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Exploring all four OneWorld Business Class Lounges at Hong Kong Intl Airport

Exploring all four OneWorld Business Class Lounges at Hong Kong Intl Airport

Old Jul 17, 16, 8:19 am
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Exploring all four OneWorld Business Class Lounges at Hong Kong Intl Airport

Exploring all four OneWorld Business Class Lounge at Hong Kong Intl Airport


Recently I have got the chance to explore all four Business Class Lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, which are operated
by OneWorld airlines. Maybe I missed one. Is there a Cathay Dragon Lounge? The Pier was sadely closed.

1. Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
2. Cathay Pacific, The Wing Lounge
3. Cathay Dragon, The Cabin Lounge
4. Cathay Pacific, The Bridge Lounge


Full video of the OneWorld Lounge experience at HKG:




Getting to Hong Kong International Airport:















Landside area of HKG:





Qantas longhaul wave at around 7pm in full swing:





The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong:

positive:
- amazing fusion design
- clean and new
- located directly after exit immigration checkpoint
- bartender at the bar (drinks to order)
- food can be ordered at the table
- Tasty and high-quality food and tea to order

negative:
- no fresh fruit (just saw processed ones)
- very little privacy due to open space design
- crowded, esp. during the Qantas departure wave at around 7pm

The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Entrance:







The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Appron view from the lounge:







The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Bar section:











The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Dinner table section:











The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Aft section of the lounge:











The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Aft self-service bar:





The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Main buffet area:











The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Processed fruit (very unhealthy; many people at FT call this fresh fruit, why?):





The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Some food pictures (some of food can be ordered and are not available at the buffet section):















The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Mocktail (My stomach does not like too much alcohol):







The Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge:

positive:
- satay bar
- noodle bar
- lots of space
- large toilets
- free champagne (I sipped some, but I cannot tell the difference if it was real or fake)
- close to exit immigration in the East Wing

negative:
- design of the lounge looked a bit dated, although its been kept clean
- no universal power plugs (just the weird HK ones)
- not many buffet items (at least not noticed them)

The Wing - Entrance:







The Wing - Stairs:





The Wing - Main lounge area upstairs:













The Wing - Free champagne:









The Wing - Noodle bar area:









The Wing - Satay bar:





The Wing - Toilet area:





The Wing - Some food pictures:









The Cathay Dragon The Cabin Business Class Lounge:

positive:
- very quiet
- perfect to relax due to dimmed lights
- nice smell (they heavily use some special odors)
- health bar

negative:
- a bit on the smaller side
- no showers

The Cabin - Entrance:











The Cabin - Lounge area:









The Cabin - Comfy chairs:













The Cabin - Appron view:





The Cabin - Fruit and health bar (is so much sugar really healthy?):









The Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge:

positive:
- wide array of Western options in the buffet area
- very large (with two distinct sections in the north and south)
- showers

negative:
- a bit remote and far away, being located in the West Wing
- can get crowded
- not very comfortable
- entrance can be easily overlooked and mistaken as a path towards the terminal people mover

The Bridge - Entrance:















The Bridge - Main lounge area (south):











The Bridge - Food buffet (unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the Western options in the north section):









The Bridge - Shower token (at the peak time of 11pm, we only had to wait 10 min):





The Bridge - Shower and amenities:










The Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge:

Unfortunately this lounge is closed for renovation. It is slated to reopen in late September 2016.



Again the full video of the OneWorld Lounge experience at HKG:





All my trip reports on FT:

NEW: CFR Calatori Bucharest - Istanbul Halkali in F

Iberia Airbus A340-600 London - Madrid in Y

Air Caraibes Airbus A350-900 Guadeloupe - Paris in Y

Empty Finnair Airbus A350-900 Helsinki - London Heathrow in Y+ and AY Lounge Sauna

Finnair Airbus A350-900 Helsinki - Shanghai in Y+

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800 Singapore - New Delhi in Upper Deck Y


