Review: Cathay Pacific’s Renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong

Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific's Renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong HKG

 

This Cathay Pacific The Pier Class Lounge HKG Review is from a recent Cathay Pacific First Class trip, including stays at luxury hotels in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Cathay Pacific reopened its renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge earlier this year, in May 2016. The lounge is the largest in Hong Kong, at over 35,000 square feet, with room for 550 passengers.

For prior posts in this trip report, see

Review: The Centurion Lounge New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Review: American Airlines Old A321 First Class with Recliner Seats

Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles LAX Review

Review: Cathay Pacific 777 First Class

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

Review: Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Located Near Gate 65

 

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Location, Hours and Access 

Cathay Pacific's renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge is located in Terminal 1, by Gate 65. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from security or from The Wing Business Class Lounge.  The lounge is open daily from 5:30am to 00:30, and the following passengers have access:

  • Cathay Pacific or Dragonair First Class + 1 guest
  • oneworld First Class + 1 guest
  • Asia Miles Marco Polo Diamond Member + 2 guests departing on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or oneworld carrier flights only
  • Asia Miles Marco Polo Gold Member + 1 guest departing on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair or oneworld carrier flights only
  • Asia Miles Marco Polo Silver Member: passenger only (no guests) departing on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair flights only
  • Cathay Pacific or Dragonair Business Class: passenger only (no guests)
  • oneworld Business Class: passenger only (no guests)

As I mentioned in my review of The Pier First Class Lounge, you can enjoy access to The Pier Business Class Lounge if you're between flights, as long as you arrived in Cathay Pacific First Class or Business Class. 

Reception, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review


Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Amenities 

The renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge is enormous, featuring a number of different seating and dining areas. I'll get to the dining areas and food and drink options in the next section. Here are some of the seating areas:

Circular Seating, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Seating, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Seating, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Seating, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

More important than all these various seating areas, however, in my opinion, are the 14 day beds in the relaxation area:

Day Beds for Naps, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

There's also a business center with computer work stations, although WiFi of course is available throughout the lounge.

Business Center Computers, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

To get to the shower room, you'll need to walk through all the other dining areas of the lounge, to the very end. An attendant will show you to an available shower room. These of course are very compact, but they have everything you need–a sink and mirror vanity, Aesop bath products, toiletries, toilet, and rain shower:

Shower Room, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Toiletries, Shower Room, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Rain Shower, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG


Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Noodle Bar and Dining

One of the highlights of Cathay's Business Class lounges in Hong Kong is the Noodle Bar, where you can enjoy noodle soup or dim sum. Here's the menu you order from:

Noodle Bar Menu, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG


You're given a buzzer, and when it lights up, your soup or dim sum is ready.

Noodle Bar Buzzer, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG


There are various chili sauces and condiments you can add, and I spiked my wonton soup with a bit of chili garlic sauce.

Chile Sauces, The Noodle Bar, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Won Ton Soup, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

In the first dining room you enter, there's a coffee cart where you can request an espresso drink, from several options:

Espresso Drink Menu, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

There's also a buffet in the first dining room with everything from pizza to quiche and other Western options; Asian options are in another room.

Dining Room with Buffet, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Mushroom Puff Pastry Tarts, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Pork and Onion Confit Sandwiches, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Pizza and Quiches, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Mushrooms and Cauliflower, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

I was also happy to see whole fresh fruit:

Whole Fresh Fruit, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

Among the Asian options the Thai Red Beef Curry looked good if you were ravenous, but I find that when I'm traveling, I prefer somewhat lighter things, and the won ton soup had already hit the spot.

Thai Red Curry with Beef, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Har Gau Dim Sum, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

 

The Tea Room is a great idea, although it was completely empty when I was there. In addition to a variety of different types of tea, there are some sweets to go with them, such as these Jasmine Tea Butter Cakes and the Asian azuki bean paste sweets.

Jasmine Tea Butter Cakes in Tea Room, The Pier Business Class Lounge Review, HKG

Azuki Bean Sweets, The Tea Room, Cathay The Pier Business Class Lounge Review

 

The Verdict

I wouldn't be surprised if in the busier periods, the Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge feels less busy than The Pier First Class Lounge, simply due to its enormous size. And the sense of space can be a very welcome thing, after the close quarters to other passengers on a flight, even with the private reverse herringbone layout of Cathay Pacific Business Class. 

While a variety of food options abound, I like that there are simpler choices such as won ton soup at The Noodle Bar and whole fresh fruit, since heavier foods such as quiche or Thai curry don't necessarily go well with jet lag. 

The shower rooms were well designed, given their small footprint, although with so much lounge space and so much unused space (the empty Tea Room), arguably they could have made each a bit bigger. It's also great to see several day beds, even though I would have put in even more.

If you've recently visited Cathay Pacific's renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge in Hong Kong, what was your experience?

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