Review – The Pier Business Class Lounge by Cathay Pacific

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On my way from Singapore to Korea, I had a short layover in Hong Kong, which gave me enough time to check out The Pier Business Class Lounge by Cathay Pacific.

The Pier Business Class Lounge is the largest Cathay Pacific Lounge in the world. Designed by London-based Studioilse design studio,  it was recently renovated and reopened in May of 2016 with a refreshed contemporary and modern feel. I’ve checked out the other Cathay Pacific lounges in Hong Kong Airport before, so I was really excited to see how The Pier compares.

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Cathay Pacific – The Pier Business Class Lounge

Who can access the lounge?

The lounge can be used by First Class and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Club members (Diamond/Gold), and OneWorld members (Emerald/Sapphire), as long as you are travelling with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or other OneWorld carriers.

If you have Marco Polo Silver status, you must be travelling with either Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon to be eligible.

More information on Cathay Pacific lounge admittance

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

Where is it?

The entrance to the lounge is located in Terminal 1 on level 6, by gate 65 where a set of escalators (elevator available as well) will take you one floor down to the lounge.

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The Pier Business Class Lounge entrance

Depending on your gate, you may want to allocate more time to reach your flight if you plan on visiting this lounge. The lounge is somewhat near a corner of the terminal, so a walk to the lower gate numbers (1-20) could take 10-15 minutes, depending on how fast you walk.

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A set of escalators takes you down to the lounge level

The lounge is not only very large, but is divided into very cool and unique areas. This lounge really does have something for everyone!

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The Pier Lounge signage

Entrance & Reception

Heading into the lounge, I was impressed immediately by the decor and finishing. The reception area was spacious and elegant, with some greenery complimenting the smooth concrete and beautiful wood paneling. One of the receptionists promptly greeted us with a smile and offered to scan our boarding passes for entry.

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The Pier Business Class Lounge reception area
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The Pier Business Class Lounge reception area
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The Pier Business Class Lounge reception

Washrooms and Lockers

Turning right from the reception, you’ll find the washrooms, which were stocked with Aesop hand wash and hand balm, which I personally love.  There is also a wall of large lockers to conveniently store your carry-on luggage, so you don’t need to worry about it in the lounge.

 

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The Pier Business Class Lounge washroom sink
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Washroom sink with Aesop amenities
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Large lockers provide convenient storage for carry-on suitcases

Bureau

Also close to the reception, on the right side of the lounge, is the Bureau, which is basically a business center. It features plenty of large lounge chairs with tall privacy barriers, a reading lamp, and a small table. It’s the perfect spot to get some work done. There are also a bunch of iMacs available along one side of the room available for use.

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The Pier Business Class Lounge business center, also known as “The Bureau”
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Business center seating area
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Plenty of iMacs available for use at the business center

Food Hall

Turning left from the reception, you will first arrive at the Food Hall. This is the place to be if you’re hungry or simply craving a snack.  There are a variety of options including pastries, paninis, pizza, cold cuts of ham, salami and smoked salmon, fruits, meat dishes including chicken and fish, and even Portuguese egg tarts!

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The Pier Business Class Lounge Food Hall
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Food Hall buffet selection
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Food Hall buffet selection – fruits and tarts
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Food Hall buffet selection – pizza and Portuguese egg tarts

The Food Hall has a very casual dining atmosphere. I particularly love the hanging lamps. There are many types of seating available here, including picnic style benches, stand-up eating, two seater tables and bar stool seating. They really got all the seating types covered.

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The Pier Food Hall seating

There’s also a neat coffee cart that feature a variety of Illy and specialty type coffee drinks.

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The Pier Food Hall coffee cart
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The Pier Food Hall coffee cart

At one end of the Food Hall there are different beverage options available including water, soft drinks, juices, wine and beer. There are also some small cuts of cheesecake in that fridge.

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The Pier Food Hall drink selection

Bar

The Bar provides a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. In addition to the bar seating, this area has more comfortable lounge chairs for you to relax and have a drink.

