Review: Korean Air KAL Lounge, Los Angeles Airport LAX

Review: Korean Air Lounge, LAX

 

This review of the Korean Air Lounge at Los Angeles LAX‘s TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal) is one of our many airport lounge reviews. We had access to the lounge as part of my Priority Pass membership, thanks to my Chase Sapphire Reserve card. See Chase Sapphire Reserve Priority Pass Select Lounge Access and FAQ.

Korean Air Lounge Location, Hours and Access

The Korean Air Lounge, as you'd expect, is located in the International Terminal, on Level 5. Note that while the lounge hours are 9am-1am, lounge membership (including Priority Pass) access is apparently limited to 12noon to 8pm daily. We were actually allowed in slightly earlier than that, at 11 something, so be polite, as the receptionists may have some discretion.

If not using Priority Pass, the following passengers also have access:

  • Korean Air First Class and Business Clas passengers
  • SkyTeam First Class and Business Clas passengers
  • Korean Air Skypass Morning Calm Premium Club as well as Million Miler Club members when flying internationally with a SkyTeam airline
  • Other SkyTeam Elite Plus frequent flyers flying a SkyTeam airline

 

Korean Air Lounge Amenities

The lounge is quite large, with plenty of seating areas. The least crowded was this one, to the immediate left of reception:

Seating, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

 

Other seating extended across the room, with more to the right:

Seating, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Seating, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

 

There was also some seating by the bar, and some on a balcony overlooking the International Terminal.

Korean Air Lounge, LAX: View of Terminal from Balcony

 

There was no password needed for the WiFi, which was quite fast.

Korean Air Lounge LAX Wi-Fi

 

Best of all there were private shower rooms, and I was finally able to get the shower I'd wanted back in Tokyo.

Private Shower Room, KAL Lounge LAX

Shower, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Towels, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review 

 

Korean Air Lounge Food and Drinks

The lounge doesn't have any hot food (unless you count instant noodles) but it does have sandwiches, wraps, pasta salad, chips and salsa, and even some veggie sushi rolls:

Wraps and Sushi, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Fresh Fruit, KAL Lounge LAX Review

 

My son was happy there were still a few pieces of pineapple and watermelon left, his favorite:

Watermelon and Pineapple, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Instant Noodles, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Sandwiches, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Pasta Salad, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Croissants, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Chips and Salsa, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

Red Wines, Korean Air Lounge LAX Review

 

The Verdict

Personally, I don't expect much of Priority Pass lounges, so I was quite pleased with the Korean Air Lounge for what it was. It had ample seating during our visit there in the late morning, especially in the little used seating area near Reception. I was also able to take a much desired shower, which is more than I can say for the JAL First Class Lounge in Tokyo Narita, which was booked until after our flight departure.

True, food options weren't great compared to the better international business and first class lounges, but for a U.S. lounge that is in the Priority Pass network, it was pretty darn good, and you wouldn't go hungry with the mediocre sandwiches, pasta salad, and even fresh veggies and fruit. Or instant noodles, if that's your thing.

If you've recently visited the Korean Air Lounge at LAX, what was your experience?

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