Updated on December 14, 2017
With my wife now gone and my one night airport hotel stay complete it was time for an early morning wake-up for a flight back to the US! I hated that the trip had to end but at least I was closing it out in style.
My flight took off from the international terminal of HND just after 6:20 a.m. but I wanted to make sure I had a little time to review the lounge, so I was through security just before 5:00 a.m.
The lounge is located right near gate 110 and the operating hours are 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. I was departing out of gate 144, which was maybe a 6-8 minute walk.
The only problem was that my flight boarded at 5:55 and the lounge didn’t open until 5:00, so there really wasn’t a whole heap of time to get pictures but I think I did pretty well.
One thing that helped me stay disciplined to getting all my photos was that it was still dark outside. I love plane watching, and this lounge is entirely windows on one side, but since it was still dark I couldn’t see sh*t so I just went around and took pictures instead. You’re welcome.
Immediately after going through security, take a quick right turn and you’ll start to see signs for the lounge.
Assuming you’ve followed these pretty obvious signs you’ll find yourself at the bottom of an escalator. At the top you’ll see the entrance to both the ANA Lounge and the ANA Suites Lounge.
Now, since I was flying same-day Star Alliance First Class, I attempted to get into the Suites Lounge. After about 5 minutes of them checking to see if I could, I was finally rejected and pointed across the hall. Oh well.
A couple things about this lounge before I get started with a ton of photos:
Entering the lounge almost feels like you’re entering a really clean spaceship or galactic vessel. Everything is black, shiny, and incredibly clean. It’s kinda strange and awesome at the same time.
If you look closely, there are clocks all over this lounge. For a lot of these pictures, you can probably tell the order in which they were taken as about 6-8 of them have the time in the photo. Obviously this first one was from right before I headed to the gate!
After going around the first corner the Star Wars effect starts kicking in a bit.
The lounge is very long and is essentially divided into two parts (i.e. two food station areas). I spent the majority of my time in the first part, which is where you initially walk in.
There was a kitchen where you could go up to the counter and order food, but it was still closed/setting up when I was there. The hours on the menu were, “Open~Close”, but that’s apparently a bit inaccurate.
Now let’s check out the main food area. I wasn’t very hungry and was looking forward to trying the food on the flights so I admittedly barely ate, but the presentation looked nice!
Like I said, the lounge is huge, and I’ve only showed you pictures from about half of it. Let’s head over to the other side.
And onto another food and beverage area. This one wasn’t 100% set up yet as I think most people this early just go to the main area.
As I said earlier, I ended up getting some awesome Miso Soup & an OJ for a quick little meal before heading to my gate. But first, let me get an Instagram photo.
Before I headed out to the gate I did one quick lap to the hallway that had the showers.
Again, at this point I was really pressed for time so I didn’t quite have the luxury of going in and getting pictures – apologies!
I arrived to gate 144 right at 5:55 just in time to snap a few gate pictures before heading to Seoul!
Unfortunately this short hop to Seoul didn’t really warrant its own review, but I’ll give you a quick shot or two!
This was a solid business class lounge. It didn’t have any of the over-the-top amenities but it was incredibly spacious, very clean and sleek, and, I believe, had a food selection adequate for the lounge. When compared to some others it’s absolutely better than Air France’s in CDG & IAD (reviews coming soon!). Unfortunately, all the other international lounges I have been in are First Class lounges so I don’t have a whole lot of them to compare it to!
Would absolutely recommend and even get to the airport 30-45 minutes earlier to enjoy the lounge.
Next up – The last installment of this report: First Class back to the USA on the Asiana A380!