August 7, 2016

Review: Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Trip to Bangkok flying in Qatar Airways Dreamliner & A380 Business Class

Last month, Mike and I traveled to Bangkok where we spent four nights exploring the city. Our original flight on Qatar Airways was in economy class but luckily, we ended up being upgraded on 3 of the 4 flights. Thanks, Qatar Airways! As for our lounge access, we had to rely on my Air Berlin Gold card as operational upgrades do not grant lounge access, aside from the fact that our upgrades were given at the gate. The weather in Bangkok was not perfect as there was a bit of showers almost everyday but still, we were able to make the most of it. As I have Hilton Diamond status, we chose the Conrad Bangkok and Millennium Hilton Bangkok as our "home in Bangkok", both of which I highly recommend to everyone as they are two of the best hotels we have stayed at. It was a very short but memorable trip and I really hope to be back soon to one of the most amazing cities in the world, Bangkok!



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Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, Bangkok Airport

Date of visit: June 30, 2016

Location: Concourse G level 3, near gates G1-5
Access: Cathay Pacific or Dragon Air First Class & Business Class passengers; Marco Polo Diamond, Gold & Silver members; Cargo Clan Elite members; One World Emerald & Sapphire members; First & Business Class passengers flying on One World operated flights
Opening hours from September 17: Mon-Wed-Fri from 4am to 6:30pm; Tue-Thu-Sat from 4am to 1am; Sun from 4am to 10:30pm

Lounge signage

Lounge signage on the 4th level

Entrance

Lounge entrance

Reception

Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, Bangkok Airport reception

Seating

Seating near the Bar

Seating near the Bureau

Seating

Seating located between the Bar and the Food Bar

Seating

The older Solus chairs are now gone and have been replaced by the "Solo".

This new high walled nook offers a reading lamp, a side table and a coat hook.

USB socket and universal power outlet

The Bureau

The bureau consists of 3 iMacs and printers.

Wifi is also complimentary throughout the lounge.

The Noodle Bar

Cathay Pacific's famous Noodle Bar where you can order freshly cooked meals by the chef

Noodle Bar menu

Condiments

Dining area

Dining area

As usual, a buzzer is given to passengers and illuminates when the food is ready to be picked up.

The Food Bar

Food Bar offering light snacks

Coffee machine which was out of order during my visit.

Tuna sandwhich and Spinach sandwhich

Beverage corner including softdrinks, tonic water, etc.

Desserts, yogurts, softdrinks, etc.

Salads and fruits

The Bar

The Bar

Alcoholic beverage menu

Champagne
Piper Heidsieck Cuvee
Chandon Brut

White Wine
Belville Chardonnay 2015
Jacob Creek Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
Kintu Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Red Wine
Lindemans Shiraz/Cab. 2014
Kintu Merlot 2013
Wyndham Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I just realized some of the words on the menu were spelled incorrectly but it is a minor thing.

Non-alcoholic beverage menu

Special Mocktail
Virgin Pina Colada
Tropical Fruit Punch
Cathay Delight

Champagnes, red and white wines

Chips, nuts, assorted cookies

Washroom

Gentlemen's toilet

Gentlemen's toilet

Gentlemen's toilet

Hand drier

Accessible toilet

Entertainment

Newspapers and magazines

Magazines

Flight Departures Screen 

Flight departures screen

View

There's the view of the terminal facing east, and the view of the airport runway facing north.

CONCLUSION

Having visited the Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge in Manila last year, I was expecting to see more or less the same design here in Bangkok (as it also has the famous Studioilse design). We were actually the first guests to arrive around 10pm and were greeted by the friendly staff who checked our boarding passes before being allowed access. Moments later, we were settling-in in one of their new Solo chairs, which has recently replaced the signature Solus chair that Cathay Pacific had for years. I personally like the new Solo chair better as it looks more stylish and matches perfectly with the design of the whole lounge. There is also the famous Noodle Bar where I had one of their bestsellers, "Wonton with noodles in Soup" which tasted just perfect. For my drinks, I headed to The Bar where I had a glass of iced tea prepared by the barman. From the Food Bar, I grabbed some salads and desserts which also tasted very good. Right past the bar to the right is the Bureau where 3 iMacs are located, as well as a more private seating located in the corner. The size of the lounge is actually slightly larger than the one in Manila although for me, it felt like this lounge is much smaller. I guess this is because the seating area is not that crowded in Manila as it is here in their Bangkok lounge where a lot of airlines are using it. There's also the usual washroom, babyroom and accessible toilet although there were no shower room which is understandable since one could always use the shower facilities in their lounges at Hongkong International Airport. Overall, we really enjoyed our visit in this lounge and felt like we were staying in a living room than in an airport lounge (the way Cathay Pacific wanted it to be), plus the luxury of having an excellent meal and drinks to complement our stay.


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