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Old Aug 31, 11, 10:03 am   #1
 
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Airport lounges in T3 International Beijing - food

Would have access to Air China First Class Lounge, Air China Business Class Lounge and/or BGS. Which would have the best selection of hot food ?
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Old Aug 31, 11, 10:20 am   #2
 
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Would have access to Air China First Class Lounge, Air China Business Class Lounge and/or BGS. Which would have the best selection of hot food ?
I've been to the CA first class lounge. The food selection is not as good as the CX lounge, but the lounge itself is nicer. I haven't tried too many of the offerings, but it is in the 'substantial snack' realm rather than anything approaching a meal. There was fruit, various biscuits, some ice-cream, I think, and different beverage options.

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Old Aug 31, 11, 11:44 am   #3
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Would have access to Air China First Class Lounge, Air China Business Class Lounge and/or BGS. Which would have the best selection of hot food ?
Kenny Rogers Roasters. It's landside, and you need to pay for it, but it's the best option in T3 IMO.
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Air China biz lounge has what they call a meal. It's not bad--a lot of potstickers/dumplings, and a few hot dishes and rice. Sort of internationalized asian, sometimes a curry dish. They also have packaged sandwiches, fruit, chips, and some sweets.

If you like the food you could definitely make a meal of it. It's better than coach food on most airlines, but probably not as good as business class.

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Old Aug 31, 11, 12:20 pm   #5
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AC biz lounge has what they call a meal.
Sorry to nitpick, but AC is the airline code for Air Canada, which does not have any lounges in China.

Having gotten that out of the way, I would like to restate my position that KRR serves better food than ANY lounge in T3 (even after you take the Chinese v. Western idea into consideration).
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Would have access to Air China First Class Lounge, Air China Business Class Lounge and/or BGS. Which would have the best selection of hot food ?
Are you Domestic, or an INT. flight ?. the T3- CA, (Air China) lounges are different, & the food is better in the Int. first class lounge. Breakfast starts at 6:30, & the buffet lunch at 11:30 in both.

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Pics of both lounges

Just got back from Beijing International T2 (not T3, see edit note below)... Was disappointed not to find pics available on Priority Pass iphone app, so decided to help the FT community with some recon. I was eventually stopped by BGS staff from taking pics, but I had already taken a fair lot already. Please find them below.


Air China Business -- easier to get a wireless account (just scan a passport at the self-service machine), good choice of meal-like food (rice porridge is good if you can appreciate it), but no lounge bathrooms. A bit of a homier feel to the lounge, with a wheel-oriented fountain.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...5NTYw&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...xYjFk&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...iZTdl&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...2YmQ0&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...zNjA5&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...2Mzk4&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...mYzU0&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...iZDM4&hl=en_US


BGS lounge -- must stop by front desk to get a wireless account, mostly Hors d'oeuvre food. There are lounge bathrooms. A business-oriented lounge, with dark wood trim all-around.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...4Zjdj&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...kMmFi&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...4MzMz&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...lZjAz&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...hMTQ1&hl=en_US

Last edited by cmhsieh54; Sep 6, 11 at 6:18 am. Reason: Now realize that these are pics of lounges in T2, not T3
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Old Sep 1, 11, 8:38 am   #8
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Air China Business -- easier to get a wireless account (just scan a passport at the self-service machine), good choice of meal-like food (rice porridge is good if you can appreciate it), but no lounge bathrooms. A bit of a homier feel to the lounge, with a wheel-oriented fountain.
This is news to me, since I've used the lounge bathrooms there many times.
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Old Sep 1, 11, 9:35 am   #9
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This is news to me, since I've used the lounge bathrooms there many times.
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CA Business lounge PEK

They are next to the smoking lounge, before the bar, towards the back on the left side.
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This is news to me, since I've used the lounge bathrooms there many times.
If the Air China lounge is the same as the one in my pictures, then yes, no more lounge bathrooms. When I asked last weekend, they told me that the only ones available were outside of the lounge.
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Old Sep 1, 11, 12:39 pm   #11
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Just got back from Beijing International T3... Was disappointed not to find pics available on Priority Pass iphone app, so decided to help the FT community with some recon. I was eventually stopped by BGS staff from taking pics, but I had already taken a fair lot already. Please find them below.


Air China Business -- easier to get a wireless account (just scan a passport at the self-service machine), good choice of meal-like food (rice porridge is good if you can appreciate it), but no lounge bathrooms. A bit of a homier feel to the lounge, with a wheel-oriented fountain.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...5NTYw&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...xYjFk&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...iZTdl&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...2YmQ0&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...zNjA5&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...2Mzk4&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...mYzU0&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...iZDM4&hl=en_US


BGS lounge -- must stop by front desk to get a wireless account, mostly Hors d'oeuvre food. There are lounge bathrooms. A business-oriented lounge, with dark wood trim all-around.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...4Zjdj&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...kMmFi&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...4MzMz&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...lZjAz&hl=en_US
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...hMTQ1&hl=en_US
You were in T2, the FID in one of your image shows flights operated by SU and HU, they operate from T2. Plus, the decor is not the style of open air with red-orange roof of T3.
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If the Air China lounge is the same as the one in my pictures, then yes, no more lounge bathrooms. When I asked last weekend, they told me that the only ones available were outside of the lounge.
While I haven't availed of the lounge bathrooms (domestic or international) during the past 2 months, I'd be shocked if they'd simply shuttered them up. What would they put in their place?
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Old Sep 1, 11, 2:52 pm   #13
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While I haven't availed of the lounge bathrooms (domestic or international) during the past 2 months, I'd be shocked if they'd simply shuttered them up. What would they put in their place?
The wheel oriented fountain.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-I...5NTYw&hl=en_US
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Plus, the decor is not the style of open air with red-orange roof of T3.
Yeah, the visible ceiling tells me not T3.
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Old Sep 1, 11, 8:46 pm   #15
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OK, looked at the pics and that's definitely T2 not T3 lounges. I vaguely recall the CA T2 lounge didn't have in-lounge bathrooms. I usually preferred BGS lounge in that Terminal...and not only because of the lounge bathroom--it was usually less crowded. :-)
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