- Complimentary snacks
- Complimentary soups
- Complimentary finger food
- Food for sale
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Complimentary house wine and beer
- Complimentary liquor
- Premium drinks for sale
- Air conditioning
- Flight information monitors
- Newspapers and magazines
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO design
The spacious lobby with its elegant marble floor sets the tone, but eyes are immediately drawn to the rotunda that is the heart and highlight of the lounge. Trees (which are fake, but realistic) and coffee tables adorn a cobblestone plaza, in an open yet intimate and relaxing setting. According to the designers, the décor is supposed to evoke San Francisco. To be frank, we couldn’t quite make the connection with the city by the bay, and thought that the design was more reminiscent of a European plaza with a cafe — not that this would be a bad thing.
The space benefits from plenty of day light, thanks to a window wall that runs along the entire length of the lounge and also offers exciting tarmac views.
To the left of the rotunda when entering is a seating area with a cozy vibe. The leather chairs, cushy sofas with old fashioned upholstery, and mirror running along the wall give the place the intimate feel of a private club. The design isn’t exactly trendy, but it’s genuinely warm and comfortable. Power outlets are conveniently available at every seat.
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO amenities
Across the rotunda is the bar and buffet area, where a high work table with power outlets flanks a small dining area. Adjacent to the window is another seating area. As expected from an Admirals Club, the complimentary food selection fails to impress: snacks, hummus, veggies, soup and cookies are available but nothing comes close to a real meal. On the flip side, American Airlines offers a substantial selection of quality food items for a fee, including fresh salads and quesadillas. Soft drinks, espressso and house wine and liquor are complimentary while premium beverages may be purchased.
Business travelers will find a small business center by the rotunda with a few work carousels, self-service computers, and a printer. It’s bright — unlike many airline business centers that are located away from the windows — but cramped. Conference rooms are also available and may be booked for a fee.
The Admirals Club offers shower suites which may be reserved at the concierge desk and come with towels and bath products. Other amenities include newspapers and magazines and a small bag storage area.
American Airlines Admirals Club SFO bottom line
Overall, the American Airlines Admirals Club at San Francisco International airport is an elegant and well-appointed facility. It’s not especially large and the design might feel a bit dated already but it’s pretty unique and creative, and while complimentary food and drinks are limited, a substantial premium menu is available. The club delivers on all the basics including comfortable, private seating and relaxing shower suites. In fact, American Airlines’ offer is substantially better than United‘s, its main competitor.
Note that American Airlines does not operate a Flagship Lounge in San Francisco. International First Class passengers and top elites don’t have a realistic alternative to the Admirals Club (the British Airways First Class lounge is located in the remote International Terminal A and is not worth the hassle of getting there.)
For information on possible alternatives, other lounges at SFO and rankings, check out our Definitive Guide to the SFO Lounge Scene.
The following is a typical sample selection. All selections and pricing are subject to change. See the latest menu at aa.com.
- Breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, mini muffins, fruit.
- Snacks: olives, cheese and crackers, cookies, vegetable crudité and snack mixes.
- Water, soft drinks and juices.
- Coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate.
- Trinity Oaks chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Anheuser-Busch or MillerCoors beers.
- House spirits.
Canadian bacon, egg & cheese: $5.99
Breakfast Brioche 5.99
Apple cinnamon pecan yogurt parfait: $4.99
Seasonal fruit cup: $4.99
Sunflower chicken: $10.50
Butternut squash and ricotta: $10.50
Turkey, pear and gorgonzola: $10.50
Turkey Florentine Panini: $9.99
Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini: $9.99
Grilled chicken hummus: $9.99
Portobello stack: $9.99
Chicken brie: $9.99
Gourmet fruit and cheese assortment: $7.99
Citrus spiced lentil: $7.99
Toasted quinoa and kale: $7.99
Sahale nut blends: $2.29
Cilantro Chicken: $9.99
Wild Mushroom Quesadilla: $10.99
Energy drinks: $3.99
Mineral water: $3.50
Bottled water: $2.29
Bottled sodas: $2.29
Premium Domestic/Craft: $7.00
Smirnoff, Bombay Original, BACARDI Superior, Captain Morgan Original Spiced, Dewar’s White Label, Jose Cuervo Especial, Jim Beam: $8.50
ABSOLUT, Russian Standard, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Jack Daniel’s, Jameson: $10.00
Grey Goose, Hendrick’s, Patrón, Crown Royal, Maker’s Mark, Templeton Rye: $12.00
- Cordials: $10.00
Bollini, Pinot Grigio: $10.00
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Riesling: $10.00
Casa Lapostolle, Sauvignon Blanc: $10.00
Napa Cellars, Chardonnay: $12.00
Kim Crawford, Unoaked Chardonnay: $12.00
- The Show, Cabernet Sauvignon: $9.5
- Terrazas de los Andes, Malbec: $9.5
- Folie à Deux, Merlot: $12.00
- Joel Gott 815, Cabernet Sauvignon: $12.00
- Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir: $12.00
- Chandon Brut Classic: $14.00
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