Review: The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Review: The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Hong Kong airport is well-known, at least among oneworld frequent flyers, for its excellent Cathay Pacific lounges. Especially so for The Pier and The Wing first class lounges. However, there is also another oneworld airline – Qantas – that operates an excellent lounge at the airport.

Having really enjoyed my visit to The Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow airport last year, I was excited to visit its Hong Kong counterpart before my Cathay Pacific flight back to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago.

Continue reading this review to see what The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge was like.

Location, Opening Hours & Access

The lounge is on the same floor as the airport’s security check and immigration is. In fact, it’s located on the right side of the terminal, just past security. If you are transferring at the airport, you will want to get to the area around gate 5 above which the lounge can be found.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Entrance
The lounge can be found near gate 5.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is open daily from 7:30AM until midnight.

To get in, you will need to be flying in business or first class with Qantas or one of its oneworld partners. The lounge can also be accessed by oneworld Emerald and Sapphire as well as Qantas Club members.

Finally, Emirates’ elite status holders and premium class passengers can enter the lounge as well.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Entrance
Entrance.
Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong Airport
Reception area.

Lounge Tour

Past the lounge’s lobby – where a friendly lounge attendant checked my boarding pass – there was a seating area with pairs of sofa chairs with coffee tables as well as some benches.

Right from the start, I liked the fact that rather than being dull, the chairs came in a couple of different colors. That proven to be the case throughout the lounge – just like with The Qantas London Lounge, I really liked the design of this lounge as well.

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating
Seating area near the entrance.

Next, there was the feature of the lounge that stood out the most – a staffed bar. There were some bar chairs along the counter, as well as tables with pairs of chairs behind the bar structure itself and further down the lounge.

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Bar
Bar.
Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating Near the Bar
Seating near the bar.
Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating
More seating near the bar.

Across from the bar, on the right side of the lounge, there was a separate room with benches along its three sides and some more sofa chairs.

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating
A separate room on the right side of the lounge.

Going further down the main part of the lounge, there were another area with sofa chairs and the dining area. The dining area – besides a buffet that I’ll write more about below – consisted of some more tables for two, as well as a couple of communal tables seating dozen or so people.

Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating
Sofas in the middle of the lounge.
Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Dining Area
Dining area.
Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Dining Area
Communal table.
Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Dining Area
Dining tables.

When I got into the lounge, the above was all that was accessible. Later on, however, the rear part of the lounge was opened as well – and it was more extensive than I thought it would be.

First, there was another seating area with sofas, benches, and counters.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
Seating in the rear part of the lounge.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Counter
Counter.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
Leather sofas.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
Benches.

There was also a customer service counter. That said, when I checked it out, it was not staffed.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Snack Area
Service counter.

Further back, there was an area with drinks and snacks. In terms of seating, there were more sofa chairs and benches, as well as another communal table.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Snack Area
Snack area.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
Seating with nice wall art.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
More seating.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Size
The lounge was much larger than I expected it to be.

Finally, at the very back of the lounge, there was a kids’ area with a TV screening cartoons and some benches along the wall.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Seating
Benches at the very end of the lounge.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Kids' Space
Kids’ space.

Food and Drinks

There were three places in the lounge where one could get something to drink or eat – the bar, the buffet, and the snack area.

At the bar, a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks was available. For those of you that drink wine, while there was sparkling wine, I don’t think there was Champagne.

Besides that, one could also order a bowl of “pork and prawn wonton egg noodle soup” there. Or anywhere else in the lounge from one of the many lounge attendants I believe.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Wine
Wine at the bar.

Drinks available in the self-service areas – other than the same wines as pictured above – included some more wines, as well as canned soda. There were also juices, water, coffee, and a selection of Dilmah tea.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Wine
Wine.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Soft Drinks
Canned soda and tea.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Soft Drinks
Juices and water.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Coffee
Coffee.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Tea
Tea.

Lighter items to eat included some snacks like rice crackers, nuts, and potato chips, as well as cut fruits and a large selection of salads.

There were also bread rolls.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Snacks
Rice crackers.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Snacks
Potato chips, etc.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Fruits
Fruits.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Salads
Mixed salad and chicken coleslaw.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Salads
Tomato salad.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Salads
Corn salad.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Salads
Potato salad.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Bread
Bread.

Of course, there was a decent selection of warm food as well. That included some spring rolls and fried fish cakes, as well as dishes such as chicken teriyaki and curry rice. In fact, a large part of the buffet was Japanese since Japan Airlines invites its passengers departing Hong Kong to use the lounge.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Food
Spring rolls and fried fish cakes.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Hot Meal
Cauliflower.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Hot Meal
Noodles.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Main Meal
Teriyaki chicken.
Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong Airport - Things to Eat
Japanese pickles.
Miso Soup
Miso soup.
Curry
Japanese curry.
Japanese Rice
Japanese rice.

Finally, there were some pastries, as well as a variety of desserts including cheese cake, chocolate tart, and mango pudding.

Pastries
Pastries.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Desserts
Mango pudding.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Desserts
Cheesecake.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Desserts
Chocolate tart.

I tried quite a few different items from the buffet, and they were all tasty – especially the spring rolls and teriyaki chicken. It goes without saying that the desserts were excellent. And, I was really impressed by the (minor) fact that there were tea pots rather than just cups.

Lunch at The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
My lunch.
Lunch at The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
Dessert time.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Summary

As mentioned in the introduction, I visited The Qantas London Lounge last year, and I was impressed. While the Hong Kong one does not offer a la carte dining, I still found the buffet to be of very high quality – and the selection to be well above average.

Separately from that, I also liked the design of the lounge, and was impressed by its size.

If I had to mention one downside of The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, it would have to be the lack of any office-like workspace. Especially considering how large the lounge is, it would have been nice if the designers managed to fit it in. Then again, the numerous counters with easily accessible power outlets are a decent alternative to that.

Overall, if I had to choose between the Cathay Pacific business class lounges and this lounge, I would probably pick this one.

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