United Airlines is preparing to open a new club lounge in the A-Concourse later this year in Denver and I had a chance to take a hard hat tour to view the progress yesterday. Let’s take a look.
A Hard Hat Tour Of New A-Concourse United Club Lounge In Denver
United will increase its lounge real estate to over 100,000 square feet in Denver in the years ahead. That will include:
- Concourse A: 24,900 square feet – opening summer 2023
- Concourse B-West: 36,500 square feet – opening 2024
- Concourse B-East: 36,500 square feet – opening summer 2023
- Club Fly: 1,600 square feet – now open
- Polaris Lounge: opening date and size TBD
Yesterday, I took a walk through the future home of the United Club in Concourse A, where United plans to concentrate international departures. Alexander Dorow, United’s Managing Director of Lounges, took Live And Let’s Fly and a small group of other travel writers on a hard hat tour.
First, I have included some renderings of what the new lounge will look like. You will notice the lounge has Colorado-themed elements meant to resemble a cozy lodge, like fireplaces, stacked firewood, and beautiful wood ceilings.
Ahead of its summer opening (the precise opening date has not been specified), much progress has been made, but much work remains. The two-story lounge will feature plenty of natural light via skylight and a mezzanine entrance much like the new C121 United Club in Newark, complete with automatic gates for entry.
The lounge will include a mix of seating options, including booths designed for single travelers and for couples, chairs, couches, and a bar spanning the north side of the lounge overlooking the apron below. A buffet area will include a mix of hot and cold regionally-inspired dining options plus familiar comfort items like sandwiches and soup.
Outlets will be ubiquitous in the lounge and include both USB-A and USB-C ports:
While United continues to push its “agent on demand” technology, the lounge will have a handful of agents on-site to assist with flight-related matters.
Restrooms will include both gendered options and unisex individual suites similar to the Polaris Lounges. This particular lounge will not have shower facilities, though Dorow was tight-lipped about whether either of the B Concourse lounges will.
I asked about whether this lounge will have barista-mode coffee, like the Club Fly Lounge, and was told that a final decision has not been made, but that United wants to differentiate its lounge offerings, which suggests to me the Club Fly Lounge may be the only one in Denver to offer barista-made coffee.
It does appear there like there is much work to do, but Dorow insisted that progress is being made at a rapid pace and the lounge would be opened by summer.
The lounge real estate is growing at United’s fastest-growing hub. Two new lounges (one that has been refreshed and greatly expanded) will open this summer, giving travelers a greater incentive to fly via Denver. I am impressed at United’s investment in lounge spaces over the last several years and hope that these new lounges are but a taste of what is to come in the years ahead.