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The new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is now open, and it's an impressive addition to the Flying Kangaroo's international lounge network.
Read our review of the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.
Rather than adopt an identikit approach where each lounge looks the same, the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge plays up its location in everything from the decor to the dishes.
The former is contemporary but subtle, to help gives the lounge its own look and feel and "reflect the colour, vibrancy and luxury of Hong Kong", Qantas says of the design crafted by Sumu Design and Caon Studio.
But it's the food which stands front and centre in the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, courtesy of Neil Perry's Rockpool Group.
If it's true that Hong Kong is all about eating and shopping, then the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is perhaps all about eating and flying.
That starts with local-style char siu barbecue pork (actually, think 'BBQ Bar', as seen below) plus dumplings and dim sum served from yum cha trolleys.
Lounge staff will also offer travellers a tray-around with Qantas First lounge favourites such as salt and pepper calamari, while guests in the dining area during the evening peak periods can try a locally influenced plate of the day made to order by in house chefs and accompanied by matching wine.
The lounge also boasts a cocktail bar with views over the terminal and across the airport.
"We're trying to deliver again what Rockpool and Qantas were able to deliver with Singapore, which was a great lounge experience for all Qantas passengers, but to give that great offering in this new setting" says Alexander Woolley, from Rockpool's dedicated Qantas team.
Woolley tells Australian Business Traveller that "dumplings are ideal" for the Hong Kong lounge.
"They give people something to snack on and also give us a whole window of regionality into Hong Kong and crossover with some of those great sauces and pickles used in Neil Perry's restaurants."
And while the dim sum-laden yum cha trolleys also lend a local vibe, they also work well within the long and narrow space of the new lounge.
The communal dining table is great for socialising with colleagues or fellow travellers.
Of course, the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge has its own well-stocked buffet area, along with a bar and self-serve drinks area.
One reason to keep its Hong Kong travellers well-fed, says Qantas, is so they can get some serious shut-eye on the relatively short flights back to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
“All of our flights from Hong Kong to Australia are overnight" explains Qantas International CEO, Simon Hickey, "so we know customers will enjoy being able to dine in the lounge before they fly so they can maximise their sleep onboard.”
The new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge has seating for up to 300 travellers with 12 shower suites plus a 'family zone' at the far end of the lounge.
These 'park benches' on either side of green planter boxes provide a unique seating option.
As is the trend with airport lounges and travellers who pack their own laptops and tablets, there's no dedicated 'work zone' with desktop PCs. Instead, the lounge sports plenty of AC power sockets and USB ports plus WiFi printing.
As expected, the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge draws some inspiration from the Qantas Singapore Lounge due to their shared design DNA and parentage through the new Qantas international lounge concept.
Also in common with Singapore: first class passengers, Chairman's Lounge and Platinum One frequent flyers are in line for a few extra perks such as free shirt pressing, shoe shine and priority access to showers.
It's all a substantial improvement over the previous Qantas First Lounge (shown below) which occupied the same space on the airport's upper level, not far from Gate 16.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is open to first and business class passengers on Qantas and Oneworld partner airlines (such as BA, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines); Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum cardholders and travellers with equivalent Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status; and Qantas Club members.
Also on the door list: Emirates Skyward Gold and Platinum members jetting out on a Qantas or Emirates flight.
With the opening of the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge the airline has closed its Qantas Business Lounge located on the airport's lower level.
A spokesperson for Hong Kong Airport would not comment on rumours that this space would be taken over by another airline, telling Australian Business Traveller only that "we will further study the use of the room."
David Flynn visited Hong Kong as a guest of Qantas.
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