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Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

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Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Royal Orchid Lounge at Hong Kong airport is situated at a mezzanine where several other lounges are also situated. Unlike Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge located at Gate 15, the other two Star Alliance lounges at HKG are both located at Gate 40.

It’s quite a walk after you take the escalator up to floor level 7 and after walking past Emirates Lounge and Plaza Premium Lounge, with another long pathway (maybe I took the wrong escalator?) I finally saw the signs lead to the lounge entrance.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Since I mistakenly walked the furthest way to the lounge, feeling frustrated and I started to slouch walking, then all of a sudden, at the end of the hallway, I saw a Thai air hostess smiling at me (as shown picture below), thinking it was a real person and immediately adjusted my posture and put up a smile for several seconds only realising that I’ve been smiling at a piece of cardboard all along, talking about irony.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

When I finally made my way to the counter to check in, with the artificially-boosted politeness by the cardboard lady, the three agents manning the desk were laughing with each other on something on their phones, and ignored me for quiet a moment before scanned my boarding pass, the Royal Orchid Lounge is on the left while a dedicated area for first class passengers is on the right side.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport


Lounge Admission:

Business or First Class Passengers on Thai Airways or Star Alliance Partner Airlines.

Star Alliance Gold Status Holders travelling on Thai Airways or Star Alliance Partner Airlines regardless of class.


Seating Area:

The lounge is not young, but due to the white marble on the floor, and open ceiling with high roof, those little-dated armchairs with its contrasting bright colour does not look old at all, instead it still kept its stylishness.

There are other seating arrangements as well on the side of the lounge, while the main seating space around the serving counters are all in bright singular colour.

There were plenty of seating space during the time I visited the lounge, which was quiet early in the morning, while the armchairs might not be the most comfortable thing you will find in lounges nowadays.


Drinks & Food:

I would say the Thai lounge has the best food and drinks offerings at all of the Star Alliance lounges at Hong Kong airport, and if you are a big fan of local delicacy offerings at lounges, you will really be fond of this one.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Liquor and Wine offerings, a standard subpar selections.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

They also offer instant noodles which is a big thing in Asia, and I like those very much too. Although the lounge is Thai, but those cupped-noodles are local.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

I felt like it might be too early in the morning to serve more alcohol options,(comment below if that’s accurate) but they also serve many local soft-drink beverages like the soy-milk and canned-tea, both are local classics.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

In terms of food, they an automated-pancakes-maker who looks still very cool til this day to me.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Dim Sum offerings, another local food feature.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Breakfast pastries, and packaged sandwiches.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Cold salad bar.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Snacks offerings on the side.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Warm dishes offerings.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Another impressive offering I find exciting is the ice cream which I didn’t saw at any other Star Alliance lounges at HKG.


Amenities:

Other amenities in the lounge includes standard wifi and shower rooms, though I didn’t get any pictures of the facilities.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

You can find the business area with computers right behind the check in area, though I hardly see any people use it nowadays.

Thai Royal Orchid Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

You can also find numerous magazines and newspapers both in Chinese and English.


Bottom Line:

I felt like this is my favourite Star Alliance lounge at HKG, mainly because they have food offerings with a local flare that suits my stomach very well and also for the ice cream for breakfast possibility. I do think that the Singapore SilverKris Lounge I’ve reviewed is also very high standard, and they offer some specialities as well.

A small MU bird I caught with my camera before take off

I would be affirmative to say that I personally think this is the best Star Alliance lounge at Hong Kong airport, though you would have to see my review of United Club Lounge which is coming up next.

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Air France Salon Lounge Lyon Review, France

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The Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the second main hub for Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP!, the airline is created to help Air France to keep market share, the only all year round Air France flight operates from Lyon is a feeder route to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The lounge is newly renovated earlier this year and it’s located right outside the gate 21B boarding area; the auto-sliding door at the entrance will get you a lot of attention from people waiting for boarding outside.

Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details
Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details

Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

  • Air France
  • HOP! by Air France
  • Aeroflot
  • KLM

Admission:

  • Business Class, First Class on contracted airlines
  • Skyteam Elite
  • €25 or 6,000 Flying Blue Miles *subject to availability

Opening Hours:

  • 5:40-22:00

Area Size:

  • 280 sq. m.
  • 85 seats
  • Dedicated Platinum Ultimate area
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance

Seating Area:

Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon
Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon

After the renovation earlier this year, the lounge now looks in line with Air France’s new design concept of French chic and elegance, the seating are more comfortable, with different layout options that suits to different passengers need.

Seating Area Near Concourse
Seating Area Near Concourse

In addition to newer seating design, Air France went one step ahead with more dedicated attention for its first class La Premier and Platinum Ultimate passengers with an exclusive seating area which are blocked for them, this corner will get you special attention from lounge staff which includes a light conversation regarding your personal life and then they will bring the slev service items from the counter all the way to you, and even more, they might prepare you with the selv-serve counter snacks to be nicely unwrapped onto a plate in the kitchen and serve it to you with fork, knife and napkins. You will of course also get all the eye attention from other normal elites through the glass wall.

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Platinum Ultimate Area Lyon Air France Salon Lounge


Food & Drinks:

The food and drinks options are rather limited, this can be the problem for all Air France Salon Lounges, packaged biscuits and crackers are hardly something people really want to eat, there are as daw as chewing wax, but they are served only for the purpose of having things to offer.

Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter
Drink Service Cups
Drink Service Cups

Although the hot drink cups came with a new design, so came the cost-cutting measures like having the chocolate or tea bag being fixed to the cup itself which kan save their staff more time to do inventories check while passengers can feel more like visiting a fast food joint.

Drinks & Beer Display
Drinks & Beer Display

Conclusion:

The Air France Salon Lounge at Lyon airport came with the newly expanded Terminal 2 building, facilities and amenities inside the terminal are kept at the minimum while being new and clean, so is what I have to comment about the new lounge. The lounge decor is up to date with Air France’s overall new service concept, while cost cutting had been put into practice at every aspect possible. I certainly wouldn’t recommend paying in any form to gain access to this lounge, as during quieter hours, the terminal itself has more area to sit and explore than this.

Being a frequent traveller these days can only remind people of lowering their own expectations, though the hallway inside the lounge does bring you some peace and solitude while being at such a hectic place like the airport.

Tarmac View From The Lounge
Tarmac View From The Lounge

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