China - Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
- Convenient location near passport control, being easy to access for all Star Alliance flights
- Barista coffee would really elevate the experience, particularly for morning flyers
- Private working pods provide a touch of Singapore Airlines' A380 business class
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.