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Consolidated "*A Lounge Options at NRT" Thread [2015 forward]

Consolidated "*A Lounge Options at NRT" Thread [2015 forward]

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* Gold Lounges

ANA Lounge Terminal 1 2nd Floor, #4 Satellite/South Wing
Pros: Noodle "bar"; sake bar; automated beer machines; overall better food than UA Club; showers with Shiseido amenities (foil packets). Sushi from 5-6pm.*
Cons: In lower level and has no windows; somewhat cramped, especially during peak hours (but not as bad as the UC); a short walk to UA gates.

ANA Lounge Terminal 1, 3rd Level, #5 Satellite/South Wing
Pros: Noodle "bar"; sake bar; automated beer machines; open, spacious areas with views of gates and runway; showers with Shiseido amenities (foil packets). Sushi from 3:30-4:30pm.*
Cons: Fairly distant from UA gates.

United Club Terminal 1, 3rd Level, #3 Satellite/South Wing
Pros: Adjacent to UA gates and transfer desk; showers; view of runway.
Cons: UA club level amenities; incredibly crowded in the afternoon prior to the bank of U.S. departures; noisy floor; often over-heated; furniture in disrepair.

See posts 171-173 for photos

*ANA in July announced some improvements, including a sushi chef in each of their lounges for an hour: https://www.ana.co.jp/ana_news/en/20...0160720-1.html
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Old Apr 28, 19, 9:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
I quite like the UC NRT. It's large and well lit and they have 13 showers, so you won't have to wait for a shower like you will in the NH lounges. Staff are friendly and helpful. I also find the sushi quite tasty. I also appreciate that they don't have flight announcements every two minutes, as the NH lounges do.

You will find boorish behavior in airport lounges the world over. That is not limited to the UC NRT, nor is it in my view a legitimate basis for criticizing the lounge itself.
For UCs, the one at NRT is among the best, although it is crowded before the mid-afternoon bank of flights back to the US. The sushi is passable, and there's more of it than the ANA lounges. That said, I prefer the ANA lounges for the beer machines and noodles, but the UC isn't bad, especially if you're in a pinch for time.
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Old Apr 29, 19, 7:06 am
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For UCs, the one at NRT is among the best, although it is crowded before the mid-afternoon bank of flights back to the US.
Yes, but the UC is big enough, I've never had difficulty finding a decent seat. NH lounges are also quite busy at this time, and the departure announcements are nonstop.

Agree the choice between them is ultimately personal preferences. I used to prefer NH for the noodle bar, but now tilt towards UC since they redid the seating (plus it seems it's become harder to get a shower at NH, and for me that is consideration #1 ).
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Old Apr 29, 19, 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Yes, but the UC is big enough, I've never had difficulty finding a decent seat. NH lounges are also quite busy at this time, and the departure announcements are nonstop.

Agree the choice between them is ultimately personal preferences. I used to prefer NH for the noodle bar, but now tilt towards UC since they redid the seating (plus it seems it's become harder to get a shower at NH, and for me that is consideration #1 ).
Agree, plus the addition of the nice fans in the shower rooms at the UC. Much better than before...
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Old Jul 11, 19, 2:52 am
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Lounges at NRT

Hi, I'm flying to KUL via NRT (UA to NRT, NH to KUL) with a few hours layover and I was wondering what people's opinion on the best lounges in NRT are. I'm flying in Y, but I have a United Club membership, am *G and also have a Priority Pass membership. I remember from last time I was in NRT that the United Club is actually pretty nice, but was wondering if other options are better.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:29 am
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The ANA lounge near the 50’s gate is nice.They have sake urns, a noodle bar, the cool beer machines and a good seating area in the back. I enjoy that lounge. I typically go to both UA & ANA
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Old Jul 11, 19, 6:35 am
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ANA lounge all the way. Go up to the counter and order some Japanese curry. I'm in Japan know and will be getting some curry tomorrow before heading home.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 7:36 am
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Hi, I'm flying to KUL via NRT (UA to NRT, NH to KUL) with a few hours layover and I was wondering what people's opinion on the best lounges in NRT are. I'm flying in Y, but I have a United Club membership, am *G and also have a Priority Pass membership. I remember from last time I was in NRT that the United Club is actually pretty nice, but was wondering if other options are better.
I prefer the United Club. It's spacious, has lots of showers, and tasty sushi. The two NH lounges are very crowded, long wait for showers, and they make too many boarding announcements. And the food beyond the noodle bar (which is good) is pathetic (unless you're there during the limited hours they provide fresh sushi).

