After so many years flying the most aspirational first class products and visiting the best first class lounges, I finally found the opportunity to visit a new one in Hong Kong…and instantly fell in love.
Last time I flew Cathay Pacific First Class I spent my Hong Kong layover in The Wing, which is a beautiful first class lounge. This time, however, I headed for The Pier…and found it to be even better. In fact, I’d rate it as one of the best first class lounges I have ever been in.
What made it so great?
Beautiful design – I love the colors, furniture, and style of this modern lounge. Some may say it is past its prime, but I view it like the Park Hyatt Tokyo – modern, yet always classic.
A la carte dining – The key to any first class lounge is a nice a la carte dining menu. It is my understanding the menu is nowhere near what it once was, but I enjoyed a superb plate of pasta and cheeseburger (I ordered the latter for an upcoming post comparing hamburgers in lounges).
Great coffee and other drinks – I began with a Mai Tai (the bartender, Ms. Zepho, and I had a great laugh about what to put in it) before dinner and concluded with a tremendous cappuccino after.
Sleeping rooms – while not as elaborate as the cabanas in The Wing, little private rest areas would have been perfect had I needed to stay longer.
Massage – complimentary massage (10 minutes – neck and shoulders or feet) was greatly appreciated and something that even the Lufthansa First Class Terminal does not offer on a complimentary basis to first class passengers.
Excellent service – the staff was excellent. I’ll again single out Ms. Zepho, but every staff encounter was pleasant.
Whether The Pier or The Wing is the better lounge is a matter of personal taste. But as for me, I’ll head directly to The Pier next time. I loved it.