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Lounge Review: Menzies Lounge Budapest Airport (BUD)

There are a number of Priority Pass-accessible lounges at the Budapest airport. The first I visited was the Menzies Lounge. This lounge is located above the main entrance area when you pass through security.

Signage for the lounge

Signage for the lounge

Menzies Lounge entrance

Menzies Lounge entrance

The lounge is just a simple, relatively small room, but there’s plenty of seating. I thought the furniture was cool and funky, and electrical outlets were plentiful. There were a variety of seating options whether you wanted to sit by yourself, stare out the window, or eat or work at a table.

Seating

Seating

More seating

More seating

Interesting furniture

Interesting furniture

Some views of apron

Some views of apron

Cubbies to charge your phone

Cubbies to charge your phone

Alcohol in the fridge

Alcohol in the fridge

In my opinion, the most notable feature of the lounge was the giant bags of Cheetos that were peanut butter flavored and ketchup flavored. I had never had either, so naturally I had to try them. I love ketchup, but the ketchup-flavored Cheetos tasted like ketchup that’s dried up from sitting out too long. The peanut butter ones were more palatable, but not worth the calories. Interestingly, I thought that they tasted better when eaten together.

In terms of other food, there were some packaged Hungarian chocolate bars (including Sport and Balaton bars–try them!), some cereal-ish bars, and some muffins. There was beer and wine on offer, as well as Unicum, a Hungarian specialty.

Snacks and drinks (including Unicum!)

Snacks and drinks (including Unicum!)

More drink options

More drink options

The wifi was decent, and there are no bathrooms inside the lounge. This lounge is nothing fancy, but it’s perfectly serviceable for a Priority Pass lounge.

Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge Bangkok Airport (BKK) Renovated

Cathay Pacific renovated their lounge at BKK recently, and I have to say that this new lounge is a MASSIVE improvement over their old lounge. Their old lounge was tiny and crowded and had bad food options, and this renovated lounge is just so much better. It’s very similar in decor and feeling to their renovated Pier lounge at HKG, and I was such a fan of that lounge that it’s no surprise that I loved this lounge as well.

The Cathay lounge is located near the G gates, and the entrance is relatively understated.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

The lounge is quite long with a variety of seating areas, a cafe-type area, and a noodle bar. To the right is where most of the lounge seating is located. There are a variety of seating options and configurations, and all of the furniture is quite comfortable and functional. There are also outlets everywhere (they’re located in the desks if you don’t see other ones), which is such a great thing to have in a lounge.

Seating area

Seating area

More seating with loungers overlooking the apron

More seating with loungers overlooking the apron

Looking down the lounge

Looking down the lounge

Computer stations

Computer stations

More seating, including the semi-private green chairs

More seating, including the semi-private green chairs

I enjoyed sitting in the loungers which face the windows so you can do some airplane spotting, as well as the semi-private green chairs which are great for getting work done.

Apron views

Apron views

The right-hand side also includes a full-service bar. I’m not a big alcohol drinker, so it’s great that Cathay offers a couple of non-alcoholic cocktails, including their signature Cathay Delight! So tasty.

Full bar

Full bar

Bar menu

Bar menu

Right in front of the entrance to the lounge (so in the middle of it lengthwise) is a cafe-type area with some standing tables, some bar seating, and a variety of lighter foods on offer. There are salads (lettuce, papaya, bean, and fruit), some snacks (mashed potatoes and some sort of macaroni), fresh fruit (including rambutan!), yogurt, sandwiches, cookies, and desserts (creme caramel and pandan cake). I love that they have rambutan on offer (even though I don’t actually like rambutan that much), as I just think it’s so great when lounges can offer local, seasonal fruits rather than just the same old melon selection. The creme caramel and pandan cake were also delicious, although I have a major sweet tooth.

Cafe food area

Cafe food area

Salads

Salads

Fresh fruit and small snacks

Fresh fruit and small snacks

Desserts, yogurt, drinks

Desserts, yogurt, drinks

Sandwiches and cookies

Sandwiches and cookies

Finally, at the other end of the lounge (or the area to the left as you enter) is the noodle bar. The noodle bar has tons of seating with both booths of varying sizes as well as some communal tables. They have the typical dan dan mien that you expect from Cathay Pacific, but they also have pad thai on the menu as well as some dim sum. I also LOVE the fact that they have a separate vegetarian menu.

