Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge

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Hong Kong is the main hub of Cathay Pacific and as such they have not only one but six dedicated lounges in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

Two first class and four business class lounges in HKIA (Photo taken from cathaypacific.com)

Two first class and four business class lounges in HKIA (Photo taken from cathaypacific.com)

I was transiting through HKIA on my “round-the-world” Oneworld alliance ticket redeemed from my stack of Asia Miles (which I will be sharing on a different post). I arrived at HKIA late at night, but unfortunately all of the Cathay Pacific lounges were already closed by the time I arrived. The next morning, I chose to stay at The Pier Business Class Lounge, the largest of their lounges, which I will be reviewing in this post.

Access

Passengers holding Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or Oneworld alliance business or first class tickets can access the lounge. Silver, Gold and Diamond Marco Polo members, as well as Sapphire and Emerald Oneworld frequent flyer members can also enter the lounge.

Cathay Pacific’s Pier is open from 5:30 AM to 00:30 AM, all year round.

Location

I chose to stay at the Pier because it was near the assigned gate for my flight to Chicago. It is conveniently located on level 6 of HKIA Terminal 1 near Gate 65. It is easily accessible with an escalator ride one level down.

Cathay Pacific’s Pier Business Class Lounge can be accessed by this set of escalators

Cathay Pacific’s Pier Business Class Lounge can be accessed by this set of escalators

Check-in

Upon descending one level down, I was courteously greeted by one of the lounge staff. After showing and scanning my lounge invitation pass, I was immediately allowed entry into the lounge. Checking in was really easy and there was no queue when I arrived.

Cathay Pacific’s Pier Business Class Lounge reception

Cathay Pacific’s Pier Business Class Lounge reception

Facilities

Cathay Pacific’s Pier Business Class Lounge is the largest one I had visited so far. Personally, I considered this lounge to be composed of “mini-lounges” or sections. The interiors of each sections were well-designed to match with the overall theme of the lounge, while giving a unique sense of distinction that you are in a specific section of the Pier.

The left wing of the lounge is composed (in order) of the Food Hall, Bar, Noodle Bar, Teahouse, showers and Relaxation Room, while the other side is where the lockers and The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga are located.

Food Hall

The first section to the left is the Food Hall. During the time that I visited, they were serving hot breakfast including bacon, sausage, mushroom, potatoes, grilled tomatoes and selection of pastries.

Food Hall with variety of seating available

Food Hall with variety of seating available

Food Hall- hot breakfast

Food Hall- hot breakfast

Food Hall- selection of pastries

Food Hall- selection of pastries

Bar

The next section is the Bar. The Bar serves a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages all day long. I got the Cathay Delight which is one of their non-alcoholic signature drinks. This section has a lot of seating space available for lounging. For me, the best spot is right by the window since I enjoy plane watching.

Alcoholic beverages at the bar

Alcoholic beverages at the bar

Beverage and wine list

Beverage and wine list

Lounging area

Lounging area

More lounging area

More lounging area

Plane watching by the lounge

Plane watching by the lounge

Noodle Bar

Further into the lounge is the Noodle Bar. You can find the famous Dan Dan Noodles here - which of course I ordered. The Noodle Bar served both prepared hot meals and maid-to-order dishes that were prepared fresh in the bar. The food was very tasty and flavourful. There were plenty of seating spaces available and there was no point during my stay that it felt crowded.

The Noodle Bar at the Pier Business Class Lounge

The Noodle Bar at the Pier Business Class Lounge

Hot dishes including rice, dim sum, congee and vegetables

Hot dishes including rice, dim sum, congee and vegetables

Cooked fresh made-to-order food

Cooked fresh made-to-order food

Condiments to enhance the flavour of your food

Condiments to enhance the flavour of your food

My hefty breakfast- I really liked the Dan Dan Noodles

My hefty breakfast- I really liked the Dan Dan Noodles

Teahouse

The next section is the elegant Teahouse. The interior here is very exceptional to the point that I felt I am not in the airport. This section is perfect for socializing or just having a quick snack. They served a variety of tea selection and pastries during my stay.

Elegant Teahouse- empty when I arrived

Elegant Teahouse- empty when I arrived

Selection of pastries

Selection of pastries

Concoction of fresh juices

Concoction of fresh juices

Wide variety of Jing tea selection

Wide variety of Jing tea selection

My Jing tea!

My Jing tea!

Showers

The next section is the showers. The shower rooms are pristine and cleaned after every use. Aesop branded products and other toiletries are provided. Perfect for freshening up between flights.

Equipped with rain shower (not in the picture)

Equipped with rain shower (not in the picture)

Aesop branded toiletries

Aesop branded toiletries

Other toiletries

Other toiletries

Relaxation Room

The last section is my favourite- the Relaxation Room. The relaxation room is equipped with beds and blankets which are perfect for connecting passengers who are in dire need of some rest and sleep. The bedside was equipped with USB plugs which I was able to use to charge my devices while I dozed off to sleep. If only the Pier was open 24 hours, I might have stayed here rather than getting a hotel for an overnight connecting flight.

Surprise! Beds at the Relaxation Room

Surprise! Beds at the Relaxation Room

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

On the other side of the lounge is really a unique section- The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga. This area gives the passengers opportunity to stretch, relax and rejuvenate before and between trips by providing them with meditation and yoga space. This space is really innovative and perfect fit in the Pier. There were self-instruction guides on meditation and yoga that are easy to understand especially for beginners like me.

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The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

Available facilities for meditation and yoga

Available facilities for meditation and yoga

Gazing meditation zone

Gazing meditation zone

Audio meditation zone

Audio meditation zone

The lounge also offers day lockers to store your carry-ons while enjoying your stay in the lounge

Lockers with personalised number code

Lockers with personalised number code

Overall Impression

The Cathay Pacific Pier is undeniably my favourite lounge to date. The lounge is designed with the comfort and convenience of the passengers in mind without compromising the elegance and uniqueness of the lounge. The spaces, food, beverage and facilities are well-thought of to cater to everyone’s liking. I would not dread having a long lay-over connection if the lounge is as good as the Pier.

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Jayson Co

Jayson set his foot on a plane when he was 12 year old and loved it ever since. His ardent wanderlust had helped him explore the world amidst his busy work schedule. He does not mind travelling solo to explore what every city has to offer. Although he was introduced to the world of miles and points on a later time, it did not prevent to learn to use points strategically in his travel. His trips were immediately transformed from economy class and hostels to luxurious first class and hotels, and never looked back.