REVIEW – Novotel Century Hong KongAugust 13, 2016
REVIEW – Cathay Pacific : The Wing Business Class Lounge, Hong KongAugust 13, 2016
Cathay Pacific (CX)
- Location: Hong Kong (HKG)
- OneWorld Emerald frequent flyers
- Passengers with a same day ticket in First Class on a OneWorld flight
- Class: First
- Date: April 2014
We spent the morning walking around Hong Kong, making sure to stop into Bee Cheng Hiang for some Ba Kwa.
I love taking the Star Ferry; it is my second favourite boat ride in the world, right after the Sydney – Manly ferry.
We took the MTR from Kowloon, where there are a series of check-in counters available. Seems like a good idea, it helps you to avoid lines at the airport and means you don’t have to drag your bags all the way to the airport.
Kamara and I were travelling light though and really wanted to use the proper F check-in at HKG.
Not sure if this is a regular occurrence but this happened on the way to the check-in counters.
The F check-in experience at HKG is not particularly impressive. You do get checked in quickly but this just takes place at standing counter in the middle of the terminal. Quite a contrast with the superlative check-in experience provided by Thai Airways in Bangkok.
It is worth noting that there is no fast track at HKG for F or J passengers. It wasn’t a problem at this time of day (late morning) but something worth bearing in mind if you’re departing at a peak time.
Cathay Pacific – The Wing First Class Lounge
It has to be said, the selection of spirits is excellent. The service however leaves a lot to be desired.
If you ask for scotch you’ll be served the JWB not the Chivas Royal salute. You have to specify if you don’t want the cheap stuff.
The two barmen had a very limited knowledge of cocktails and were not really amenable to requests.
They were really just there to pour a single bottle at a time and shove the glass towards you without saying anything. What a contrast with the phenomenal service in the bar at the NRT JAL Business Class lounge.
After our drinks we moved on to the Haven. The Wing’s F restaurant, with catering provided by the Peninsula hotel.
The Haven was really busy the whole time we were there and service was definitely on the slow side.
Thankfully there was a good selection of hot and cold food, so you could help yourself to a starter whilst you waited for the a la carte service.
After our lunch we decided to check out one of the famous cabanas. There was no wait at all and we were directed straight through.
The cabanas are beautifully decorated and would make for an ideal place to relax in, particularly given the bed sized, waterproof sofa.
Suitably relaxed and with 2 hours until take-off, Kamara and I ventured over to the Business Class section of the Wing.
- Part 1:
- Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – London Heathrow Airport
- Part 2:
- Virgin Atlantic: Upper Class – London to Tokyo
- Part 3:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo
- Part 4:
- ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
- Part 5:
- JAL Business Lounge – Narita Airport
- Part 6:
- Qantas Business Lounge – Narita Airport
- Part 7:
- Qantas: Business Class – Tokyo to Sydney
- Part 8:
- Qantas: Business Class – Sydney to Melbourne
- Part 9:
- Park Hyatt Melbourne
- Part 10:
- Hilton Cairns
- Part 11:
- Windjana Villa, Mission beach
- Part 12:
- Park Hyatt Sydney
- Part 13:
- Qantas Business Lounge – Sydney Airport
- Part 14:
- Cathay Pacific: Business Class – Sydney to Hong Kong
- Part 15:
- Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge – Hong Kong Airport
- Part 16:
- Novotel Century Hong Kong
- Part 17:
- Cathay Pacific The Wing: First Class – Hong Kong Airport
- Part 18:
- Cathay Pacific The Wing: Business Class – Hong Kong Airport
- Part 19:
- Qantas Combined F and J Lounge – Hong Kong Airport
- Part 20:
- Cathay Pacific: First Class – Hong Kong to Tokyo
- Part 21:
- Conrad Tokyo
- Part 22:
- Tokyo sights
- Part 23:
- Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse – Tokyo Narita Airport
- Part 24:
- Virgin Atlantic: Upper Class – Tokyo to London