United’s new Polaris Lounge in San Francisco will be opening on April 30, 2018. This will be United’s second Polaris Lounge, and on top of that we should see them open the Polaris Lounge Newark just about a month later. I’m impressed that United finally seems to feel some urgency with delivering on their Polaris promise.
Today United put out a press release about the new Polaris Lounge San Francisco, including lots of pictures of the new facility. United’s new Polaris Lounge will be located in SFO’s international terminal, near gate G92.
Here are the facts they provide about the lounge:
- Two levels across more than 28,000 square feet
- 440 seats
- 19 different types of seating
- 492 power outlets and 492 USB ports
- 8 pieces of art by prominent Bay Area artists, all San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Art Award honorees
- 5 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
- 8 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
- Personal valet services, including steaming garments
- “The Dining Room” – a private restaurant style dining area with a menu designed by Chef Tritia Gestuvo, a California native, that blends international comfort foods — such as a traditional Chinese congee breakfast and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout — with staples like the United Polaris Burger
- A bistro-like buffet that includes a ramen noodle bar in the afternoon and additional unique-to-San Franciscotreats that align with the flight schedule and destinations of United and Star Alliance partners
- Cocktails inspired by the Bay Area, including the Mai Tai, invented in Oakland in 1944, and the Pisco Punch, featuring pisco which became all the rage during the California Gold Rush of 1849
Here are the pictures United has provided of the new Polaris Lounge SFO:
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. This lounge can’t be accessed on account of status or on domestic flights (even if traveling on a premium transcontinental route).
At 28,000 feet, this is also a very large lounge, so crowding shouldn’t be a major issue. That’s significantly larger than United’s Polaris Lounge Chicago, which is about 16,000 square feet. This new lounge is roughly comparable in size to American’s Flagship Lounge Miami.
What’s your initial impression of United’s Polaris Lounge SFO?