Business class travellers and Oneworld elite frequent flyers score a big win when flying through Heathrow terminal 3 - the home of some fantastic lounges.
Among the best is the Cathay Pacific business and first class lounge. On my recent visit, four of us were travelling BA Club Europe, so were entitled to use the business class facility. Had I been alone, my BA gold card (Oneworld emerald status) would have allowed me to use the first class lounge.
Located near gate 11, the lounge is open from 5.30am until the last departure of the day. At 3pm on a Sunday afternoon there was no queue and we were admitted to the lounge straight away.
Despite a number of flight delays that day, the business class lounge was only about half full and there was plenty of space to sit and relax.
The large and stylish lounge is split into main sections, the first home to one of Cathay’s famous Noodle Bars, as well as booths for two or more people to dine together.
The second section is home to the buffet, the bar and a number of different seating zones.
Although it was a typical dreary London day, the chairs overlooking the apron were popular, with passengers able to read a complimentary newspaper or magazine while looking out over the airfield.
A highlight of the lounge is undoubtably the Noodle Bar - offering cooked-to-order dishes, including dim sum, wonton noodle soup and sambal chicken and vegetable egg fried rice. Orders are taken and passengers are “buzzed” when their items are ready (we didn’t wait for more than about five minutes each time we ordered).
First Class passengers can order à la carte in The Dining Room, but there’s no danger of going hungry in the business class lounge, with a generous buffet of sandwiches, ham and cheeses, cakes and pastries. Hot dishes on the buffet included green Thai curry, meatballs with barbecue sauce, Asian vegetables, jasmine rice and Singapore noodles.
There were a number of self-service beverage stations dotted around, well-stocked with beer taps and a selection of soft drinks. Wines and champagne were available to order from the bartender.
For a business class lounge, the selection of food and drink was very good and is an area that puts Cathay Pacific slightly above the otherwise excellent Qantas lounge next door.
The bathroom and showers were outside the lounge, meaning they could be shared with First Class passengers. The washrooms were spotlessly clean at all times and looked more like a five-star hotel bathroom than an airport loo!
After our visit, we briefly checked out the British Airways business class lounge - which could best be described as a zoo. It baffles me why more passengers don’t go to the Cathay Pacific business class lounge instead.
Perhaps they don’t know that eligible passengers can use any Oneworld lounge - there’s no need to stick with the lounge of the airline that you’re flying with.
The luxurious Cathay lounge was clean and streamline, with soft lighting and plenty of tan-coloured natural leather and wood, and is the ideal place to while away an hour or two before your flight.
The Cathay Pacific lounge is a great choice at Heathrow terminal 3 - much better than the crowded BA business class lounge, for example.
There’s a wide selection of food and drink, plenty of space to relax and sitting up at the bar in front of the Noodle Station is a real treat.
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