Virgin Atlantic has opened its new $4 million Clubhouse lounge in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International airport, the carrier’s 11th worldwide. When I was there, Terminal 2 was undergoing a huge amount of construction to create an entirely new check-in area, along with curbside check-in.
There was no queue and we quickly snaked around some lines and went up the escalator to security, which was swift.
The 4,000-square-foot lounge is accessed either via elevator or by carrying your bags up some stairs. There is a sliding door which remains open during lounge hours, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM, daily. This space, which has arresting views across the runway and also out onto the gate, used to be the Air France lounge and was originally a rectangular room. The new design has seen the rectangular space cut diagonally, so it is wider as you walk in, and gradually tapers to a vanishing point, making the space look bigger than it is.
Unlike most lounges, instead of chairs in straight lines there are lots of flowing lines, even among the sofas. As with other Virgin lounges, the bar is the focal point of the Clubhouse which has eschewed the traditional stools lined up against the bar. Instead, opposite, there’s a customfabricated surfboard and boat hull-inspired counter with classic Eames chairs alongside for a view of the apron.
As you move towards the end of the room past the bar, at the last moment the room opens slightly for the dining area. This means that those eating at the far end aren’t