Asiana Boeing 747-400 Combi Tokyo - Seoul in F

Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER Montreal - Cancun in Y+

Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER Cancun - Toronto in Y

United Boeing 777-200ER Houston - Newark in C

United Boeing 777-200ER Newark - Amsterdam in C

United Boeing 777-200ER Amsterdam - Houston in Y+

United Boeing 777-200ER Singapore - Hongkong in C

British Airways Boeing 777-300ER London - Shanghai in Y

ANA Boeing 777-300ER Singapore - Tokyo in C

Swiss Boeing 777-300ER Zurich - Hong Kong in Y

TUI Airlines Nederland Boeing 787-8 Sint Maarten - Curacao in P

TUI Airlines Nederland Boeing 787-8 Curacao - Amsterdam in P

Air Canada Boeing 787-8 Toronto - London in Y

ANA Boeing 787-8 Shanghai Pudong - Tokyo Narita

United Boeing 787-9 Los Angeles - Houston in C



EuroNight Jan Kiepura Cologne - Warsaw in Sleeper Cabin

China High Speed Rail Shanghai - Xiamen in F

Caledonian Sleeper Train Inverness - London Euston in Sleeper Cabin

French TGV High Speed Train: Barcelona - Paris in F

China High Speed Rail Guangzhou - Shanghai Hongqiao in Y

Swiss Railways Lötschberg Mountain Line Bern - Brig in F

Ukraine Railways Kiev - Budapest in Sleeper Cabin

Virgin Trains West Coast London - Glasgow in F

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Four OneWorld Lounges: HKG

TBIT Star Alliance Lounge: LAX



Enjoy!

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Old Jul 17, 16, 3:52 pm
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Nice lounge report.. Thanks for sharing..
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Processed fruit (very unhealthy; many people at FT call this fresh fruit, why?):



Maybe because that is fresh fruit. (Perhaps an issue of nomenclature, for that most definitely is not whole fruit) I do sympathise, that nominally speaking peeling and cutting the fruit into convenient, bitesize pieces does make it processed. However, I fail to see the connection with that making it inherently unhealthy.

With you having listed lack of fresh fruit as a negative aspect of the lounge, I have to say I was expecting some of the tinned crap that some other airlines serve. Thankfully that is not the case.

Good comprehensive review though, so thanks for that. ^
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There's also a G16 lounge operated by Dragonair near gate 16.
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Maybe because that is fresh fruit. (Perhaps an issue of nomenclature, for that most definitely is not whole fruit) I do sympathise, that nominally speaking peeling and cutting the fruit into convenient, bitesize pieces does make it processed. However, I fail to see the connection with that making it inherently unhealthy.
Thank you for your input.
When looking at this bland-looking fruit bowl, I am 90% certain that the fruit was neither cut by the lounge staff in the kitchen, nor cut by a delivery service at the same day.
Freshly-cut fruit looks different - and usually have much more color.

What happened is that the fruit was cut and processed in a factory, probably weeks before I took this picture. The food processing factory would add a lot of preservative agents to the liquid, in which the fruit is put in a canister. The fruit soaks in these agents. These preservative agents make this fruit unhealthy.

What is served on the plane is the same cut fruits, full of preservative agents.
If they serve you a fresh apple or an uncut orange - fine, this is what I would call fresh.
Although I do not want to know what chemicals were put onto these fruits why they were growing - but this is another debate.

When FTers speaking about fresh fruit (or freshly squeezed orange juice), I will raise my objections - rightfully so.

Any hotel, that is serving these kind of processed fruits (without fresh fruits, like full apples or oranges) for breakfast, is going to receive a negative review on Tripadvisor from me.
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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
Thank you for your input.
When looking at this bland-looking fruit bowl, I am 90% certain that the fruit was neither cut by the lounge staff in the kitchen, nor cut by a delivery service at the same day.
Freshly-cut fruit looks different - and usually have much more color.

What happened is that the fruit was cut and processed in a factory, probably weeks before I took this picture. The food processing factory would add a lot of preservative agents to the liquid, in which the fruit is put in a canister. The fruit soaks in these agents. These preservative agents make this fruit unhealthy.

What is served on the plane is the same cut fruits, full of preservative agents.
If they serve you a fresh apple or an uncut orange - fine, this is what I would call fresh.
Although I do not want to know what chemicals were put onto these fruits why they were growing - but this is another debate.

When FTers speaking about fresh fruit (or freshly squeezed orange juice), I will raise my objections - rightfully so.

Any hotel, that is serving these kind of processed fruits (without fresh fruits, like full apples or oranges) for breakfast, is going to receive a negative review on Tripadvisor from me.
Someone needs to peel back some of the layers of this and get to the real core of the issue...

Thanks for sharing the comprehensive look at all of those lounges. I've never visited the Qantas lounge but for J class, this looks like the superior choice.
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Old Jul 19, 16, 1:21 am
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title is a bit deceiving - you missed the best OW J lounge at HKG!

