Some of you are going to say that the honors go to the United Red Carpet Club at Dulles that had the rats. But I haven’t seen reports of Red Carpet Rodents in some time.
Though I’d at least agree with the overall sentiment, that the very first thing a lounge should offer is a clean respite from a sometimes-dirty terminal. Sure, there are other minimum conditions necessary to qualify as a lounge that is actually an improvement over sitting at the gate, such as peace and quiet, wireless internet and comfortable seating. But it starts with cleanliness.
And given that standard, I wonder whether there’s any worse lounge than the US Airways club at La Guardia?
Here’s where I headed in the lounge today, the only open seats by the window over looking the runway. And you’ll see why the seats were empty.
And the carpet:
Just unacceptable, fortunately I didn’t have but 20 minutes to kill before boarding (and only that since there was no traffic to the airport and no line at security, I had my entire buffer left to burn). The gate was a marked improvement.
US Airways, this place needs work and fast!
What’s your vote for worst airline lounge in North America?