Hong Kong has been a gateway to the rest of Asia for centuries, and its international airport, opened in 1998, reaches over 40 destinations in mainland China alone. It's also a major focus of international carriers including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and United Airlines. Customers passing through have incredible choices for dining, shopping, and other services while they wait to catch their next flight.
With so many passengers making a connection through this busy Pacific hub, it's not surprising that over 20 lounges cater to them with opportunities to rest and grab a bite. Many of these, however, are limited to passengers with elite status or traveling in first or business class.
Plaza Premium Lounge Entrance
Plaza Premium Lounge's newest Flagship Lounge at Hong Kong stands out from the rest by inviting all passengers - in any class of service and traveling to any destination - to escape the busy terminal without worrying about membership restrictions. Passengers who start off with a great ground experience are less likely to board the plane already exasperated with the hassles of travel. You might even want to arrive early the next time you pass through Hong Kong!
Its enormous size of over 15,000 square feet enables Plaza Premium to tailor different areas of the Flagship Lounge to meet specific needs. Kinney Chan, of Hong Kong-based firm Kinney Chan & Associates, designed several unique looks that include custom furniture. His design goals 'Belonging, Choice, and Identity' work together to create a welcoming environment.
Plaza Premium wants all guests to experience a sense of belonging so they will treat the Flagship Lounge as their home away from home. Like a home, this means they must also have the choice to relax in any of several different spaces and take advantage the variety of services on offer. By the end of their stay, Plaza Premium hopes to become part of their guests' identity. Guests should feel like they are now part of a special club even if no one needs a membership to get in.
Beyond comfortable seating, visitors can look forward to complimentary food and beverages, a full bar, showers to freshen up during long journeys, wireless internet access, conference rooms, and free local calls.
Plaza Premium lounge shower
Guests enter an expansive and well-lit reception area from which they continue to the main lounge. Several seating configurations were designed to meet individual requirements, whether they are rest and relaxation, a casual read, or space to work on an assignment. Aviation geeks can grab a bar stool and look out over the apron, spotting the latest long-haul jets arriving from around the world.
Plaza Premium Lounge Honeycomb Social
Have a long layover? A separate resting area is available for an additional fee to catch some shut-eye. Rather than clear immigration and look for an expensive hotel for just a few hours, this option provides an affordable and convenient alternative to the noisy halls of the main terminal.
With so much available space, five distinct zones were designed in the new Flagship Lounge to meet specific needs for today's travelers. The Social most closely matches the traditional lounge concept with long, communal tables as well as low-walled honeycomb cubicles that provide desks and power sockets for staying connected on the road. Rather than isolate guests, the goal for this more open design is to encourage interaction between travelers from around the world.
Plaza Premium Lounge The Social
If you get hungry, The Market Place is an entirely new dining concept offering several food and beverage stalls with a range of options. A noodle bar serves the lounge's signature Hong Kong-style fish ball noodles, rice rolls, and dim sum, while a dedicated tea station whips up Hong Kong milk tea. Guests can interact with the chefs preparing food at these stations or help themselves to the salad bar and other buffet options.
The Hub is a separate bar area that serves hot and cold tapas such as croquettes, soups, and small platters. An automated wine dispenser lets patrons choose their selection according to region or specific varietal. The goal is to take the traditional bar one step further from pouring a customer a drink to providing an education that helps him or her enjoy that drink even more in the future. Regular updates will ensure the selections never get dull.
Even meeting spaces have been updated and improved beyond simple conference rooms. The Galleria provides seating for 70 people and has a separate entrance and sweeping views of the runway. It comes with its own food and beverage station and can be closed off for groups that want dedicated access. Smaller groups of 40 or fewer may prefer the intimacy of The Saloon, which features sofas, armchairs, and a mural of the famous Hong Kong skyline. A buffet table is available, but the room also connects to The Hub for socializing over wine and cocktails.
Plaza Premium Lounge The Galleria
Plaza Premium's Flagship Lounge is centrally located near Gate 40 in Hong Kong airport's West Hall. It joins several other Plaza Premium lounges, including a separate arrivals lounge and a salon. More information about the amenities of each location can be found using the free LoungeBuddy mobile app. Download it for iPhone or Android. Finding your next airport escape is simpler than ever!
Fact Sheet - Plaza Premium Flagship Lounge
Location: Hong Kong International Airport, Terminal 1
Directions: access Level 7 by taking the escalator or elevator near Gate 40
Size: 15,000 square feet
Seating Capacity: 300; two group rooms hold 40 or 70 people
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day
Notable Amenities: limousine service to airport, showers, private resting area, food and beverage stalls, workstations, and private group areas
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This is a guest post by Scott Mackenzie who writes the blog Travel Codex.