Off all my China Airlines experiences on my recent trip with them, the Dynasty Lounge at Taipei International Airport was by far the best. After a 13 hour flight in an uncomfortable seat (read more here), I had a 2 hour layover (thanks to an early arrival), giving my enough time to check out the lounge at their main hub. I had read about the recent renovation of their lounge in their onboard magazine, with stunning photos, but unfortunately ended up in their second, older lounge near gate D4 in Terminal 2 due to my departure gate location.
The reception staff was very friendly, despite the early hour, answered all my question and directed me to the showers as my first stop. I took the stairs (no elevator) and walked through an empty lounge. The shower room was of good size, with shelves and seating, sink, toilet and a large, glass enclosed shower. It was tiled with nice stone in mellow brown tones. The shower had a high-end Grohe fixture with multiple, massage shower heads – a very pleasant, upscale feature compared to the usual utilitarian set-up in airport showers. The amenities were provided in eco-friendly dispensers, as well as towels and a dental kit. There was no shaving kit (and no staff to ask), so bring your own, but a hair dryer was mounted to the wall. The whole room was very clean and it good condition, making it a great place to refresh after a long flight.
After my shower, I checked out the rest of the lounge. On the lower floor, you have a noodle bar with make-to-order food choices as well as a buffet with snack choices and drinks. There were fruit, pastries and sandwiches for breakfast – enough to serve as a full meal. The quality was average and I left a happy camper. The staff was friendly and cleared empty plates quickly. There was cafeteria style seating in the noodle bar.
The lounge also had more comfortable chairs, arranged military style along the long, narrow room. It’s all set up with light-colored woods and brown fabric, not very stylish but unoffensive. As you can see from the photos, I was the only customer with a free choice of seats! There was also an internet corner with a number of PCs to work and wifi internet throughout the lounge. Upstairs was additional seating, another buffet with snacks and drinks, as well as reading materials and TVs. Oddly, in addition to a separate First Class lounge, there was also a small corner with a few of the same chairs labeled “First Class” – it didn’t offer anything different from the business class lounge, but I guess some people like the status…
Overall, the lounge was very pleasant during my stay. While it was empty, the separation into several different spaces over two levels should make it ok even during more busy times. Should I fly through Taipei again, I hope to get a chance to check out their new lounge in a much more inspiring design!