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.
The Dragonair Business Class lounge is near Gate 16. As we approached the entrance, the noise from the busy terminal dissipated – despite being an open-air lounge. It was incredibly calm and quiet. There were maybe three other people in the lounge, with the staff outnumbering us all. I liked the open, airy feel of the club lounge, which was accentuated by plenty of well spread out seating.
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.
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.
In terms of food, the Dragonair Business Class Lounge was pretty much a mirror image of the Cathay Pacific Lounge in San Francisco. There was a limited buffet spread, consisting of 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.
My brother and I had an earlier flight, so we left the Dragonair business class lounge after just 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, I would have the privilege of flying Cathay Pacific in business class…
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