US Airways Club Charlotte
US Airways Envoy Class Charlotte to Paris
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Star Alliance Lounge Paris
Air China Business Class Paris to Beijing
Air China Business Class Lounge Beijing
ANA 787 Business Class Beijing to Tokyo
Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport
Tokyo Narita Airport Hello Kitty Check-in
EVA Air Hello Kitty Business Class Tokyo to Taipei
EVA Air The Star Lounge Taipei
Taipei Airport Hello Kitty Gate
EVA Air Hello Kitty Royal Laurel Class Taipei to Los Angeles
Due to our late arrival in Taipei, our seven hour connection had turned into a three hour connection, which I guess wasn’t really a bad thing. Transit security was about a 10 minute walk from our gate, and there was no queue, so we were through in a matter of minutes.
From there it was another five minute walk to the EVA Air business class lounge, which is located on the upper level.
When I flew out of Taipei a few months prior I used EVA Air’s other business class lounge, The Infinity Lounge, which I have to say was a bit much for me. That lounge was basically the lovechild of TRON and The Love Boat, and between the lighting and music I just wasn’t a fan.
What I hadn’t realized last time was that the business class lounge in Taipei actually has two parts. There’s The Infinity Lounge and The Star Lounge. Both have the same access requirements, so it’s simply a function of which design you prefer. The Infinity Lounge is located to the right, while The Star Lounge is located to the left.
This time we went with The Star Lounge.
The Star Lounge was much more to my liking. It was pretty neutrally designed, with quasi-IKEA furniture and a bright blue sky ceiling mural, as you’d expect at your local Italian restaurant.
A majority of the seating consisted of comfortable lounge chairs clustered together, though there was also an area with tables and chairs.
The buffet was similar to the one in The Infinity Lounge, and decent, if not a bit quirky. There’s a good variety of Asian and western options, though most of it didn’t look especially appetizing. I found the 7-11 style hot-dog-rolling-grilling-machine-things and full size ice cream cooler particularly funny.
Wifi in the lounge was fairly fast, and on the whole it was a much more neutral and pleasant experience than The Infinity Lounge, in my opinion.
We left the lounge roughly an hour before our 11:55PM flight to head to our departure gate, C3. If you think the check-in experience at Tokyo Narita was Hello Kitty-fied, wait till you see the departure gate. 😉