Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific The Arrival Hong Kong Airport (HKG)

I’ve reviewed essentially every oneworld departure lounge at Hong Kong airport, but this was my first time stopping by Cathay Pacific’s arrivals lounge at HKG, appropriately named “The Arrival”.

To get to the arrivals lounge, you should follow the signs to “Pay-in/Shower lounges”.

Signs to the arrivals lounge

Signs to the arrivals lounge

Gotta go down a floor

Gotta go down a floor

The Arrival is located just across from the Plaza Premium arrivals lounge. The entrance to The Arrival is considerably smaller!

Right across is the Plaza Premium lounge

Right across is the Plaza Premium lounge

Entrance to The Arrival

Entrance to The Arrival

This lounge is super functional but not a place where you’d want to dilly dally too long. They have a lot of shower rooms, so you can shower after a long haul flight before you get into town. There isn’t much comfortable seating to just hang out because that’s really not the point of the lounge. A possibly oddity is that there are no toilets except for in the shower rooms, which further reinforces the idea that this lounge isn’t somewhere you’re supposed to hang out.

Bar seating

Bar seating

More seating

More seating

Dining area

Dining area

Shower room

Shower room

They have both a small buffet and a made-to-order menu. The buffet has plenty of desserts, some salads, fruit, and a soup. I enjoyed the fact that the fruit stand had whole fruit on it, as it seemed a little more for show than anything else because who really wants to commit to an entire dragonfruit? But I was undeterred and ate a whole mango, which was pretty delicious.

The made-to-order menu had noodle soups, bento boxes, and western options. I opted for one of the Japanese bento boxes and thought it was pretty good. I was also a fatty and sampled all of the desserts: the mango pudding was more like jello with chunks of fruit, which I liked; the other desserts were not worth eating.

Desserts

Desserts

Fruits and salads

Fruits and salads

Soup

Soup

Made-to-order menu

Made-to-order menu

Japanese bento with deep-fried vegetable cutlets

Japanese bento with deep-fried vegetable cutlets

Overall, this is a functional arrivals lounge. You can get a shower and grab a quick bite to eat before you head into the city. It’s not somewhere where you’d want to pass a lot of time.

4 thoughts on “Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific The Arrival Hong Kong Airport (HKG)

  1. caveman

    Is this lounge for business class too? My flight arrives at 6 am in the morning and I was hoping to kill a few hours before I can expect to check in my hotel room.

    By the way how did you manage to eat so much after the flight. Normally I am full to my neck by that time.

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