ANA lounge Narita International Airport lounge entrance

Review: ANA Lounge Narita Airport Terminal 1

As part of my transit between Singapore and New York, I got to have a 3 hours block of time in Narita International Airport Terminal 1, Tokyo. I’ve decided that I’m going to make full use of my time there and explore some of the lounges there.

Armed with Priority Pass and 2 United Club passes, there were 4 lounges that I could visit. The ANA Lounge, IASS Executive Lounge, KAL Business Class Lounge and the United Club Lounge.

After some initial research and flight timing considerations, I’ve narrowed down my wishlist to the ANA Lounge and the United Club Lounge. To my dismay, the United Club was unfortunately closed indefinitely. This leaves me to try out just the ANA Lounge.

To start off, there are 2 ANA operated lounges at Narita Airport Terminal 1. One is named the ANA Lounge and the other is the ANA Suite Lounge.

Sliding door that leads into the ANA Suite Lounge.

Supposedly, only the ANA lounge is eligible for lounge network passes like Priority Pass and Loungekey. However, when I visited, it appears that they’ve merged both the lounges and entrance into the combined lounge is through the ANA Suite Lounge entrance.

Location

The ANA lounge is located in Narita International Airport Terminal 1, within the No.4 Satellite. The satellite consists of a cluster of ANA boarding gates, which makes sense given that the lounge primarily serves guests flying on ANA.

Narita International Airport Terminal 1 Level 3 map.
Narita International Airport Terminal 1 Level 3 map.

However, if you’re like me and am flying on a United flight, it might be a long walk across the entire terminal to reach the lounge.

Both the ANA lounge and the ANA Suite lounge shares the same entrance.
Both the ANA lounge and ANA Suite Lounge shares the same entrance.

ANA Lounge / ANA Suite Lounge

When I entered the lounge, the entire lounge area was very crowded and there were barely any available seats left. This is likely due to the fact that the ANA Lounge was the only lounge open to lounge network pass members in the entire terminal.

A fairly crowded ANA lounge.
The ANA suite lounge area was already fully packed when I arrived.

Luckily, I was able to find a seat facing the runway. Score!

The ANA suite lounge area, on the other hand, was comparatively quieter.
The ANA suite lounge area, on the other hand, was comparatively quieter.

The ANA Lounge area. It was initially very empty when I arrived. However, shortly after I took my seat, a huge crowd of visitors entered. This caused the lounge to fill up very quickly.

ANA lounge area was relatively quieter.
ANA Suite Lounge / ANA Lounge food area.

The food area, located within the ANA Suite Lounge was very crowded. Safe management measures were enforced throughout the entire lounge. Seats were marked out and masks had to be worn at all times.

Amenities

The ANA Lounge is considerably full-featured. On top of serving proper food, it also has a printing room, massage room and shower room.

ANA Suite Lounge Shower Room.
ANA Suite Lounge Shower Room.

For the shower room, you had to inform the reception staff if you’re interested to visit. I did not get to visit the shower room as it was too close to my flight’s boarding time. Therefore, if you’re thinking of taking a shower, remember to leave an ample amount of buffer time!

ANA Suite Lounge massage room.
ANA Suite Lounge massage room.

There are 3 massage chairs in the room. All of them were empty even though the lounge was packed to the brim.

Toilets in the ANA Suite Lounge at Narita International Airport Terminal 1.
Typical Japanese toilet bowls with bidet and heating.

Toilets in the lounge were very clean and featured Japanese style toilet bowls – bidets and heated seats.

Food

There was quite a selection of food items available. This can be split into 3 sections. The bar counter, the noodle bar, and the beverage section.

The bar counter contains packaged finger foods like onigiri, salad and sandwiches. I find the selection here to be rather lacklustre and basic.

Snacks at the main food bar in the lounge.
Snacks at the main food bar in the lounge.
Snacks at the main food bar in the lounge, with some onigiris and croissants.
All the food I've gotten!

The noodle bar and the beverage section on the other hand were quite impressive.

The noodle bar in the ANA Lounge, where we choose the cooked food we want.

For a start, there were 16 different types of food available for choice at the noodle bar. Contrary to its name, it actually offers more than just noodles.

We have to select and order our food from this small wall-in counter at the noodle bar.
We have to select and order our food from this small wall-in counter at the noodle bar.
The menu at the Noodle bar.
The menu at the Noodle Bar.

The options available ranged from Udon to Soba and Sashimi Dons. During my visit, I chose the Sashimi Don.

I ordered the Sashimi Don.
I ordered the Sashimi Don.

Even though it looked good on the menu, the bowl was very small when served. The selection of Sashimis given was also very little. If I were to visit the lounge again, I would definitely select a different dish.

On the beverage front, the highlight has got to be the wide selection of wines and beers. There was also a standard coffee machine and soft drinks available.

The selection of drinks includes tea and coffee.
The selection of drinks includes tea and coffee.
Coffee machine in the ANA Suite Lounge and ANA Lounge.
Coffee machine
A wide variety of alcoholic drinks were available.
A large assortment of wines is available, especially Japanese wines.

Conclusion

If you’re transiting through Narita and have plenty of time before your next flight, the ANA Lounge is a respectable option. By merging both the ANA Lounge and the ANA Suite Lounge, there’s bound to be plenty of seats available for guests to relax before their flight.

The food options were although decent, they couldn’t compare to other Japanese restaurants outside the lounge.

We hope to visit the airport again soon to experience other lounges, especially the United club lounge which was highly reviewed by other bloggers!


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