Cathay Pacific has 6 lounges in their home airport Hong Kong International. The two first class lounges at HKG are The Pier First Class Lounge and The Wing First Class Lounge. You can gain access to the first class lounges by flying first class on Cathay Pacific or one of the other One World Alliance members, or be One World Emerald preferred on a One World Alliance airline. Since I am AAdvantage Executive Platinum – that also gives me One World Emerald status.
The Wing is conveniently located immediately after customs and has two levels. The bottom level is the business class lounge, while the top level is the First Class Lounge.
Although I didn’t eat at The Wing, there was a buffet and sit down dining options available. There was also a bar, self service champagne bar, and some areas with Macs to get some work done.
I could probably write a whole post about the Shower Cabanas at the Wing First Class Lounge, but I’ll keep it brief. To my pleasant surprise there was no wait for a Shower Cabana when I arrived at the lounge. I walked in and was amazed. The pictures don’t really do it justice, since this is a private room – In an airport lounge!
There was a vanity area with a sink and mirror, a long desk, a little daybed, a shower and a bath tub! I had been running around Hong Kong all morning, so I was excited to freshen up with a shower. The rain shower head was heavenly and left me feeling very refreshed. My only complaint was water got everywhere. The shower is completely open so half the room got wet during my shower.
I had a glass of champagne, snapped some pictures and made my way to The second of the first class lounges – The Pier.
Mallory and I had previously checked out the Pier First Class Lounge back in March on our way home from the Maldives. The Pier is probably one of my favorite lounges I’ve visited around the world. While the Wing is up above the terminal and is open air and full of light, the Pier is below the terminal and seems to have more than a man-cave vibe to it.
I decided to skip eating at the Wing because I had read that the dining in the Pier lounge was much better. After looking over the menu I went with the Niçoise salad and the Dan Dan Mian noodles. I really enjoyed the salad, and the noodles were good, but nothing too special.
After eating I settled in one of the comfortable chairs and caught up on some blog reading. Even though it is below the terminal level there are still some pretty cool views of the tarmac. About 20 minutes before boarding was supposed to begin I decided to head out. I had to walk for a good 15 minutes since the train only runs in one direction – towards the Pier Lounge.
Its hard to say. Both have things I love about them. I LOVED the shower cabana at the Wing lounge. I also loved the openness and natural light of the Wing lounge. The Pier had good food, and more comfortable seating.
If I was traveling in the early morning or afternoon I would probably just stop at The Wing and grab some breakfast and take in the natural light. For evening flights or longer layovers, I would choose The Pier because the seating is much more comfortable and the vibe was more relaxed. Bottom line is with 6 total Cathay Pacific lounges and 2 first class lounges in the Hong Kong airport you can’t go wrong at any of them!
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