Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris business class lounge, Hong Kong

When you're flying from Hong Kong on a Star Alliance airline, the SilverKris business class lounge is the choice pick.

Overall Rating

By Chris Chamberlin, September 20 2021
Singapore Airlines SilverKris business class lounge, Hong Kong
Country

China - Hong Kong

City

Hong Kong

Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)

Alliance

Star Alliance

Airline

Singapore Airlines

Cabin-class

Business

Notes
The Good
  • Convenient location near passport control, being easy to access for all Star Alliance flights
The Bad
  • Barista coffee would really elevate the experience, particularly for morning flyers
X-Factor
  • Private working pods provide a touch of Singapore Airlines' A380 business class
Location
Dining
Work
Overall

Introduction

Singapore Airlines' SilverKris business class lounge at Hong Kong Airport is one of the airline's better outstation lounges, particularly after its 2014 refurbishment.

While it primarily caters to those bound for The Lion City, the lounge welcomes all eligible Star Alliance passengers, too.

Whether you're flying with Singapore Airlines – or its partners like EVA Air, Lufthansa, Thai Airways and others – here's what's in store, when travel comes bouncing back.

Editor's note: At the time of writing, this lounge is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Visits for this review took place prior to COVID-19, although every effort has been made to provide the most up-to-date information.

Location & Impressions

After security and passport control, take the escalator downstairs towards "all boarding gates".

Then, do a loop and walk back towards Gate 5-9 – you'll spot the SilverKris Lounge nearby:

After a pleasant greeting at reception, follow the winding pathway, and you'll emerge in the lounge proper.

The long, rectangular space provides a variety of zones – so whether your agenda calls for work, dining, or kicking back, there's somewhere here for you.

Sitting back with a beverage? There's a line-up of seats towards the back of the space, which come with a little more privacy (and quiet) than the main dining area.

Alternatively, look to these high-backed chairs, which are a favourite from the SilverKris Lounge in Brisbane.

Prior to COVID-19, the Hong Kong lounge opened from 8am to midnight, but at the time of writing, the lounge is temporarily closed, and hours may vary upon its return.

Access

Here's who makes the cut for the SilverKris business class lounge:

  • Business class passengers of Singapore Airlines and other Star Alliance airlines departing from Hong Kong, including EVA Air.
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold and PPS Club members prior to the same flights.
  • Other Star Alliance Gold members prior to Star Alliance flights.
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Worldwide and United Club members prior to Star Alliance flights.
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum cardholders prior to Singapore Airlines flights only.
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members prior to Singapore Airlines flights only.

In Hong Kong, Singapore Airlines also offers a separate first class lounge next door – similar to the business class/first class distinction in places like Sydney

The first class lounge is reserved for first class passengers of Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance, as well as Solitaire PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club Life members prior to Singapore Airlines flights only.

Dining

On the food front, our morning visit found a somewhat busy lounge, but still with plenty of places to sit down and dine.

Headlining that morning menu, pan-fried rice sheet roll with XO sauce, and a tasty fried vermicelli noodle dish with vegetables.

Nearby, miso soup, and a preserved duck egg and pork congee.

Western options included machine-made pancakes, plus cheese sausages in cocktail sauce, baked beans in tomato sauce, and poached eggs, with the ingredients to make Eggs Benedict.

For something lighter – and something more 'morning tea' or lunch – a variety of salad ingredients stood ready. That's also where you'll find the yoghurts, which proved very popular during this visit.

Other snacks and nibbles were available too, with coffee here machine-made rather than barista-brewed.

Fruit-infused water, juices, and teas are found here too.

Over at the bar, there's a range of beer and wine – including Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Champagne NV – with bartenders on-hand to mix your requests.

This includes a broad selection of spirits, albeit with many of them being entry-level drops, such as Gordon's Gin.

Separate to the 'main' lounge zone, there's a quiet area at the front of the lounge, which comes with its own beverage centre. 

Even if you're not sitting in that zone – which is often empty, not just quiet – it could be faster to fetch your coffee or soft drink here, if the main counter has a queue.

Work

Whether it's a quick email or a couple of hours of solid work, the SilverKris Lounge has you covered, beginning with these bench seats: conveniently close to power. 

For casual browsing, the individual plush chairs can also prove a great place to work.

Each comes with an international-style AC outlet, and two USB-A ports, to keep your devices juiced up.

But the real highlight here are the private booths, found in roughly the centre of the space.

Adopting a similar shape to Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380 business class seat, each booth offers an individual reading light, desk level power, and space to work.

The shells around these seats offer a good degree of privacy, with some having more seclusion than others.

WiFi speeds were respectable, with both uploads and downloads averaging 24Mbps during this mid-morning visit.

Relax

With much of the space here catering to relaxation, travellers are spoiled for seating choice.

Whether it's the high-backed chairs, or the individual plush seats, there's something for everyone.

Choosing those plush seats practically guarantees a power point beside – and if in doubt, look for the lamps.

At the front of the lounge, the quiet space also proves a nice place to unwind, but don't expect to find power as easily.

Prior to COVID-19, the lounge provided a range of reading materials, including some English-language titles. Whether this returns will depend upon local restrictions.

All in all, the SilverKris Lounge at Hong Kong Airport is one of the airline's better outstation lounges, particularly after its refurbishment in 2014.

It's also located in a convenient place for all departing travellers, and we'd say it's the best lounge pick for Star Alliance business class flyers.

Also reviewed: EVA Air Boeing 787-10 business class (Taipei-HK)

Chris Chamberlin travelled to Hong Kong as a guest of EVA Air, a Star Alliance partner of Singapore Airlines.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 222

I've used this lounge many times  and it has great food offerings self served  It can get very busy (not sure now during COVD).  Usually I leave my carryon in the First lounge and travel the few metres  to get something tasty  - the First Lounge has ala carte dining and minimal self serve options,  much like the SQ First Lounge Sydney.  Showers are shared between First and Business Lounges and are very spacious and comfortable - much more so than the tiny Showers in the CX First Lounge which is basement level (forgot the name , I think Pier) but not quite as glam as the Cabana Suites in the CX First Bridge lounge.   

The  Thai First and Business Lounges might be worth a walk to exercise if you have a long connection, but as in Singapore, TG F and C  lounges don't quite make the mark.  The best overall SQ Business Lounge I've experienced is the SQ Bangkok Lounge which received a massive upgrade and beats the HKG SQ C Lounge by a furlong

Hi cbourl, Thai Airways no longer has any lounges in Hong Kong, unfortunately. The only remaining Star Alliance alternative to the SilverKris lounges in Hong Kong is the United Club.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 222

Oh Oh COVID19!   I used to visit the UA Global First Lounge here at HKG for dine on demand burger or  omelette,  and shower with Cowshed UA toiletries, and self serve Fere champagne, and  basically no one else and no waiters fussing around -  but when it closed forced to UA Club  which is a UA Club!  Usually flying Swiss F outa HKG to ZRH and then on to TLV to avoid SIN airport  WOW COVID sucks and as an  Australian it is so difficult to leave (although I've heard of many granted exemptions to Britain, IT DE INDIA  USA CHINA SIN et al) We can't even travel domestically 


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