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We spent a majority of our time at Taoyuan Airport checking out all the Hello Kitty goodness, though we also spent a bit of time visiting EVA Air’s lounges. EVA Air has four lounges at Taoyuan Airport — The Garden, The Infinity, The Star, and The Club.
If my understanding is correct, The Garden is for EVA Air Diamond members, The Star is for Star Alliance Gold members, The Infinity is for business class passengers, and The Club is for EVA Air Silver members. I’ve reviewed The Infinity and The Star several years ago, so I figured it’s time for an updated review.
All of these lounges are located one level above the main concourse in Terminal 2, just past security and immigration. The escalators are just beyond the immigration checkpoint.
At the top of the escalator is The Club to the left, and then past that is The Garden.
The Infinity and The Star share an entrance, which has a pretty cool robot butler. I’m not sure what exactly the robot is supposed to do, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.
I first visited The Infinity, which is the business class lounge, located to the right of reception.
I’m really conflicted about what to make of the lounge’s decor. On one hand, I appreciate that they’re going with a theme. On the other hand, that theme seems to be somewhere between the 1970s, a gentlemen’s club, and Tron.
There’s a long entryway with rows of seating to the left.
The lounge gets progressively more interesting the further back you go. There are chairs with dining tables, and then all kinds of flashing lights.
There’s a big display of sorts in the back of the lounge, which changes colors every couple of seconds.
For reasons I can’t explain, the decor has sort of grown on me since my last visit a few years ago. It’s not that I actually like the decor, per se, but rather that it’s a nice departure from the typically boring outdated lounges I otherwise visit (this lounge, on the other hand, is outdated but not boring). 😉
Back near the entrance was a business center with a few PCs.
That’s also where the restrooms and shower rooms were located. Each of the lounge’s shower rooms is named, ranging from “Metro Forest” to “Smile Zone” to, ahem, “Fantasy Flow.” Alrighty then…
In the back right corner of the lounge was the buffet spread, where breakfast was being served.
I’ll let the pictures of the food mostly speak for themselves (I passed on the “fried fiber”).
However, I feel obligated to point out that they had a freezer with Movenpick ice cream. I had a scoop, and damn, was it good.
There was also a selection of self serve liquor, wine, and beer.
Then there was some TWG Tea, as well as several types of coffee machines.
After briefly checking out The Infinity Lounge, I headed to The Star, which is the Star Alliance Gold lounge on the opposite side of reception. My assumption was that this is the “premium” lounge, given that typically Star Alliance Gold lounges are better than business class lounges.
The Star had a long hallway leading into the lounge, with newspapers, magazines, and a business center along the way.
Compared to The Infinity, the decor in this lounge was downright boring (perhaps with the exception of the faux-sky ceiling, which you’d expect to see in a cheesy Italian restaurant).
I will say that this lounge was much less crowded. There were rows of leather seats along the interior of the lounge.
Then further into the lounge there were different types of leather seats.
Then there was a big area with dining tables set up in rows.
There was also a TV area.
The buffet was back towards the entrance of the lounge, and looked remarkably similar to the selection in the other lounge.
This lounge also had ice cream, though rather than having Movenpick ice cream, they had Haagen-Dazs. Interesting. I prefer Movenpick, though is Haagen-Dazs considered higher end, or…?
After checking out both lounges it was time to head to the departure gate for the flight to Singapore. I covered the rest of the ground experience in the previous installment.
EVA Air Lounges bottom line
Ultimately the highlight of Taoyuan Airport are the themed gates, in particular the Hello Kitty one, of course. 😉 EVA Air’s lounges at the airport are decent, though nothing special. There’s something quirky about this airport, and that theme extends to The Infinity Lounge.
I wouldn’t plan a long layover or arrive at the airport early in order to visit EVA Air’s lounges, though they’re not at all an unpleasant place to pass time.
Personally I think I prefer The Infinity Lounge to The Star Lounge, as the decor is a bit more fun. However, it also seems to be more crowded, on average.