Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

Cathay Pacific operates six lounges at its hub Hong Kong airport including two excellent first class lounges.

While making my way from Bangkok to Tokyo first class, I had a chance to spend some time in both of them. In this review, I will take a closer look at “The Pier, First,” which is my favorite of the two and also the best airport lounge I visited so far.

You can find a review of the other one, “The Wing, First,” here.

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Location, Opening Hours & Access

Cathay Pacific’s “The Pier, First” is located airside, near gates 63 and 64. It’s located one floor below the main departures level.

The lounge admits Cathay Pacific’s first class passengers, as well as first class passengers traveling on other oneworld airlines. Besides that, it can also be entered by all oneworld Emerald status holders departing on oneworld flights, regardless of the class they are traveling in.

It’s open daily from 5:30AM until 12:30AM.

Hong Kong Airport

Hong Kong airport terminal.
Hong Kong Airport Terminal

Sign pointing to “The Pier, First” lounge.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Entrance at Hong Kong Airport

Entrance to the lounge.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Reception at Hong Kong Airport

Reception.

Lounge Tour

Once I had my boarding pass checked, I stepped into the lounge’s hallway. It was beautifully designed, and it connected all the different parts of the lounge that I will go on to describe below.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hallway

Hallway of “The Pier, First” lounge – beautiful!
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hallway

A sofa in the hallway.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hallway

One more view of the hallway.

After turning left at the entrance and going all the way to the end of the hall, there was the “Pantry” on the left side. In there, one could get drinks as well as quick bites to eat – but more on that further in the review.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge "The Pantry"

“The Pantry.”

If one went straight at the very end of the hallway, one would get to the bar area. Besides the horseshoe-shaped bar counter itself, the area also featured plenty of other seating.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Bar Area

Entrance into the bar area.
Seating in the Bar Area of Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge

The bar area featured a variety of seating.
Bar at Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge

The horseshoe-shaped bar.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Seating

More seating in the bar area.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Seating

…and some more.

Finally, across from the “Pantry” was the main seating area of the lounge. This area offered sofas and sofa chairs in a variety of arrangements, as well as a cart with some wine. Furthermore, the area also offered view of the apron.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Seating

One of the entrances into the main seating area.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Seating

A more “typical lounge-like” seating arrangement.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Seating

Living room-like seating.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Wine Cart

Cart with wine.
Apron View from the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge

View out of the lounge.
Seating in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge

One last view of the main seating area.

Another way to get into the main seating area was through “Library” – a small area with a bookshelf and a bench.

Seating in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Library

“Library.”
Seating in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge: Seating in the Library

Bench in the library.
Seating in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge: Newspapers and Magazines in the Library

Some of the shelves with reading materials.

Going back towards the other side of the hallway, there were more areas including the “Bureau,” the “Retreat,” the restthe “Dining Room,” and the rest rooms.

The “Bureau” was made out of six semi-private work spaces. Each of them had an iMac, a phone, and a lamp – as well as power outlets. In spite of that, the desk was large enough for one to work on own laptop.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Business Center

“Bureau.”
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Bureau

One of the workstations.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Business Center

There were six workstations in total.

The “Retreat” was where one would go to relax. Three things could be found there – day suites, showers, and massages.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge "The Retreat"

“Retreat.”

Each of the half-a-dozen or so day suites had an apron view on one side and a curtain on the other. Inside, there was a day bed as well as a reading light and power outlets. As such, it makes for a nice place to relax in in privacy before one’s flight.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Day Suites

Hallway with day suites.
Inside a Day Suite in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

One of the day suites.
Inside a Day Suite in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

Panel with switches and power outlets.
View from a Day Suite in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

View out of my day suite.

As for the showers, I didn’t use them – but, I had a brief look into one of the ten or so shower rooms.

Showers in the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

Hallway with showers.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Shower

Shower.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Shower

Counter with sink.

