The American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong is located near Gate 60 – just one level up from the main walkway.
However, American Express clearly does not have the reach it has in the US, at least with their Platinum/Centurion cards. There is another private section further back for Black cardholders – maybe this is more what everyone is after in Hong Kong.
Anyways, the seating arrangements are very ‘loungy’ and less suitable for work. Yes, there are power outlets and the WiFi is fast but it all looks more like a place to get drunk at the beach than a co-working environment.
The bar is indeed enormous and has a lot of alcoholic drinks on offer. I tried a Californian rosé (I know, I know!) and liked it a lot! Note that there are no craft beers on offer (the US AMEX lounges have a couple of different IPAs usually these days).
The lunch spread looked delicious, with pasta, curry, fresh mussels, and salads. However, it TASTED HORRIBLE – I only felt the pasta tasted anywhere close to what I expected from the beautiful presentation. I wasn’t sure what it was but it was a bland mess.
I also tried the cheese (which was good), the bread rolls (they were at least a few days old) and the ice cream (great but way too sweet).
The (healthy) food is generally the huge innovation American Express Centurion Lounges pioneered in the US but the Hong Kong outstation was a complete fail. It was even more mesmerizing because the food actually looked good – typically, presentation and taste go hand in hand (at least somewhat).
The lounge gets a lot of sun and given Hong Kong’s hot afternoons in summer, it got very hot for some time. You are also a level higher than the general area (which is already quite toasty).
In sum, I felt disappointed, given my high expectations. The lounge is beautiful and comes with a fantastic bar and fast WiFi. However, the seats aren’t comfortable for work at all and the food is a failure.
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