After our time in the superb The Pier First Class Lounge, we decided to head down to The Wing First Class Lounge as it was pretty much next to our departure gate. While The Wing was good, it pails in comparison to The Pier.
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As I mentioned in my review of The Pier, as we were traveling on a First Class ticket, we had access to all of Cathay Pacific’s lounges at Hong Kong Airport.
As our flight to Chicago would be departing from gate 4, we headed from The Pier over to The Wing, which is pretty much right next to gate 4. The Wing has a separate first class entrance on the second floor just after you clear immigration. Once you clear immigration, make an immediate left and follow the hallway back to first class entrance of The Wing.
Since we were coming from the opposite end of the terminal on the first floor, we entered through the main entrance. We were greeted by an associate who checked our tickets and directed us to the elevators. We took the elevators up to the second floor where there is a check-in desk immediately upon exiting the elevator. The associate there greeted us, checked our tickets and welcomed us to the separate first class section of The Wing, which was to the right.
Upon walking into the first class section, you are greeted by an open air concept that looks out over the terminal and the tarmac. This is a panorama I took once we entered.
The first area you come to is a dining area which features two large tables with individual chairs.
The buffet was in this same room and was decently stocked, though not as good as what we saw in The Pier. There was a selection of pastries, fruit and cookies.
There was also a selection of olives, pickles, mushrooms (I think?) and a feta cheese with olive oil mixture.
Then there was a selection of breads and oils for dipping.
Then behind a glass wall was a selection of salads (pasta, potato, vegetable, etc.), prosciutto and lox.
Finally the buffet had a small choice of fresh panini sandwiches which you could have hot pressed right there.
I had both of the sandwiches and while both were excellent, the veggie with feta open faced sandwich was absolutely fantastic. I ended up going back a few more times to get a couple more of those sandwiches.
At the far end of the buffet they had a good selection of different teas.
There was also a small selection of juices, water, beer and sodas.
After leaving the dining area, we continued further into the lounge where we passed a large selection of reading material including newspapers in various languages.
From there we entered the main seating area which featured a selection of leather covered seats.
The Wing offers some pretty great views of the tarmac.
While the space itself was nice enough, it definitely felt worn out and a bit cold. The leather seats especially were already looking worn out and a bit nasty.
The main seating area also featured a nice white marble bar which had a few pastries on offer on the far end.
When I ordered drinks at the bar, I was told they would bring them to us at our seats. While I appreciate that they offered to bring the drinks to us, if I am already up and at the bar to order my drinks, I would prefer to just take them back with me. But the bar tender was as friendly as can be and quickly brought our drinks over.
After grabbing a drink, I wandered around the lounge a bit more. On the opposite side of the seating was another small seating area that featured a champagne bar. The champagne on offer was Moet and Veuve Cliquot. Not being a champagne fan I just snapped a quick picture and continued on.
The Wing also offers a small “business center” area where there are 4 Mac computers along with printers.
The bathrooms were down a dark corner which was poorly marked as I had to ask to find them. The bathrooms themselves also were fairly dirty, which was a bit disappointing after how immaculate they were at The Pier.
Since I wanted to make sure I got plenty of pictures of the first class cabin on our flight to Chicago, we left The Wing after only about an hour. As we were pretty much right next to our gate it was a quick minute walk from The Wing to the gate where boarding had already begun.
After The Pier, I had very high expectations for The Wing and was severely let down. The seating is old, dirty and worn, the food selection is decidedly poor, though the quality of what I tried was excellent. With that said, the views of the tarmac are good enough for me to post up at a seat overlooking the tarmac with a cold beer and the lounge was quiet so it would be a good place to get some work done. If you have the time though, definitely pick The Pier over The Wing.
What is your favorite Cathay Pacific lounge at Hong Kong Airport?
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