Noodle bar seating

Noodle bar seating

Communal tables and booths

Communal tables and booths

Noodle bar

Noodle bar

Noodle bar menu

Noodle bar menu

I sampled the veggie pad thai, the sago dumplings, and the mushroom noodle soup. The veggie pad thai unfortunately tasted ketchup-y and lacked the wok hei (wok breath) that makes pad thai so great, but at least they had the full selection of pad thai accompaniments (peanuts, limes, sugar, chili flakes, vinegar with chilis, etc.) so you can adjust the flavoring. The sago dumplings were absolutely delicious, though, and the mushroom noodle soup was decent as well. The portions are on the smaller side, so don’t feel shy about ordering multiple portions! I saw a table of two guys put down about 10 dishes between the two of them.

Veggie pad thai and sago dumplings

Veggie pad thai and sago dumplings

I must sound like a total Cathay Pacific fanboy given how much I’ve raved about their renovated Pier lounges at HKG (both the business class and first class lounges), but I just think Cathay Pacific has done such a good job with their rebranding and lounge redesigns. This lounge is no different. I love the design, and the lounges just feel so cozy and have such solid amenities. If I have any criticisms, the wifi is a bit slow, the lounge can get a bit crowded, and the cushions in the booths have this weird thing where they’re not attached in the backs so if you sit forward too far the cushion comes up. But this is an awesome, awesome lounge, and one of my favorite non-hub airline lounges that I’ve visited.

Lounge Review: Oman Air Lounge Bangkok Airport (BKK)

I accessed the Oman Air lounge at Bangkok airport (BKK) via Priority Pass. This lounge is located in the E concourse, so it’s convenient for oneworld flights (which all depart from the E, F, or G gates).

Directions to all of the lounges once you pass security and immigration

Directions to all of the lounges once you pass security and immigration

Entrance to the Oman Air lounge

Entrance to the Oman Air lounge

Upon entering, I was immediately impressed by the decor of lounge. A lot of Priority Pass-accessible lounges can be a bit sad-looking, but this was nice and bright. The lounge has an appealing blue and gold color scheme, and there a variety of interesting decorations.

It’s not a huge lounge, but there’s a lot of seating packed in. To the right is a room full of seating with comfortable couches and chairs. To the back of this room are two recliners, and you can draw a curtain for some privacy.

Main seating area to the right

Main seating area to the right

One of the recliners with some privacy

One of the recliners with some privacy

Fruit display

Fruit display

The other room has more seating as well as the rest of the lounge’s amenities. The drink options were extensive, featuring Arabic coffee and dates as well as lots of different liquors and wines (including champagne). The fridge below had your usual assortment of sodas, beers, and water, but there was also Milo!

More seating and computers

More seating and computers

Coffee (including Arabic coffee)

Coffee (including Arabic coffee)

Dates

Dates

Alcohol selection

Alcohol selection

Refrigerated beverages

Refrigerated beverages

The food options are slightly less impressive, but still pretty decent for a Priority Pass-accessible lounge. There was dried fruit, mixed nuts, ingredients to make a salad, pickles and olives, canapes, sandwiches, breads, fruits, cupcakes, and a variety of hot foods. The hot food options when I visited included biryani, samosas, chicken puffs, chicken kebabs, and penne. The food that I sampled (a samosa, some fruit, and a cupcake) were all fine.

Canapes

Canapes

Breads and fruit

Breads and fruit

Hot food items

Hot food items

Wifi in the lounge was decently fast (3.79 Mbps down; 1.95 Mbps up), and there were some outlets available. There’s also a work table available with outlets, as well as a shower room that looked clean.

Work table

Work table

Shower room

Shower room

Please don't wash your feet in the bathroom sink

Please don’t wash your feet in the bathroom sink

If you’re using Priority Pass at BKK, I think that the Oman Air lounge is a better option than the Louis Tavern lounges, although not superior enough to make the trek to the E gates if your flight is leaving out of an A gate, for example. It was a super comfortable place to sit, it wasn’t very crowded, the wifi was fast, and the basics are all provided. Overall, quite a good Priority Pass-accessible lounge.

