As American has a new Admiral’s Club at the St. Louis Airport and I arrived at the airport more than two hours before my flight departed I decided to buy a one-day Admirals Club pass for $50 (of course on the one day I decide to buy the pass, three hours later I receive a promo from American for a discounted one-day pass). The pass is good for all day, so I was also able to access the Admirals Club at DFW (had long lay-over). The Admirals Club at STL is located immediately after security. The club entrance is on the left before you enter the gate area. Take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor (terminal is on 2nd floor) and reception is on the right for check in. On this day the lounge was very quite and there were two agents working the reception area. I was warmly greeted and the agent asked if I needed any assistance with any of my flights.
As I said the lounge is new (renovated in June, 2013) so therefore it is very clean and orderly. Not overly opulent, but very functional. Immediately as you enter the lounge you get a very open feel as there are windows looking out over the tarmac, and a winding staircase that you can also access the lounge from in lieu of the elevator.
There are plenty of chairs and tables in the lounge. All very clean with a light wood colored scheme. The tables have four power outlets on the side. So there is plenty of outlets to keep one connected. There are six computers with free Internet access available in the lounge. Four located in a work area with six work stations, and two additional computers along the windows. Wifi is free throughout the lounge thru AT&T if you want to use your own devise instead of the computers provided. I loved the fact that there are computers in the lounge. I prefer using a desktop over a laptop and the connection and speed were excellent. There is also a copy machine, shredder, and printer near the work stations.
In the back of the club there is a dining area and bar with plenty of tables and chairs. House wines and spirits are complimentary as well as a few draft beers. However, there is a charge for premium wines, beers, and cocktails ($7-$14). The Admirals Club in STL also has a menu for dining options. Sandwiches, salads, a soup (beef vegetable), and a few other items are available for purchase. In addition to the menu items, there are also a few free self-serve snacks. A pretzel mix, whole fruit, white chocolate pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies are located near the fountain drink dispenser and Nescafe machine. The Nescafe serves Cappuccino mocha, hot chocolate, espresso, latte, and both decaf & black coffee.
The lounge has all the other amenities you would expect in a airline lounge. A good selection of magazines and newspapers (WSJ, USA Today, and local paper), three TV’s, a flight-status board and a small area to store your bags. The rest rooms were very clean and comfortable. There is also one conference room that can be reserved for meetings.
On my lay-over in Dallas I also visited the Admiral’s Club in Terminal A. Obviously, DFW’s Admirals Club locations are much bigger and have more amenities than STL. The DFW location had showers, a children’s room, smoking lounge, and more of what was also available in St. Louis. I saw that most of the snack and beverage options were the same as at the STL lounge. Except they had some vegetables and dip and as I was leaving they brought out cheese and crackers. I assume the STL location also changes the complimentary snack selection depending the time of day. DFW also has food for purchase and was promoting the beef vegetable soup. It looked and smelled very good and I regretted not having a bowl there or in St. Louis (instead I ate bbq at DFW. Airport bbq is just not quite the same).
I have a membership with both Delta’s Sky Club and United’s United Club and having visited both of them many times I get bored with their snack options and lounges in general. So because the Admirals Club was so new to me I enjoyed my visits to both the STL and DFW locations very much. If I was in and out of American’s lounges as much I am with Delta’s and United’s I may feel equally as bored. But the one thing that stood out that I would never take for granted is the computer stations that the Admirals Club has that neither United nor Delta’s US locations have.
The Admiral’s Club at the St. Louis Airport is very functional and pleasant. A little understated, but contains everything one would need (except maybe a shower) while waiting for their flight. I would have liked more free food options, however, if restaurant quality food is served then I would gladly pay for that over the same snack mix I just ate at another lounge.