Lounge Review: JAL Taipei Lounge

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Japan Airlines has numerous flights a day from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) outside Taipei and operates their own lounge in the terminal wing where almost all their flights depart from. The lounge offers complimentary access for first, business, and premium economy class passengers. Additionally, those who are a member of JMB Diamond, JGC Premier, JMB Sapphire, JAL Global Club and oneworld Emerald Elite members.

The entrance is very simple design with wood panels and a reception desk. The only real indication that the lounge is operated by Japan Airlines is their logo in a goldish color behind the desk. Heading into the lounge is a large area to store luggage and hang a coat if needed.

Walking down the hallway you will find several private work spaces and the bathrooms on the opposite side.

After you will find a seating area will numerous lots of individual chairs and large windows that unfortunately just look out to the passenger pickup and drop off roads.

Opposite the first large seating area are two full body massage chairs that are free to use.

In the middle of the lounge is the food and drink portion of the lounge which had a decent selection. For food, they had two chicken dishes, one seafood option and four types of dumplings. Additionally, they offer two soup choices and white rice.

For beverages, the lounge has a fridge full of soft drinks, carbonated drinks, and juices. Japan Airlines also keeps the glasses chilled and many dessert options including fresh fruit and yogurt inside the two fridges.

Coffee, teas, and espressos are available from an all-in-one selection machine.  and beer is dispensed out of specials where you place a glass that is automatically elevated to the correct angle for the perfect pour. The bar is self-serve with 4 types of liquor, a red wine, chilled white wine, and a sparkling wine.

After the food and beverage area is a larger seating area that is great for families or small groups as the seating layout is more suited for multiple people. Along the windows are individual seats with desks for people who want a surface to work or eat at.

At the end of the lounge is a smaller room with two identical seating areas for large groups.

Overall the lounge had numerous food and seating options but had a bland interior feeling. Depending on Japan Airlines flight schedule, the lounge goes from being relatively empty to quite packed. The staff is friendly, and the food is constantly replenished, and the lounge kept neat. My only complaint would be that the view looking out onto the airport roadway as opposed to the ramp or other visually appealing scene.

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