Review: Cathay Pacific “The Deck” Lounge, Hong Kong

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The Deck is the recently opened Cathay lounge which replaces the old Dragonair lounge near Gate 16 (our review of the pre-refurbishment lounge is here).

The lounge is up one flight from the area near gate 16. In theory you could walk to it through the Qantas lounge which is close to one of the exits from passport control, but Cathay will presumably discourage that. It has a large facade.

Design and Facilities

As in its previous incarnation, the lounge has as one of its benefits exposure to the wider airport. It all used to be roofless, but now just a perimeter terrace is roofless. Still, if you like to feel that you are in an expansive space, that is welcome. The  terrace feels like a missed opportunity, though, with mostly uncomfortable chairs and a lack of plug sockets.

Inside the décor is lovely, and consistent with the other lounges of the same design generation, such as Taipei, Bangkok and London Heathrow.

If you like consistency it will please you, although those looking for more localised touches in design will not see much to differentiate The Deck from the other refurbished lounges. Either way, the design is elegant and uses materials like wood to good effect in creating a refined and pleasant atmosphere.

Inside, the lounge contains a variety of seating options. It has comfortable chairs and sofas, an area with larger individual chairs and also an area of booths close to the noodle bar.

Food and Drink

The noodle bar offers up a selection of freshly made hot food.

There is also a buffet of hot and cold dishes, and self service drinks.

These include a good selection of juices including fresh orange juice, which is a welcome selection. The wine is ranged in a sunken hole which make it difficult to see what is on offer. There is a middling spirits selection. There is Mumm champagne in the fridge beyond the noodle bar, while the canned and bottled beer selection includes alongside the usual selection a couple of local craft beers, Hong Kong Beer and Dragon’s Back. Better coffee is available from manned bars in other Cathay lounges such as The Wing, The Pier and the Bridge in so far as they have manned coffee machines but the Deck just has a self-service one.

Other Amenities

The lounge has showers. Other Cathay lounges including The Wing relatively close by include business facilities, but it is a shame that the Deck omits computers and printers, and anywhere private for a telephone call.

Conclusion

The location of this lounge will not suit everyone. The design is beautiful and the terrace although not as well designed as it could have been is still a welcome place for those who want to feel some more space. There is a good selection of food and drink. It is a good place to spend time before waiting for a flight. It is open daily from 5.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.

 

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