Three years ago I declared the US Airways lounge at New York LaGuardia to be the worst lounge in North America.
This was a chair in that lounge:
Since that time, US Airways traded many of its takeoff and landing slots at LaGuardia with Delta in exchange for slots at Washington’s National airport and cash. Delta renovated the old US Airways club, and US Airways opened a new club to support its scaled-down operation at the airport.
And the new US Airways club is much, much better than before.
There are even modest snacks, like bagels, available.
There’s ‘premium’ wine to order (although I don’t really consider Santa Margherita all that premium or worth $12 a glass.
There’s a paid snack menu to order off of as well.
And there’s a great view of airport operations (nearly all Delta these days!) as well as back into the terminal.
The only problem with the new club, it seems to me, is that it isn’t meant to support very many people. The coffee maker that makes individual coffee cups is complicated (two different packets to insert, one at a time, for a cappuccino) and takes way too long when more than one person wants a cup.
And more significantly the restrooms are meant for one person at a time. That’s not great when you’ve got to go…
All in all though, I’m thrilled to say that I’m now in search of a new “worst lounge” to bestow the honor upon!