Welcome to a basic look at a basic lounge- the Traveler’s Lounge Hong Kong used by a number of airlines including Malaysia Airlines (MH). It’s sometimes hard to know what a third party lounge will be like, which is why we have written this short blog review.
First impressions of the lounge is that the entry is quite nice with a line for airline guests and a line for others. There were no people in the line, not sure how busy the lounge would be during the day but we we visited at 7am.
For a fee, passengers who aren’t airline guests are able to use the lounge- charges start at $400 HKD ($50 USD/AUD) for 2 hours which is a little steep for what you get in our opinion. But the value is in the eye of the beholder.
The food selection was a few Asian dishes at this hour- we were happy with the Singapore noodles, then there were a few sandwiches- the egg ones were quite agreeable. There weren’t many western options other than this. There were some beverage fridges but no alcohol at this hour. The lounge packages don’t include alcoholic beverages, so we’re not sure if this is available to airline guests or not. Signs on the drinks fridges threatening to charge for beverages removed from the lounge somewhat cheapened the feeling compared to a ‘real’ airline lounge.
We were able to plug in our computer and work during our visit, according to the website terminals are available. We didn’t use the WiFi as HKG airport already has excellent free WiFi. We didn’t get a chance to look at the amenities.
We would find this lounge acceptable as an airline guest but probably wouldn’t pay to use the facilities as there are cheaper options elsewhere in the terminal, just without the privacy.
Impressions of the Traveler’s Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport
Ambiance: A little bit dark and lacking in light or external views. Quite busy for 7am but a decent ambiance.
Staff: Non-existent in the lounge but friendly enough at the front counter
Food: Limited selection
Beverage: Limited selection of non-alcoholic beverages
Connectivity: Hong Kong Airport has good free WiFi, so we didn’t get the password