Originally Posted by warakorn View Post

The Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge:

Unfortunately this lounge is closed for renovation. It is slated to reopen in late September 2016.
Nooooo, mate this is incorrect! Pier J is open, as in...right now....it reopened last month! You just have your info wrong. I just stepped out of it a few hours ago. Pity you missed it, as Pier J is hands-down the best of the bunch by a very wide margin. Not really close to be honest. It's also the largest and just stunning. Head over to the CX board for reviews. Thread is here http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...ne-2016-a.html

Technically you also missed G16 (which is formerly known as the Dragonair Lounge!), but it's closed for renovation until next year so can't really be counted.

Good pics regardless but you gotta hit Pier J to be complete! Especially since it's unrivaled in the airport. If pax have time on their hands that's definitely where they'll want to head.

In total there are 6 OW J lounges at HKIA, of which 1 (G16) is presently closed for renovation.

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Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
Any hotel, that is serving these kind of processed fruits (without fresh fruits, like full apples or oranges) for breakfast, is going to receive a negative review on Tripadvisor from me.
Great report, but something about this just rubs me the wrong way. You say this about processed fruit, but earlier in your report you make a comment that it's too much sugar with the whole fruit. Yet you go and grab not one, but two egg tarts and have the Chinese sweet potato/yam dessert which is essentially sugar water? Talk about irony...
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Originally Posted by chongl View Post
Great report, but something about this just rubs me the wrong way. You say this about processed fruit, but earlier in your report you make a comment that it's too much sugar with the whole fruit. Yet you go and grab not one, but two egg tarts and have the Chinese sweet potato/yam dessert which is essentially sugar water? Talk about irony...
Me too.

And is any lounge food really healthy?

And all the booze you gobble down with it.

Otherwise good report. QF lounge was very nice when I was there in March.

I do like the Dan Dan min at the cx lounge.
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Great report, but something about this just rubs me the wrong way. You say this about processed fruit, but earlier in your report you make a comment that it's too much sugar with the whole fruit. Yet you go and grab not one, but two egg tarts and have the Chinese sweet potato/yam dessert which is essentially sugar water? Talk about irony...
You caught me, indeed.
I was not alone in the lounge. This sweet potato/yam desert is not my favourite food.
However, I love egg tarts.
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The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong - Some food pictures (some of food can be ordered and are not available at the buffet section):
Was there a menu for the things you can order?
When I past by last month in the morning, I was underwhelmed with the hot choices at the Qantas lounge. Aside from a nicer interior, not sure how most FTer refers it to the best J lounge at HKG (prior to Pier J opening).


Originally Posted by warakorn View Post
The Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge:

[...]

negative:
- design of the lounge looked a bit dated, although its been kept clean
- no universal power plugs (just the weird HK ones)
- not many buffet items (at least not noticed them)
I forgot where I read it, but this is due to the airport's regulation. Only the type G is allowed.

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Nooooo, mate this is incorrect! Pier J is open, as in...right now....it reopened last month!
I wonder when OP passed by. Might been a delayed report? Would have suck if he did visit HK recently, after the Pier J was opened!
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I wonder when OP passed by. Might been a delayed report? Would have suck if he did visit HK recently, after the Pier J was opened!
The visit happened in May - up until the visit I was monitoring the CX thread on the Pier Lounge. After my visit I lost touch with that thread.

Was there a menu for the things you can order?
No! My travel partner somehow speak Mandarin with lounge staff. They brought some special tea and some "to-order" food items. I have not spotted any menus.
I was told by my travel partner: "Do not be shy, you just need to ask!"

These could have been "to order" items, because I did not spot them on the buffet.





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No! My travel partner somehow speak Mandarin with lounge staff. They brought some special tea and some "to-order" food items. I have not spotted any menus.
I was told by my travel partner: "Do not be shy, you just need to ask!"

These could have been "to order" items, because I did not spot them on the buffet.
Interesting, so it's like a hidden verbal menu.
That's why, overall I was pretty disappointed with hot food offering at the Qantas lounge. All they have is that...'fresh' salad bar.

I been told there's BBQ pork, etc too. But wasn't there during my morning visit. Maybe closer to QF's departure...
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I forgot where I read it, but this is due to the airport's regulation. Only the type G is allowed.


That's right,but every CX lounge provides you with adapters that you can borrow for usage during your stay in the lounge.Just ask the reception or any serving staff inside.
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