Ever since Cathay Pacific and the San Francisco airport held the plane spotting event for the inaugural flight of Cathay Pacific’s A350 to San Francisco I was hooked to fly Cathay’s A350 and go back to Hong Kong.
I arrived a day early in San Francisco to make sure that I have enough time to make it to my flight even so my inbound flight would get delayed. For the one night, I stayed at the Hyatt Regency SFO Airport, which is just a short shuttle ride away from the airport. As World of Hyatt Globalist, I got a 4 p.m. checkout and headed to the airport to check in for my flight. The plan was to visit Cathay Pacific’s lounge and hang out there until my flight would depart at 12:35 a.m.
There was only one issue, the check-in for Cathay Pacific Airways wouldn’t open until 7:20 p.m. and I arrived there around 4:30 p.m. with the shuttle from the hotel. So I took the hotel shuttle back to the hotel and hang out in the Regency Club shortly before 7 p.m. to make my way back to the airport.
Checking in for my flight was quick as I was the first in line for Business Class. I received besides my boarding pass also an invite for the lounge in San Francisco and the Arrivals Lounge in Hong Kong. Getting through security was thanks to TSA Pre no problem either.
Cathay Pacific’s lounge is located on the 4th floor of the International Airport, together with a bunch of other lounges. Once passed security there is an automatic door on your left, go through there and follow the signs to the Cathay Pacific Lounge. You can use either the elevator or escalator to get one floor higher. Once there, walk down the long hallway to the left and the entrance of the lounge will be to your left as well. Very easy to find. To your right would be the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge and the Philippines Airlines Mabuhay Lounge.
I was one of the first guests to arrive and I showed my invite for the lounge and was ready to go.
From the entrance, the lounge splits to the left and right. The left portion was still closed as they got it ready but the area right in front of the entrance and to the right was already open. Both sides offer a variety of seating areas and a snack buffet. However, the hot food buffet is only at the right side of the lounge.
They just started to prepare the food and had some mini burgers and cold sandwiches still out besides cheese and other snacks.
The food got changed to a more Asian-style cuisine with Kung Pao Chicken, Black Pepper Beef, rice and more. The food was really good and they always kept the buffet filled. Even tho that in the time from when I arrived at the lounge until shortly before departure, the lounge never really got to full.
Besides food, passengers have the choice between numerous beverages from water and sodas over to beer and wine and spirits. Not to forget that they also have a coffee machine where you can get your favorite coffee blend.
Besides dining tables, there were more comfortable chairs located throughout the lounge. Besides the dining tables pretty much ever chair and seat had a power outlet to charge your devices. If you need to get some business done, there are workstations and printer/fax in the business center near the middle of the lounge, next to the entrance.
On either side of the lounge are a restroom and some shower suites which is also complimentary during your visit.
As it was already dark when I arrived at the lounge, there was not much view from the windows in the lounge.
This is now one of my new favorite lounges at the San Francisco airport, but I will rarely use it because of their opening hours and access requirements to get in. For most of my flights out of SFO, I use the American Express Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 as I can walk there from the terminals I fly out the most. The biggest downside at SFO is that the terminals are not interconnected. That means you have to go through security every time you change the terminal. That’s why I stayed at the Cathay Pacific Lounge in the International Terminal. It has been a very long day already and I got through security when the lines were short even with TSA Pre. If you fly out of SFO on a Cathay Pacific flight you really should visit this lounge.
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