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The Reno airport has an ‘Escape Lounge’ and it’s way better than I expected, in fact considering modest expectations I might even say it blew me away.
You’ll find the Escape lounge Reno just past security, you turn left to head down towards the C concourse but it’s before any of the C gates. It’s fairly accessible no matter whom you’re flying.
The lounge is small, but it was nearly deserted when I was there in the morning for an 8 a.m. departure. It’s stylish. There’s a complimentary bar (and some premium options). And there’s a buffet that was far better than I expected.
There’s a variety of seating options and plenty of power outlets.
The Escape lounge Reno dining room and bar was mostly deserted at 7 a.m. but you could have had a drink, no rules against alcohol early in Reno.
The buffet at breakfast at the Escape lounge Reno featured both cold items and three hot items – a bruleed french toast and two egg dishes with meat.
I sat down for some breakfast by the window. Each of the dishes was tasty. There was a good view of airport operations. I plugged in to preserve power before my American Airlines regional jet flight to Los Angeles.
There’s no other ‘features’ to the Escape lounge Reno. You don’t really need showers in Reno, it’s not a gateway for international long haul flying. And it’s a small space. The biggest downside to the lounge is that restrooms, while nearby, aren’t offered inside. I like a lounge because they’ll generally maintain cleaner restrooms than the terminal as a whole.
The surprising thing about the Escape lounge Reno, perhaps, is that it’s not a Priority Pass lounge. If it was it might be the nicest Priority Pass lounge in the U.S. They charge customers more on a pay-in basis ($45, or $40 pre-paid online) than Priority Pass pays.
However admittance to Escape lounges in the U.S. is free (including up to 2 guests) for Platinum Card by American Express cardholders which was a great perk. There are other U.S. Escape lounges in Minneapolis, Oakland, and Hartford, Connecticut.