Soft opening of the new United Polaris Lounge at LAX. At 12,000 square feet it's less than half the size of the SFO one, but it feels a great deal smaller, particularly with only two of the the infamous Polaris quad-packs lounge chairs.
Buffet was a nice enough spread for a domestic lounge, although the hot food was only lukewarm. Service in the tiny private dining room (expect long waits!) was also erratically slow. Combined with the fact that all the food was mediocre to indifferent at best, and clearly it's a work in progress. The SFO location is actually one of the best domestic lounges of any airline, so there's definitely promise here-- it simply has yet to be realized.
Shower rooms, bathrooms, and nap rooms are all scaled down a little vs. the large Polaris lounges, but they all seem to work pretty well and be equally nice. The views from both sides of Terminal 7 are also a nice touch-- the lounge stretches over the entire width of Terminal 7. If they could just add some decorations or some fancy lights to the rotunda at the center... as it is, it kind of feels like they cheaped out in a few areas. (don't even get me started on the worn-out stairs...).
To be fair those are small things, if they just could just get the kitchen and the staff up to the same level as the SFO location, that would have by far the most impact in making this a very nice lounge.