Some airline experiences just ruin you, and not in a bad way either. It’s just that, after you’ve been to a space which feels more like a refined hotel, with borderline priceless airplane views, it’s very, very hard to turn the snobriety down on your subsequent airport visits. Like: what do you mean there’s no sit down dining room with plane noses parked only feet away? Cathay Pacific’s “The Pier” First Class Lounge will forever be on the all time great list, so here’s what to expect…
Entry: Entry is reserved for OneWorld Emerald members, or those traveling in first class on a OneWorld airline like Cathay Pacific, with a same day confirmed airline ticket. Entitled passengers may bring one guest.
Entry to the lounge is fairly unique. After check in and immigration, guests proceed on the train toward gates 40-80, or something like that. Following the signs for Gate 63, you’ll eventually find an escalator going down, with clearly marked signage. There just aren’t that many airport lounges where you go downstairs, but you’ll be glad you did.
Turning an immediate left, as first class travelers tend to do, will bring you directly to the lounge bar. There’s ample seating all around, which leads to the primary “chill zone”. You’ll also quickly notice that planes park directly in front of the lounge, with mere feet separating nose to glass. It’s awesome. The bar mojitos are a delight.
Functionality is often overlooked in luxurious settings, but not here. Each chair has a desk combo and if you pull out the drawer, you’ll find power ports both USB and generic. Basically, any seat will get you juiced up and ready to travel.
Speaking of nourishment, at the far other end of the swoon worthy hallway sits the dining room. The decor is simply iconic, an ode to Hong Kong. If we had to be picky, the food has somewhat gone downhill since changing to Sodexo catering. It’s still awesome to have free noodles, curry and other treats brought to you by an always friendly member of staff, but if you’ve been for years, it’s just not quite the same. Costs cuts have consequences, sadly.
If you’re tired, nap room setups can be secured, which also offer amazing views. You can even draw yourself a bubble bath and chill out, if you’re into those kinda things. It’s the kind of novelty that’s very hard to resist, and there’s nothing better than a shower while traveling. Actually, maybe a foot massage?
Is the Cathay Pacific Pier First Class Lounge HKG on your bucket list?