Lounge Reviews

Review: LAX Terminal 5 Admirals Club

This is a very inviting space for an Admirals Club!
This is a very inviting space for an Admirals Club!

In some ways, business travel has spoiled me.

Once you’ve had a taste of airport lounges, you’ll want to keep coming back every time you fly. Not even a year ago, I used to fly almost twice a month LA to Boston for work. I made out like a bandit with the Citi Prestige Card, which used to have American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge Access included – no longer as of July 2017.

Today, I almost can’t imagine all that travel without lounge access, and now I dread flying without it! I figured I’m still flying a lot with American, so I bought their membership. For Executive Platinum members, the fee is $450. I could have signed up for the AAdvantage Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard to get membership too with a comparable $450 annual fee, but I was working on another card at the time.

In hindsight, I probably should have waited to buy membership. The LAX Terminal 4 Admirals Club has been undergoing a huge renovation for what seems like forever. I even got an email advising me that the club was completely shut down during my recent LAX-JFK flight with my wife. Fortunately, this flight came out of Terminal 5 this time. It turns out there’s a fully-fledged Admirals Club there too, which I didn’t even know existed!

LAX Terminal 5 Admirals Club Review:

The Admirals Club Elevator is tucked away into a small corner on the right after the security checkpoint. However, the entrance opens up to a sizable lounge where you are greeted with a domed space. It has that same modern theme that the Terminal 4 club is going for, but without construction zones in sight!

This is a very inviting space for an Admirals Club!
This is a very inviting space for an Admirals Club!

I’ve been to plenty of Admirals Club locations before, and they’re all relatively different-looking from one another. In general, most of them have large panoramic windows to bathe the club in sunlight. You don’t have large, tall windows in this LAX Terminal 5 club. So, I was very impressed by how well the bright, modern theme kept the club feeling spacious and open. I am also a fan of red chair accents and colorful wall pictures. As sharp as some of the seats look, they’re surprisingly comfy in a supporting kind of way.

I'm glad the artwork reflects the location, like the lamps here at LACMA
I’m glad the artwork reflects the location, like the lamps here at LACMA

The attendants at the front desk were very courteous. Right around the corner are showers that you can request a key for, as well as the restrooms, which are very clean.

Well stocked sink with soaps and lotions!
Well stocked sink with soaps and lotions!

There are various spaces throughout the club which have their own distinct feel, some cozier-looking than others.

Probably the darkest corner in the whole club...
Probably the darkest corner in the whole club…

I wanted to find a space in the back with some outlets to charge my devices. Pretty much the whole back window is a large desk with outlets for those business travelers who need to pop a few emails off before their flight. My wife and I settled for a nice pair of armchairs.

The windows provide a pretty good view of the plane alleyway.
The windows provide a pretty good view of the plane alleyway.

There’s a nice section with some magazines and newspapers to read, and also some computer and printers in case you need them.

I saw one of the club workers come by and make sure the literature was neat and organized. Mad props yo.
I saw one of the club workers come by and make sure the literature was neat and organized. Mad props yo.

On the way to the back, you pass through the Hors d’oeurves and bar which I went back to for a drink and to relax. A Yankee game was playing on the TVs.

Bar next to the snacks makes for tight quarters, but it didn't seem to bother anyone.
Bar next to the snacks makes for tight quarters, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone.

House alcohol is, well, on the house, and as such, the selection is limited. Instead of a rum and coke, I went for a house draft beer instead. I’m a ‘baby face’, so I always get carded either at the bar, on the plane, at a restaurant, but it’s no big deal – free beer is free beer!

Rather large servings for a house beer at least!
Rather large servings for a house beer at least!

The Hors d’oeurves selection was pretty extensive – could have your choice of cheeses, pestos, veggies, soups, cookies, brownies, etc.

Very busy at the snack bar, had to fight tooth and nail for this pic
Very busy at the snack bar, had to fight tooth and nail for this pic

The Coca-Cola machine is one of those fancy flavor customizable touch screen cola dispensers that you find at a Five Guys. They had options for tea and coffee, but their espresso machine is my favorite! It gives you the option to have a cold foamed milk! Perfect with those brownies.

The soda machine broke after I took this picture. I swear I didn't do it
The soda machine broke after I took this picture. I swear I didn’t do it

Ultimately, we spent a little over two hours at the club, but they really seemed to fly by! The Admirals Club in Terminal 4 opened up part of their renovated spaces for a few months. Part of me hopes the rest of their renovations come out as good as their Terminal 5 location!

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Jonny

Jonathan "Jonny" Avila is a chubby young professional with a cat, wife, and a taste for life! Believes in 'paying it forward' by sharing the tools, tips, tricks, and lessons from his own experiences so you too can jump on the Travel Bandwagon and enjoy what this wonderful world has to offer!

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