If you’re looking to escape the crowds at Cleveland Airport, or just want a little more comfort before your flight, then you’ll want to check out one of the airport’s lounges. There are a few different options available, so read on for our guide to the best of them!
What is an airport lounge?
An airport lounge is a private space that travelers can access for a fee. Lounges typically offer more comfortable seating than is available in the main airport terminal, as well as amenities like complimentary food and drinks, TVs, newspapers and magazines, WiFi, and sometimes even showers. They’re the perfect place to relax before a flight!
Below is an image of CLE Club Lounge in Cleveland
About Cleveland Airport:
Cleveland Airport is located in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the busiest airport in the state of Ohio, handling over 18 million passengers every year. The airport has two main terminals – Terminal A and Terminal B – as well as a smaller regional terminal, C. There are a total of 3 concourses at the airport: A, B, and C.
Concourse A is home to the airport’s five lounges: the United Club, The Club at CLE, the Delta Sky Club, the American Airlines Admirals Club, and the Lufthansa Senator Lounge. All of these lounges are located near Gate A1.
Concourse B has two lounges: the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge and the United Club. Both of these lounges are located near Gate B39.
Concourse C does not have any lounges.
The Club CLE Lounge:
- Location: The entrance to Concourse B shown in this clearer map here.
- Phone: 216-770-7272
- Hours: Daly 4:30AM to 9:00PM
The Club CLE is an independent lounge that any traveler can access for a fee. The club is located in the Main Terminal, Airside, Concourse B gates. It charges users a day pass to access it. According to CLE’s website, the premium lounge opened this past year(in September 2021).
The workspaces which cover 2000 sq feet come with complimentary high-speed wi-fi, all-day food and drink offerings, and hospitality services. Menu items range from breakfast to all-day specialties like tomato basil soup, ginger chicken and jasmine rice bowl, and blueberry cobbler.
The Club CLE is available not just to Priority Pass members, but also to LoungeKey and Lounge Club users, which encompasses a wide variety of credit cards, banks and other financial institutions.
The lounge is additionally accessible to all travelers flying into or out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport who are looking for first-class hospitality. Until April this year(2022), individuals could buy a Club Pass online or take advantage of the promotional “walk-up” rate at the lounge for only $33.
However, this latter promotion ended on April 2nd, 2022. Its cost now is $50 as shown by the snapshot below of its booking site;
Lastly, AAA Members Discount Program participants receive special rewards at the Club CLE too.
- Complimentary snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and premium spirits
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
- Complimentary workstations with PC’s, printers and recharging station
- Newspapers, magazines, TV
- Flight information monitor
- Disabled access
- Comfortable, spacious seating
To access the lounge, you can purchase a day pass for $45 USD, and can book today on Loungepass website here.
You can get more details on CLE’s website here.
The United Club Lounge at CLE
The United Club is the lounge for United Airlines passengers. The lounge is located in Concourse C, Airside, between Gates C14 and C-6.
To access the lounge, you must have a United Airlines boarding pass and a valid form of identification. You can also access the lounge if you have a membership in the United MileagePlus club, or if you hold certain United-branded credit cards. Alternatively, you can pay $45 at the door with proof of United Airlines ticket.
You can get United Club membership details here and find more information on the United Club website. As shown in the snapshot below, the lowest cost of a United Club membership is $550 per year but can learn more about UC subscription on United’s website here.
The amenities at the United Club include:
- Complimentary light snacks and beverages
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- Private workstations with PC’s and printers
- Shower suites (available for an additional fee)
- Newspapers, magazines and TV screens throughout the loungeDisabled access
USO Lounge at Cleveland Airport
If you are an active military member of a related to someone in the military, you can enjoy the USO lounge at Cleveland airport located at the baggage Claim area in Carousel 1.
USO lounge offers:
- Complimentary snacks and beverages
- Internet-connected computers and Wi-Fi
- Comfortable seating areas
- TVs and reading materials
Note that only active military members, their families, and other authorized individuals are allowed into the USO Lounge.
Below are some people eligible for USO lounge access:
- Active Duty Service Members
- National Guard and Reserve Members
- Coast Guard Personnel
- Military Retirees
- Family members of active-duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, Coast Guard personnel, and military retirees (spouses, children 18 years old and younger, and parents) widows/widowers and adult children of military retirees
Aside from United Club, CLE Club, and USO lounges, Cleveland Airport does not have any other specific airport lounges.
Here is a list of all 54 airports with USO lounges
Cleveland Airport American Express Lounge/Centurion:
Unfortunately, Cleveland Airport does not have an American Express Lounge or Centurion Lounge. The closest Amex Lounge is in Detroit, which is about a 2-hour drive from Cleveland.
However, if you have an American Express card, you can access the following lounges:
- The Club at ATL (Atlanta)
- The Centurion Lounge at IAH (Houston)
- The Club at SJC (San Jose, CA)
- The Club at BOS (Boston)
You can find more information about American Express Lounges on their website.
Cleveland Airport Priority Pass:
If you have a Priority Pass membership, the CLE Club at Cleveland Airport will give you access to their lounge which opens daily at 4:30 am and closes at 9 pm. Priority Pass has partnered with more than 1400 lounges worldwide to offer its members access to a wide variety of airport lounges.
To find the CLE lounge, you will need to be on Airside- this is after Security Checks. Once there, go to Concourse B and turn right into the hall after ‘Ohio Gameday Sports.
