Location and Access
Priority Pass Members have access to the Korean Airlines Lounge from 1:00 PM to 6 PM daily. When I visited in January, they let Priority Pass members in at noon. So at about 12:05 I closed out my bill with Rock & Brews and started the journey from the Terminal 1 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). As these terminals are not connected airside, I left the airport. Instead of the lengthy walk from Terminal 1 to TBIT I hopped on the transfer Bus.
In all transferring from Terminal 1, reclearing security at TBIT, and getting to the Korean Airlines Lounge took me about 20 minutes. Again, thanks to precheck it was a quick and easy transfer.
Korean Airlines Lounge
Personally, I find the Korean Airlines Lounge incredibly relaxing. Korean Air decorated it’s lounge in muted colors and has relaxing music on at a really low volume. As I had a lot to get done I picked an out of the way space to sit. It is an amazing space to work because it was quiet and easy to focus.
Korean Airline Lounge Seating
As far as lounges go the Korean Airlines Lounge is rather large and offers a wide variety of seating. There is space to work.
They have tables near the bar area if you want to eat.
They even have a balcony area, outside of the lounge that overlooks the Terminal if you want to do a bit of people watching. ‘
Most importantly, the lounge has plenty of power outlets. As I was there to work, I needed to keep my phone and laptop charged. No matter how crowded the lounge got, I did not feel like I was hogging the outlets.
Food and Drinks
The Korean Airlines lounge has a simple spread of hot and cold options for those who want a bite to eat before their journey. They offer a small variety of sushi, 3 or 4 types of sandwiches, chicken wings, fried rice, pizza, pasta salad, and some fruits and vegetables.
As I had a big lunch, and planned on utilizing my Priority Pass for dinner, I didn’t stuff my face at the lounge. But I love my readers, which obligated me to at least snack on a few things. I am just that caring. So I tried some fried rice, chicken, fruit, and a piece of sushi. Across the board the food at the lounge was unremarkable. It wasn’t by any means disgusting, but it was mostly bland and flavorless. It was free however, so I cannot complain too much, I guess.
As far as drinks go they offered a variety of Coca Cola products and beers with the food. Wine and Liquor could be had at the bar. As I was working I stayed away from the alcohol.
I spent about 4 or 5 hours at the KAL Lounge. At about 3:00 PM work slowed down a bit, so I decided to take a quick break. One of my favorite things about the KAL lounge are the showers. KAL has extremely nice private shower rooms that you can check out for a 15 minute shower. As I was feeling a bit tired at that point I thought a nice hot shower would wake me up.
I honestly I am not sure how I enjoyed traveling before priority pass. The benefits these lounges provide, can really turn your day around. The previous time I visited the Korean Airlines Lounge was on our trip to Tokyo. Stephanie and I spent our entire day wandering around in the September heat before heading to the airport around 6pm. Our 10 1/2 hour flight in American Airlines Economy was cramped and hot. By the time we landed in LAX we were dead, we did not feel human.
We, *Cough Stephanie *Cough*, we starting to get extremely short and grumpy. At that point, covered in about 30 hours of sweat, who could blame us. A nice hot shower in the amazing KAL Lounge shower really turned the rest of the day around.
I cannot stress enough how much I love the Korean Airlines Lounge at LAX, it is an extremely comfortable lounge with amazing showers. Really the only drawback is the unremarkable food.