Departing LAX I had a number of choices for what club to visit before my flight. I really wanted to enjoy the gorgeous looking new Delta Sky Club that Chris reviewed here. But I had never had the chance to see the Centurion lounge at the TBIT (Tom Bradly International Terminal) and wanted to check it out.
This is a bit of a strange lounge compared to the many others I have visited. Unlike the Miami Centurion Lounge that has tons of light and sweeping runway views this club is not just kind of hard to find the entrance to but also a bit of a cave. I will show you what I mean.
Once you enter the tunnel like entrance to the club from the elevator up you have choices left and right. Left is seating and more.
The second “room” if you will has a big screen TV and a smaller remote bar. This is nice to know about as when the club gets packed (they all do) having a second choice for refreshments is nice.
Continuing down the hall you have the now classic large Centurion table that even Delta Sky Clubs have started to copy in their own way.
There is a kids play room at this club (called a multi purpose room). The downside of some Centurion clubs is when you have one of these there is no spa.
Not so in LAX. There is a spa and the spa is now back open and I was not smart enough to ask about getting a treatment during my visit and when I went to request one the only time slot was way too close to my takeoff time. Bummer.
Toward the end of the club are two more rooms. One a nice quiet sleeping room with faux stars. Just make sure you set your phone alarm so as to not miss your flight! 😉
And one last little cubby hole at the end if you are trying to find a spot when the club is full with “windows” that look like they go outside but don’t. On to the food choices and main bar.
Left out of camera shot is another seating area if you want to be in the only part of the club that has some views out, but only to the terminal.
My visit was during breakfast and with the club only at about 50% capacity. The staff did a decent job keeping all the choices full and fresh.
While not five star I have found all the Centurion clubs provide a better meal experience than just about any Priority Pass lounge and most Delta Sky Club offerings.
A few last bits about this lounge. There are showers but I am not sure they were open for use yet (pandemic rules). Beyond that I am not sure why you would use them now that you can not visit Centurion Clubs upon arrival when I tended to use them most in the past. I guess if you have a long layover on an international flight that would be the most useful.
The last thing to keep in mind about this club is just how long (currently via bus) it will take you to get to the other Delta concourses T2 & T3. It is a very LONG walk from the club to gate 135 where you jump on the shuttle bus. You should plan for between 25-35 minutes once again reducing the time you can enjoy the lounge (unless you are flying out of TBIT that is).
Overall it was a fine visit but for me if I am flying Delta out of T2 or T3 the Sky Club (and Sky Deck) will be my preflight destination over the LAX Centurion. – René
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