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REVIEW – ANA First Class Lounge, Tokyo NRT (February 2014)

ANA suite lounge NRT

ANA (NH)

  • Location: Tokyo (NRT)
  • Class: First
  • Access:
    • *Alliance First Class departing passengers
    • Inbound NH F passengers connecting to any *A flight
    • NH Diamond and Million Miler cardholders
  • Date: February 2014


In a bizzarre turn of events, despite the fact that I was enjoying every minute of this trip, I kept wishing for it to come to an end. The reason for this? The end would come courtesy of an ANA flight back to London, in First Class.

Being a lover of Japanese food and Krug, this was to be a grand finale, a masterful conclusion to an amazing journey.

After a quick go on the Hilton Shinjuku buffet, my day kicked off with a super-expensive ride on the N’EX. If you’re not in a hurry you’re far better off just taking a regular JR or Keisei train.

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I love the fact that NH have a dedicated F area for check in. It leads straight out into priority security.

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The standard option for F check-in
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The “deluxe” option
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I got from check-in to the lounge in about 10 minutes. Or so I thought.

It turns out the regular lounge, by our gate for today’s flight, was being renovated. I was advised to go to another lounge via a deserted underground tunnel.

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Good to see that security is tight at NRT

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At least they’re consistent. I guess nobody told them about salaryman drinks.

The NH F lounge is pretty unremarkable. You are greeted and offered a drink as you enter. You are then left to help yourself to a limited buffet and an extensive bar.

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The views are good though

After about 15 minutes in the lounge, I embarked on another subterranean odyssey to get back to the gate.

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I’ve never been one of these early boarders, as you can see. I prefer spending time in the lounge to spending time at the gate, or sitting in the seat I’ll be spending many more hours in.

I guess you could potentially get some nicer champagne on the plane, although not all airlines serve the good stuff pre-take off.

That being said, walking up the jet bridge into the F section, I was pretty damn excited.


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