Review: The Club at LAS Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas, USA
The Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport conveniently offers several lounges operated by The Club at LAS. With two locations split between this version at Terminal 1 and the other version in Terminal 3, you’ll likely have a The Club at LAS nearby your departure gate. We would visit this particular location in Terminal 1 “D” Gates. How would our experience fare?
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Review: The Club at LAS Business Lounge, Terminal 1 – “D” Gates, Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport “D” Concourse, Nevada, United States of America.
There are two lounges branded as The Club at LAS at the Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. This review is of the The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. If you want to see what the other lounge looks like, please see our review of The Club at LAS Terminal One – “E” Gates at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport.
After four days in Las Vegas, it finally came time to head back home. We checked out of The Marriott Grand Château Las Vegas and self drove up to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport courtesy of a great rental from Hertz Las Vegas.
While I didn’t bother reviewing our flight on Alaska Airlines, I did want to take the time to review several of the lounges at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. We were departing from Las Vegas Harry Reid Terminal 3 on Alaska Airlines. With Alaska Airlines usually departing from gates E14 – E15, the closest lounge to our gate was located at The Club at LAS in Terminal 3 – “E” Gates. However, there was another The Club at LAS located in Terminal 1 – “D” Gates so I took a spin out there to see what this lounge looked like.
Locating The Club at LAS – Terminal 1:
The Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport is split into three buildings and two terminals. Our Alaska Airlines flight had us departing through the newer Terminal 3; which exists of a stand alone building.
The other Terminal 1 building is split between a primary building and an in-field concourse called “D” Gates. The second The Club at LAS – Terminal 1 “D” Gates was located within this in field terminal.
The Terminal 1 – “D” Gates building is shaped as an “X” and consists of a main retail area in the middle part. The Club at LAS “D” Gates is located immediately adjacent to Gate D33. It is located in a space that is opposite from the terminal to the American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas; a space that contains a similar footprint on the other side of the terminal.
After checking in, immediately after passing through TSA Pre-Check at Terminal 3, I took the underground train that connects Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 D Terminal. This process took about 12 minutes. There was a train that was waiting for me on arrival to the underground train station area, making the wait as short as possible.
When I arrived into Terminal 1 “D” Gates, I found myself at atrium with the escalators that led up to the D Concourse Level. This space is poignant for fans of the film “Up in the Air” as is marked one of the film locations where character Alex Goran calls Ryan Bigham with the escalators in the background.
I found my way over to Gate D33. First time visitors to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport will be amused by the slot machines that mark the airport concourse.
The path towards Gates D30 – D43 were well marked and the lounge was easy to find. It was located immediately next to a Tumi Retail location situated on the concourse.
While the lounge itself has a small storefront entrance area, it was easily identifiable and I had no challenges locating it.
Aside from the time investment to get from Terminal 3 “E” Gates to Terminal 1 “D” Gates, it was a pretty easy transfer process that took me about 15 – 20 minutes to get from the secure side of the security screening check point to lounge.
Accessing The Club at LAS Las Vegas:
The Club at LAS can be accessed through a variety of means:
The Club at LAS is a member of Priority Pass. If you have a Priority Pass Membership offered with certain premium credit cards such as the American Express Platinum Card, you will likely have access to this lounge along with one guest. If you have an American Express Platinum Card, you’ll also have access to the upscale American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas, which we have visited several times previously.
The Lounge is also a member of Lounge Key; a membership program that comes with select premium Visa and Mastercard credit cards. If you have an affiliated credit card, you may potentially gain access subject to the terms and conditions of your credit card agreement.
The Lounge is also a member of Diners Club; a membership program that comes with the Diners Club credit card. Dependent on the car, you may potentially gain access subject to the terms and conditions of your credit card agreement.
If you are flying as a Business Class traveller, on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, Condor Business Class or KLM Royal Dutch Airways Crown Business Class departing from Las Vegas, you will be assigned access to this lounge.
The Club at LAS also offers lounge passes available for sale on its website (marked as subject to availability). At the time of writing, the price of admission was $45 USD.
I accessed the lounge today courtesy of Priority Pass provided with the American Express Platinum Card. As my lounge reception host was in the middle of a conversation with another traveller while my entry was processed, I didn’t get (or expect) a description of the lounge beyond the “head on in” indication.
