It’s no secret that Etihad knows how to build a lounge. They have been very busy. Late last year, they opened their fabulous New York lounge. This year it was followed by a new lounge in Melbourne and their new First Class lounge in Abu Dhabi’s terminal 3. Before their efforts go to maximum on finishing the gorgeous new midfield terminal back home, they had one more lounge up their sleeve; Los Angeles. In the two years they’ve been serving LAX, they have transported more than a quarter million guests. The premium guests were using the lovely Star Alliance lounge next door until this facility opened earlier this week. The Star Alliance lounge, however, did not say Etihad.
While this lounge does not have a Residence nook, yet, it does have a VIP area that could easily serve the purpose should the A380 ever grace the west coast. The public premium area, however, is fantastic.
Sadly, the new Tom Bradley terminal does not make it easy to have a good airside view, so the trademark Etihad facet bar faces a wall. With the lighting, it is still stunning. Furthermore, it’s a nice contrast to their other facilities I have visited. Then again, an A380 always looks amazing through a bottle of Jack Daniels. So, call me torn.
Etihad has done a fantastic job, as always, with their main goal of taking inspiration from the finest hotels and keeping it consistent. This lounge doesn’t say Los Angeles, it says “Etihad”.
What does say Los Angeles is the lounge’s trademark, eponymous, cocktail.
It’s dangerous. A spin on horchata, it also has cayenne pepper and kicks like a mule from the tequila. While the candy floss may make it hard to figure out how to start, you immediately want more. Well, at least I did.
The catering is also truly outstanding.
The best part is that Etihad-owned partner airlines will now be using this lounge, so guests flying on Air Berlin or Alitalia can also make use of this beautiful facility.
So, there you go. Etihad hits a home run once more. Given that most of my Etihad flights are out of LAX, I can’t wait to see it and my friends in the LAX station again soon.