Lounge Review:  Qantas / One World First Class Lounge at LAX

Lounge Review: Qantas / One World First Class Lounge at LAX

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Ahhh, fall is here and it’s time to travel!  Asia, here we come!

As we start another vacation trip, we’ll take a look and review the different lounges, hotels and airlines that we travel! 

 

Our goal is to try as many international carriers as we can.  In this review we take a look at the Qantas/One World lounge at LAX.

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Lounge Details

Qantas / One World First Class Lounge
Location: LAX TBIT
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time Arrived: 10:00
Time Departed: 13:15

Best Feature: Open style full service kitchen/dining

Who has access:

  • Qantas First Class departing passengers; one guest allowed and must be traveling on the same flight
  • International First Class passengers departing on a One World operated and marketed flight; one guest allowed and must be traveling on a One World operated and marketed flight
  • Qantas Platinum One Frequent Flyer, departing on a Qantas, Emirates, Jetstar or One World operated and marketed flight; one guest allowed and must be traveling with member on the same flight
  • Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyer departing on a Qantas, Jetstar or One World operated and marketed flight; one guest allowed and must be traveling with member on the same flight
  • One World Emerald Frequent Flyer departing on a One World operated and marketed flight; one guest allowed and must be traveling on a One World operated and marketed flight
  • Note that the lounge is for departing passengers only

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Just after you pass security at TBIT you’ll make a left, look for the elevators on the right and take them up one floor.  There you will find the Qantas/One World First Class lounge.

Qantas opened a new LAX First Class Lounge to much publicity in December 2014. The Qantas CEO says the lounge is the best First Class lounge in North America, noting that service is comparable to a 5-star hotel.  We’ve read many reviews about this lounge with most giving it high marks, let’s take a look inside.

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The lounge is designed by Australian designer, Marc Newson and features seating for 200 people.  Features include Californian Knoll furniture selected by Marc Newson, and Carrara marbled floors.  The 48 foot-long bar is the highlight of the lounge.

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You will also find many self serve beverage stations though out the lounge.

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Just past the bar on the right is the main highlight of the lounge.  You’ll find rectangular two-person tables and the open kitchen.

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The servers are Sofitel trained wearing white jackets and black pants.  Gina was our server and she was GREAT!  Kind, engaging and a great personality.

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Neil Perry designed the menus with it being based around his Rockpool restaurants.  The menus are updated seasonally and offers a variety of different types of cuisine.  Customers can also enjoy cocktails, Australian and local wines, champagne, and other beverages.  We arrived just in time for breakfast, here was the menu:

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Mitch had the egg white omelette with roasted sweet red peppers, spinach & manchego.  He added bacon.

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Polrit had the same, however, Gina was able to customize and add a side of sausage links.  Note that all their egg dishes use Free Range Organic Eggs!

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And we both had a side of fruit.

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They have several non-alcoholic cocktails.  We had the Passion Club – lychee puree, grapefruit juice, passion fruit & lime juice. It was delicious!

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Half way through the meal our friend Brian and his husband, Stephan, met up with us outside TBIT.  Gina offered to watch our bags for us as we ran out to say “HI”!

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Back inside the lounge we wanted to take a shower before departure.  We walked to the back and found the shower area.

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The showers are ok, nothing too fancy.  They feature products from Aspar.

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After our showers, Gina stopped by and said they just opened up the lunch menu and asked, “Are you hungry?!”  How could we say no!?

We reviewed the lunch menu here:

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Gina put our order in quickly!  It took about 10 minutes.  We ordered the pad kee mao and a small plate of salt & pepper squid with green chilli dipping sauce with aioli.  Both were delicious and the green chilli sauce came close to my mom’s secret recipe!

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As we were taking our last bites, an overhead PA was heard, “Now boarding FC pax on JAL 61 to NRT.”  We wished Gina a good day and headed out the door!

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Overall thoughts?

The space is great!  Nice layout, nice features and the full service restaurant is a must!  Even though this is a F/C lounge in the U.S. we feel it does pail in comparison to many international lounges though out the world.  There aren’t any nap/sleep rooms and no spa or massage options.  If you have access, make sure to stop by and have a great meal.  90 minutes is more than enough time for being a lounge lizard at this location.  Any longer and it probably isn’t worth it.

Our final grades of Qantas One World First Class Lounge @LAX

Entrance welcome and engagement: A

Layout of lounge: A

Food Selection: A+

Cocktails and adult beverage selection: A

Shower: B

Amenities (i.e. shower, massage, etc): C

Was it clean: A

Overall Experience: B+

Have you experienced the Qantas F/C lounge at LAX?  How was it?  Let us know in the comments!

 

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2 thoughts on “Lounge Review: Qantas / One World First Class Lounge at LAX

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      Mitch Shannon Reply

      If you are in First Class on BA, then yes!

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