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The Pier bar seating
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The Pier bar area lounge seating
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Comfortable lounge chairs at The Pier bar area
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The Pier bar area seating options

Noodle Bar

Cathay Pacific’s signature Noodle Bar is one of my favorite areas of their lounges, and this one is no exception. You can order a selection of traditional Asian noodle dishes, including Wonton noodles and Dan Dan noodles. Make sure to add some condiments to your noodles!

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The Pier Lounge noodle bar
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The Pier Lounge noodle bar menu
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The Pier Lounge noodle bar condiment selection
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Enjoying a Wonton noodle soup from the signature Noodle Bar.

If you’re not feeling like noodles, you can opt for some traditional dim-sum instead. Lots of booth seating and bar seating area available. The decor of the Noodle Bar just feels so authentic and reminds me of Hong Kong.

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The Pier noodle bar dimsum
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The Pier Lounge noodle bar seating

Teahouse

If you love tea, you’ll love the Teahouse. This area has a very soothing and zen-like mood. You can choose from many different varieties of tea, which will be served to you in your own personal teapot.

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The Pier Teahouse
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The Pier Teahouse seating options
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The Pier Teahouse seating options
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Varieties of tea to choose from at the Teahouse
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Personal pot of tea from the Teahouse.

You can compliment the tea with some traditional Asian snacks available here.

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The Pier Teahouse snack selection

In addition to tea, there’s also a selection of healthy juice cocktails to recharge your body.

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The Pier Teahouse healthy fruit juice selection

Showers

Past the Teahouse were the showers. To use the showers, you can simply request for a shower room from the staffed desk right in front. (At the time I took the photo, the attendant was probably prepping one of the shower rooms, but there is usually someone there, trust me 😉) Most of the time there isn’t any waiting as there are plenty of shower rooms at The Pier. I decided to try it out myself. I am very glad I did. 🙂

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The Pier shower waiting area

The shower was stocked with plenty of convenient amenities, as well as an assortment of Aesop products, which are one of the best. The shower room had concrete paneling accented with beautiful gold knobs and handles. The shower featured a rainfall shower head, which provided plenty of water pressure and felt so relaxing to use.

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The Pier shower with Aesop amenities and Rainfall shower head
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Gold accented shower controls
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The shower provided Aesop amenities
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The Pier shower room sink
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Plenty of amenities provided
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The Pier shower towel

There is also a convenient area to store your luggage or personal items.

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The Pier shower area storage
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Shower room hangar and coat racks

I admit that I took my sweet time in here, thoroughly enjoying the beautiful spa-like shower, and liberally applying several coats of the Aesop body moisturizer. 😀

Relaxation Room

At the far end of the lounge is the Relaxation Room. It’s away from all the noise and crowds, so the area is extremely quiet. It’s also dimly lit, so that you can rest or take a nap in one of the many sleeping pods available.

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The Pier relaxation area couch
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The Pier relaxation area sleeping pods

Window Seating

Along almost the entire length of the lounge there was plenty of comfortable seating that faced the apron as well as one of the runways. Plenty of planes were landing on this runway at the time, so we sat here for a while to watch the mesmerizing movement of airport traffic while munching on some food from the Food Hall.

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The Pier window seating faces the apron and runway

In Summary

Without a doubt, The Pier Business Class lounge is my favorite lounge to visit. Cathay Pacific did a fantastic job with this lounge, and I don’t really have any complaints about it at all. The styling of the lounge looks and feels great, while the food selection and quality were top-notch. The lounge is spacious with plenty of comfortable seating, so even when the lounge is busy it does not feel overwhelming. The view from the lounge looks right out onto one of the runways, so there is no shortage of planes landing and taxiing by. If you’re departing from or transiting through Hong Kong, don’t miss checking out this incredible lounge.

If you’d like to see a video review of The Pier Business Class Lounge, head over to our YouTube review (This link starts at 4:33, when I enter The Pier Lounge):

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