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Review: Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport

At 12 hours, the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific Business Class just wasn’t long enough. Time flew and before I knew it, we were landing in Hong Kong. The weather was pretty drab and stepping onto the jet bridge, the heat and humidity were intense. Of course, the weather completely turned around when we returned two weeks later, but at that moment I was glad we were continuing on to Singapore, where the sun was shining and the heat wasn’t quite as bad. None of us had any carry-on luggage, so the long trek to the Dragonair Business Class lounge was a breeze.

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport

The Dragonair Business Class lounge is near Gate 16 and as we approached, the noise from the busy terminal dissipated – despite being an open-air lounge. It was incredibly calm and quiet. Aside from the five of us, there were maybe three other people in the lounge, with the staff nearly outnumbering all of us. I liked the open layout of the club lounge, which gave it a very airy feel, with tons of seating that was well spread out.

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Seating Area

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Seating Area

Seating area at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Seating area at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Plenty of seating at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Plenty of seating at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong - overlooks Gate 16

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong – overlooks Gate 16

Aside from the ample seating, there was a separate area outfitted with five office spaces across from the check-in desk. The Dragonair Business Class Lounge was quiet while we were there, but I can imagine that’s definitely not the case when the gates outside are packed with passengers. During such instances, those seeking a peaceful place to work might appreciate one of the quiet cubicles outfitted with Mac computers.

Computer stations at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge

Computer stations at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge

Past the cubicles were the bathrooms, which were spotlessly clean. From what I recall, they were identical to the ones at the Cathay Pacific lounge in San Francisco, though much more spacious. I was actually able to take a decent photo of this one without having to slide up the wall.

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Bathrooms

Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Bathrooms

In terms of food offerings, the Dragonair Business Class Lounge was pretty much a mirror image of the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge in San Francisco. There was a limited buffet spread, consisting of your basic continental breakfast items (cereal, bread, different spreads, smoked salmon, etc.), along with a separate section offering Asian breakfast foods. A variety of beverages were also available (coffee, tea, sodas, etc.), along with a noodle bar, which offered the same selection as the lounge at SFO. All I had was a latte, but my parents tried a few pastries with their tea while my brother enjoyed a bowl of noodles. Everyone thought the food spread was good overall.

Asian breakfast spread at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge

Asian breakfast spread at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge

Hot drink selection at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

Hot drink selection at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

My brother and I had an earlier flight than my parents and sister, so we were only in the Dragonair  lounge for around two hours. It was still nice that we all got to spend some time talking about the trip so far and what was to come. Our gate was actually quite a distance away, so we headed out a few minutes before boarding began. Since I was the one who had planned this trip and made all the bookings (some of them on-the-go), I was eager to get to Singapore so I could finalize any outstanding bookings and figure out how to organize the many activities I had planned in each city into a feasible itinerary. It was a bit of work, but I was looking forward to tackling some of these tasks on my way to Singapore, once again sitting in Cathay Pacific Business Class…

Cathay Pacific Airplane at Hong Kong Airport

Cathay Pacific Airplane at Hong Kong Airport

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Ariana Arghandewal

2 Comments

  1. How is dragon air? I wanted to try out CX biz class seats (ord-hkg for 3 of us 2 adults and a young child, but from what I am hearing, they are not suited doe to the configuration? won’t be able to see my child and can’t sit next to him? I see firstclass on return don’t know if that is better for us? if you book biz or first, you get free lounge access? any other benefit of flying first or biz?
    Thanks

    • We actually flew Cathay Pacific Business Class on the HKG – SIN segment. The seats were the same as on the SFO – HKG segment, so it was very nice for a short flight. Seats are configured 1-2-1, so you could have one adult sitting next to a child. The First Class seats are set up the same way, so I would just stick to business class – especially since there are three of you. You can save a lot of miles and still get a flatbed seat. The difference between the First Class seats is they’re bigger, but honestly you don’t need a seat that large and as for the food/service, I personally liked what business class offered better.

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