Review: The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge at Hong Kong International

Should you visit the Qantas Lounge instead of Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG?

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
Review: Malaysia Airlines 737-800 Economy Class | HKT-KUL
Review: Plaza Premium Satellite Lounge in KUL
Review: Hyatt Regency Bali
Review: Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort
Review: Garuda Indonesia Domestic Lounge in DPS
Review: Concordia Lounge Bali in DPS
Review: Garuda Indonesia Business Class | DPS-CGK
Review: Saphire – Plaza Premium Lounge in CGK
Review: Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class | CGK-HKG
Review: Qantas Hong Kong Lounge in HKG

Typically when laying over in Hong Kong, we visit Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Lounge, which is one of our favorite Business Class lounges in the world. But after flying Cathay Pacific’s A330 Business Class from CGK-HKG, we had an extended layover and decided to stop by the Qantas Hong Kong lounge. The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is located on the Northeast side of Terminal 1 on level 7, opposite Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing” in the Southeast corner.

Admission is available to oneworld elites, Qantas Club members, Emirates elites, and passengers traveling in premium oneworld cabins. We were admitted into the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge since we were flying Cathay Pacific Business Class from HKG to LAX.

Past the long, narrow walkway is the lounge entrance.

Upon showing our boarding passes to the attendants, they noticed our late departure time and told us to get comfy.

The Qantas lounge has no shortage of seating from the moment you turn the corner.

The first seating area past the entrance was situated right off the bar and had a flat screen TV.

Just past the first seating area was a full (but empty) bar.

Behind the bar was a dining space along the edge of the balcony.

Since the lounge is essentially a narrow rectangular space that runs parallel to the outward facing floor-to-ceiling terminal windows, there are amazing views of the Tarmac from just about everywhere.

Past the bar were several other seating areas that all featured the same variety of individual sofas and small cafeteria tables. Unfortunately, there aren’t any daybeds or loungers. Your best bet for a nap or to lay down is on the black leather bench seating along the walls.

On the far side of the lounge is a small buffet area. There isn’t a whole lot of variety, but the food was pretty good.

The Qantas Hong Kong lounge has spacious shower rooms with rainfall shower heads. Shower rooms come equipped with standard hygiene necessities as well as Aspar Spa Rituals products, which have a pleasant, citrus aroma.

Accessible shower rooms are available as well, and are even larger than the standard ones.

That said, I still prefer the showers at The Pier Business Class Lounge, as I’m a huge fan of the Aesop soaps, and marble walls that make you feel like you’re in a spa.

I love the Aesop soaps at Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Class Lounge

Final Thoughts

We were pretty impressed with couple of things at the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge — there was plenty of seating space, great natural light, and impressive shower rooms. It was a nice lounge to have a drink and relax in for an hour. It stayed quite empty during the afternoon and I imagine this is pretty typical — it’s a little far from most of the Cathay Pacific lounges, and doesn’t quite live up to the same standard.

For that reason, you’ll still find us at The Pier, Business Class Lounge nine times out of ten. Cathay Pacific’s Business and First Class lounges win in basically every department from food to comfort, which makes sense — this is Cathay Pacific’s home, after all. So if you’re traveling in a oneworld premium cabin, you’ll probably want to skip the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge unless you’re looking for a change of scenery or if the other lounges feel too overrun. If you find yourself with a long layover and want a break from Cathay Pacific’s Noodle Bar at some point, take a stroll over to the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge and let us know what you think.

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