Lounge Review: Livingstone Lounge, Zambia

The Livingstone Lounge

Location: On the upper level (airport is small, so you will find it)

Hours: 0900 – 1800

The Livingstone Lounge

Access Method: Priority Pass

The Livingstone Lounge is on the smaller side of things, but features tarmac views, sofa seating, and dining tables. Some four four-top dining tables are in the center of the lounge, which is flanked by sofas on both sides.

The Livingstone Lounge

Food/Drinks

Located at the back of the lounge, there is a fridge with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are self-serve. The buffet has about four hot stations, and the selection is substantial enough for a full meal. When I was there, there was chicken, pasta, rice, salad, and chips.

The Livingstone Lounge

The coffee machine was broken when I was there, so the lounge attendant had to run downstairs to the café to get coffee for lounge customers.

The Livingstone Lounge

Bathroom/Shower

There’s a bathroom in the lounge, but I didn’t check it out.

Service

It was quick. Dirty dishes were cleared constantly.

Wifi & Power

Wifi is password protected, and decent. The outlets are located on the sofa area closer to the tarmac.

Overall

The Livingstone Lounge is adequate in the small Livingstone Airport, and not a bad place to spend some time while waiting for your flight to be ready for boarding.

The Livingstone Lounge

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Lounge Review: Amushe Lounge, Windhoek, Namibia

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Entry Method: Priority Pass

Location: Right after immigration (to your left)

Hours: 04 30 – 18 00

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

The Amushe Lounge is a beautiful lounge on the smaller side located in Windhoek International Airport. It is an oasis of calm, particularly when the main holding room is overrun with a lot of fliers waiting to board their flights.

The lounge is L-shaped, and divided into three areas. Upon entry, you’ll see the first lounging area with runway views. Adjacent to the lounging area is the dining area with a few tables and a long table/bench combination. Adjacent to the dining area is the second lounge area with mostly-sofas. Bathrooms are located at the end.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Food/Drinks

There are four hot stations. The food served is substantial, e.g. roast chicken, pasta, enough to make a meal out of it. There is a cold area with cold snacks like salad, cheese, etc. There are also packaged chips, and other snacks on a shelf.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

There is self-serve alcohol, and self-serve canned soda in the large fridge. There’s also a coffee machine dispensing espresso drinks.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Bathroom/Shower

Available. I didn’t check it out.

Service

Prompt. Staff came around often to pick up dirty dishes and garbage.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Connectivity

It was decently fast, but some other guests had problems latching onto it. There are also plenty of power outlets in the side tables, but some of the outlets weren’t functioning.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Amenities

There’s one desk top for use at the lounge. There’s also a TV displaying flight information.

Overall

The Amushe Lounge is a beautiful little lounge with all the pre-flight amenities. It can get crowded when several flights are scheduled to leave around the same time. However, it’s still less crowded than trying to stand in the main terminal.

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Amushe Lounge Windhoek Namibia

Review of Slow Lounge, Johannesburg International Airport Terminal A (JNB)

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

Entry Method: OneWorld Emerald Flying on British Airways

Hours: 7 am – 9 pm

Location: Upper Concourse, near Dunhill Smoking Lounge (so turn left after immigration)

Wifi: Yes. Secured, password available at check in.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

The Slow Lounge is quite a treat. Having been to some other lounges in the Johannesburg International Airport, I can definitely say that it’s calmer, and the food is a lot better than other lounges.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

After checking in at the front desk, there are actually two separate lounges, one to the left, and one to the right. Both times, I was directed to the lounge on the left. The lounge is L-shaped, with the shorter arm furnished with sofas and tarmac views. The longer arm is further divided into 3 sections. The first section is a small lounge area with sofas, and a working area adjacent with desks and computers. The middle section is the dining area where the food and dining tables are located. Finally, the last section is also a lounging area, with a beautiful round bar in the middle of the room.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

All my visits to the lounge were during breakfast. They have a few hot stations (with eggs, sausages, oatmeal), a pancake printer, pastries, and plenty of healthy options like shooters, smoothies, yoghurt, etc. The spread is quite nice, and they have the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

There’re also a lot of self-serve canned and bottled beverages in the fridges. I might have enjoyed one too many cans of coke light.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

Overall, it is a beautiful lounge with great quality food, and a relaxing atmosphere. There are also plenty of universal power outlets available, so there won’t be a fight to charge up your electronics before your flight.

Slow Lounge, Johannesburg (JNB) International Airport Terminal A

My crappy excel floor plan of the lounge (sorry!)

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Lounge Review: Guam (GUM) Sagan Bisita Lounge, 05 February 2017

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Where: Main Terminal, Opposite Gate 7

Hours: 12.00 am – 10.00 am; 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

The Sagan Bisita Lounge is a small-ish L-shaped lounge with a lot of sofa seating. There are no tarmac views, but it is an adequate lounge. I spent an hour there during my layover from Palau to Narita, and was there in the wee hours of the morning. I accessed it via my Priority Pass Select, compliments of Citi Prestige.

