Introduction: A VERY Quick Trip To Hong Kong
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My flight from Hong Kong arrived shortly before 7PM, while my connecting flight back to San Francisco on Singapore Airlines was at 11:30PM. Upon arrival I tried to find the Singapore Airlines transit desk, since I didn’t yet have a boarding pass for my return flight.
It was quite a trek to the transit desk, though once there, a funny conversation ensued. The Singapore Airlines representative requested my inbound boarding pass, which I handed over without saying anything.
“Sir… you are coming from… San Francisco?”
Rather than try to justify myself, I just smiled and said “yes.” The agent and her colleagues exchanged a few words quietly, and issued my boarding pass, though they did look at me like I was from another planet.
With my boarding pass in hand I cleared transit security, which was a quick process — I didn’t even have to clear immigration in Hong Kong.
There are three Star Alliance lounges in Hong Kong that I could choose from — the United Club, the Thai Royal Orchid Lounge, and the Singapore SilverKris Lounge. Since I had checked out two other United Clubs in the past 24 hours, I figured I might as well visit a third, especially given that the United Club Hong Kong was (allegedly) recently renovated.
The United Club is located near gate 61, so I took the train to the far end of the concourse, and then turned left, following the signage to gates 60-80.
Just a couple of hundred feet past that was a set of escalators in the center of the concourse, which took me up one level.
There was signage there for four lounges, including the Emirates Lounge, Thai Lounge, United Club, and Plaza Premium Lounge.
At the top of the escalator I made a sharp right turn, where the entrance to the United Club was located.
The lounge had a fairly large entryway, with a reception desk inside the entrance and to the left. Upon presenting my Singapore Airlines boarding pass I was promptly admitted.
The lounge overlooks the rest of the terminal, which is both good and bad, in my opinion. It’s good since the lounge feels open and spacious, and has lots of natural light during daytime hours. However, it also means that the lounge is a bit noisier, since you hear everything going on in the terminal.
The lounge had a large room just inside the entrance, with a bunch of leather seating.
The types of seats were nicely varied, and there were a good number of partitions in the lounge, which made it feel a bit more private.
Then towards the back part of the lounge was another seating area, with plenty of seats along the exterior of the lounge, and also some dining tables towards the interior of the lounge.
There was even some high-top seating.
This area of the lounge looked out over the rest of the terminal.
Then towards the far corner and interior of the lounge was a seating area that was sort of a TV lounge, as there was a TV with the news on.
Next to that was a business center with comfortable office chairs, though not an especially private setup.
There were also a variety of magazines and newspapers.
In terms of food and drinks, there was some infused water near the entrance of the lounge.
Then towards the back of the lounge was a self serve drink area, with liquor, coffee, tea, soda, and water.
The main buffet area was back towards the entrance.
I’ll let the pictures of the food speak mostly for themselves, other than to say that there was a mix of hot and cold options. It was a fairly decent spread in terms of quantity, though a few of the things didn’t look especially appetizing, in my opinion.
In addition to food, this area also had soft drinks, wine, liquor, and water.
There was even a suggested self serve signature cocktail, using Bacardi rum.
I spent a couple of hours getting caught up on work, and at around 9:30PM requested a shower. A room wasn’t immediately available, but within about 20 minutes the attendant fetched me and told me a room was ready for me.
The shower room was… fine. It was definitely on the basic side, and lacked any sort of ventilation, so the shower room got really hot while showering.
On the plus side, the shower room did have Cowshed toiletries, which I like.
A shower between two long flights is such a nice luxury to have, and I felt much better (and fresher) afterwards.
At around 10PM I figured I’d head to the Singapore SilverKris Lounge. My flight to San Francisco was departing from Gate 18, and that’s also the area where the lounge is located.
Hong Kong Airport has a train system, though it only goes in one direction. My only option for getting from higher numbered gates to lower numbered gates was to walk and take the moving sidewalks. I was happy to get some walking in during my layover, and it was maybe a brisk 15 minute walk from one end of the terminal to the other.
I followed the signage towards gates 15-19, and then saw the SilverKris Lounge on the right.
Singapore Airlines renovated the SilverKris Lounge in Hong Kong a couple of years ago, and they did a great job with it. The finishes are gorgeous. I reviewed the lounge before the renovation, so while they’re using the same space, the furniture is much nicer.
Unfortunately the lounge was extremely crowded (mostly with Germans flying Lufthansa), so I didn’t feel comfortable taking many pictures, and decided not to do a full review. The picture below doesn’t do justice to how crowded the lounge was for most of the time I was there.
My one complaint about the SilverKris Lounge is that it’s like a dungeon, with fairly low ceilings and no natural light.
Anyway, boarding for my flight was scheduled to start at 11PM, so I headed to the gate at around 10:45PM.
At the gate I saw the 777-300ER being catered, having just arrived from Singapore.
Sure enough, at 10:55PM boarding began, and I was among the first onboard. I was looking forward to hopefully getting a good night of sleep.
United Club Hong Kong bottom line
The United Club Hong Kong is a perfectly fine lounge, though I’m not especially impressed by their renovations, if there were in fact any. I appreciate that the lounge is open air, though it doesn’t feel especially high end, and the food selection isn’t great, at least compared to what’s offered by some other lounges in Hong Kong.
I think the Singapore Airlines Lounge has a better food selection and nicer finishes, though at the same time it’s also pretty dark, which I don’t love.