Lounge Review: Pura Indah Lounge Jakarta Airport (CGK)

It took me about an hour to get to the airport from the Grand Hyatt by taxi. I was flying JAL out of CGK, and at check-in, I was told that JAL uses the Pura Indah lounge.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

There were a lot of different lounges at the airport, including a Citibank lounge. I didn’t realize that Citibank has its own lounges, but I also remembered seeing tons of Citibank advertising and deals at Plaza Indonesia, the mall connected to the Grand Hyatt. It seemed that many of the lounges in the international area of the terminal I was in (Terminal 2D) were accessible via Priority Pass, including this lounge that JAL (and many other airlines) uses.

The lounge has separate first and business class sections, but first class is just a room that’s less crowded. There was tons of seating and not that many people using the first class side.

Lounge seating

Lounge seating

Japanese newspapers for JAL passengers

Japanese newspapers for JAL passengers

In terms of food, there were a number of sweet options like cakes, pastries, fried bananas, and desserts wrapped in banana leaf, but savory options were limited to some chicken curry puffs, penne with eggplant, and soups. I thought the fried bananas were pretty tasty, but I’m a fat kid at heart and a sucker for most fried and/or sweet things.

The food options overall looked a little sad. It’s still a better food selection that you’d get at many US domestic lounges (although that seems to be changing), but because there weren’t that many passengers on the first class side, the food turnover was slow. So it was a bit unclear how long some of the food had been sitting there.

Drinks and refrigerated foods

Drinks and refrigerated foods

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Pastries

Pastries

Soups

Soups

Fried bananas and banana leafs

Fried bananas and banana leaf desserts

More hot food

Hot savory food (chicken curry puff and eggplant penne)

The wifi in the lounge was quite slow, and there weren’t enough power outlets in the lounge, so it’s not a great place to sit and do work. There is a shower in the bathroom that looked reasonably clean, but I didn’t see any towels, so you might have to ask for those. But it didn’t seem like the shower got a ton of use.

Shower

Shower

Overall, this lounge is disappointing for a lounge at the airport of a major Asian city, but it’s better than waiting in the terminal. It’s also nice that it’s accessible via Priority Pass.

Lounge Review: Emirates Business Class Lounge Dubai (DXB) Concourse A

On this trip, I also decided to check out the business class lounge at Dubai. The quick summary is that the business class lounge is like a slightly-less nice version of the first class lounge. It offers nearly identical amenities, but just a little less nice.

Entrance to the business class lounge

Entrance to the business class lounge

Spa next to the business class lounge

Spa next to the business class lounge

The layout of the business class lounge is very similar to the first class lounge, perhaps because they’re on top of each other. The lounge is also essentially mirrored on each side so you don’t have to walk across the entire lounge to find a shower, for example (although I wonder whether people naturally head left or right once they enter?)

Map of half of the business class lounge

Map of half of the business class lounge

Directions in the business class lounge

Directions in the business class lounge

Hallway

Hallway

The business center has cubicles in it, instead of being open air like the first class lounge. I imagine that the cubicles are helpful for some privacy since the business class lounge was considerably busier than the first class lounge.

Business center

Business center

Area next to the bar

Area next to the bar

The business class lounge buffet has slightly fewer food options than the first class lounge, but it’s still quite extensive, and many of the food choices are the same. There’s unfortunately no made-to-order menu, though.

Salads

Salads

Pastries and fruits

Pastries and fruits

Alcohol selection

Alcohol selection

Hot items at buffet

Hot items at buffet

Hot dogs?

Hot dogs?

There’s also a kids room in the business class lounge. One example of being slightly less nice is that the kids room in the business class lounge had a PS3 to play, while the kids room in the first class lounge had a PS4 (I didn’t even realize this was a thing, which shows you how behind the times I am).

Kids room

Kids room

Video games

Video games

More kids room

More kids room

There’s no dedicated relaxation room in the business class lounge, but there are reclining chairs scattered throughout the lounge with blankets on them.

