Cathay Pacific Lounge, Terminal 3 Heathrow

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Terminal 3, London, United Kingdom

Cathay Pacific Lounge, Terminal 3 Heathrow London Reviews

Vikram Vikram
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British Airways, THIS is how you do a lounge! Aug 18, 2017
The best perk about being a frequent flyer is the status that allows you to access both Departure and Arrivals Lounges. AND, the best part about collecting miles on oneworld and flying out of LHR T3 is being spoilt for choice when it comes to lounges. I call it "lounge hopping", like pub hopping.

So, first off, T3 is choc-a-block with lounges as, save for Star Alliance, you pretty much have every other alliance or airline covered. Oneworld is the best represented. Whilst AA and BA have their own lounges, a oneworld member depending on status is welcomed at any of the lounges provided he's flying on a oneworld operated flight (meaning - if I were flying Emirates or Virgin Atlantic, I couldn't be able to use these lounges irrespective of my oneworld Tier status).

The Cathay Pacific Lounge "officially" supports passengers who fly on any of their five daily flights to Hong Kong. Finnair and JAL passengers also piggy back on this lounge. That said, it's open for all oneworld tier members.

Whilst I'm very lukewarm to both BA's and AA's flagship lounges, I decided to give Cathay Pacific a go this time. And I'm afraid to say that after experiencing Cathay's, I've gone from lukewarm to cold (w.r.t my opinion on the BA and AA lounges).

Draped in hues of light and dark wood, the lounge has a very plush and timeless feel to it, very reminiscent of a 5 star hotel reception. On entry, you're ushered to the Business Lounge (or first, depending on your status). Both lounges share a common shower and washroom.

The lounge is broken up into 4 areas: there's a restaurant with a choice of dim sum and several Asian specialities (cooked to your spec, with so many choices for accompaniments), there's a self service soup, coffee and snack section, a huge long row of lounge and beach-like reclining seats that offer great views of the tarmac and runway with a full service bar. And finally, the 4th being the quiet/study area.

I sampled their dan dan something, and noodles which were both cooked to perfection. They give you a buzzer and you head back to the counter when it's done. I'm also not a fan of hot chocolate or English trifle but had to try out both given how well they were presented here. Didn't disappoint.

Even something as "elemental" as the shower - why are BA's and AA's shower facilities so poor and hostel-like compared to the plush bathrooms of CX's lounge?

I could go on and on, but overall - lounges don't come better than this. It's a pity that their oneworld neighbours AA and BA are located just a block away (both), and never really got the memo on what superior premium on-ground experience should be. What's even more disappointing for BA is that Heathrow is THEIR home turf! And yet they've put up a shoddy lounge product!
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The restaurant section
the self service section: soups, s…
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