The Lounge is located in Terminal 2A. It is beside several other lounges close to gate 51. The lounges are clearly signposted but slightly tucked away – there is a lift to reach them, although as it is a short walk the adjacent stairs are an equally viable option.
The lounge is basically one large room, which is both good and bad. It gives a sense of spaciousness and also allows the natural light from the far windows to filter across the lounge, which is welcome (although the bookcase in the middle blocking a lot of it is not well positioned). The downside is that it detracts from the quiet and for me the premiumness of the lounge.
There is a seated dining area with tables, a side section with more comfortable lounging seating and an area by the window with a selection of comfortable seats including the pod seats with a power source and small table space, as seen in The Wing in Hong Kong. This area benefits from the large windows, with views of the aircraft outside.
The lounge has spacious showers, although there are only two of them and the design is not ideal, for example when it comes to keeping the water in the shower cubicle rather than it spilling onto the floor.
There is a working area which although not separate has glass dividers so provides some quietness for work. It has computers, a printer and functional desk space.
The lounge has a good number of sockets, for French plugs (you can read our general article on power adapters here).
There is a fair selection of international press available.
Food and Drink
The food selection is not large, but is of excellent quality. A noodle bar operates at certain times of day.
The spirits selection is fine, but the wine is lacklustre. For what serves as its first class lounge in the French capital, Cathay should be embarrassed not to offer a better curated range of French wines.
This is a comfortable, functional lounge. It is not quite up to the standard of the equivalent business class lounge in London (although maybe it will be if it is refurbished like the London one) but it’s a good place to wait for a flight.