Relaxation chairs

Relaxation chairs

One thing that I appreciated about the business class lounge were that there seemed to be lots of hidden seating areas. So you might be able to find a small, cozier section to have to yourself.

Seating areas

Seating areas

Business class lounge decor

Business class lounge decor

Gluten free pastries

Gluten free pastries

Semi-private relaxation chairs

Semi-private relaxation chairs

Lots of seating

Lots of seating

If you go to the far ends of the lounges, you can go downstairs to the “quiet lounge” areas where there are donuts. I don’t think that many people make it that far as the lounge attendant working in that area seemed quite surprised to see me there.

Another seating section

Another seating section

Coffee and ice cream

Coffee and ice cream

Other buffet items

Other buffet items

Such a large lounge

Such a large lounge

Overall, the business class lounge is just like a slightly less nice version of the first class lounge. The lounge offers all of the amenities you might expect from a business class lounge, and there’s plenty of space and seating, even though there are more passengers. If you’re looking for a quiet place, I’d say try going to the far ends of the lounge, since the lounge is so big that most people probably don’t explore the whole thing.

Lounge Review: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai (DXB) Concourse A

I’ve reviewed the Emirates First Class Lounge at Dubai before, but that was in 2013, so here’s an updated review.

Entrance to the first class lounge

Entrance to the first class lounge

The entrance to the spa is right in front of the entrance to the first class lounge. As a First Class passenger, you’re entitled to a complimentary treatment. This time, I chose a haircut since I never seem to get haircuts as often as I should, and it was pretty decent (although my hair is very simple and unstyled).

Entrance to the spa

Entrance to the spa

I can’t help but be impressed whenever I visit this lounge. It’s huge. Cavernous, almost. It’s also a bit sterile, in that it doesn’t feel “cozy” at all, and the first class lounge is strange in that it’s often only very sparsely populated with passengers, and yet there are tons of staff just standing around with nothing to do.

Map of half of the lounge

Map of half of the lounge (the other half has essentially identical amenities)

Directions in the lounge

Directions in the lounge

The lounge has just about every sort of lounge amenity that you could think of. There are video games, TVs, a business center, a formal dining room, a more casual cafe-ish dining area, shower rooms, a spa, shopping, a kids room, a cigar room, a prayer room, a relaxation room, and a shoe shine stand.

Shopping within the lounge

Shopping within the lounge

One variety of seating area

One variety of seating area

Lounge decor

Lounge decor

It just keeps going on

It just keeps going on

I spent some time working in the business center. One thing that could be improved is the wifi speed. The wifi is pretty slow (about 1 mbps down), but it works.

Business center

Business center

Although I didn’t use it this time around, I’ve taken a nap in the relaxation room before, and it’s plenty comfortable for that purpose. They have pillows and blankets and eye masks at all of the seats. Not a place you’d want to spend too much time given the lack of privacy, but fine if you need a place to lie down for a bit.

Relaxation room

Relaxation room

Recliners if you want a nap

Recliners if you want a nap

Charging station

Charging station

Kids room

Kids room

One nice aspect of this lounge is the dining area with proper table service. There’s both an extensive menu as well as an extensive buffet for whatever you’re looking for.

Dining room seating

Dining room seating

Window into the kitchen

Window into the kitchen

Here are photos of the made-to-order menu at the time. Apologies for the hand and camera shadows!

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

Menu

One thing that slightly worries me about the buffet is how often the food gets turned over. The lounge never gets particularly busy, so I’m wondering how long some of the food items sit there before they get thrown out…

Pastries

Pastries

Sushis and seafoods

Sushis and seafoods

Cheeses

Cheeses

Salads

Salads

Foods

Foods

Hot buffet

Hot buffet

More hot dishes

More hot dishes

I decided to order some food from the menu. To start, they brought out some mezze and some bread and butter. More airlines should serve good bread and butter. Good bread isn’t that expensive, and it’s super good. I think the best bread I’ve had on airlines has been on either JAL or Qantas, and I appreciated the bread and butter served in the lounge here.