Inside The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates:
The lounge has a substantially different footprint than its sister The Club at LAS Terminal 3 – “E” Gates. This The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates finds the lounge located in an arc and sphere with large daylight windows located across a large portion of the lounge.
The really interesting comparison is between The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates and the American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas, since they both occupy a footprint that is almost identical in size.
Entering the lounge, I found myself in a hallway that led inwards to the lounge space. Immediately upon my right was the lounge’s shower and washroom facility. It’s worth noting that between the two The Club at LAS, this is the only facility that offers showers.
Consistent with this being a mostly domestic lounge facility, there didn’t appear to be any wait for showers or the washrooms.
Immediately opposite the shower facilities was a smaller room containing relaxing lounge chairs. While it was likely intended as a quiet room, it was pretty full when I was there.
The smaller relax room contained a small countertop for food and beverage. During my visit, it was not being used. The counter did offer a cappuccino machine, which didn’t appear to be all too popular.
Moving into the lounge, there was another smaller room along the outer glass area, containing a mix of communal lounge couches, and tables and chairs. Unlike the other Club at LAS, the lounge took advantage of having day light windows which made the space bright and inviting.
Heading into the primary area of the lounge, the space was divided into a central dining hub and an external seating area. The two spaces were partitioned by a glass divider that was shaped in a crescent.
On the outer crescent, the lounge seating was arranged in compartmentalized bench rows. There was counter seating located around the outside glass windows, in addition to bench or chair lounge row seating on the inner side of the lounge compartments.
The seating area felt a little less intimate given the configuration of the room. I suspect the lounge had to go to higher density seating configurations. Despite this, there were places to sit, even if they weren’t in conventional lounge chairs. The high density seating led to the feeling that the space was a little cramped, at the expense of privacy, in my opinion.
At the end of the lounge area, there was a full service bar area. There were some tables and chairs located in the bar zone. Given that there was some tennis on during the time of our visit, the bar area was a popular place to stay.
The inner part of the crescent featured a tables and chairs seating area. Most of the tables were set up in a four person configuration, although there were a few seats that During my visit, the space wasn’t too occupied.
In summary, it was pretty easy to locate a place to sit throughout the lounge. Despite the ease of finding a place to sit, I did find that with the way they had configured the seats, the seating felt a little cramped and compact.
Food and Beverage:
The Club at LAS Lounge offered a similar food program that was offered at the nearby The Club at LAS Terminal 3 – “E” Gates. However, consistent with shorter domestic flights being serviced from this lounge, the food offering was not as substantial as the other lounge. In addition, many people didn’t appear to be eating.
The Club of LAS offered a set menu for lunch and dinner. The lounge offered the same menu items as in it’s other location.
The lounge offered roasted pepper gouda pasta. chicken salad sandwiches, soup and salad and a few snacks and sweets. While crudités and hummus plates were offered on the menu, there were none out on offer during my visit.
While the menu was not specific on the type of soups being served, the soups on offer today were chicken noodle soup, along with a tomato basil bisque.
The elements of a Caesar Salad were also made available to assemble on your own.
There was also a self service cappuccino machine, that didn’t appear to get much use during my afternoon visit.
I had a good visit before heading up to the American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas for a little comparison visit.
Which Club at LAS is the Better Club Lounge?
There are two locations of The Club’s at LAS. There is this version at the Terminal 3 – “E” Gates, and there is the sister version at The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – D Gates. It’s a natural question for those looking to maximize their experience: “Which The Club at LAS” is the better lounge?
In terms of space, The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – D Gates offers a much brighter but smaller space. This “D” Gates lounge offers a bright daylight space, at the expense of some more compact and less comfortable seating.
Both Club’s offer the same food program, although I found that The Club at LAS Terminal 3 – “E” Gates did a better job at keeping the food looking fresh and up to date than The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates.
Both The Club at LAS locations are remarkably similar and I would probably just pick the Club that’s located closest to my gate. This is, if I didn’t have access to the excellent American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas.
Overall: Our Experience at The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates
The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates at Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport is a space that is conveniently located next to many flights departing from the in – field “D” Gates. While it offered a bright space, I found the seating to be a little compact and less comfortable than I would have ultimately liked.
The Club at LAS Terminal 1 – “D” Gates offers the only showers between the two locations, so if you’ need or are seeking a shower, this marks the lounge that you’ll want to head to.