At the “Retreat,” one could also sign up for a complimentary massage. Unfortunately, when I tried to do so, the earliest time slot available was for after my departure – as such, I suggest you book yourself as soon as you get into the lounge.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Spa Treatment Menu

Massage and amenities menu.

The restrooms – or “Washrooms” – were right across the hallway from the “Retreat.” And, just like the rest of the lounge, they were very nicely designed.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Toilets

“Washrooms.”
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Toilets

Sinks in the restrooms.

Finally, going back into the hallway and to the very end of it – there was the “Dining Room” – a sit-down restaurant. Naturally, it mainly consisted of dining tables. But, there was also a bar with some counter-height chairs.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge A La Carte Restaurant

“Dining Room.”
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Dining Room

Bar in the dining room.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Dining Room

Overview of the “Dining Room.”

Food and Drinks

The food and drinks in the lounge were mostly concentrated in the “Pantry,” the bar, and the “Dining Room.”

That said, there were some bottles of wine as well as pralines and dried apricots in the main seating area.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Wine

Detail of the wine cart.

For a more extensive selection of wines, as well as other alcoholic drinks and cocktails, one could go to the bar. Of course, they also served tea, coffee, and other soft drinks at there.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Bar Menu

Bar menu.

Just like during my visit to Cathay’s lounge in Bangkok, I went for the signature Cathay Delight. Interestingly, though, while the one in Bangkok was based on a fresh apple, in Hong Kong the drink was pre-made with a kiwi base.

While I believe the kiwi based drink is the “original” Cathay Delight, I preferred the one in Bangkok. That said, the mocktail was still excellent.

Cathay Delight Signature Mocktail at Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge

Cathay Delight.

As for food, one could get a la carte meals at the “Dining Room.” Since I visited early in the morning, they had the breakfast menu out. I believe the lunch and dinner menus are more extensive, so I hope to visit the lounge again soon during “better” time of the day.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge A La Carte Dining Menu

Dining room menu.

Since I had a full English breakfast at “The Wing, First” not even an hour before visiting this lounge, I only opted to have a bowl of fruits.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge A La Carte Item: Fruits

Fruit bowl.

The final place where one could get some bites to eat as well as some drinks was the “Pantry.” This was a self-service buffet area.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Buffet

“Pantry.”

During my visit, it mostly consisted of breakfast items – including toasts, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and cheese – laid out on a table in the middle of the room as well as on a counter next to it.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Bread

Bread, butter, jams.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Cereals

Cereals.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Dried Fruits

Dried fruits, granola bars, etc.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Cheese

Cheese, etc.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Fruits and Desserts

Pie, cakes, fruits, pastries, etc..

Separately, there were cups with salads and appetizers in one of the two fridges in the “Pantry.” There were also some yoghurts.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Salads

Salads.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Salads

Appetizers and yoghurts.

In the other fridge, there were five brands of canned beer, as well as a selection of soda and juice.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Soft Drinks

Beer and some soft drinks.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Soft Drinks

Soft drinks.

Finally, on a counter next to the two fridges, one could find Tsing Tao beer on tap, a water dispenser, as well as the obligatory coffee machine and tea. The tea was the same JING brand as served onboard Cathay’s first.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Soft Drinks

Water.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Beer

Tsing Tao beer.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Coffee

Coffee.
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Tea

JING tea.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hong Kong Summary

Overall, Cathay Pacific’s “The Pier” first class lounge is by far the best lounge I have visited to date. Now, to put that into context, it’s also only one of two first class lounges I had the chance to visit so far – with the first one being “The Wing, First” that I visited just before visiting this one.

I appreciated how no two seating area were the same, making the lounge feel more like a luxury home rather than a lounge. The food selection – and its presentation in the “Pantry” – was also great.

The only unfortunate thing was that I did not manage to try one of the free treatments. But, that is more “fault” of my short stay than of the lounge itself.

 

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