I had about two and half hours of layover time in Taipei before catching my EVA Air flight back to Toronto, so of course I decided to head for the lounges. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to through-check my bags from Shenyang, so I had to clear customs and immigration first, pick up my bag and re-check it, and then go through security all over again.

Taipei Taoyuan Airport – EVA Air check-in

Taipei Taoyuan Airport – EVA Air check-in

Once past security, the EVA Air lounges are pretty easy to find, and all of their lounges are clustered together in one area on the upper level.

EVA Air's premium class lounges are sorted out a bit confusingly. The only lounge with clear-cut eligibility rules is The Garden, which is reserved for highest-level elite status members within EVA Air's Infinity MileageLands frequent flyer program.

Meanwhile, The Infinity and The Star are two separate lounges located opposite each other, both of which are available to business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members. I spent most of my time in The Infinity, but also went over to The Star for a few minutes just to check it out.

Lastly, there's The Club, which is another business class lounge located a bit further away from the other three. I didn't get to see what this lounge was like, though it looked a lot more like an open-air restaurant than a lounge. I'll be sure to check it out on my next visit to Taipei Taoyuan Airport.

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You can do a Google Street View walkthrough of all four lounges on the EVA Air website.

A gleaming purple entrance welcomes you to The Star and The Infinity lounges, located on your left and right, respectively, from the front desk.

EVA Air lounges – Entrance

EVA Air lounges – Entrance

EVA Air lounges – Entrance

EVA Air lounges – Entrance

Apparently, The Infinity is designated the business class lounge, while The Star is meant to serve Star Alliance Gold members and other elite customers. However, in practice there's little to distinguish the two, and both sets of customers are able to access either lounge freely. Almost by chance, I decided to turn right and spend most of my time in The Infinity.

EVA Air lounges – Front desk

EVA Air lounges – Front desk

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Welcome sign

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Welcome sign

The decor of the lounge is ... eye-catching, to say the least. Have a look at the main hallway:

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Hallway

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Hallway

Personally I thought the decor looked quite snazzy, but it's definitely pushing the boundaries a little, and I wouldn't begrudge anyone who thinks it's way over-the-top.

There's plenty of comfortable seating to the left of the hallway, as well as seats along the wall overlooking the airport concourse. Having said that, boy does this lounge get crowded! Almost every seat in the house was occupied, and it took me a while before I found a spot along the wall to settle down in.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

Towards the back of the lounge, there's a large rotunda with quite a few more "questionable" design elements. The seating here, while plentiful, was also packed to the brim.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

Along the main hallway, you'll find several little nooks, including one housing a few computer workstations...

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Computer workstations

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Computer workstations

...an area for lockers and a baby pampering room...

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Lockers

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Lockers

...and the restrooms and showers. There are four showers available for guests of both The Infinity and The Star, and you must register with the front desk if you wish to use one. It's a bit strange that EVA Air has given names to their lounge showers, and the names themselves are even stranger: Metro Forest, Smile Zone, Fantasy Flow, and Star Drops.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Restrooms

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Restrooms

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Showers

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Showers

Sadly I didn't get the time to try one of the showers, since there was a long waiting list at the time. I would've loved to find out what sets apart showering in Star Drops, say, from Metro Forest...

Let's get to a big part of any airport lounge: the food spread. The buffet area is found next to the rotunda near the back.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dining area

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dining area

EVA Air did not disappoint in this regard, setting out quite a variety of hot dishes for the dinner selection. There were both Chinese-style items as well as Western dishes (it's pretty funny to me how airport lounges in Asia will almost always serve pasta as the "token" Western dish). 

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Dinner

Best of all, the lounge did not scrimp on the local Taiwanese specialties, like beef noodle soup. Yum!

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Beef noodle soup

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Beef noodle soup

There was even a self-serve hot dog roller, which I thought was pretty awesome.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Hot dog roller

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Hot dog roller

In terms of drinks, The Infinity offered a good-quality Illy coffee machine and the usual soda and juice selection.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Illy coffee machine

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Illy coffee machine

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Drinks

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Drinks

There was also an impressive assortment of premium wines and spirits.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Spirits

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Spirits

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Spirits

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Spirits

And to boot, there was some incredible Mövenpick ice cream to top off your meal. Ice cream is something that many lounges gloss over, but personally there's nothing better to snack on while kicking back and waiting for your flight, and EVA Air gets this right.

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Mövenpick ice cream

The Infinity Lounge by EVA Air – Mövenpick ice cream

I relaxed in The Infinity for a while, downloading some TV shows onto my iPad for the long flight back to Toronto. Eventually my appetite for beef noodle soup and ice cream had subsided, so I went over to The Star to check out that lounge.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Welcome sign

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Welcome sign

Upon walking past the illuminated sign on the ground near the front desk, there's a long hallway that leads you to the lounge proper. Note the Star Alliance 20th-year anniversary banners, which were also found in the LOT Business Lounge back in Warsaw.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Hallway

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Hallway

The Star was decorated much more like a "traditional" lounge, with lots of partitions separating out the seating area. No blossoming neon light fixtures here; instead, the wooden tones and brighter lighting contributed to a much more serene feel.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The main seating space of The Star features plush upholstered seats, while the neighbouring area houses "dining table" seating. Like its neighbour, The Star was quite crowded at this time of day and most seats were taken.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Seating area

Near the entrance you'll find a stand with reading material, as well as the doorways to the buffet.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Newspaper stand

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Newspaper stand

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Dining area

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Dining area

The food that was on offer in The Star was nearly identical to The Infinity – even down to the hot dog roller – which again made me wonder what exactly are the differentiating factors between these two lounges.

Well, it turns out that one of those factors is the ice cream! Whereas The Infinity serves Mövenpick, The Star spoils you with Häagen-Dazs. I really wished I had saved some room!

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Häagen-Dazs ice cream

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – Häagen-Dazs ice cream

One more thing about The Star that I wanted to point out is the door marked "VIP" in the hallway. On this occasion it was propped open, so I went inside to have a look. It's little more than a room with about a dozen seats and a singular TV up front. You'd think that a VIP would just head to The Garden, EVA Air's top-tier elite lounge.

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – VIP room

The Star Lounge by EVA Air – VIP room

About 15 minutes before boarding I grabbed my stuff and headed for the gate. It was time for the final and arguably most exciting part of my round-the-world journey, at least in terms of the flights: EVA Air business class!

Conclusion

The Infinity Lounge here at Taipei Taoyuan Airport is more than serviceable for waiting for your flight or killing time during a long layover. It has comfortable seating (albeit kind of crowded at times), excellent food, and convenient amenities such as lockers and showers. If you're not a fan of The Infinity's in-your-face lighting and decor, you can always head over to The Star on the opposite side, where you'll have access to the same lounge facilities in a calmer environment. 

 

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