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United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

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I’ve now reviewed all three Star Alliance lounges at HKG, and I genuinely feel like the United Club is on the same quality of service as the other two, with the Thai Royal Orchid Lounge has a more local flavour to it while the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge have a overall top-notch standard. I am not saying that this lounge property is the worst of the three, I mean this is probably the best United Club you’ll find as many of those in America are falling behind is several aspects.

The Lounge is located near gate 60, interestingly it’s on the same mezzanine level just like the Thai lounge, now I’ve realised that the two are on opposite sites of the floor and you can zig-zag your way to the other lounge if you find this one is a bit crowded.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

They have a spacious entrance area where the check in counter is on the left, there is also an exclusive first class area within the lounge, the check in agent was decent and scanned my boarding pass without any question, then I entered the jam-packed lounge with people lining up near the breakfast counters.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport


Food & Drinks:

Here’s the breakfast offerings at the lounge, they offered quiet a decent selection of food and it would be superb offering if you compare it with United Clubs in the states.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

The hot dishes are standard for breakfast, but for many North American travellers, they might be crying when seeing this, but wait, there is more, you see the dim sum basket down below? Yeah, I highly believe this lounge is managed by the same company who are managing many other lounges at HKG, since an all-American team wouldn’t be this dedicated to offer such “extravaganza”. Just kidding, lounges in Hong Kong are all generally great.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Breakfast pastries spread, I have to say it looked tasty to me and you can see they are not fooling around here, boi!

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Snacks and decor(?), I checked, nothing is in those baskets, was expecting some special-made desserts.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Coffee machine and tea sets.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Beverages and soft drinks.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

The tomato juice is kind of special here, I am not a big fan of it, but I have a cousin who can chug a whole bottle of ketchup, so you tell me.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Liquor offerings in the morning.


Amenities:

They offer a good selection of magazines and newspaper, though slightly a bit more magazines here.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Other amenities including shower and computers, but since there were tons of people in the lounge, I didn’t manage to get pictures.


Seating:

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

As a result of the crowdedness, I only took some pictures of unoccupied seating area; mainly on the side or corner of the lounge.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

Many comfortable seating arrangements, although the lounge was busy, I wouldn’t say it would be impossible to find a place to sit.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport


Bottom Line:

This is a great lounge to visit, it covers all your necessities and the open ceiling gives you great view to the boarding gates area and the concourse. The lounge has a strong corporate atmosphere. Unfortunately I only reviewed their breakfast offerings here, as I am sure they have a lot more to offer during lunch and dinner.

United Club Lounge Review Hong Kong Airport

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. mikey

    October 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I am certainly not impressed by the bottom shelf liquor selection. I can’t wait for them to open a Polaris Lounge in HKG.

    • Albert Aviation

      January 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Polaris? United? HKG? Air China says no

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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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