Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Review
An excellent lounge with great dining options and amenities
Hong Kong International Airport is one of the most connected Asian ports and home to Oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific. Here in Hong Kong, Oneworld travellers are spoilt for choice in terms of lounge options. Cathay operates several quality lounges such as The Wing, The Pier, The Bridge and The Deck. The Wing lounge is a sizeable facility that was last refurbished in 2013 and it is one of the two Cathay lounges with separate business and first class sections. Recently, I was flying out of Hong Kong with Qantas, one of Cathay's Oneworld affiliates. As my gate was yet to be allocated at check-in, I decided to drop by The Wing, which is conveniently located after the customs checkpoint near gate 2-3. Although I've frequented this lounge before, it's always a pleasure to revisit. Here are some of the highlights from my latest visit to The Wing Business Class Lounge.
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General information and lounge layout
The Wing Business Class Lounge spans two levels: level 6 (departure level) and level 7 (balcony level). The entrance to the business lounge is located downstairs with an impressive white-marbled wall with Cathay's logo affixed. At the entrance, expect to be welcomed by a team of Cathay staff while your boarding pass is scanned for entry. Most people choose to head upstairs to the balcony area at this point, which is accessible by either a set of stairs or the elevator.
The lounge, designed by British architectural firm Fosters + Partners, has a nice contrast of white Carrara marble and black granite as the main elements of its interior. I first went upstairs to check out the balcony level featuring an "open air" set-up enclosed only by the terminal roof. As you can imagine this area is naturally lit with daylight. Like a rooftop lounge, the balcony level overlooks the gate lounges and the aircraft parked on the tarmac.
At this level you can find a variety of food and beverage offerings. The main features here are the airline's signature "Long Bar", a 23-metre marble cocktail bar with a view of the runway. A buffet station, the coffee loft and the noodle bar are also located on the same level. The lounge area here is installed with a variety of seating, including armed chairs, couches and the sleek-looking semi-enclosed Solus seats.
The lower level (departure level) features a smaller but quieter lounge area and other amenities such as the IT Zone and shower suites. The IT Zone is equipped with office essentials such as computers and printers, and more importantly a tranquil area for you to catch up on work. Further into the lounge corridor, you will find the shower suites. In fact there is a total of 24 shower suites here.
The lower level also has a smaller dining area with a self-service drinks station. Additional seats are available in The Gallery, which is an interesting space with seasonal artistic exhibits. It currently features an animal theme related to the Chinese zodiac.
What I liked
The high ceilings and the natural light
A standout feature of this lounge is its spaciousness and high ceilings. Located at level 7, the balcony level is like the rooftop of a penthouse. There is plenty of natural light reflected by the terminal ceiling during the day plus an elevated airside view of the terminal. Decorated with some indoor plants and bamboo at the Noodle Bar dining area, it makes you feel welcome.
The decor and furnishings
The lounge decor is elegant with a New York loft vibe. Built extensively with white marble and black granite plus some wooden furnishings, the lounge is quite visually impressive. More importantly, the space is well-utilised and traveller-friendly. I visited during peak time and was still able to move seamlessly within the lounge due to the ample space and the well-thought-out arrangement. I did not have trouble finding a seat or a table. There is a good number of power outlets incorporated into the lounge seats for your convenience.
Great food options
One of the highlights here at The Wing is the lounge catering, with a solid selection of Chinese and Western options. There were half a dozen hot dishes plus several cold dishes and finger foods on offer at the buffet, ranging from antipasto and soup to dumplings and stir fry. Visiting the Noodle Bar is definitely a highlight. Right here, you can savour the popular made-to-order local dishes, such as pork bun, wonton soup and dan dan noodles. Desserts and Häagen-Dazs ice cream are also available at the Coffee Loft.
Premium drinks and beverages
After visiting the Noodle Bar, I headed over to the Coffee Loft for a macchiato. The lounge uses Illy branded coffee from Italy and it is freshly brewed by the lounge's barista upon ordering, which was nice. I was also impressed by the range of non-alcoholic drinks, cocktails and premium wines from around the world offered here in The Wing. Although there is not a dedicated tea room like The Pier's Tea House, a variety of premium JING-branded tea bags are offered at the self-service drinks station.
There is an extensive selection of reading materials to browse while sipping on a cup of coffee. Available from the magazine rack are newspapers and magazines both in English and Chinese. This is in addition to Cathay's existing partnership with PressReader, which unlocks a plethora of publications via digital platforms for travellers up to 48 hours before their flight.
Given the number of shower suites here, it's quite uncommon to have to wait for a shower slot, which I appreciated very much. The shower itself is clean and well-stocked with dental amenities and Jurlique skincare products, as opposed to Aesop in The Pier Lounge.
What I didn't like
Some noise interference
While the balcony level overlooks the terminal from an elevated plane, there's no physical barrier between the lounge and the adjacent gates. As such, expect a little noise interference from any boarding announcement or commotion from the nearby departure gates.
Signs of wear and tear
The Cathay Solus chairs have been created specifically for the airline lounge with the aim of providing a comfortable semi-private pod in a public area. While I quite like these seats when I'm travelling solo, the one I sat in had significant pen marks and a damaged armrest. It's definitely due for some repair and renewing work.
No rest zone
Unfortunately, The Wing Lounge does not have a rest or quiet zone for you to catch a snooze. However, a rest facility is available at The Pier Business Class Lounge near gate 62-64, which is located at the opposite end of the terminal.
Points Finder's lounge rating: 4.5 /5 stars
The Wing Business Class Lounge is a traveller's delight. It capitalises on the original concept and structure of the Hong Kong Airport terminal, such as transparency and natural light. Coupled with a visually appealing aesthetic, The Wing Lounge is an inviting space for travellers to relax before their journey. Overall this is an excellent lounge by Cathay with great dining options ranging from local favourites to international cuisines. The various amenities such as the Coffee Loft, IT Zone and shower suites provide a seamless and refreshing experience. Despite the minor negatives that I've identified, this lounge is undoubtedly one of the best business class lounges out there. Now that we've reviewed this impressive lounge, I'm curious to also check out The Wing First Class Lounge next door to see how it compares.
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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge details
5:30am until last departure
South Concourse after customs, near gate 1-4, entrance at level 6 (business class lounge)
- By cabin class: Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and Oneworld first and business class passengers (separate lounge is also available for first class passengers)
- By tier status: Oneworld Sapphire-grade and above members regardless of cabin class; Marco Polo Club Silver and above members
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