Review: Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

Review: Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

 

This Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Level Review is from a recent Hong Kong trip that included Cathay Pacific First Class and luxury hotel stays in Vietnam. Visiting Hong Kong? See all our articles tagged Hong Kong.

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Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Benefits and Hours

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge, located on the 116th floor, offers several benefits, notably 5 complmentary food and beverage presenations daily:

  • Breakfast: 6:30am-10:30am
  • Light Lunch: 11:30am-2pm
  • Afternoon Tea: 3pm-5pm
  • Hors d'Oeuvres and Cocktails: 5-8pm
  • Desserts and Cordials: 8:30pm-10:30pm

Additional benefits include:

  • Check-in and check-out in the Club Lounge
  • Dedicated concierge service 6am – 11pm
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary pressing service of two garments per day
  • Complimentary coffee/tea with wake-up call
  • Experiential event every Saturday from 5pm to 8pm
Especially useful for those with business in the nearby Kowloon area is complimentary town car service on a first come, first served basis from 7am-11pm. Naturally as this is subject to availability I would leave extra time and know that you may need to take a taxi if the town car isn't available, but if it is, it's much more nicely appointed than regular taxis:
 
 
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Rules
  • Dress code: smart casual at all times
  • Well behaved children under 12 may enjoy the lounge 6:30am-6pm daily; after 6pm adults and children 12 and older only.
  • Guests with Club Lounge access may invite colleagues/friends to join them, but there is a cost of HKD 350 + 10% service charge per presentation per person should they consume any food or drinks during their visit.
 
Afternoon Tea, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

Afternoon Tea turned out to be very popular during my visit–so much so, that by the time I'd taken photos of my room and gotten to the lounge at 4pm, the lounge was completely out of their afternoon tea items. But this turned out to be to my advantage, as the excellent staff were so apologetic that they put together an afternoon tea set that included fabulous mini Pierre Herme desserts normally served as part of the special Pierre Herme Afternoon Tea in Cafe 103.

I started with a glass of mango juice, which was fine, although not fresh squeezed.

Mango Juice, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

The afternoon tea tiered platter included sandwiches and some fish cakes, although to be honest none of these was memorable.

Afternoon Tea, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

The Pierre Herme desserts, however, were all fantastic, and the best thing I sampled in the Club Lounge. I can't say if some of the macarons served later, during the Desserts & Cordials presentation are Pierre Herme or not, but it's worth asking the Club Lounge staff if any are, because truly Pierre Herme makes the best macarons and many of the best pastries in the world.

Pierre Herme Desserts, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

I especially liked the seasonal flavors of pear and marrons glaces (candied chestnuts) that appeared in several of the desserts, such as this macaron:

Pierre Herme Macaron, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

Evening Hors d'Oeuvres and Desserts, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

Evening hors d'oeuvres also featured some tasty bites. My favorite of these were the mini Peking Duck buns, with hoisin sauce:

Peking Duck Buns, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

A chef was carving Peking Duck for these, so you could probably ask him for just some duck, if for example, you're gluten free.

Peking Duck

 

My other favorites were the scallop bites:

Scallop, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

Evening Hors d'Oeuvres, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

Even as part of the evening hors d'oeuvres, several desserts were displayed, although I'd had my fill of sweets with the Pierre Herme tea items.

Desserts, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

While I had a heavy work schedule and opted not to drink, there were an assortment of wines on tap:

Wine, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

And also espresso drinks courtesy of this Nespresso machine:

Nespresso Machine, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge Review

 

Breakfast, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge

I had a hurried early morning breakfast in order to get to the airport in time for my morning Cathay Pacific flight back to the U.S. But if I wasn't thrilled to be waking up so early, one benefit was that the lounge was completely deserted at 6:30am, and I was able to sit in my favorite place in the corner, with two walls of windows.

Here's the breakfast buffet:

Breakfast Buffet

 

There were several bottles of juices, and the orange juice I tried was indeed fresh squeezed.

Breakfast Juices

 

Fresh fruit was beautifully cut and presented:

Fresh Fruit

 

There were also a variety of yogurts on offer:

Yogurts

 

And many pastries. I tried an almond croissant, which was fresh and quite good, although not as good as Tartine Bakery in San Francisco or Volkonsky Bakery (Maison Kayser) in Russia, let alone Pierre Herme's viennoiserie.

Pastries

 

There's also an omelet station, and I got a mushroom, spinach and cheese omelet that was freshly prepared, although quite average.

Omelet Station

Omelet


The Verdict

I very much enjoyed the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge, particularly the pleasant check-in/check-out with no wait, fantastic service, and several delicious items, particularly the Pierre Herme desserts (although note that this was due to running out of the usual presentation), Peking Duck buns, and scallops. I did miss the hot noodle soup station that the Four Seasons Hong Kong Executive Club offers, but food quality at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge is definitely the highest of the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounges I've been in.

If you've recently visited the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Club Lounge, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I used Ritz Rewards points for my stay, and was graciously upgraded to Club Level by the hotel. The views expressed in this post are my own.

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