I like to try to eat healthy, and oatmeal falls on the list of bland, not bad for you foods. Unfortunately, the American Express Centurion lounge in terminal 3 of SFO doesn’t have that (anymore). They do have egg frittatas, French toast, and other similar things. Therefore I went through security, passed the Centurion lounge and headed for my favorite United Club in SFO.
There are now two United Clubs in terminal 3. The Rotunda club is near gates in the 80’s and 90’s. Then there is the newer club in the new concourse which is near gates in the 60’s. While the newer club has the refreshed look, it is much smaller. I was never a fan of airport clubs that just take one large room and add seats to it, and that’s what I feel United did.
On the other hand, the older rotunda club, while it doesn’t have the refreshed look (yet) is fairly large. The club is organized into several seating areas which doesn’t make it feel like one large room/pen.
Upon waking in, there is a long hallway which leads to the check in counter. Moving past those counters you’re in a, well, rotunda. There is another counter with staff to assist with reservations (or since this is United, IRROPS). There is also a small seating area off to the side as well.
After checking in and walking straight and to the left is where the main buffet area is. United has stepped their food game up in recent months (still noting compared to American Express). The buffet has, you guessed it, oatmeal. Along with the oatmeal is yogurt with seasonal fruits, pastries, and illy coffee (and new fancy digital espresso machines)
Following the windows facing the airfield you pass a few more seating areas which leads to the bar. The bar also has a small buffet with a more limited selection of what is in the main buffet area. Continuing your walk you will find a quiet room and a business area with cubes. This is one of the larger United Clubs I’ve been too and overall pretty nice.
If you’re looking for a top notch bar, I’d go to the Centurion lounge. If you’re looking for a place to sit down, have a cup of coffee and wait for your flight, then the rotunda club isn’t a bad option