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Our flight back to San Francisco was a red eye and didn't depart until 12:30 AM, so once we returned from Macau, we returned to the hotel to pick up our luggage and then headed to the airport. It was a bit early, around 7 PM, but we figured we could easily spend the hours leading up to our flight in Cathay Pacific's flagship first class lounge, "The Wing".
We were able to check in at Cathay's first class counter, which honestly has more service available than I can imagine would ever be needed by first class passengers, but it went quickly and we were able to go straight behind the check in counter to immigration, which had very short lines, so we were through quickly. If coming through immigration on the Cathay Pacific check in side of HKG's international terminal, you will see The Wing lounge immediately on your left after clearing immigration. As always, a cardboard cutout of a Cathay Pacific flight attendant will show you the way.
The Wing essentially covers two levels of the airport and has both a first and a business class lounge. There's a clear delineation between the two and unless you're flying in first class on any Oneworld airline or you have Oneworld Emerald status, you will not be able to enter the first class section. There are two entrances to the lounge, one on the level directly on the other side of immigration, and one on the level below. The entrance on the top level can be accessed by first class passengers and Oneworld Emeralds only, so since it was right there, we went right in.
Immediately upon entering, you will be greeted with plush leather club chairs and a champagne bar. The lounge itself is quite narrow and is open to the terminal below on one side so it's not extremely large, although it seems like it is because it keeps going and has a series of rooms. After the champagne bar, you will see more seating, plus another staffed bar. Along the wall to your left, you'll see the entrance to the famed shower cabanas (more on those later) and bathrooms. Beyond that, more seating, and then you'll reach the first class dining room, where you can have a sit down dinner before the flight.
In the dining room, you can order from the a la carte menu or just eat the food from the buffet. We opted for the buffet because we didn't want to eat too much before our flight and honestly, I was quite disappointed. The buffet presentation was quite awful and had been very picked over, which is understandable, since it was after dinner time, but you would think that in a lounge like this, they would be meticulous about keeping the buffet looking nice. The food also was nothing to write home about and neither of us were very impressed. There were some hot dishes like roast chicken and fish, salads, sushi, some meats, fruit, then desserts and cheeses.
After a small bit of food, we decided to try our luck at getting a cabana to freshen up before our flight. The cabanas are quite large, featuring a shower, a bath tub, a couch, and a vanity, and The Wing has several of them and then quite a few shower rooms, which are much smaller. From what I understand, the cabanas go quickly, so if you're interested in reserving one, you will want to do so immediately upon arriving at the lounge. Luckily, we were able to get right in.
The decor inside the cabanas is minimal with wood accents and stone tiles. Overall, they are clean and relaxing and a nice place to freshen up after a long day.
Once we had freshened up, we took a seat in the lounge to get some work done. As is the case with Hong Kong, the plugs are all UK style, so you'll need an adapter if you want to plug anything in. I had packed mine in my checked baggage and had a difficult time, but I asked a lounge attendant and sure enough, they had an adapter for me, so that worked out well.
I then used the time to explore the business class section of the lounge. Once you pass through, you'll see signage for the IT Zone, which features multiple Mac and PC computers (there is also one in the first class lounge), the Noodle Bar, the Coffee Loft, and the Long Bar.
The top floor of the business class lounge was just as crowded as the first class lounge, or maybe a bit more-so. However, since it was past dinnertime, the Noodle Bar was nearly empty. The Coffee Loft as well was not particularly busy. There, you can have a barista (who was not around when I was there) prepare an espresso drink for you. There are also various wrapped sandwiches and snacks along with juices, cheese, pastries, and soft drinks. The lounge also had several hot dishes available along the wall, which were similar to those in the first class dining room.
I didn't spend any time on the bottom floor of the lounge, but there, you will find more seating, another IT Zone, and more drinks and snacks to grab while you are waiting.
Overall, The Wing is an extensive lounge with many different areas to hang out in before your flight. It's also extremely convenient for flights to the US, which typically depart from the gates nearest to the lounge. That being said, it can be extremely crowded and is one of the more popular lounges in the Hong Kong airport. Cathay Pacific actually operates four lounges airside and one landside. While The Wing and The Pier are the only lounges with dedicated first class sections, I actually preferred The Bridge, which I visited on a second trip to Hong Kong and reviewed here.
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