Before my flight to Seoul back in March, I visited two of the three Star Alliance lounges at Tokyo Narita – the United Club and the ANA Lounge in Satellite 4. First, I went to the United Club which was located halfway between immigration and my departure gate 45.
My boarding pass was stamped at the reception, and then I was let into the lounge that was much spacier than I was expecting.
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The lounge – given that it was fairly early in the morning – was quite empty, and so I had no trouble finding a seat next to the windows overlooking both the apron and one of the airport’s two runways.
On my way to the seating area where I settled, I passed by a food and drinks area with the fairly unimpressive breakfast spread. But, as usual, more about that later down in the food and drinks section.
As for the lounge’s seating, there was about a dozen of seating areas filled with leather sofa chairs – some of them along the perimeter including along the windows facing the apron, and some of them in the middle of the lounge.
Then, there was a long counter along a window on the side of the lounge. And, there was also a couple of setups with blue leather chairs arranged around a coffee table.
Separately, there were three or four areas with dining tables. One of those was in the back of the lounge next to another, slightly smaller, drinks and snacks station.
In the very back of the lounge, next to the dining area above, there was a business center with plenty of cubicles as well as semi-private working rooms. Those were, perhaps, my favorite part of the lounge as they offered a lot of privacy and were hidden away in a place where – I would guess – not many people find them.
A couple of magazine racks with some reading materials and flight information displays could be found throughout the lounge. And, there was also a customer services desk next to the reception.
Finally, the one thing – besides the working rooms – that I really liked about the lounge were the decorations that were spread throughout the lounge.
Food and Drinks Selection
As mentioned above, the food and drinks could be found in the two buffet areas – one near the reception, and one in the back of the lounge.
The drink selection was the same at both of those.
There were automatic beer dispensers, as well as soda machines. And, there was a selection of about half a dozen kinds of liquor and some wines. And, of course, there was tea and coffee.
As for food, the spread in the back of the lounge included some lighter items such as croissants, salad (same as in the US), and cold cuts. As well as some desserts and fruits.
The larger buffet area largely included the same items with some extras including yogurts, soup, omelettes, and some basic sushi.
United Club Tokyo Narita Summary
Overall, I thought the lounge was nicely laid out – the fact that it was empty when I visited helped – for both just sitting and watching aircraft come and go, as well as for working. That said, the food selection in the United Club was disappointing.