Appetizers to start

Appetizers to start

Next up I had the spring roll. Which was a spring roll. Not too much to say about it.

Spring roll

Spring roll

For me entree, I had the paneer achari, which was pretty good. A solid vegetarian main, although I wish they had more vegetarian options on the menu.

Paneer achari

Paneer achari

For dessert, I just had a large bowl of berries. Berries are so great and can be rare to find while traveling!

Overall, the Emirates First Class lounge at DXB is just an impressive physical space. The lounge spans the length of much of the terminal, and you can board directly from the lounge onto A380s. The lounge offers all of the amenities that you might expect from a lounge, and generally does a good job with all of them. The service can be a bit strange given the extreme surplus of workers to passengers (you’d think that would mean that the service would be extremely attentive, but I haven’t found that to be the case), but it’s definitely a treat every time I get to visit this lounge.

Lounge Review: Emirates Lounge San Francisco Airport (SFO)

This next trip from the depths of my photo archives occurred in February 2015. I had a wedding to go to in Jakarta, so I decided to make a pit stop in Singapore–one of my favorite food cities in the world–on the way there. To get to Singapore, I flew Emirates first class, booked with 100k Alaska miles (this award would now be 180k miles).

When you fly Emirates in business class or first class cabin, you get a complimentary chauffeur service to the airport–that is, if you’re booked through Emirates or Qantas ticket stock. It was just a couple of weeks before my flight that Emirates announced that tickets issued through partners would not be eligible for the complimentary chauffeur service, but I was lucky in that my pre-booked chauffeur service was not retroactively canceled on me. This was what I had waiting outside of my office for me on the day of departure.

Chauffeur drive pick up

Chauffeur drive pick up

It was a relatively quick drive to the airport, and then I was off to the Emirates Lounge at SFO. The lounge is located a level down from the main concourse in Terminal A, and first and business class passengers share this lounge.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

I was honestly very pleasantly surprised by this lounge, and I think it’s the best lounge I’ve been to at SFO (other lounges I’ve visited at SFO: the Cathay Pacific lounge, Amex Centurion lounge, United Club, and American Admirals Club). It’s perhaps not as stylish as the Amex Centurion lounge, but it’s much less crowded and has more extensive food options.

Upon entering the lounge, I was happy to see large windows overlooking the apron and lots of seating. There’s a business center and showers to the left of the entrance, but most of the seating and the food is to the right.

View of the apron

View of the apron

Business center

Business center

Shower

Accessible shower

Shower room

Shower room

View of the lounge

View of the lounge

Seating

Seating

Seating

Seating

Magazines

Magazines

This sounds silly, but one thing I was impressed by was all of the plants everywhere. There were just so many plants scattered throughout the lounge. And given that Emirates only has one flight a day (granted, it’s an A380, but it’s still only one flight), it’s even more impressive (excessive?) that they have such a nice lounge with all of these plants.

There are a variety of self-serve drinks on offer, including Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Tea

Tea

Liquor and snacks

Liquor and snacks

Wines

Wines

Beverages

Beverages

The food options in this lounge are also extremely extensive. When I visited, here’s a sample of the foods on offer: green pea panna cotta, chocolate creme brulee, grilled tuna, king prawns and squid, strawberry tarts, Arabic mezze, cheeses, palak paneer, Indian curry, penne pasta, potato gruyere gratin, chicken in tomato sauce, grilled beef filets, poached pacific salmon, lobster and potato cakes, green beans, and zucchini soup. The food isn’t award-winning, but I was more than happy to eat it. I also appreciated the variety of vegetarian options (assuming you like Indian food), and the creme brulee was delicious.

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Soup

Soup

Buffet

Buffet

Dining room

Dining room

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

Buffet

My minor quibbles with the lounge were the relatively slow wifi (I was only getting 1 Mbps down), and there didn’t seem to be enough power outlets. But as I said before, I think this is my favorite lounge at SFO. The lounge never got too crowded, it’s a pleasant space to relax in, and the food options are both good and extensive. Overall, I was extremely impressed with this lounge.

