Cathay Pacific offers four business class lounges at its base in Hong Kong. When I was flying in Cathay’s first class back in September, I could check out one of them – “The Wing, Business” – before visiting its first class counterpart.
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The lounge was located near gate 2 – just a short walk from the Plaza Premium Lounge where I spent the night. And, even though the lounge officially opens at 5:30AM, the first floor of the lounge was accessible even before that.
The lounge spreads across two floors – and, as mentioned above, the smaller lounge on the first floor was accessible even before the 5:30AM opening time.
On the first floor, right after the reception, there was a hallway that led to all the different parts of the lounge. The staircase to the second floor was across from the reception desk.
The right side of the hallway had entrances to two smaller areas.
The first one of those was a small sitting area with sofa chairs arranged in a square.
Then, there was a working area with ten or so cubicles, each of them featuring a computer.
There were also the restrooms, showers, and some magazine racks with reading materials.
On the left side of the hallway was the main part of the first floor of the lounge – a large sitting area. Beside the usual sofa chairs, it also offered half-a-dozen or so Cathay Solus Chairs which seemed to be ideal for getting some work done.
At the very end of the room, there was a buffet counter with a selection of breakfast items.
At exactly 5:30AM, the passengers were also let into the upper floor. Besides being home to the major part of the business class lounge, the upper floor also housed “The Wing, First” lounge. But, more on that one in a separate post.
Now, let’s go back to the upper level of the business class lounge – which was located to the left of the upper level reception.
First, there was a lounging area which, once again, featured some sofa chairs as well as another set of the Cathay Solus Chairs.
Then, to the side of it, was a buffet area which had a slightly better selection of breakfast items than the one downstairs. There were also three large coffee tables and surrounded by light brown leather sofa chairs next to the buffet counter.
Going further down the lounge, there was “The Long Bar.” Although at the time of my visit just after opening, it was unstaffed, the bar is a signature feature of this lounge.
Another signature feature of quite a few Cathay Pacific lounges is “The Noodle Bar.” In this lounge, it was tucked away in the far left corner of the lounge. And, besides the noodle bar itself and stools with both regular and high-top tables, there was also a buffet counter.
Just like the “real” bar, the noodle bar was closed at the time of my visit as well. There was a sign on the counter saying that it opens at 7AM.
The one last area that I did not mention above is “The Coffee Loft.” Here, one can get some light snacks as well as drinks from the manned counter – and relax in one of the variety of seats that are offered in the area.
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Food and Drinks Selection
The following describes the offerings available during my 5:30AM visit. If you visit later in the day, the selection will likely be more extensive – although the drinks as well as some of the lighter food might be the same.
As for the drinks, a number of places throughout the lounge – including on the lower level, the buffet area on the upper level, as well as the noodle bar – featured fridges with six types of beer as well as a solid selection of canned soft drinks.
Besides the canned drinks, there were also coffee machines and soda machines, a selection of juice, milk, and water.
As for light bites to eat, there was a selection of pastries in a number of places throughout the lounge. There were also some mini sandwiches on offer in “The Coffee Loft.”
Besides that, the buffet counters featured the usual breakfast items including toasts, fruits, yoghurts, and cereals.
And, there were also some warm breakfast options including scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes, sausages, and porridge.
Cathay Pacific “The Wing, Business” Summary
While I didn’t have a chance to get a bowl of noodles at “The Noodle Bar,” or a Cathay Delight at “The Long Bar” because I visited the lounge early in the morning, I thought Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing, Business” lounge was a great place to relax or get some work done before a flight.
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There was plenty of seating in a variety of configurations ideal for both solo travelers as well as people traveling in groups. And, while I would have welcomed one or two more hot options, the breakfast selection was more than decent.