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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another way to get into the main seating area was through “Library” – a small area with a bookshelf and a bench.
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.
The “Retreat” was where one would go to relax. Three things could be found there – day suites, showers, and massages.
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.
As for the showers, I didn’t use them – but, I had a brief look into one of the ten or so shower rooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Separately, there were cups with salads and appetizers in one of the two fridges in the “Pantry.” There were also some yoghurts.
In the other fridge, there were five brands of canned beer, as well as a selection of soda and juice.
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 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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