Lounge Review: Japan Airlines (JAL) Sakura Lounge Bangkok Airport (BKK)

On this trip, I visited both the Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines lounges at the Bangkok airport (BKK). I would write a review of the Cathay Pacific lounge, but 1) it was pretty terrible, and 2) the Cathay Pacific lounge has since been expanded and renovated. I’ll be visiting the renovated Cathay Pacific lounge in a couple of weeks, so I’ll be sure to report back on that lounge.

For now, here are pictures of the Japan Airlines lounge at BKK. I believe that this lounge and the Cathay Pacific lounges are the only oneworld lounges left at BKK (the Qantas and British Airways lounges have shut down/merged with other lounges). Some of the oneworld airlines will also provide you access to a different lounge (e.g. Finnair, Malaysia Airlines, and Sri Lankan Airlines will give you access to the Louis Tavern Lounges, while Qatar and Royal Jordanian provide access to the Thai lounges), although if you’d be given a lounge pass to one of these other lounges you would also have access to the Cathay Pacific and JAL lounges.

The JAL lounge has tons of seating, and it never felt crowded while I was there. There’s also a smoking room within the lounge, if you want to smoke.

Ample seating

Ample seating

More seating

More seating

Work stations

Work stations

Smoking room

Smoking room

For breakfast, there were pastries, fruit, miso soup, scrambled eggs, and hash browns. Nothing too extensive, but a decent selection.

Pastries and fruit

Pastries and fruit

Hot food items

Hot food items

Unfortunately, even though this is a JAL lounge, there was no sign of JAL’s special drinks like SkyTime 🙁

Drinks

Drinks

More drinks

More drinks

Anyway, at the time, this lounge was FAR superior to the Cathay Pacific lounge, but now that the Cathay Pacific lounge has been renovated, the Cathay Pacific lounge should probably be your first choice.

Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific’s RENOVATED The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport (HKG)

I’m currently transiting through Hong Kong airport, and I have the good fortune to be transiting just a week after Cathay Pacific reopened their Pier Business Class Lounge. I’ve reviewed the renovated Pier First Class Lounge before, which is one of my favorite airport lounges in the world.

I’ll just go ahead and say that I think the Pier Business Class Lounge might be my favorite business class lounge in the world. It’s a GORGEOUS lounge with everything that you might want in a lounge. People often rave about Turkish Airlines’ business class lounge in Istanbul airport, but I think the Pier is way better.

The Pier Business Class Lounge is located near Gate 65. It’s just one gate further past the entrance to the Pier First Class Lounge. It’s true that this gate might be a little inconvenient depending on your departure gate, and the people mover in the airport only goes one way, but it’s really not that far of a walk to walk from the Pier to the Wing (maybe 15 minutes if you walk briskly).

Entrance to the Pier Business Class lounge near Gate 65

Entrance to the Pier Business Class lounge near Gate 65

I was immediately impressed by this lounge. I love the decor and feel of the renovated Pier lounges. They use much darker and richer colors than they use in the Wing, and the Pier Business Class lounge just seems to keep going on and on.

Entrance hall the lounge

Entrance hall the lounge

Directing you to some of the many rooms of this lounge

Directing you to some of the many rooms of this lounge

One thing that’s a nice feature is that they offer luggage lockers if you want to store your bags for a while. Helpful if you don’t feel like leaving your bags unattended in the lounge.

Luggage lockers

Luggage lockers

As you enter the lounge, there’s an office room of sorts on the right hand side if you want to get some work done. There are computers available for use, as well as comfortable semi-private chairs. And there are tons of outlets everywhere, which is great.

Bureau/office area of the lounge for working

Bureau/office area of the lounge for working

Looking from one end of the lounge down to the other

Looking from one end of the lounge down to the other

As you walk left from the entrance, you first come across the Food Hall. This seems to be an area for western options. For breakfast, there was everything you might expect for a western breakfast (e.g. eggs, hash browns, baked beans, sausage, muesli, pastries). They also have paninis, which is somewhat novel.

Food Hall

Food Hall

There’s a coffee bar staffed with a barista in this area as well.

