Airport lounges getting too “crowded” for you? Good news*: If you’re flying a oneworld Alliance carrier, then you may want to include the St. Louis Admirals Club on your next itinerary.
*rules for entry vary based on a number of factors such as ticket class, destination, credit card, stormy weather, Congress, etc.
Not being familiar with the location of airport lounges at St. Louis International Airport’s Terminal 1, I walked the entire stretch of Concourse C (aka where the C gates are located) before accidentally hitting upon the Admirals Club entrance behind security. Eh, I needed the exercise anyway.
Upon entering the Admirals Club lounge, I immediately thought that the space was more than ample, considering that St. Louis’ glory days were when TWA called it a hub, more than 20 years ago. I asked one of the check-in staff about the lounge; she said that it indeed started off as a TWA Ambassadors Club, then switched to AA when the two merged. After a tornado, it was rebuilt.
As you probably guessed from the intro, seating was more than ample (at least from between 13:00 and 14:30). A bonus was that nearly every table had access to somewhere to plug-in; I haven’t had the best luck with that in other airport lounges.
Overall, I found that the staff were nice enough, and seemed quite surprised when I actually thanked them for helping me sort out a flight delay. It doesn’t cost anything to be courteous.
However, over at the bar, I did overhear two consecutive times that glasses weren’t clean. Dicey.
Speaking of which:
As for the food and non-alcoholic drinks, there was a limited choice out, but I’d say it was sufficient for a non-hub airport.
But there were an extra QR code menus at scattered points. I didn’t bother ordering anything, for I knew there were more food options awaiting at future airport lounges that trip. (alas, no croissants could be found)
And now, for the burnt-in FIDS (flight information display screen) portion of the review:
Maybe it still has a TWA flight loaded? Wouldn’t that be something.
All in all, the St. Lounge Admirals Club was an adequate place to grab a small bite and a drink, and to charge up the rapidly depleting phone battery. If you want to visit it, make sure that after you pass through the C Gates security check, remember to look behind the security check wall to find the lounge.