Review: Executive Club – Houston Intercontinental Airport

Introduction: Short Trip to Central America
Review: Hilton Anatole – Dallas
Review: Air France Lounge – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Executive Club – Houston Intercontinental Airport
Review: Air China (777-300) Business Class – Houston to Panama
Review: The Westin – Panama
Review: Nacion Sushi
Review: Le Meridien – Panama
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – Panama to Bogota
Review: Avianca VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: LATAM VIP Lounge – Bogota
Review: Copa Club – Bogota
Review: El Dorado Lounge – Bogota
Review: Avianca (A319) Business Class – Bogota to San Salvador
Review: Intercontinental Hotel – San Salvador/Metrocenter Mall
Review: Avianca (A320) Business Class – San Salvador to Dallas

I chilled in the Air France Lounge for some time, but eventually became bored so I made my way to the Executive Club Lounge to see if I had access.  The lounge was only a few minute walk from the Air France Lounge near gates D4/5.

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Executive Club Houston Entrance

I approached the reception desk and provided my Air China Business Class boarding pass.  The agent smiled an welcomed me in.  Apparently, business class passengers with same day boarding passes from Air China, Lufthansa, and Emirates have access to this lounge.  I had not heard of the lounge until this day.

The lounge was very “busy”. By busy, I mean the design of the lounge was all over the place. I am sure a lot of people would call it contemporary, but I felt the flow was off and did not like it.  Have a look at the different seating areas.  There were some semi-private and plenty of not so private seats.

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I found the bar in the back of the lounge.  It was empty, so empty that the bartender was away putting out food for the Mexican lunch buffet.

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Executive Club Houston Bar

Speaking of buffet…the food station was opposite of the bar.  As I said a second ago, the food was Mexican.  It consisted of fajitas, rice, beans, etc.  Um, I will NEVER eat Mexican food before stepping on an airplane.

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Executive Club Houston Buffet
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Executive Club Houston Buffet

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There was a drink station located between the bar and buffet.

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I waited at the bar for the bartender, but he never came over.  I do not know why, but after 15 minutes, I decided to make my way back to the Air France Lounge.  Before leaving, I snapped a quick picture of the small business center.

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Final Word

The Executive Club was appealing, until I got inside.  I found the décor and food unappealing.  The bar was cool, but the bartender never came by to offer a drink.  Come to think of it, no staff member, other than the person who checked me in, spoke to me.  The entire lounge had a  strange vibe. I was happy to experience it, but found the Air France Lounge to be better.

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