So, groggy review alert! (Yes, I have other priorities in life)

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Food/Drinks

Even for the wee hours of the morning, there were some breakfast foods on offer. There were eggs, some sort of meat, baked beans, and instant noodles (amongst others). I only noticed the eggs because I went to the bathroom, and came back to see my friend with a plate of eggs. She apparently has special talent to find eggs anywhere in the world!

There was a decent alcohol selection. At the end, there was also a fridge stocked with all sorts of soft drinks. I believe I had an iced tea.

Bathroom/Shower

The bathroom was a bit dim, but otherwise, clean. No complaints.

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Wifi/Power Outlet

There was some wifi, and it was ok. I believe there was also a power outlet by the sofa I sat.

Overall

It’s a perfectly ok lounge for stopover. It has sufficient food/beverages/wifi to keep you happy, and I had a great nap on the couch.

Lounge Review: Narita (NRT) Terminal 1 United Club Lounge, 30 January 2017

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Where: Terminal 1, Near Gate 31, Narita International Airport
Hours: 7.30 am – 8.30 pm

So, United Club doesn’t suck, as long as it’s not in the USA. I accessed this spacious lounge with tarmac views with my United Airlines Business class boarding pass.

There are several seating areas, separated by dividers. Aside from the dining area near the bathrooms, the rest of the lounge is sofa seating.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Food/Drinks

The food selection pales in comparison to the ANA Lounge, but is orders of magnitude better than what’s served in domestic United Club lounges (like snacks… sucky ones). There was some sushi, sandwiches, soup, and some snacks.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

The alcohol selection is also decent, and range from draught beer to various sakes, and some hard liquor.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Bathroom/Shower

The bathroom was clean. I didn’t use the shower.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Service

Service was unobtrusive, and dirty dishes got cleared often enough.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Wifi/Power Outlets

Wifi was available, and decent. Power outlets were also easily available in the lounge.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Overall

This is a decent lounge. I got some food (although I didn’t like it). Honestly, I’m just grateful it isn’t just pretzels and nuts.

There was also a rather interesting incident. Apparently, I sat opposite some Japanese celebrity. I have no idea who he is (and still don’t know who he is), but a bunch of people came up to him, and requested for pictures.

So, maybe come here for an off chance you may spot a celebrity?

Lounge Review: The Club at SEA, South Satellite, 12 Jan 2017

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Where: Seattle, South Satellite, next to Gate S9 (aka international satellite)

Hours: 6 am – 5.30 pm

Why have I not been here?? Oh wait, it’s in the South Satellite, and every time I fly from the South Satellite, it’s closed.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite is accessible via Priority Pass, but also serves as a contract lounge for several airlines. I actually visited it as part of my Business Class ticket on All Nippon Airways.

Featuring tarmac views and high ceilings, this rather compact lounge is decent, and comparable to other “The Club” lounges in the US. It was pretty crowded when I visited in the morning.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Food/Drinks

When I visited, there was a decent selection of food. It ranged from sandwiches, to soup, to popcorn. There was also instant noodles, and decent packaged snacks, like chips and cookies. The quality of the food was ok.

The drinks selection was also decent. They have beers, wine, and cocktails. Although drinking at lounges is a rarity for me, I actually ordered a Lemon Drop, because I’m a sucker for cocktails.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Service

There were quite a lot of servers. Service was brisk, and despite the rather crowded lounge, dirty dishes were cleared very promptly.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Wifi/Power

Available, and decent. Power outlets were also available at more obvious work areas, like the high tables/high chairs.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Overall

While I’ve not visited the Delta Skyclub, and The Club in Seattle, I’d rate this lounge as my #2, tied with the British Airways Terraces Lounge. They have a nice selection of food and beverages, which is better than the Alaska Airlines Boardrooms. The Amex Centurion Lounge, however, still gets my top vote, because I prefer the quality of their food, and I’d probably never get my ass over to the South Satellite just for this.

Lounge Review: Narita (NRT) Terminal 1 ANA Lounge, 21 December 2016

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Quite frankly, I didn’t explore the extent of the Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge – it looked like it was circular, and went around the space for a bit, so let’s just assume it’s big. It is white-themed, with high ceilings and tarmac views. When I visited in the late afternoon, it was pretty busy. I only confined myself to the dining area, which did have plenty of seating, but service also had some problems keeping up with clearing the dirty dishes because it was busy.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

First order of business, a shower. The shower room was excellent. It was clean, and they left a basket of amenities, including towels, and all different shower products.

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Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Next up, the buffet selection is slightly small, but they do have a noodle counter, where there’s food cooked to order. I ordered a curry rice, and got buzzed after 5 minutes. It was pretty decent curry rice. I also tried their fried chicken on offer, which was pretty decent as well. There was Japanese draught beer on tap, and a couple of sake selections. You can check out their rotating selection here.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Overall, this is an excellent lounge, where you can get a good meal and a nice shower.