In January 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting three of the four Cathay Pacific Business Class lounges in Hong Kong’s airport.
This lounge is accessible by Business Class passengers on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and oneworld airlines, as well as Qantas Gold (oneworld Sapphire) and above status holders travelling in Economy Class.
Airpoints Gold and Elite members, plus one guest, can also access the lounge when departing on a booking with an NZ flight number to New Zealand, including NZ4992, NZ4994 or NZ4998 operated by Cathay Pacific. These same members can also access the lounge when connecting to or from Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon flights from Beijing or Shanghai.
I had booked a one-way Business Class flight on Cathay Dragon to Kaohsiung for 9,000 British Airways Avios + US$42, granting me access to this lounge, even though I was flying on Cathay’s regional airline.
Lounge details & location
Hong Kong’s Terminal 1 is a huge space! This lounge is located at one of the extremities of the terminal, near Gate 65, a floor down from the main concourse.
The Pier First Class Lounge is just before it. To speed up the 15-20-minute walking time from security and immigration, you can take an intra-terminal train. In any case, leave ample time to arrive to your departing gate.
The lounge is open from 5:30am until 12:30am daily.
Lounge seating and food & drink
In the first room—the buffet dining hall—you will be greeted by a barista coffee cart.
This room offers a buffet and a variety of seating options at different heights.
The second room is a full bar, is darker, and takes on a more casual lounge style.
The third room is the noodle bar, with eight different options on offer during my visit. This is the most comfortable place to eat, in my opinion.
The fourth room is the tea room and is the most serene of them all.
If getting off a long flight, this is a great place to rehydrate with a natural juice:
and then choose a tea made on-demand by a dedicated staff member.
The fifth room is the spa, with an attractive (but underutilised) waiting area:
and 13 shower suites.
Finally, the last room—the sixth one in this ginormous space—is a nap room with a very comfortable sofa, where I lounged and watched a TV show on my laptop (with my headphones in, of course!).
Along most of the side of the lounge is more seating, this time with window views.
There are self-service drink stations scattered throughout the lounge.
The lounge was ~20% full mid-evening on a Sunday.
There is no children’s area.
If you can’t easily find power outlets, that is because they are kind of hidden—they’re in the pull-out drawer at the tables. All are UK style, but you can borrow an adaptor from the front desk if needed.
There is a lot of reading material available.
The wifi was very acceptable, clocking speeds of 26/34 Mbps download/upload.
Lounge access options
- By class of travel: Business and First Class passengers departing on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Air New Zealand or a oneworld airline
- By airline frequent flyer status: Marco Polo Club Silver and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Air New Zealand or a oneworld airline
- By airline partner frequent flyer status: Qantas Gold and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline, Airpoints Gold and above departing on a booking with an NZ flight number to New Zealand, including NZ4992, NZ4994 or NZ4998 operated by Cathay Pacific, and Airpoints Gold and above connecting to/from Beijing or Shanghai on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon
- By alliance frequent flyer status: oneworld Sapphire and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
Most of the passengers listed above can guest one other person into the lounge, except for Business Class passengers without status.
Summing up: our take
I would 100% recommend visiting this lounge. It is the best Business Class lounge I have ever been to.
I have never been in a lounge that is so spacious. Its layout is conducive to finding the mood you are looking for—whether that’s eating, drinking, socialising or relaxing—and its style is on-point, with beautiful wood panelling.
What is great
- Large space
- Exquisite style
- Friendly staff
- Fast wifi
- Varied and delicious food options
- Unique tea room
- Comfortable seating
What is not great
- No children’s area
- Dim lighting