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
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.
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:
More important than all these various seating areas, however, in my opinion, are the 14 day beds in the relaxation area:
There's also a business center with computer work stations, although WiFi of course is available throughout the lounge.
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:
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:
You're given a buzzer, and when it lights up, your soup or dim sum is ready.
There are various chili sauces and condiments you can add, and I spiked my wonton soup with a bit of chili garlic sauce.
In the first dining room you enter, there's a coffee cart where you can request an espresso drink, from several options:
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.
I was also happy to see whole fresh fruit:
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.
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.
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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