Review: Oriental Club Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan Airport

In addition to airline lounges, there are also a number of third-party contract lounges at Taipei Taoyuan Airport. One of those is the Oriental Club Lounge located in the airport’s Terminal 2. With the lounge being a part of the Priority Pass network, I had a chance to check it out during my recent trip to Europe.

Continue reading this review to see what the Oriental Club Lounge was like and whether you should pay it a visit next time you are at Taoyuan Airport.

Oriental Club Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan Airrpot
Oriental Club Lounge.

Location & Opening Hours

The Oriental Club Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan Airport can be found airside (behind security and immigration) in Terminal 2. It is located in the central part between the terminal’s Concourses C and D.

Like EVA Air’s lounges including The Star and some of the airport’s Plaza Premium Lounges, the Oriental Club Lounge is located on the fourth floor together with the terminal’s food court. It can be accessed by escalators and elevators located in the duty-free shopping area on the third floor.

The Oriental Club Lounge is open every day from 5AM to 11PM. Meals are only provided until 10:30PM, though.

Oriental Club Lounge Location
Escalators leading to the lounge.
Oriental Club Lounge Location
The lounge can be seen in the distance.

Entry Requirements

The easiest way to enter the Oriental Club Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan Airport is by using Priority Pass which allows a stay of up to 3 hours. (I am not sure how strictly the maximum stay rule is enforced.) The lounge is also part of other similar lounge networks including DragonPass.

Alternatively, if you have no membership providing access to the Oriental Club Lounge, you can also pay for entry outright. For adults, the cost is 1,300 TWD (approx. 40 USD) for a two-hour stay with an extra 200 TWD being charged for each additional hour.

Children between the ages of 2 and 11 get a 30% discount. Children under the age of 2 can enter the lounge free of charge.

Oriental Club Lounge Entry Requirements
Priority Pass is among the ways one can use this lounge.

Lounge Tour

At the reception, I was welcomed by one of the Oriental Club Lounge’s staff members who, after scanning my Priority Pass cards, let me in. She also mentioned that showers were fully booked for the day and that the buffet was only available until 10:30PM.

In addition to signs with various information about the lounge, the reception desk also housed a jar with some mints.

Oriental Club Lounge Reception
Mints on the reception desk.

Entering the lounge, on the left side was a living room-like area with a couple of sofas and some chairs arranged around three coffee tables. Along the wall was a rack with some reading materials as well as some decorations.

Across from this, on the right side of the lounge, was a small dining area with three communal tables. Two of those sat half a dozen people each, and the third one sat ten or so people. There were also a couple of children’s chairs placed in a corner of this area.

Additionally, next to the tables was a counter with drinks. I’ll talk more about the options that were available in the next section of this review.

Oriental Club Lounge Seating
Living room-like area just past the entrance.
Oriental Club Lounge Seating
Sofas.
Oriental Club Lounge Dining Area
A small dining area near the entrance.
Oriental Club Lounge Kids Chairs
Kids’ chairs.

The drinks counter was the front part of what was a square-shaped food and drinks area. In addition to that counter, there were also two counters with self-serve food (and some more drinks) running further into the lounge on either side of the drinks counter.

On the other side of the square – i.e. parallel to the drinks counter and facing the back of the lounge – was a live cooking station.

Oriental Club Lounge Buffet
One of the buffet counters.
Oriental Club Lounge Buffet
Another buffet counter.
Oriental Club Lounge Live Cooking
Live cooking station.

On the left side of the lounge across from the buffet were rows of high-back chairs. Groups of these were separated by wooden partitions which provided some extra privacy.

Along the windows, they were arranged in pairs facing each other with a coffee table in the middle. Between those and the buffet, they were in groups of six – two pairs of three chairs facing each other with a console table between the chairs next to each other. The console tables were equipped with power outlets.

Similar chairs could also be found on the right side of the lounge. That said, that side was narrower and so only consisted of pairs facing each other.

Oriental Club Lounge Seating
Seating along the right side of the lounge. the left side of the lounge.
Oriental Club Lounge Seating
Seating along the right side of the lounge.
Oriental Club Lounge Seating
Lounge chairs.

Further down was another dining area. This area mainly consisted of dining tables for four. Some of the tables had a bench on one side so they could seat more people. On the wall on the side of this area was a colorful artwork.

