United has been gaining momentum with their Polaris Lounge concept lately. United opened their first Polaris Lounge in Chicago in December 2016, and then for nearly 18 months didn’t open another lounge, which left a lot of customers disappointed.
However, there has been lots of great news lately when it comes to Polaris Lounges — United opened their Polaris Lounge San Francisco on April 30, 2018, and United will open their Polaris Lounge Newark on June 4, 2018, in just a few days. Next up, United plans to open their Polaris Lounge Houston this summer, and their Polaris Lounge Los Angeles this fall.
Since the airline had a media event today, they’ve also shared a press release with some pictures of the new lounge. The United Polaris Lounge Newark will be located in Terminal C behind security, between Gates C102 and C120. The lounge will be open daily from 4:30AM until 10:30PM. United says that more passengers originate their travel at Newark than any other United hub, so this is an especially important lounge for them.
Here are the facts and highlights of the new Polaris Lounge, as United describes them:
- More than 27,000 square feet
- 455 seats
- 15 different types of seating
- 570 power outlets and 450 USB ports
- 4 private phone rooms
- 10 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
- 10 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
- Personal valet services, including steaming garments
- A private dining area with table service for up to 48 guests featuring a menu that blends global trends with familiar comfort foods, developed by New York Chef John Glowacki. Menu items include: potato latkes, polenta fries, wild mushroom risotto with a balsamic reduction, and the “Brookie,” a playful combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk.
- A bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar plus sandwiches and wraps such as a curried salmon salad with cucumber raita and baby spinach on a pumpernickel roll as well as a charcuterie board and chicken parmesan.
- A cocktail menu with signature drinks such as the Fernet About It, a unique version of the Cuba Libre containing the Italian libation, and the United Polaris Star, featuring house-made anise-infused vodka. Other house-made items include oolong-steeped bourbon, lavender syrup, vodkas and vermouth.
Here are the pictures United has provided of the new Polaris Lounge EWR:
The new Polaris Lounge looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to check it out myself. Keep in mind that this lounge won’t just be for United longhaul international business class passengers, but can also be used by other Star Alliance first and business class passengers. However, keep in mind that most Star Alliance partners depart out of different concourses at Newark. That means you can choose to either go through security twice, or can take the airside bus that’s near gate 71, which connects you to Austrian, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, and more.
This lounge can’t be accessed on account of status or on domestic flights (even if traveling on a premium transcontinental route).
I’m also happy to see that this lounge will be a good size. At 27,000 square feet, this will be a very large lounge, just slightly smaller than the 28,000 square foot lounge in San Francisco. This is significantly larger than United’s Polaris Lounge Chicago, which is about 16,000 square feet, and it’s roughly comparable in size to American’s Flagship Lounge Miami.
Lastly there’s just one thing I can’t help but point out, which several people also mentioned when United released pictures of their Polaris Lounge San Francisco. Can United please stop putting models in their Polaris Lounge pictures? If they are going to use models, can they at least not make them the focal point, and/or use more realistic models? This is not what most people in United Polaris Lounges look like!
What’s your initial impression of United’s Polaris Lounge Newark?