Location: Suvarnabhumi Airport Concourse G, Level 3
Lounge Rating: 4.5 Stars
Cathay Pacific as a brand is doing all the right things in terms of the overall flying experience. What the airline provides is a unique and understated sense of luxury without being too OTT, which is sadly lacking in a lot of airlines today. During a transit in Bangkok I noticed Cathay had a lounge and for me it was a no brainer, especially when the majority of offerings are paid entry lounges which if you’re lucky will offer you maybe a basic house wine and/ or a shower to refresh in. Having enjoyed the Cathay lounges in Hong Kong and London I was hopeful that I’d have a similar lounge experience. So how does the BKK lounge stack up? Is it worthy of the Cathay name or has it put the airline to shame. TAT checked in to find out…
Lounge access options
- Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon first and business class passengers, plus first and business class flyers of Oneworld partners British Airways, American Airlines, Qatar and Japan Airlines
- Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Diamond, Gold and Silver frequent flyers travelling on a Qantas or Oneworld flight
- Connecting passengers arriving on long-haul first class Oneworld flights
- Other Oneworld Emerald frequent flyers
- American Airlines Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members
- Single-use Qantas first class lounge pass holders
- Air France first class passengers
Lounge location and opening hours
After clearing security, proceed to Concourse G and go to level 3, where you’ll find the lounge amongst a number of paid entry lounges The lounge is open daily from 04:00 – 18:20.
True to the signature Cathay style, the lounge oozes a sense of understated luxury. Whilst the space isn’t overly large like The Pier or The Wing in Hong Kong, one immediately feels at ease upon entering this space. After clearing concierge there’s a small kitchen/ buffet area in front of the entrance. Being a morning flight, the buffet was stocked with cereals, breads, cold meats and fresh fruits. Adjacent to the buffet space is a long bar to sit and have a social drink (if it was the right time of day for it – clearly not at this stage!).
Despite being smaller lounge layout, the lounge at no point feels cramped on busy. The choice of furnishing especially around the main seating area are smart and well designed. Space isn’t wasted nor lost. It’s truly a testament to great lounge design. The abundance of light streaming through the large terminal windows adds to the sense of space.
There are also well appointed and private bathrooms/ toilets stocked with my favourite Aesop amenities to keep passengers looking and feeling refreshed before their flight.
Bread and butter (food and drink)
It wouldn’t be a Cathay lounge without its renown Noodle Bar. Despite being a breakfast session the bar was offering delicious options from wonton noodle soup, fried egg rice to dim sum and fried egg with bacon (more a western influenced dish). The breakfast menu sounded so tantalising that I ordered one of everything and did not have any food regrets!
If an Asian influenced breakfast doesn’t tickle your fancy there’s the small buffet area with a large number of western dishes. Adjacent to the buffet is a drinks station with juices and a coffee machine as well as a fridge stocked with soft drinks and water. Like the seating area, big things come in small packages and for Cathay it’s all about the quality and choice of dishes/ ingredients. The dishes on offer when I was there looked fresh and visually well presented. If I had an criticism, it’s the lack of a barista but then again a coffee machine is better than no coffee!
The Cathay lounge continues the Cathay understated luxury story. The visual look and feel of the lounge is warm and inviting and more importantly spacious. The Noodle Bar is always a delight in the Cathay lounge and did not disappoint. The buffet and drinks area whilst nothing outstanding, was simple and stylish.
Seating was ample but I could imagine would be a struggle in terms of finding a seat during peak periods. A solid offering by Cathay. It is truly one of the better lounges to frequent at Bangkok International Airport.
Have you experienced the Cathay Pacific Business Lounge in Bangkok? Love to hear from you about your time in lounge – did it shine or were you expecting something better?