In January 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting three of the four Cathay Pacific Business Class lounges in Hong Kong’s airport.

This lounge is accessible by Business Class passengers on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and oneworld airlines, as well as Qantas Gold (oneworld Sapphire) and above status holders travelling in Economy Class.

I had booked a one-way Business Class flight on Cathay Dragon to Kaohsiung for 9,000 British Airways Avios (now 12,500 Avios) + US$42, granting me access to this lounge, even though I was flying on Cathay’s regional airline.

Lounge details & location

Hong Kong’s Terminal 1 is a huge space! This lounge is located at one of the extremities of the terminal, near Gate 65, a floor down from the main concourse.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

The Pier First Class Lounge is just before it. To speed up the 15-20-minute walking time from security and immigration, you can take an intra-terminal train. In any case, leave ample time to arrive to your departing gate.

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The lounge is open from 5:30am until 12:30am daily.

Lounge seating and food & drink

In the first room—the buffet dining hall—you will be greeted by a barista coffee cart.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Barista coffee cart

This room offers a buffet and a variety of seating options at different heights.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong buffet
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option

The second room is a full bar, is darker, and takes on a more casual lounge style.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong bar
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option

The third room is the noodle bar, with eight different options on offer during my visit. This is the most comfortable place to eat, in my opinion.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong noodle bar
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong noodle bar menu

The fourth room is the tea room and is the most serene of them all.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Tea Room

If getting off a long flight, this is a great place to rehydrate with a natural juice:

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong natural juice

and then choose a tea made on-demand by a dedicated staff member.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong made on-demand tea

The fifth room is the spa, with an attractive (but underutilised) waiting area:

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Spa

and 13 shower suites.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong shower room
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong vanity

Finally, the last room—the sixth one in this ginormous space—is a nap room with a very comfortable sofa, where I lounged and watched a TV show on my laptop (with my headphones in, of course!).

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong nap room
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option

Along most of the side of the lounge is more seating, this time with window views.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option by the window
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong seating option by the window

There are self-service drink stations scattered throughout the lounge.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong self-serve drink station
Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong self-serve drink station

The lounge was ~20% full mid-evening on a Sunday.

Amenities

Yoga & meditation space

In a unique offering, there is The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga, which is a yoga and meditation space located to the left of the reception area. There are four sections in this space.

The first is a mini yoga room with four yoga mats and a TV to guide your practice.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge yoga space

The second is four placards with instructions on how to stretch different parts of your body, e.g. neck.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge yoga space 2

The third is four guided audio meditation pods with very comfortable seats.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge yoga space 3

And the final (fourth) section is are three visual meditation placards with the same seats.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge yoga space 4

Other amenities

There is no children’s area.

If you can’t easily find power outlets, that is because they are kind of hidden—they’re in the pull-out drawer at the tables. All are UK style, but you can borrow an adaptor from the front desk if needed.

There is a lot of reading material available.

The wifi was very acceptable, clocking speeds of 26/34 Mbps download/upload.

Lounge access options

  • By class of travel: Business and First Class passengers departing on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By airline frequent flyer status: Marco Polo Club Silver and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By airline partner frequent flyer status: Qantas Gold and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By alliance frequent flyer status: oneworld Sapphire and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline

Most of the passengers listed above and guest one other person into the lounge, except for Business Class passengers without status.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong overview was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt

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Summing up: our take

I would 100% recommend visiting this lounge. It is the best Business Class lounge I have ever been to.

I have never been in a lounge that is so spacious. Its layout is conducive to finding the mood you are looking for—whether that’s eating, drinking, socialising or relaxing—and its style is on-point, with beautiful wood panelling.

What is great

  • Large space
  • Exquisite style
  • Friendly staff
  • Fast wifi
  • Varied and delicious food options
  • Unique tea room
  • Comfortable seating
  • Unique yoga and meditation space

What is not great

  • No children’s area
  • Dim lighting

Supplementary images courtesy Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong overview was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt