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Lounge Review: First Class Lounge No. 77 Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)

I’ve previously reviewed the No. 69 and No. 68 (Cathay Pacific) lounges in Shanghai, but on my most recent layover in Shanghai, I decided to visit No. 77 because it had been recently renovated. I accessed this lounge via Priority Pass.

Entrance to the lounge

Entrance to the lounge

My first impressions were that this lounge is really quite nice. There’s tons and tons of seating (I don’t know why there’s so much since I can’t imagine it getting even close to full), and the furniture all seems pretty nice. Lots of outlets near chairs and a variety of seating areas (e.g. if you want a table to work on, couches, lounger to rest).

Seating

Lots of seating

Dining area

Dining area

Lots of seating

So much seating

Seating

Open to the rest of the airport

Lounge chairs

Lounge chairs

Lounger

Lounger

The food options in the lounge aren’t as nice as the decor, in my opinion. While they have a decent variety of food options (some hot dishes, dim sum, salads, fruits, pastries, sandwiches), the food was not particularly appetizing. Part of this is due to the lack of turnover of the food, as the lounge was really not very busy, so it seemed like a lot of the food had been sitting out for a while.

Drinks

Drinks

Pastries

Pastries

Salads and sandwiches

Salads and sandwiches

Hot food

Hot food

Also, strangely, the desserts were in a glass case, but you couldn’t access them yourself. If you wanted a dessert, you had to ask someone behind the bar to get one for you. I’m not sure why this is.

Desserts

Desserts

Physically, this is a great renovation, and I think that this lounge is nicer than the No. 68 and No. 69 lounges. But it’s still not a particularly noteworthy lounge, so I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit.

China 2014: Cathay Pacific No. 68 Lounge Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)

Before my flight to Dallas, I used the Cathay Pacific Lounge at PVG. The lounge entrance is right next to the First Class No. 69 lounge that I’ve reviewed before (the numbers refer to the gates that they’re closest to; not sure what the first class refers since that lounge isn’t limited to first class and is a PriorityPass lounge).

Other people have had reported that the lounge can be quite crowded, but I didn’t feel like that was the case when I was there. The lounge is pretty large with a number of different seating areas. I also like how the lounge is open to the rest of the terminal (mostly so you can look down haughtily on the peons who don’t have lounge access and feel better about yourself).

Seating

Seating

Lots more seating

Lots more seating

More seating and magazines

More seating and magazines

Work stations

Work stations

Open to the rest of the terminal

Open to the rest of the terminal

The food wasn’t great. There are cold items like fruit, sandwiches, and pastries, and there are some hot items (and items that can be made hot like instant noodles) and a noodle bar, but everything that I tried was pretty bad. Probably the tastiest things that you’ll get at the lounge are the prepackaged foods like instant noodles.

Hot food

Hot food

Cold food and drinks

Cold food and drinks

Packaged foods

Packaged foods

I also couldn’t get the wifi to work. The instructions were pretty lengthy, and every person in the lounge that I asked also was having problems with the wifi, so I stopped trying.

The lounge is marginally better than waiting in the airport terminal, but you’re not missing much if you don’t go here. I guess it can be good to get bottles of water, but remember that there’s a secondary security check on flights to the US where they make you throw away your liquids. The secondary security check was also the source of commotion for my flight, which I’ll get to in tomorrow’s flight review…

Review: First Class Lounge No. 69 Shanghai Pudong (PVG)

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Getting a Chinese Massage aka Tui Na
First Class Lounge (No. 69) Shanghai Pudong PVG
Concluding Thoughts on My Mileage Run to Shanghai


From checking the Priority Pass app, I knew that there were a number of lounges that I could access through Priority Pass at the Shanghai Pudong airport, but only one of them was said to have showers, so that is where I went, the First Class Lounge No. 69 (the 69 refers to the gate that’s nearest).

Directions to the various lounges

Directions to the various lounges

Entrance to the lounge that I chose, No. 69 (right beside the Cathay Pacific lounge)

Entrance to the lounge that I chose, No. 69 (right beside the Cathay Pacific lounge)

Upon entering the lounge, my first order of business was taking a shower as I had been out walking all day in Shanghai prior to getting to the airport. There are two shower rooms, one for men and one for women. The shower room for men smelled like cigarette smoke, and it was a little on the dirty side, but it wasn’t so bad that I felt like I needed to shower again after using it.

Shower

Shower

Toiletries and towels

Toiletries and towels

After showering, I went into the main part of the lounge. Ostensibly, there are two different seating areas, one for first class and one for business class, but there’s no one policing the two sides, and they looked identical to me.

Business class side

Business class side

First class side

First class side

The lounge was a little crowded, but there were still plenty of places to sit. I scoped out the food options, and it seemed like there was an okay selection for a Priority Pass lounge, but it was unimpressive by international premium passenger lounge standards. I didn’t partake in anything since I was still stuffed from eating in Shanghai.

Hot food options

Hot food options

Cup of noodle

Cups of noodles

Sandwiches

Sandwiches and alcohol

Snacks

Snacks (note that the small things that look like they should be hard candies are actually beef jerky)

Some drinks

Drinks

One thing that I did partake in was the massage chairs. There were two massage chairs in the lounge, and it felt good to sit in them and get massaged, particularly after my soreness from my Chinese massage the day before.

Massage chairs

Massage chairs

Ultimately, the biggest problem I had with the lounge was the wifi, or lack thereof. I couldn’t manage to get the wifi to work (or else it was just so slow that I was too impatient to get it to work), which was a little frustrating.

Overall, a decent lounge, and I’m not going to complain about getting the opportunity to take a shower and sit in a massage chair.