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Review: HKG Cathay Pacific “The Bridge” Lounge
Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG - SFO
Now that I've spent quite a bit of time in Asia, I've flown Cathay Pacific a handful of times and I'm so glad to get the chance. I really do love Cathay's high-quality service and I definitely appreciate that they have reliably good hard products, especially in First class. Not only are those qualities amazing, but the amenities you get with Cathay are really second to none - especially if you are flying through Cathay's home base in Hong Kong. Cathay has a whopping five lounges available in the HKG airport, with four airside (The Wing, The Pier, The Bridge, The Cabin) and one landside (The Arrival). The Wing and The Pier have both First and Business class sections, while The Bridge and The Cabin are simple Business class lounges.
The Bridge is located on Level 5 of the West Concourse, with an entrance near gate 35 at Level 6. It's open daily from 5:30AM until last departure. As I mentioned, The Bridge is a Business class lounge and permits entrance to any oneworld travelers flying Business class or above, as well as oneworld Emerald & Sapphire members.
Since I visited The Wing last time I was at HKG, I decided to try out The Bridge on my way home last November. Thus far, I have visited The Wing, The Bridge, and The Cabin (review coming eventually!) and The Bridge is actually my favorite (although The Pier just reopened after extensive renovations and it may be my new favorite once I visit). The entrance to The Bridge is impossible to miss and from the main concourse, you'll take an escalator down a level to the front desk.
The lounge is situated on both sides of the front desk. If you go left (south), you'll find the Bistro, showers, the IT Zone, and the Coffee Loft. To the right (north), you will find the Bakery, the Long Bar, and the TV Lounge. Because of how the lounge is situated, it's very long on either side, but not as narrow as The Cabin, which gives it a more open feel. The lounge has extensive seating and is tastefully decorated with multiple seating areas divided to make everything appear to be more cozy. As opposed to the somewhat sterile decor and very open style of The Wing, The Bridge is so much more quiet and comfortable.
Situated towards the inside of the lounge, away from the runway, you'll find the Bistro, which offers a pretty extensive variety of Asian and Western cuisine. You'll find soups, noodles, small sandwiches, salads and plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Continuing on, you'll find the IT Zone, which has workstations for setting up your own laptop to get some work done as well as iMacs and printers available to use. At the end of the left side of the lounge is the Coffee Loft, which has a wonderful selection of coffee and alcoholic drinks (after 5PM) and serves what I think may very well be the best mocha I've ever had in my life.
Heading over to the right side of the lounge, you'll find more dedicated seating areas and the first thing on the inner part of the lounge is the Bakery, which serves more Western options than the Bistro and had things like pizza available alongside salads, noodles, finger sandwiches, etc.
Past the Bakery, you'll find the Long Bar and the TV Lounge. Just as it sounds, the Long Bar is a very long bar serving a variety of hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with a stunning view of the runway. The TV Lounge offers comfortable seating and a few TVs, but not so many that I would really call it a "TV lounge", it's really just more of a "lounge".
As with all Cathay lounges, you'll find a wide variety of international magazines and newspapers available to read while you're in the lounge, but they come with explicit instructions to put them back when you're finished reading.
I didn't check out the showers on this visit, but the restrooms are nice and carry the same aesthetic as the rest of the lounge with individual cubicles that are completely closed off, which is always appreciated.
As I said, The Bridge is my favorite of the HKG Cathay lounges so far. It's cozy and comfortable and very tastefully decorated and has plenty of options to make your layover more comfortable. Unfortunately, my flights back to San Francisco are almost always departing out of the South side of the airport right by The Wing, so it's really much easier to just go there rather than need to budget 10-15 minutes to walk back from The Bridge. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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