There are two Cathay Pacific First Class lounges at Hong Kong Airport and, in my opinion, this is the better one for dining and ambience.

This lounge is accessible by First Class passengers on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and oneworld airlines, as well as Qantas Platinum and Platinum One (oneworld Emerald) status holders travelling in any class.

I accessed this lounge prior to a Cathay Pacific First Class flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco in February 2019. I booked this one-way redemption for 70,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles + only US$73 in taxes.

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 63, a floor down from the main concourse.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge entrance

The Pier Business Class Lounge is just after it. To speed up the 15- to 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.

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

Lounge seating

This lounge offers visitors a very refined and quiet space.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge entrance
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge lobby

There is plenty of comfortable seating in the lounge areas.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge lounge
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge lounge
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge lounge
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge seating

The bar is inviting and well-stocked.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge bar

You’ll also find a heap of reading material.

The gem of the lounge is the dining area, with rich green and wood furnishings.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge dining area
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge dining area
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge dining area

Food & drink

The à la carte experience is a definite treat. You’ll be given a one-page menu, with options that cater to lots of different dietary preferences.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge menu

The drinks and presentation are wonderful.

I tried some local Chinese cuisine as well as The Impossible vegan burger, all of which was delicious.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge food
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge food

There is also a pretty standard buffet to choose from.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge buffet
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge buffet
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge buffet
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge buffet

Amenities

A unique feature of this lounge is the eight day suites, from which you can work or catch up on some sleep. Make sure to book in for one of these at The Retreat desk in the long lobby as they can be occupied.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First day suite

There are also 14 shower suites, decorated in old, wooden style.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge shower

The water pressure was good but the temperature was lacking.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge shower

A nice offering is a complimentary 15-minute massage or eye treatment.

The wifi was strong at 65/55 Mbps download/upload speeds.

If you’re looking to stretch out, then you can check out the yoga space in the Business Class lounge next door.

Lounge access options

  • By class of travel: First Class passengers departing on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By airline frequent flyer status: Marco Polo Diamond and above travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By airline partner frequent flyer status: Qantas Platinum or Platinum One travelling in any cabin on Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or a oneworld airline
  • By alliance frequent flyer status: oneworld Emerald 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, with Marco Polo Diamond members permitted two guests.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge overview was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt

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Summing up: our take

I expected to be blown away by this lounge but I wasn’t. Could it be because I so enjoyed The Pier Business Class Lounge the month before?

To me, this facility lacks the ‘wow’ factor that some other flagship First Class lounges have, like the separate terminal for Lufthansa First Class passengers in Frankfurt, or the fine dining in the Qantas International First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne.

Having said that, this is a very solid lounge option for Cathay Pacific and oneworld First Class passengers departing from Hong Kong.

What is great

  • Day suites to relax—if they’re not booked out
  • Refined style
  • Comfortable seating
  • Very tranquil space
  • Helpful staff
  • Lots of food options
  • Excellent bar
  • Fast wifi
  • Lots of reading material

What is not great

  • No children’s area
  • No outdoor area
  • Dim lighting
  • Poor water temperature

Supplementary images courtesy Cathay Pacific.

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge overview was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt