The EVA Air lounge in Taipei… wow!

Note: the only way you’ll be able to fully appreciate this is with The Love Boat playing in the background:

There are a few lounges in the world that leave me speechless. The Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt is one of them. The Emirates A380 First Class Lounge in Dubai is another. And the Thai Airways First Class Lounge in Bangkok is another.

The EVA Air lounge in Taipei also left me speechless… for totally different reasons. If the Love Boat and the 1982 version of TRON had a baby, it would be this lounge.

I think the decor speaks for itself:

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Actually, no, I lied. The decor doesn’t speak for itself. See that lighting? Yeah, well it changes colors about every 30 seconds. Not minor color changes either, but drastic ones. I’m not usually one to get headaches, but after three minutes I was ready to put on an eye mask.

Adding to the Love Boat ambiance was a never ending array of Frank Sinatra hits playing over the loudspeaker.

The food selection was interesting as well, including hot dogs:

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The Lufthansa First Class Terminal might have about five different choices of still water, while in the EVA lounge you’re getting aseptic water (lovely way to market it — what happened to filtered or spring water?) in a cup with a straw:

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Unfortunately my time in the airport was short, or I may have taken advantage of whatever was being offered in the room behind this signage:

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Wonder if that’s included in the price of a business class ticket, or if there’s a separate fee for whatever those services are? “Fantasy Flow” sounds most intriguing, personally.

Anyway, certainly one of the more entertaining lounges I’ve been to.

Comments

  1. And this, in a nutshell, is why I love Asia. And why people who’ve never been never believe the stories.

    Crazy neon in a lounge? Check.

    80s US pop music blaring in luxury malls? Check.

    Wacky translations that make everything sound like 70s porn? Check.

    I’ll see your Fantasy Flow, and raise you the Good Swallows Bakery in HKG’s Causeway Bay.

    Can’t wait to get back!

  2. I just came back from Taiwan last month and while I did not fly EVA Air or got to experience this, I do have to comment on the hot dogs. Those things are everywhere! The hotel I stayed at had hot dogs for breakfast (no sausages). It was the same thing when I was in HK, only hot dogs and no sausages. If you look at the McDonald’s in Asia, you will see they have hot dogs and not (usually) sausages.

    I am Asian myself and I thought this was so odd, like what’s with the hot dog fascination?

  3. @ Lucky– As a courtesy to your loyal followers, you need to go back and report on the Fantasy Flow and Smile Zone one day. Until then, we remain in suspense with active imaginations. 😉

    PS Was it strange landing at SFO in the aftermath of Friday’s crash? Any thoughts hit you as you were landing?

  4. @ Jerry — Correct, used the Infinity lounge. Didn’t realize there were so many lounges.

  5. @ Peter — It was surreal, bizarre, and borderline chilling. Our flight was actually a bit late on arrival so we landed shortly after sunset. Even though I couldn’t see much of the plane it gave me goosebumps.

  6. Hot dogs there have different flavor. Growing up in Taipei myself, I remember when I came to the States 24 years ago, I actually felt hog dogs in the States tasted really odd. Even now after 24 years, I enjoy my local Vienna Beef (Chiago style) hot dog, I still love hot dogs in Taiwan.

  7. As Taipei’s biggest fan, can you please skip all posts and go right to your TAIPEI trip report? I am so excited for my trip to Taipei in 2 weeks… 🙂

    BTW, I find it disturbing how the SPG hotels in Taipei have shot up in price. When W opened 3 years ago, it was Cat 4; not it’s Cat 6. Sheraton Taipei 2 or 3 years ago was Cat 3; now it’s Cat 5. Why is Taipei becoming as expensive as Singapore???

  8. @ Carberrie — Given that the rest of the city wasn’t especially expensive I was shocked by how expensive the hotels were. Both the Le Meridien and W were gorgeous, though well over $300USD per night.

  9. Now I think I understand LH’s entertainment in C better. Having Macgyver episodes from the mid-80s on a C flight from FRA-HKG seems to fit nicely with the EVA lounge. The hot dog station looks like something you would see in a 7-11.

  10. @lucky: The high prices are probably targeting the business market, given that Taipei has long been a gateway to all the OEM companies.

    @Ang: All those hot dogs that you saw, were they really traditional hot dogs? That’s pretty funny if they were. There’s a kind of sausage, 香腸, that’s pretty commonplace and sort of looks like a hot dog. Can’t tell from lucky’s picture if that’s what those actually were, and the Chinese is a bit too blurry for me to read.

  11. I love the hot dogs back in Taiwan too =) There is a bit of sweetness in it. Not too crazy about sausages and US hot dogs though. Can’t really explain why we love our hot dogs so much though; I guess it’s just the way it is.

  12. I really like this lounge and don’t think it’s as bad as you said. Moreover, there are so many different EVA lounges in Taipei..each of them has different style. I don’t understand why you just pick this one and make fun of it….It’s quite offensive and arrogrant

  13. steven – i think they were regular hot dogs (like the ones we have here in the US, think nathan’s/ball park franks).

    i tried the ones in the hotel in hk/taiwan just to try it and it tasted like a hot dog to me.

    i had the mcdonald’s breakfast, which came with a hot dog, and that definitely tasted like a hot dog. why asia likes to serve hot dogs for breakfast is just a little odd to me… nothing wrong with it though, just not what i am accustomed to.

    i’ve never tried the one you mentioned. it could have been that, but the texture looked like a hot dog. who knows, i could be totally wrong.

  14. steven – i think they were regular hot dogs (like the ones we have here in the US, think nathan’s/ball park franks).

    i tried the ones in the hotel in hk/taiwan just to try it and it tasted like a hot dog to me.

    i had the mcdonald’s breakfast, which came with a hot dog, and that definitely tasted like a hot dog. why asia likes to serve hot dogs for breakfast is just a little odd to me… nothing wrong with it though, just not what i am accustomed to.

    i’ve never tried the one you mentioned. it could have been that, but the texture looked like a hot dog. who knows, i could be totally wrong.

  15. “Mr. Lucky, those hot dogs are purely ornamental!” (in my best Apu from the Simpsons voice)

  16. I believe the hot dogs in Taiwan are better than in the US, because they contain real dog.

  17. @ E — I believe you’d only have access based on your departing flight, unfortunately. So in this case I don’t believe you’d have access.

  18. Lucky,

    What is your opinion on the best travel rewards program to use to rack up points to fly to Taiwan? United, AA, US Airways?

    Thanks!

  19. @ Steve — This will change soon when US Airways leaves Star Alliance, but right now it’s tough to beat 90,000 US Airways miles for business class to Taipei on EVA Air.

  20. Lucky,

    Thanks for your response. After US Airways leaves Star Alliance, what then will be the best way? My plan to travel to Taiwan is September 2014. I’m sure that 90k deal will be gone by then.

    Thanks!

  21. @ Steve — The second best option is Aeroplan, which charges 125,000 miles for business class to most of Asia, and doesn’t impose fuel surcharges for travel on EVA.

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