Prior to boarding my Coast Starlight train for Portland, my wife and I spent about 30 minutes in the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge at Los Angeles Union Station.
You’ll find the lounge on the second floor of the station, near where the trains depart: just follow the signs.
It’s a small lounge, but includes seating for 40-50 along with complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and other beverages, light snacks, and newspapers. Wi-Fi is also available, though quite slow. I noticed that people waited like vultures around the muffins and cookies, so be warned.
In the lobby, a sculpture entitled “Pioneer of Railway Construction,” by Chinese artist, Yuan Xikun depicts Chinese American’s contribution to railroad construction in the USA.
The lounge is open from 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. daily and available to same-day passengers traveling in a sleeping car or traveling on Pacific Surfliner in business class. It is also available to Select Plus and Select Executive Amtrak Guest Rewards members.
If your train is delayed or you need help with a ticketing issue, Amtrak staff are available in the lounge.
This is not a lounge I would arrive early for, but is a perfectly pleasant place to wait for your train. Los Angeles Union Station is so beautiful, though, that if you don’t have lounge access at least you can wait for your train in one of the most beautiful stations I’ve ever encountered.