United Global First Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
ANA First Square Class Washington Dulles to Tokyo Narita
ANA Suite and Business Class Lounges Tokyo Narita (NRT)
ANA Business Class Tokyo Narita to Beijing
IBIS Beijing Capital Airport Hotel
Air China First Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
BGS Premier Business Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Business Traveler’s Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Lufthansa A380 First Class Beijing to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa B747-400 First Class Frankfurt to New York JFK
United PS Business Class New York JFK to San Francisco
After going through security and immigration at the Beijing airport, my first stop was the Air China First Class Lounge, which was the lounge the check-in agent told me to go to when I checked in. This lounge is located past all of the duty-free shops after you exit security.
Since I was there relatively early in the morning, the lounge was pretty empty with fewer than 10 other passengers present, but I’m sure that it fills up more later in the day given that so many airlines use this lounge. The lounge is open to the rest of the airport terminal, so it feels airy and spacious, and it’s quite a large lounge with plenty of seating.
The food options were decent, with hot food options for breakfast available while I was there. There were a number of typical Chinese breakfast options like congee, soy milk and Chinese donuts, and dim sum. I sampled some of the dumplings and their version of hash browns, which I thought were fine.
One amenity that I took advantage of was the sleeping rooms. There are a fair number of individual sleeping rooms available for use, and though they weren’t fully enclosed (so you’d probably need an eye mask and ear plugs to get any sleep), it’s nice that there are dedicated places to sleep and private spaces if you want to get away from the business of the lounge.
Overall, I thought it was a good lounge while I was there as it wasn’t crowded, offered good views of the tarmac, had decent food options, and provided an enclosed space to take a nap.