Counters run along the length of the windows in this area. Each seat at the counter had access to a power outlet and a couple of USB ports. It was great that the power outlet was universal, eliminating the need for a converter.

Oriental Club Lounge Dining Area
A large dining area in the back of the lounge.
Oriental Club Lounge Dining Area
Sofas and counters.
Oriental Club Lounge Counter
Counter.

In the very back of the Oriental Club Lounge was a sleeping area with a couple of daybeds and some sofa chairs.

The lights in this area were off.

Oriental Club Lounge Sleeping Room
Sleeping room.
Oriental Club Lounge Sleeping Room
Daybed.
Oriental Club Lounge Sleeping Room
Sofa chairs in the sleeping room.

The other side of the back of the lounge was home to perhaps the most unique part of the Oriental Club Lounge. There was a small gym with an exercise bike and a blood pressure monitor.

In the same area was also a hallway that led to the lounge’s showers (fully booked at the time of my visit), restrooms, and nursing room.

Oriental Club Lounge Gym
Gym bike.
Oriental Club Lounge Gym
Blood pressure monitor.
Oriental Club Lounge Showers
Showers, restrooms, and nursing room.

Food and Drinks

All of the food and drinks available in the Oriental Club Lounge could be found in the large buffet area in the middle of the lounge. As mentioned earlier, it consisted of four counters arranged in a square.

The counter closest to the lounge’s entrance housed mainly drinks.

There was a soft drinks dispenser (Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, apple juice, ice tea, etc.) and an espresso machine. There were also black, green, and oolong tea bags. While draft Taiwan Beer was available, there were no other alcoholic drinks in the lounge.

Additionally, there were some snacks, bread, and cup noodles.

Oriental Club Lounge Soft Drinks
Soft drinks dispenser and coffee machine.
Oriental Club Lounge Tea
Tea and snacks.
Oriental Club Lounge Beer
Beer and water dispensers.
Oriental Club Lounge Bread
Bread.
Oriental Club Lounge Cup Noodles
Cup noodles.

Next, the counter facing the left side of the lounge was where most of the warm self-serve food could be found.

There was a decent selection of five dishes all of which looked good and some dim sum. Among other things, there were herbal shrimp, chicken, and fried rice noodles.

Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Herbal shrimp.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Chicken.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Fried rice noodles.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Cabbage.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Kimchi pot.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner Dim Sum
Dim sum.

The counter facing the right side of the lounge, on the other hand, was mainly home to lighter dishes and desserts.

There was a salad bar with a selection of vegetables and fruits. There were also other cold dishes like edamame, pig’s ears (no, thanks), burdock salad, etc. Then there were some cereals, orange juice, and milk.

Desserts included taro milk with red beans, brown sugar mochi with peanuts, and coconut milk.

Oriental Club Lounge Salad
Salad bar.
Oriental Club Lounge Cold Meals
Cold appetizers.
Oriental Club Lounge Cereals
Cereals and coconut milk.
Oriental Club Lounge Milk and Juice
Orange juice and milk.
Oriental Club Lounge Dessert
Taro dessert.
Oriental Club Lounge Dessert
Mochi.

Lastly, facing the back of the lounge was a live cooking station. There, a variety of mainly noodle dishes was prepared by a cook. I had mushroom noodles which not only tasted great but were also filling.

Some self-serve dishes including chicken nuggets, fried fish sticks, and vegetables were available on the live cooking station’s counter too.

Oriental Club Lounge Live Cooking Station Menu
Live cooking station menu.
Oriental Club Lounge Noodles
Noodles from the live cooking station.
Oriental Club Lounge Dinner
Fried chicken, etc.

Oriental Club Lounge Taipei Taoyuan Summary

Of the three lounges I had a chance to visit during my layover at Taipei Taoyuan Airport, the Oriental Club Lounge was my favorite.

The lounge was mostly empty when I got there and while it got a bit more crowded later on, there were still plenty of seats for everyone. Additionally, there was a dark sleeping room for those who had longer layovers and the selection of food was excellent.

With that said, while not an issue for me as I don’t drink, some might find the lack of alcoholic drinks other than beer a bit unfortunate.

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