If you want a shower and have less than 3 hours, I would definitely recommend you go to the UC.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 2:04 pm
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When it was an option, I liked the first class lounge at ANA the most of the bunch, but now I think UA is better with more room and comparable food.

I was in NRT this week and used the upper lounge. There were only 3 others in the entire lounge when I first got there but then it thinned down to just me after a little while. They had a dish that I could only explain as "Happy Family" thats common on American Chinese Food menus...and then sushi, salad, dumplings, and other random small things. They had 2 wine stations although the 1 up front was the one with sake.

I asked a GS agent if a Polaris lounge was coming to NRT and she said it was unlikely and that there's no plans to build one there anytime soon. So I guess they should drop NRT from the lounge tracker.

If they did bring the Polaris offering to NRT, it would be the best there and would take all of ANAs premium flyers. With ANA unveiling their new first class suites and business class "rooms", I wonder if they'll up their lounge game at NRT to match.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
I prefer the United Club. It's spacious, has lots of showers, and tasty sushi. The two NH lounges are very crowded, long wait for showers, and they make too many boarding announcements. And the food beyond the noodle bar (which is good) is pathetic (unless you're there during the limited hours they provide fresh sushi).

If you want a shower and have less than 3 hours, I would definitely recommend you go to the UC.
Tasty Sushi? Normally I agree with what you say but in this case not so much… Soggy Nori, sticky rice and little of the intended fillings. And whenever they put the plates out there such a long line that they get devoured it until the next plate comes out. I agree about the showers though…
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Old Jul 11, 19, 10:55 pm
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Tasty Sushi? Normally I agree with what you say but in this case not so much… Soggy Nori, sticky rice and little of the intended fillings. And whenever they put the plates out there such a long line that they get devoured it until the next plate comes out. I agree about the showers though…
To me sushis including Shrimp and Salmon ones at UA Club are at least real sushi and edible compared to those at NH's business lounges. I used to prefer ANA's business lounge to UA Club but now if I only have two hours I just go to UA Club which has some more premium food like fresh cut fruits (pineapple, Kiwi..etc) and smoked salmon while ANA only offers canned fruits. Personally the noodle bar has no attraction to me. I don't consume Alcohol so can't comment in this regard. I do prefer ANA for one thing: The Japanese style toilet seat!
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For me - ANA Lounges hands-down.

I do a shower in the UA Lounge because there is a fan and it's less stuffy, but every time I've been in there, the food offerings are dull and unappealing, the ambience dated and worn, so I go to the ANA Lounge which is clean, bright, with excellent service and the food options are much better, along with the plane spotting options (from the 50s gates lounge). The trick is arriving in the ANA Lounge before peak time, usually by 3pm, and the place is quiet and relaxed - there is about 90 minutes of chaos from 330-530P during the transit bank, but outside of those hours in the afternoon, there are plenty of seats and lots of food choices, free-flowing premium sake, etc etc.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 12:05 am
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..sticky rice...
In sushi? That's a problem? I don't think sushi is made with Minute Rice ...Maybe in Kansas.
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
In sushi? That's a problem? I don't think sushi is made with Minute Rice ...Maybe in Kansas.
Most have a sushi setting on the rice cooker. When the rice finishes use the rice spatula to break up the rice and to mix up the ricevinegar, sugar, and salt. If you break it up toomuch it will become way too sticky.
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To me sushis including Shrimp and Salmon ones at UA Club are at least real sushi and edible compared to those at NH's business lounges.
NH lounge has a sushi chef making sushi on the spot with 3 choices of fish/shrimp. I think sushi in NH lounge is slightly better. Now whether that makes the limited sushi time worth it vs. all the crowding and bench stool seating is debatable.

I like NH lounge by the 50s gate mostly for the nice views, assuming I can grab a window seat.
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NH lounge has a sushi chef making sushi on the spot with 3 choices of fish/shrimp.
I've heard of this mythical sushi chef, but have never been in the NH lounge at the right time. I don't think timing coincides with the UA departures.
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