Immigration and customs were quick and effortless and I was on my way to find Cathay Pacific’s “The Arrival” lounge. I didn’t look up its location before arriving so like any man, I began wandering around looking for it assuming I’d run into it. After a couple of passes through the arrivals hall and down another corridor, I relented and went to the nearest information booth. The agent’s English was excellent and she pointed me in the right direction. It’s actually down two escalators below the trains to the city for anyone who would like to know.
I entered, surrendered my invitation and the agent around the corner offered to take my roller bag, but I asked to use the showers first. I was escorted to one of the eight available shower rooms.
The packaged amenities sitting to the left of the sink included a toothbrush with toothpaste, comb, shower cap and a vanity kit with Q-tips and cotton balls. Common use hand & body lotion, facial cleanser and after-shave were also available. I didn’t notice a sign here offering razors and such, but I’d have to imagine they’d be available upon request.
After a refreshing shower and change of clothes I checked my roller bag back at reception and walked through to the back of the rather small lounge, passing two small seating areas, one with a television and the other centered around a newspaper and magazine rack. I took a seat at a table in the dining area where an agent handed me a menu, but also noticed the self-serve buffet nearby.
I forget what else was on the menu because I saw pasta with bacon, so I stopped there and ordered it. What can I say? Anything with bacon wins out in my book. While she disappeared into a back room, I took a closer look at the buffet.
For beverages, a range of soft drinks, water, juices, coffee and tea were available. To the right of that, packaged snacks, pre-made & wrapped mini-sandwiches and dessert items were on display, followed by a selection of cold salads and cherry tomatoes. Continuing to the right was fresh fruit and finally a selection of two different kinds of soup. I sat back down and shortly my order of pasta arrived.
It was delicious and I also grabbed a pre-wrapped mini-sandwich, some Oreos and bottled water to take with me for my new quest to find the hotel. Before I got up, I snapped the following picture showing the small seating area around the TV in the distance, as well as a few of the computer workstations in the foreground.
Deciding to make life easier I asked reception on the way out how to get to the hotel, which is attached via an air-conditioned walkway to the terminal. She happily gave me directions and wished me a pleasant evening. Be sure to check out the short video below that includes a full tour of the shower room showing it off with much more clarity than the pictures appearing above. Up next will by my review of the Regent Airport Hotel Hong Kong.