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In recent years traditional US based airline lounges had gotten a bit….stale. The hip cousin on the scene was the Amex Centurion Lounge that had nicer seating, a more updated design, better complimentary food and drinks, and frankly was a much more preferable spot to hang out between flights than a stuffy old non-renovated airline lounge with its chex mix, water, and old chairs that literally had holes in them because they were so past their prime.
However, as folks figured this out and flocked to the Centurion and other third-party lounges, the traditional airline lounges were simultaneously undergoing renovations and becoming more preferable in the sense that they often weren’t as over-crowded during peak travel times. A couple years ago United upped their lounge food offerings, Delta has a new design for their clubs, etc.
I knew that United was also working towards a new design in their United Clubs, but until recently I hadn’t seen a really new one in person. However, I was just able to visit the new United Club in Houston’s Terminal C near Gate C1 that just opened in May 2017, and it is a fresh change indeed.
This club is open daily from 5:30AM – 9:00PM and was relatively empty on our early Saturday morning visit. Then entry area was a cool blue with some chairs under the fancy light fixtures.
Once inside the heart of the club, there are lots of different types of seats and seating areas, though sadly no family rooms at this location. They did, however, have a couple of phone rooms so you can quietly make calls.
In the absence of a dedicated space for families, we just created our own family nook with a great view of the planes.
The breakfast offerings were very basic, but totally adequate for a pre-flight fill-up consisting largely of fruit and carbs.
I was excited to see the fancy Coke machine! I’m not a huge soda drinker, but for those who are, I love that you no longer have to go to the bartender just to get a Coke!
Speaking of the bar, it was very nice and reminded me of the design of the United Club in Boston.
For those curious, the complimentary alcoholic drinks include: House white (Camelot), House red (Camelot), Prosecco (Mionetto), Vodka (Smirnoff), Gin (Beefeater), Rum (Don Q), Whiskey (Evan Williams Black Label), Scotch (Cutty Sark), Budweiser, and Coors Light. Other beers like Stella Artois, Blue Moon Belgian White, Sam Adams, and others were available for $5. More premium liquors and drinks were available starting at $7.
While perhaps not as exciting as a complimentary drink, I will add that the bathrooms got a thumbs up from me. Truthfully, nicer and emptier bathrooms than in the terminal where I can take easily the kids are one of my favorite features of an airline lounge.
I’m really happy to see this new United Club in Houston and can’t wait to see the new United Polaris lounge that is expected to open in Houston’s Terminal E Club within the next year.
Have you gotten a chance to visit one of the new United Clubs? If so, what do you think?
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