October 31, 2015

Review: The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacfic First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


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The Qantas Hongkong Lounge, Hongkong Airport

Date of visit: July 14, 2015

Location:  Level 7, above gate 15
Access:  Qantas and Emirates First Class passengers +1 guest; First Class passengers on any One World operated flight +1 guest; One World Emerald members on a One World operated flight +1 guest ; One World sapphire members: Jetstar passengers booked on Business Max Fares; Platinum One Frequent Flyer members
Opening hours:  Daily from 9:30am to 11:30pm

Reception

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge reception

Seating

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge seating

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge enclosed bay

The lounge actually has several small seating "zones" which are very nice but unfortunately, it was difficult to take pictures as the lounge was a bit busy during my visit. Hopefully, I could visit this lounge again so I could update this post with more pictures.

Dining

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge self-serve buffet

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge self serve buffet (mains, salads and desserts)

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge, Spice Temple BBQ Bar where the famous "char siu barbecued pork" among others, can be ordered from 3pm to 8:30pm

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge dining area featuring a panoramic shot of the Hongkong skyline on the right side and the view of the terminal's public area on the left side.

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge communal table, one of the few dining tables where you can enjoy the "Plate of the Day" being served for a limited two hours starting at 5:45pm

View

The Qantas Hongkong Lounge, view of tarmac

CONCLUSION

This newly opened lounge of Qantas is definitely the nicest business class lounge I have visited here at Hongkong Airport. Aside from the Cathay Pacific Lounges like The Bridge, The Wing and G16, I have also visited The Emirates Lounge and the United Club in the past and comparing all of them, I have to say that this is my favorite lounge. This is actually a combined first and business class lounge which means that there is no dedicated first class area which is not a good news for first class passengers, but it could also mean good news for the business class passengers as the quality of food, service and amenities could be more of first class than business class, depending on which way you look at it. The things I loved most about this lounge was definitely the beautiful design and the dining experience as they have Sofitel in charge of it. In comparison, The Peninsula takes care of the catering at the Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge so I guess this trend is getting more and more popular. Of course, you also have really great views of the tarmac which is not possible when staying in some of the lounges here at Hongkong Airport. Overall, this lounge is really beautiful and the dining experience is one of the best and if you have access to different One World Business Class lounges here at HKIA, this is simply not to be missed.