According to Priority Pass’ website, below are the amenities your Priority pass membership with give you access to at CLE Club lounge:
- Disabled Access
- No Smoking
- Air Conditioning
- Flight Information
- Digital Card Accepted
Below are some important things to note about this lounge and restrictions by Priority pass;
- – Priority Pass holders can access the lounge 3 hours before their scheduled flight departure
- – Children under 2 years old are admitted for free
- – All children must be accompanied by an adult
- – Only passengers 21 years of age or older can drink alcoholic beverages
- – Computer workstations and printers are available in the lounge.
To get Priority Pass membership, you can either sign up for a credit card that comes with complimentary membership or buy a membership directly from Priority Pass. The cost of a Priority Pass membership starts at $99 USD per year.
You can find more information and the list of credit cards that come with Priority Pass membership on their website.
Bar Symon Lounge CLE
On Concourse C inside security on the Main Terminal at Cleveland Airport, you can enjoy Cleveland’s own Iron Chef Michael Symon has a Bar Symon. This is not an airport lounge per see, but it does offer some great food and drinks for travelers.
Some of the menu items include:
- Small Plates
Airport dining doesn’t have to be bland or unmemorable. Bar Symon, created by Chef Michael Symon, specializes in savory comfort food and tap-house drinks–all served in a unique, timeless setting. Stop by for signature items like Pierogi and Kielbasa, Lola fries, and award-winning burgers.
You need an American Express card to get into Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport, and Amex cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive a $28 discount off the bill. For non-American Express Priority Pass and Lounge Key members: you will be eligible for the discount if you show an Outbound Departure Boarding Pass with confirmed same-day travel.
The three reviews left on Loungebuddy’s page for this bar aren’t that great. Read the reviews here.
Does Cleveland Airport have lounges?
Yes, Cleveland Airport has lounges. There is the CLE Club located in Concourse B and the USO lounge located in Carousel 1 at the baggage claim area. There is also the United Club which is located near the entrance of Concourse C. Lastly, there is USO Lounge which is only open to active military members and their families.
What are the lounges in Cleveland Airport?
The lounges in Cleveland Airport are CLE Club, United Club, and USO Lounge.
Where is the CLE Club located in Cleveland Airport?
The CLE Club is located in Concourse B at the airport. To get there, you will need to be on the Airside and follow the signs to Concourse B. Once you are in Concourse B, turn right into the hall after ‘Ohio Gameday Sports’.
What are the hours for CLE Club?
The CLE Club is open daily from 4:30am to 9:00pm.
What are the amenities offered at CLE Club?
The amenities offered at the CLE Club include disabled access, TV, internet, no smoking, refreshments, air conditioning, alcohol, newspapers/magazines, flight information, digital card accepted, and Wi-Fi.
What is the cost of CLE Club day pass?
The cost of a CLE Club day pass is $45.
What are the hours for United Club?
The United Club is open daily from 4:30am to 9:00 pm
Do I need a membership to access the lounges at Cleveland Airport?
Yes, you need a membership to access the CLE Club and United Club. The USO lounge is only available to active military members, their families, and other authorized individuals.
Does Cleveland Airport have a Delta Lounge?
No, Cleveland Airport does not have a Delta Lounge. Despite having Delta Sky Club lounges in over 50 airports, Delta doesn’t have the lounges at CLE. If you are flying Delta or have Delta Sky Club membership, your best bet is to purchase a day pass at the CLE Club lounge for $50 here.
Here is a list of all US Delta Sky Club locations in the US.
Does Cleveland Airport have American Airlines Admiral Club lounge?
Whilst Cleveland Airport used to have an American Airlines Admiral Club lounge, it is now closed. If you are an American Airlines member or have access to the Admirals Club, your best bet is to purchase a day pass at the CLE Club lounge for $50 here.
What is the cost of a Priority Pass membership?
The cost of a Priority Pass membership starts at $99 USD per year.
If I can’t find a lounge at Cleveland Airport, what options do I have?
There are a number of hotels close to Cleveland airport. I recommend booking one that has free shuttle services to and from the airport so you can easily get to your terminal. Some of the hotels I recommend are Hilton Cleveland Airport, Hyatt Regency Cleveland Airport, Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Below is a table I got from CLE’s official website with a list of more than 20 hotels near Cleveland Airport;
|Name of Hotel near Cleveland Airport
|Aloft Cleveland Airport – North Olmsted
|Aloft Cleveland – Downtown
|America’s Best Value Inn – Cleveland
|Bertram Inn – Aurora
|Courtyard by Marriott – North Olmsted
|Crowne Plaza Hotel – Middleburg Hts
|Doubletree – Westlake
|Embassy Suites – Independence
|Four Points by Sheraton
|Hampton Inn and Suites – Brooklyn
|Hampton Inn and Suites – Middleburg Heights
|Hampton Inn North Olmsted/Cleveland Airport
|Hilton Garden Inn – Airport
|Holiday Inn Express – Brook Park
|Holiday Inn Express – Medina
|Holiday Inn – Independence
|Holiday Inn – Strongsville
|Holiday Inn Express- Wadsworth
|La Quinta – Airport Cleveland (W. 150th)
|La Quinta Cleveland Airport West – North Olmsted
|Radisson Hotel Airport – North Olmsted
|Ramada Cleveland Airport West
|Residence Inn – Independence
|Residence Inn – Middleburg Hts
|Sonesta ES Suites Cleveland Airport
|Wyndham Cleveland Airport (formaerly Cleveland Airport Marriott)
Unfortunately, Cleveland Airport hasn’t installed sleeping pods that charge per hour and you’ll have to settle with airport or transit hotels at the airport or close to the airport.
I hope this guide was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below.
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