. There was some soup and some crab fried rice, but nothing really too substantial. Don’t come here expecting to get a good dinner meal!
In all honesty, the food I had on the plane was better than what was out here. If you can wait, then wait. The tons of people around didn’t exactly make for the most comfortable stay here either.
A little bit after I got there I realized there was an entire room that I completely missed. There is a hallway near the main kitchen seating area in the back that leads to a few workstations and a large seating area, plus there are some individual restrooms with showers, but no handles/nozzles. I didn’t have time to ask about the showers since it was so late, but it’s good to know they’re there.
Of course I had to take a look at the shower room as well. Like I mentioned before, there were no nozzles or handles which was kind of bizarre, but I was on my way out once I found these so I didn’t have time to ask.
Thankfully I’m like a travel ninja and was also able to sneak my way in to the First Class Lounge. For the most part, it was extremely similar to the Business Class Lounge, but with one huge difference: there were only two people in it. It was much more quiet and you had plenty of space to spread out if you wanted. If you have a chance to walk in, you should!
The big difference between the First and Business Lounges was that the First Lounge had a couple of private rooms that could be reserved. These rooms included a large TV and several couches and chairs. It would be perfect if you happen to be travelling with a family!
After leaving the First Class Lounge, everything suddenly seemed like a ghost town. It was so empty that one of the workers asked if I needed help, to which I responded “No, I’m good.” He said “you should probably get going, I would hate for you to miss your flight.” I checked the time and it seemed like I had plenty of time, so I left for my gate.
I got to my gate, the path to which was surprisingly empty, and found a single Asiana employee standing with a walkie talkie. She spotted my look of confusion as I looked upon the empty gate area and promptly said “Sir, the gate for this Asiana flight has been changed.” Great. I left the lounge in such haste that I forgot to check the monitors, and of course the new gate was a literal half mile walk!
I wasn’t in full panic mode but I sure was walking fast. I got there and boarding was underway, but there was still plenty of time left with the number of people on the flight. Business Class had boarded much earlier my line was empty. Unfortunately I had to take a bus to one of those random boarding areas that LAX has, but it was relatively painless. Within 5 minutes, the bus was stopped and I was on the plane!
Look out for my upcoming review of the OZ203 flight in Quadra Smartium from LAX-ICN!