Due to late arrival on my flight from Shanghai, I didn’t have a choice but overnighting at the airport. I wanted to spend a night at a hotel, but the connection time was too to have a proper sleep.
Since most Cathay Pacific lounges are open until the last flight departs, I spent only a few hours at The Wing, First, soaking at the Cabana suite. I then headed to the Plaza Premium lounge, which I’m going to review soon.
In this series:
- Alaska Airlines Economy Class A320 Washington to Los Angeles
- Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Qantas First Lounge at Los Angeles International (LAX)
- American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Los Angeles International (LAX)
- American Airlines Business Class 787-9 Los Angeles to Shanghai
- Cathay Pacific Lounge at Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
- Cathay Dragon Economy Class A321 Shanghai to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International (HKG)
- Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International (HKG)
- Cathay Pacific Economy Class 777-300 Hong Kong to Manila
- Cebu Pacific Economy Class ATR72 Manila to Busuanga (Round-Trip)
- Al Faro Cosmio Hotel Coron
- Island Adventure: Coron, Palawan
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Manila to Istanbul
- Touristanbul – Free Istanbul City Tour Sponsored by Turkish Airlines
- Turkish Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Istanbul to Los Angeles
The Pier, First opens at 5:30 in the morning. It’s located near gate 63, so it was quite a bit of a walk. The thing I will miss having Oneworld Emerald status is access to most first-class lounges in the Oneworld network. Even though I would be flying in the economy to Manila that morning, I was still able to access the lounge due to this access policy.
I love the design of the lounge — it’s modern, yet very classy. As Kevy mentioned, the dining and seating areas at The Pier are designed thoughtfully in accordance to Cathay’s signature lounge design — it even has its own signature scent. I can’t agree more.
As I previously mentioned on my previous post, The Pier offers a true restaurant-quality dining experience, so I decided to have breakfast here instead. The restaurant consists of a few dozens of tables and booths.
There is also a bar with a few bar stools.
The breakfast reads as follows:
I ordered Breakfast Bibimbap along with a side of smoked salmon, cappuccino, and the Vitalizer — they were excellent.
As a reference, here are some lunch and dinner items I’ve had from my previous visit.
After breakfast, I still had about an hour to spare, so I decided to check out the rest of the lounge area. What I love about this lounge is that the main sitting area has a gorgeous view of the tarmac.
At the end of the hallway, you’ll find a bar with dozens of chairs, sofas, and coffee tables. The overall set up is beautiful and classy, in my opinion.
I didn’t use the shower this time, but it’s worth noting that The Pier offers great shower rooms equipped with Aesop amenities.
Additionally, complimentary massage service by Gentlemen’s Tonic is available, though there was a long waitlist. So if you want to take advantage of this service, I recommend you to put your name on the list as early as possible.
If you want to much, there is a snack room where you can get your snack and desserts, as well as refrigerated drinks.
Lastly, The Pier offers several day rooms available upon request. It’s not a proper bedroom by any means, as it only has a curtain instead of a door. But it’s more than sufficient if you have a long layover and want to take a nap. To give an idea, I took the following pictures from my previous visits.
Overall, The Pier, First is one of my favorite first-class lounges. The lounge offers a great view of the tarmac as well as multiple day rooms, massage service by Gentlemen’s Tonic, and great shower rooms equipped with Aesop amenities. The restaurant also offers a true restaurant-quality dining experience.
I have been spoiled by having access to this lounge, even when flying in the economy cabin. I will sure miss my Oneworld Emerald status after breaking up with American Airlines in January 2020. It has always been a delight visiting The Pier, First.