Thai Airways Royal Orchard Business Class Lounge Review – Hong Kong (HKG)
The Thai Business Class Lounge in Hong Kong is magnificent. This airport is a major hub for business and luxury travel – and Thai makes sure all of its premium guests feel pampered in their Royal Orchard Lounge.
Open & Airy – you almost feel like you are outdoors! It’s a fab place to relax before an international flight.
Here’s a review of my recent visit
The Royal Orchard lounge is located on the top departure level of the airport – at the far end of Terminal 1.
The entrance is super glam – bathed in bright pink lights. It almost looks like a hip nightclub! Show your Star Alliance business class boarding pass or Star Gold Card - and the velvet rope will be opened for you!
If you are interested in lounge hopping – the United Club is almost right next door (about a three-minute walk).
There's a massive amount of seating in this lounge. Enough for an entire A380 for sure. You won’t have a problem finding a place to curl up with a cocktail!
The best seats are located around the edges of the facility. They have stunning views of the tarmac and all of the activities in the departure halls. I could have sat there for hours watching the world zip by – headed to far flung destinations.
If you need to work – there’s a dedicated area with desks and office seating.
Food & Beverage
If you’re peckish – the Royal Orchard Lounge has a wide selection of cuisine options. With both a hot & cold buffet, and European & Asian fare – there is really something for everyone!
My favorites- - their hagau (shrimp dim-sum) – followed by their Japanese soba noodles. I also have to call out their salad bar – it has super fresh options on hand if you are yearning for something healthy after plowing through all the noodle bars in Hong Kong.
Thai Airways self-serve bar also offers up a variety of libations. I wouldn’t say it’s ‘extensive’ – but they have all the ingredients for a Martini which should make even an international spy happy!
If there is one fault for this lounge – I would have to say it’s their shower facilities. They are a little weak – but I’m not surprised as they are probably underutilized (The flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok are so short, few passengers would make use of them!).
There is one shower in the lounge (for each sex) – and it’s attached to the restroom (It’s not in a separate area). The lounge hostess at the front has the key. It’s simple and gets the job done – but it is much more utilitarian than glam! Don’t expect a spa treatment.
Showers aside – this is a fantastic international airline lounge. I love the views, seats, and Asian cuisine! A great Star Alliance outpost.