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I’m all for checking out new lounges, even if I know they’ll suck. Since I had a bit of extra time and wanted to finish off my Hong Kong Airport oneworld lounge “bingo card,” I figured I’d check out the Dragonair G16 Lounge.
For those of you not familiar, Dragonair is Cathay Pacific’s regional subsidiary, and they operate a lot of their intra-Asia routes, both to major markets (Beijing, Shanghai, etc.), as well as to many secondary markets.
While Dragonair is a oneworld affiliate carrier (much like British Airways’ OpenSkies is), they have a separate lounge in Hong Kong. It’s (not so) creatively called the G16 lounge, because, well, it’s near gate 16.
It’s one level up from the main concourse, and takes up adjacent real estate to the Qantas Lounge.
The entrance to the lounge is modest, and once inside I was greeted at the reception desk, where the agent promptly admitted me. Now I have to be honest, I’m not actually sure I get the lounge access policy here, even after Googling. I get that oneworld passengers have access to the Dragonair lounge, but I’m not sure if Dragonair passengers have access to oneworld lounges. Anyone know?
Compared to Cathay Pacific’s otherwise excellent lounges in Hong Kong, this one really was pretty underwhelming. It was basically one large room with (slightly) mismatched furniture.
Most of the seating consisted of clusters of four seats facing coffee tables.
Then at the far end of the lounge were some dining tables, as well as some sets of lounge chairs overlooking the terminal.
Since this lounge is at the far end of the terminal, you have a great overview of gates 16-19 (since I was leaving from gate 17, I could easily see when my flight was ready for boarding).
In terms of the food spread, there were a few buffet areas. The main one had an espresso machine and self serve soft drinks, wine, and liquor.
You know you’re in a classy lounge when the liquor is mounted upside down on the wall with those handles you twist to dispense a shot.
The food selection was quite limited. There were muffins, mini-cakes, and egg tarts (perhaps the only redeeming quality of this lounge).
Then there were a couple of types of wrapped finger sandwiches.
The buffet continued as you turned the corner, as there was some sort of a kitchen where you could order noodles, I believe.
Then there was also some cheese and fruit.
Then there was another fridge with soft drinks and beer.
At the far end of the lounge was a small buffet setup with a few hot dishes. These dishes included:
- Double boiled pork and Chinese mushroom soup
- Steamed egg custard bun
- Fried egg noodles with beansprouts
- Fried beef sausage with onion sauce
- Fish dumplings with Chao Zhou chili oil
None of the dishes looked appetizing, especially after coming from the Qantas Lounge.
In terms of the lounge’s other amenities, back near the entrance was a newspaper rack.
Then there was also a surprisingly large business center, with a handful of workstations with PCs.
The lounge doesn’t have showers. It only has a rather depressing looking bathroom.
At around 5:30PM I decided to head down to my departure gate, which was gate 17. That was only about a one minute walk from the lounge.
Boarding started at around 5:40PM with business class. I was excited to give SriLankan another shot, given that I haven’t flown them since they joined oneworld.
Dragonair G16 Lounge Hong Kong bottom line
I had low expectations of this lounge, but it still underwhelmed me. I get that Dragonair is Cathay Pacific’s regional carrier, but I can’t imagine this lounge portrays the image they’re trying to present of the airline. I was expecting the lounge to be a bit IKEA-ish, though instead it just felt run down, past its prime, and bland.
It’s definitely the most underwhelming Cathay Pacific lounge in Hong Kong.
Anyone have a different take on the Dragonair G16 Lounge than I do?