HKG: Hong Kong Traveler's Lounge - Hong Kong airport pay in lounge

 

Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge - Hong Kong Airport pay in lounge
The Traveler's Tavern lounge East by Gate 1 is the flagship lounge of the Plaza brand, and as such it is a 15,000 square feet leviathan with a seating capacity of 250 people. Alas, it's also decorated in what could charitably be described as 1990s hotel lobby style, and lacks any real flourishes: for that, you need access to the Cathay lounges.

The Traveler's Tavern lounge in the East Hall is the one most people use, because it is by far the largest, with the best showers and sleeping rooms, however it lacks windows or any natural light. There are four pay-per-entry lounges at Hong Kong Airport (or pay-in Lounges if you prefer). All of them are pretty similar, and all are run by Plaza.

The Traveler's Hong Kong airport pay in lounge seems to stretch onwards from the small entrance. As you walk in, there is a small (pay) bar on the left – of the brick and wobbly bar stool type, and a few computers. There is a similar wine bar on the opposite wall, and uncomfortably large seats. Further on the left is the main seating area, but most people walk up the corridor to the food servery, which curves in an arc as the lounge turns right.

There are some dining tables here, and these are very useful if you want to use a laptop: charging power sockets are low on the floor: there are also some TVs here.

From here there are several more rooms that closed in turn when an airline ‘buys' access for its premium passengers: KLM has one room, JAL another, and so the lounge gets smaller. The large room you first come to is by far the best: the chairs have recently been renovated, and power sockets added low down on the dividers between them. There is a separate bar and food servery here, 3 more TVs and a flight info screen, and also an odd little bar stand with beer pump.

Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge

Further on through three more rooms, you pass the massage room, and hair dresser: during the day you can even get a pedicure – for a whopping HK$400. As the main Hong Kong airport pay in lounge, the Travelers lounge like to get it's money out of you.

Finally, at the back are the sleeping rooms. If you pay for the full works at HK$600$ you get a "heated" bed in a cosy dark room, a tiny widescreen TV on the wall, an lovely ensuite large bathroom & shower room - the shower even plays the radio, and has a full selection of condiments.

Annoyingly loud lift music plays throughout the lounge – some reviews of the Travelers Tavern lounge suggest that this is to encourage anyone who wants to sleep to pay for a quiet sleeping room!

In short, the Hong Kong airport Travelers Tavern lounge East is a great pay-per-visit lounge at Hong Kong airport. Some of the touches you get at more upmarket pay-in lounges are missing, however in general it isn't bad at all. Just make sure you put in the missing L, and it would be fine!

Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge - Hong Kong Airport pay in lounge

Food

Food is pretty decent in the Hong Kong airport Traveler's Tavern lounge, but as you'd expect, very Asian. In the morning the only Western food is cornflakes, croissants, and chicken sausage with scrambled egg. However there are plenty of noodles.

For the rest of the day, the food is pretty consistent. There is an ever changing supply of noodles, and noodles, with fish, chicken, or beef.

If you want western style food, you'll be restricted to sandwiches, plus a few heated meat pies, or cheese, biscuits, or nuts.

There is also hot soup and rolls.

Bar

The good news is there are complimentary alcoholic drinks in the Travelers Tavern lounge at Hong Kong airport. The bad news is that they are limited to bottled beer only – what did you expect of a pay in lounge at Hong Kong airport. They are in the fridge near the main food servery. In fact, you'll have to hunt hard to find a bottle of beer: mostly it is in cans, and odd cans at that. There are cans of Skol and Draco draft super premium beer. I kid you not!
Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge

As you walk in there is also an oval Cash bar at the front for spirits, and behind this a separate wine bar. Drinks here can be expensive, but they take all credit cards – just watch for the ‘foreign transaction charge' on your credit card.

In the rear rooms – usually reserved for JAL – there is a beer pump serving Ashai on draft, and there is also free complementary wine left out for the KLM flights: beware of the checks on entering this room to see if you are really on KLM or JAL.

Bathrooms

Showers in the Hong Kong Travelers Tavern lounge come with every package that are sold – that's the cash generating business of this, the main Hong Kong airport pay in lounge. They are right at the back of the lounge, the shower even plays the radio, and has a full selection of shampoo and shower gel.

You can also get a 30 minute massage. It comes in at HKG$320, or HKG$350 for a 30 minute foot massage.

Business Facilities

There is free WIFI in the lounge- but then the whole airport has this anyway.

The Hong Kong Travelers Tavern lounge only has a few computers: these relatively slow PCs are right at the front of the lounge, but they do have a decent fast internet conection.

Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge - Hong Kong Airport pay in lounge

There are lots of big widescreen TVs, showing mostly Hong Kong channels but there is normally one on The Australia Network.

There is a magazine rack in the main part of the lounge, with plenty of copies of Newsweek, Elle, Vogue, and Tattler.

Access

The Hong Kong Airport Traveler's Tavern lounge also acts as the Priority Pass Hong Kong lounge. Right by Gate 1, this lounge is one of the most convenient ones, and is used by KLM and JAL.

If you have to buy your way in, or you want to pay for a lounge in Hong Kong Airport with a shower, the Hong Kong Airport Traveler's Tavern is very expensive, and prices have recently increased a long way. Even worse, there is no price list outside the lounge, and the odd, per hour for this and that variable price range isn't displayed until you ask at the counter, when you have little opportunity to think after a long haul flight.

Hong Kong airport travelers lounge
Hong Kong The Traveler's Lounge

As the main Hong Kong airport pay in lounge the desk will sell you a shower for HKG$150, but a better deal is the lounge package with everything for HKG$400 for 2 hours (however there is little monitoring of this, so long as you ignore the "come to the desk, there is a message for you"), or access to the sleeping rooms for HKG$600, which also give you access to the whole lounge.

If you get bored with the Traveler's Tavern lounge in the East Hall there is also one in the West Hall at the far end of the pier, with identical entry requirements – just take train up the pier; it is by gate 35. This lounge has great views – unlike the Gate 1 Traveler's lounge at Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Travelers Lounge
Food:
►Basic finger food.
►Hot noodles 24 hours a day
►Cheese & biscuits, nuts
►Sandwiches curing the day
►Hot breakfast
Bar:
►Free alcohol, free pour
►Beer: Skol in cans
►Cash bar for wine and spirits
Business Facilities:
►Several slow PCs, printer
►Wifi in lounge
Entertainment:
Many TVs in lounge. Newspaper rack.
Showers & Bathrooms:
Bathroom in lounge, no showers
Other airlines using the Hong Kong Travelers Lounge:
► JAL Hong Kong Business Class Lounge
► KLM Hong Kong Business Class Lounge
► Priority Pass
Hong Kong Travelers Lounge rated: 6 out of 10
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