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United Club Lounge Review Tokyo Narita Airport – NRT

United Club Lounge Review Tokyo Narita Airport – NRT

United’s Club Lounge in Tokyo is massive! 

I'd say it’s one of the largest I’ve seen in this airline’s network. Built back in the day when Narita was a major hub for United, it used to served multiple intra-Asian flights (over seven at one point including Bangkok and Singapore). It needed to be grand to accommodate all of those connecting passengers.

Tokyo Narita is still a key airport for United – but the airline has scrapped all of its intra-Asian connections.  That means the lounge is much bigger than it really needs to be.  That translates to a lot more room to spread out!

This is a marvelous lounge: here’s a review of my recent visit there:

 Entrance - United Club Narita Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

Entrance - United Club Narita Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Ambiance

 United Club - Narita Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

United Club - Narita Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

United has not updated this facility to Polaris status yet (that’s in the works for 2019).  However, the lounge was renovated a few years ago to look like most of the newer main-line United Clubs. There’s a sea of contemporary beige leather and white marble tops everywhere.  It’s all pretty attractive.

 Mod Seating - United Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Mod Seating - United Club Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Huge Windows & Spectacular Views - United Club Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

Huge Windows & Spectacular Views - United Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s plenty of seating – both for relaxation and work.  I particularly like the computer stations as they line the tarmac and afford fantastic views of the awaiting aircraft below.  In truth – you can plane spot from many locations in the lounge through the spectacular large windows that line the entire facility.

 Japanese Artwork  (Screen) - UA Lounge Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Japanese Artwork  (Screen) - UA Lounge Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

One alluring feature that I appreciated: the club has Japanese art pieces throughout – which incentivized me to stroll through the lounge to spot them all.  One of my favorite pieces was the colorful carp screen at the back.

Beverages

 Wine, Sake & Shōchū  - United Club Narita    Photo: Calvin Wood

Wine, Sake & Shōchū  - United Club Narita   Photo: Calvin Wood

United’s Narita Club doesn't have a central bar.  Instead – the various buffet areas are stocked with beverages – and everyone just helps themselves.  All of it is complimentary (unlike the UA lounges in the USA).

 Spirits - UA Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Spirits - UA Club Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

On my visit, there was a selection of wines (two reds and two whites) and all of the standard spirits including Campari. United also featured two Japanese libations: Sake and barley Shōchū.  I stuck with the wine – but the Sake was very popular on my visit.

Dining

 Table Seating - United Lounge Narita   Photo: Calvin Wood

Table Seating - United Lounge Narita  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Buffet - UA Club Narita Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Buffet - UA Club Narita Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s a couple of buffets spread throughout the lounge that feature the same fare that is standard in UA lounges – and some local cuisine as well (edamame for example). 

 Edamame - United Lounge Tokyo    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Edamame - United Lounge Tokyo   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The food is definitely upgraded in this lounge though (not quite as extensive as London – but definitely better than other clubs in the network).  This included smoked salmon appetizers – which as marvelous!  There was also a number of hot snacks on hand.

 Upgraded Salmon & Smoked Meat Snacks!   United Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Upgraded Salmon & Smoked Meat Snacks!   United Club Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Fresh Veggies - United Club Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

Fresh Veggies - United Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers

 Showers - United Lounge Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

Showers - United Lounge Tokyo  Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s actually quite a few showers in this lounge – and it wasn’t a problem getting one immediately (maybe that’s due to the reduced hub traffic as well).  The showers are large – but might benefit from a bit of  a reno.  What they lacked in style though they made up with the Plegaria bath products.  I’ve never heard of this line – but everything smelled wonderful!

  Plegaria  Bath Products - United Club Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

Plegaria Bath Products - United Club Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

 United Club Narita Tokyo    Photo: Calvin Wood

United Club Narita Tokyo   Photo: Calvin Wood

This is top UA Club – modern décor and design – and absolutely fantastic vistas through the floor to ceiling windows! The views are truly a highlight.  Upgraded snacks and a selection of local beverages enhance the entire experience.

Tokyo is consitently a great airport – and I always enjoy my time in the United Club at Narita!

 

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