Coffee bar

Coffee bar

Seating in the Food Hall

Seating in the Food Hall

Salads and such

Salads and such

Cheeses and meats

Cheeses and meats

Western hot breakfast items

Western hot breakfast items

Muffins

Muffins and sweet breads

Pastries

Pastries

Paninis

Paninis and rolls

Drink fridge

Drink fridge

Past the Food Hall is the Bar area. Lots of comfortable seating and a very large bar.

Bar area

Bar area

Bar

Bar

Seating in the bar

Seating in the bar

One of the things that’s incredible about this lounge is the size and variety of seating options. There’s countertop seating, two-person tables, communal tables, lots of sofas, etc. And everything that I sat in was super comfortable. The seating along the windows also features great views.

Seating along the windows

Seating along the windows

Apron views

Apron views

Lots and lots of seating

Lots and lots of seating

Past the bar is the Noodle Bar. This is a staple of many Cathay Pacific lounges around the world. The Noodle Bar features Asian food items (e.g. they had fried rice, stir fried vegetables, congee, and assorted dumplings available for breakfast), as well as a noodle bar where you can order made-to-order noodles (e.g. dan dan noodles). The Noodle Bar opens at 7:00am while the lounge opens at 5:30am.

Seating in the noodle bar

Seating in the noodle bar

Dim sum in the noodle bar

Dim sum in the noodle bar

Noodle bar

Noodle bar

Past the Noodle Bar is the Tea House. The Tea House had teas (obvi), but also a number of Asian and western sweets (e.g. glutinous rice balls, apple cake, earl grey tea cookies) and some tasty-looking juices.

Seating in the tea house

Seating in the tea house

Sweets at the tea house

Sweets at the tea house

Juices in the lounge

Juices in the lounge

Tea menu

Tea menu

Past the Tea House, there’s a desk where you can request a shower, and then at the far end of the lounge is their relaxation area. There are a number of comfortable loungers where you can rest and perhaps take a nap. It’s not super private, but it’s significantly better than what most lounges offer.

Chairs in the relaxation room

Chairs in the relaxation room

Overall, Cathay Pacific did an INCREDIBLE job with this renovation. The lounge is beautiful and functional and an awesome place to spend some time before your flight. Lots of delicious food options, tons of seating, outlets everywhere, decent wifi, showers, areas to take a nap and relax, etc. What more could you ask for?

Lounge Review: Qantas Business Class Lounge Tokyo Narita (NRT) Satellite Terminal

There are two oneworld lounges in the Satellite Terminal of NRT: the JAL lounges and the Qantas lounge, which I’m reviewing here. (For oneworld lounges at NRT, there’s also the JAL lounges in the main terminal, the AA Admirals Club, and a Cathay Pacific lounge).

Directions to the Qantas Lounge

Directions to the Qantas Lounge

Entrance to the Qantas lounge

Entrance to the Qantas lounge

The Qantas lounge at Narita is very spacious with tons of seating. When I visited, there weren’t any Qantas flights departing soon, so there were only two other passengers in the lounge. But that’s also perhaps because there’s very little reason to visit this lounge when the JAL lounge is just steps away.

Seating

Seating

Interesting light fixtures

Interesting light fixtures

Lots of seating

Lots of seating

More seating

More seating

In addition, because there were no Qantas flights departing imminently, the food selection was very sparse. There were just a couple of snacks available. But later, as more people arrived in the lounge due to an upcoming Qantas flight departure, they added more food, so there was eventually a soup, sushi, and some other random foods on offer.

Drinks and beer machines

Drinks and beer machines

Tea and muffins

Tea and muffins

Wines

Wines

Liquors

Liquors

Drink fridge

Drink fridge

Cold foods

Cold foods

More foods

Foods added for Qantas flight

Cheese and crackers

Cheese and crackers added for Qantas flight

There are four shower rooms in this lounge, although I didn’t use any of them. There was Australian beer on offer in the fridge, as well as some alcoholic drinks that I had never tried before. They also offer a variety of English-language newspapers, if you’re looking for those.

I’m a big fan of the Qantas lounges at Hong Kong and at LAX, but this lounge is pretty generic and uninteresting by comparison. Not much reason to visit unless you only have a Qantas Club membership or something, given that the JAL lounge is superior in most ways and is nearby.