September 25, 2015

Review: EVA Air The Club Lounge, Terminal 2 Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE)

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.

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Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Top Attractions in the Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
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EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei

Date of visit: July 8, 2015

Location:  Terminal 2, after immigration, 4th floor mezzanine
Access:  EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Diamond members departing on EVA Air/Star Alliance member airlines + 2 guests; MileageLands Gold members departing on EVA Air/Star Alliance member airlines +1 guest; MileageLands Silver members departing on an EVA Air flight; Citibank Diamond card holders; Diners Club card holders; Citibank EVA Air Titanium/Platinum card holders
Opening hours:  Daily, 5:30am to 11:30pm

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, reception

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, seating

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, seating

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, seating

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, seating

EVA Air The Club Lounge Taipei, dining


Before visiting The Infinity Lounge and The Star Lounge, I was able to visit this lounge first. Comparing the three, I thought that the design (which is urban skyline theme) was much simpler compared to for example The Infinity's futuristic design. I believe the simplicity of the lounge is made due to the fact that it is meant for EVA Air premium members and not for EVA Air /Star Alliance premium passengers but I could be wrong. One thing I liked about this lounge was that it has a more spacious feeling because of the high ceiling. The food and drinks selection were very good just like on the other EVA Air Lounges and lastly, the staff were very friendly specially the front desk agent.