Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Los Angeles Airport Terminal 4

Able to get an Uber after a quick check out. The ride costs me $14 and took
about 14 minutes, allowing me to arrive at Los Angeles Airport Terminal 4 at 05:36am which was good since there was a queue for the premium check in lane.

Air Canada counters
Air Canada check-in counters

Quick check in and the agent thought I had mobile boarding passes. I asked for a physical one just for convenience.

Check-in counters
Check-in counters at LAX Terminal 4

Security line took a bit of a wait but the premium lane shaved a bit of time. Reached the lounge at 6:09 but it was not easy to spot and there was staircase or slow moving elevators to access the lounge on the 4th floor. Departures are on the 3rd floor.

Elevators to the lounge
Elevators to the lounge

There was a group of people buying lounge access and that delayed my entry since there was only one agent manning the counter. Though she did her best to process guests into the lounge, the small space is really not conducive for queues.

Reception desk
Reception desk

Past the reception desk there was a line of armchairs with the departure information board.

Lounge foyer
Armchairs in the lounge foyer

There was a charging station that could be secured using a passcode which is a useful amenity to have in a lounge as I have seen them in ski resorts as well.

Charging stations
Secured charging stations

Inside, the lounge is relatively small but looks smart with new furnishings. The mix of seating spaces from armchairs and sofas combined with the dark partitions and wall decor gives a premium feel.

Inside the lounge
Interior of the lounge

At the end of the lounge, there was some armchairs that would be in a quieter space with less foot traffic for those who do not like to be disturbed.

Lounge seats at the end
Lounge seats at the end

In the centre of the lounge, there is a long dining table. Next to it is the buffet area. There was a couple of cafeteria tables with chairs set next to the long table and together they comprise the dining area for the lounge.

Long dining table
Long dining table

Food & Beverage in the lounge

The buffet in the lounge consists of a central island and a console set against the wall.

Buffet table
Buffet area

Buffet island hold the main food choices including oatmeal in a pot and a selection of muffins. Boiled eggs, fruits and packet of yogurts was placed in the cold section of the buffet island.

Muffins in the lounge
Muffins on the buffet
Eggs and butter
Eggs and butter
Melons and yogurt
Melons and yogurt
Fresh fruits
Fresh fruits and oatmeal pot in the back

On the side buffet console there was cereal and toast. Espresso machine and coffee dispenser was on the corner with assorted tea bags. Infused water was also available as refreshments.

Bread and toaster
Bread and toaster
Cereals in jars
Cereals in jars
Lavazza coffee dispenser
Lavazza coffee dispenser

Other Facilities

Lounge has an open wifi with emagazines from PressReader available for download if guests are connected to the network. There was also a large TV tuned to the news in the lounge for guests to be kept updated.

Lounge area with view of the TV
Lounge area with view of the TV

A nice part of the lounge is that it provides views out of the tarmac. Since Terminal 4 hosts Alaska Airlines flights the views out of the lounge was mainly of those planes.

Tarmac view from the lounge
Tarmac view from the lounge

Final Word

Air Canada did create a smart new look for their lounge to help its case for a premium feel. A mix of seating spaces and ample selections of food and beverages makes it sufficient for an off-shore lounge. The natural light inside the lounge makes it a pleasant space even if it got crowded. Thus it was really nice to spend time here before the flight even if it takes some effort to find the lounge.

Armchairs in the lounge
Armchairs in the lounge
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