Air China First Class Lounge Review

On my flight back to London from Beijing I got to check out the Air China First Class Lounge. It has a very dominant spot in the terminal with the escalator being right amongst the shops and restaurants, and the lounge itself sits on top of them so you can overlook the whole terminal. Because of this it makes the space feel really open with high ceilings oppose to usual lounges being in secluded rooms.

There were quite a few people in there all relaxing but it never got too busy. At the back is the kitchen area which is buffet style with all the usuals like a salad bar, snacks, spring rolls and curries. I’m not sure if there was a dining menu or not as I didn’t see one but they did have hot options you could order and then get a buzzer for when it was ready – these were all noodle/ramen based. Throughout the space there were two coffee bar areas which had drinks and also smaller snacks like cookies, fruit and crisps. Basically by no means would you go hungry in this lounge but it was just a lot of small dishes here and there.

There were tons of seats but to me they weren’t that comfy. I found it hard to sit back in them as the chairs were quite hard. I did however find a ‘cinema’ area that no-one was using and they had proper lazy boy chairs which were great for snuggling on. Nearby were some magazine stands and also a traditional tea table (I didn’t get to try this but it looked awesome). From my wanderings of the terminal it didn’t seem like there were many places to hang out, so having access to this lounge was great. I’d give it a check out if you can, just to people watch from above.

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