Cathay Pacific Kuala Lumpur Lounge Bottom Line
Cathay Pacific’s small lounge at KUL seems like an unnecessary space. The much larger, and much better, Malaysia Airlines lounge would be a better option for the Hong Kong-based carrier to contract out.
The Good: Nice tarmac views.
The Bad: Nothing was bad, per se, but it was just a small and simple lounge.
The Noteworthy: Sadly, nothing was noteworthy.
The lounge is located in one of the spurs of Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s international terminal. It is labeled from the outside as the Cathay Pacific Lounge, for OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald passengers as well. Any OneWorld business class passenger can access the lounge.
The lounge is divided into four main parts. The first area is closest to the entrance, and it is basically a seating area. Seats alternate between red, beige and grey. There was also a monitor showing departures.
The second area faces the lounge windows. It is an extension of the previous seating area, but there are some privacy partitions between some of the arm chairs. The tarmac views are pretty good, although the runway is not visible from the lounge.
The third area, which I was unable to photograph, was the busiest in the lounge. It is basically a dining area, with a bar-type long table, and some other regular tables and tarmac views.
The last area is tucked in away from the rest of the lounge. It is a cyber cafe, fully stocked with Macs. The internet was somewhat slow, for wired connections at least. The computers were never busy while I was there, only one other person used it throughout my 1 hour stay at the lounge.
The lounge has limited food options, but they are more than enough for its size. There are two hot entrees, two soups and some pastries. There are also cold sandwiches, fruits and mini cakes. Behind the bar, there is a self serve fridge, with soft drinks and beer. I did not see any hard alcohol or wine when I was there, which struck me as odd.
The lounge is okay. I don’t see it as necessary at all, given the much better Malaysia Airlines business class lounge a few hundred feet away. I would only use that lounge if the MH lounge were so busy that I was unable to find a table. Overall, a private space with food, but not a lounge I would spend any more than the minimum time I need at.