This post is part of a series. To read more from this trip:
- Review: The Club SEA at Sea-Tac International Airport
- Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class | SEA-HKG
- Review: The Pier, Business Lounge in HKG
- Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class | HKG-HKT
- Review: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
- Review: Coral Executive Lounge in HKT
If you’ve spent any amount of time following us, you probably know that we love traveling through Asia and Oceania. We spent the majority of our childhoods on that side of the world, and part of the reason we got into this hobby was so that we could stay connected with those roots.
This month, we set off on another set of adventures through Southeast Asia to checkout a few more bucket list locations, and a handful of resorts along the way.
We’re starting with our outbound experience from Seattle. Unfortunately for us, we arrived into Seattle from Los Angeles at 10pm, after the British Airways Terraces and Centurion Lounge had already closed for the evening. This meant our only lounge option to spend our one-and-a-half-hour layover was at The Club SEA in the South Concourse.
The Club SEA can be found by following the signs to gate S9 – with signage on the wall to guide you in through a short, empty tunnel.
We received lounge invitations for admittance since we were flying Business Class on Cathay Pacific, but The Club SEA is also accessible with Priority Pass. Given how late it was, we didn’t see any signs limiting admittance for Priority Pass holders, though the Priority Pass app notes that admittance may be limited from 10am-2pm.
The entrance features departures and arrivals screens as well as a handful of magazines.
The lounge layout is a U-shaped room, with a couple seating areas surrounding a small food & beverage table lining the center wall. There’s a small bar in the center, but we never saw a bartender. A little odd, since self-service isn’t an option in Washington.
There’s also an area designated for first-class passengers behind foggy glass doors, which looked like an afterthought and seemed like a waste of space. It remained unoccupied for the hour we were there.
Food options were unappetizing, but we were eager to try Cathay Pacific’s new meal service on our upcoming leg to Hong Kong anyway. The spread included vegetable soup, mac n cheese, a very small salad bar, and prepackaged foods like top ramen.
There was also a small snack table with various munchies.
While the lounge looks quite dated and the F&B is lacking, it offers nice views of the tarmac. I imagine it’s even better during the daytime. But we certainly wouldn’t take it over the Centurion Lounge if you’re an American Express Platinum holder.
After an hour, our boarding announcement was made. We grabbed our bags and eagerly headed to gate S15 to board CX857 to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific’s A350.