Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)

Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)

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NAME: Cathay Pacific Lounge
Airport: HND
DATE: January 2024
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda has gorgeous design, a high quality selection of food and drinks, and beautiful views. This lounge is worth a visit if flying a oneworld airline.
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During my trip to Japan via Mongolia, I had the chance to check out a few lounges at Tokyo Haneda Airport Terminal 3, prior to my Japan Airlines A350 first class flight to New York. One of those was the Cathay Pacific Lounge, which I’ll be reviewing in this installment.

Cathay Pacific is known for its amazing lounges, which are among my favorite in the world, thanks to their elegant, residential feel. I had never been to the Tokyo Haneda location before, which is actually where the carrier’s new design concept was launched back in 2014. A decade later, this lounge is still going strong.

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport has an excellent selection of food and drinks, and is a very comfortalbe place to hang out. Best of all, it’s often quieter than the other oneworld lounges in the terminal. The only slight downside to the lounge is that it doesn’t have showers, and doesn’t have much in the way of exciting amenities.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda location

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport is located in Terminal 3, which is where all international oneworld flights depart from. The lounge is housed in the same complex as several other lounges, near gate 114. To find this, just turn left from the central security checkpoint, and walk for a few minutes. Then on the left you’ll see signage for lounges.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport entrance

In this complex, the All Nippon Airways lounge is located on level four, the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge is located on level four and five, the Delta Sky Club is located on level five, and the Cathay Pacific Lounge is located on level six. So you’ll need to go up three levels, either via elevator or escalator.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport elevator
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport escalator

Once up there, you’ll notice Cathay Pacific’s distinctive lounge facade.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport exterior

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda hours

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport has limited hours compared to the other lounges in the terminal. It’s currently open daily from 7:30AM until 5PM, meaning it’s always open at least a couple of hours before Cathay Pacific flights. The schedule isn’t quite as well suited for those traveling on partner airlines, where early morning and late night flights are more common.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda entry requirements

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport follows standard oneworld lounge access policies. This means that the lounge can be accessed by all departing oneworld first and business class passengers, as well as the alliance’s Emerald members and Sapphire members. Everyone can bring one guest with them, except business class passengers, who aren’t allowed guests.

While this lounge is primarily intended for Cathay Pacific passengers, those traveling on other oneworld airlines are warmly welcomed as well. If you’re in business class or are a oneworld Sapphire member, I think this is an excellent alternative to the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, as the Cathay Pacific Lounge tends to be much quieter.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda seating & layout

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport is 990 square meters (~10,700 square feet), and can accommodate up to 190 guests. Unlike some of Cathay Pacific’s other lounges, there’s no dedicated first class and oneworld Emerald section, but rather everyone has access to the same space.

The lounge is primarily one, large rectangular room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, letting in lots of natural light. The space is broken up into several distinct zones, so let’s start at one end of the lounge.

The largest part of the lounge also has the most residential feel, and boasts all kinds of seating options that will make you feel like you’re in a swanky living room rather than in an airport lounge — it’s quite the contrast to the nearby TIAT Lounge.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating

I particularly love the chairs with ottomans by the windows, affording stunning views of the apron.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport view

Tucked away behind this section of the lounge is the bar area, which has high-top seating, as well as some other options for lounging around.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bar area
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bar area

Next to the bar is a business center, with a few iMacs, plus a workstation where you can use your own computer.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport business center

Moving toward the center of the lounge, you’ll find some more seats by the windows (this time without ottomans), as well as some semi-private seats facing in the direction of the apron.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport seating

This is adjacent to an area that has some communal tables with stools, as well as some tables that seem designed for just standing around (which I’m not sure I totally get, in the context of how people usually use lounges?).

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport design

Next to that is the other end of the lounge, featuring Cathay Pacific’s iconic noodle bar, which you’ll find at just about all of the carrier’s lounges. This includes a bunch of booths seating two people each, plus some communal tables.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport noodle bar
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport noodle bar
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport noodle bar

Cathay Pacific does a breathtaking job with its lounge aesthetic, and the Haneda location is no exception.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda food & drinks

Personally I love the food selection in Cathay Pacific lounges around the globe, though the airline takes a bit of an unconventional approach. Unlike some other airlines, Cathay Pacific doesn’t have some massive buffet with every food imaginable. The airline very much emphasizes quality over quantity.

The most exciting part of the dining experience of any Cathay Pacific lounge is the noodle bar, where you can order from a selection of freshly prepared dishes.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport noodle bar

The menu was a bit more varied than I’ve seen at some other Cathay Pacific lounges, with the choices of a Japanese breakfast, Chinese breakfast, dan dan noodles, won ton noodles, and french toast.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport noodle bar selection

I of course had to indulge in the dan dan noodles… yum!

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport dan dan noodles

Back near the center of the lounge, you’ll find more of a cafe-style concept, where there’s a staffed station where you can select from a variety of options, ranging from cold cuts, to quiche, to salads, to croissants, to pudding, to fresh fruit, and more.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport food selection
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport food selection
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport food selection
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport food selection

Many will also appreciate the staffed bar, where you can get anything from a cocktail, to a glass of wine, to a barista coffee.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport drink list
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport wine

There’s also a self-serve drink station with some water, soda, an espresso machine, and a beer machine.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport self-serve drinks

While I spent most of my time at Haneda Airport in the Japan Airlines First Lounge, there were two major advantages to the Cathay Pacific Lounge. First of all, I got to enjoy an excellent barista made cappuccino, as there’s no barista coffee in the Japan Airlines Lounge. That’s something I really value.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport cappuccino

The other thing I really appreciated is the bottled water. This probably sounds silly, since usually I’m someone who avoids bottled water, and is happy drinking filtered water. But one thing that frustrates me about the Japan Airlines First Lounge is that the drinking glasses are tiny, and you have to pour water out of a pitcher each time. It’s damn near impossible to stay hydrated there, so I downed a couple of bottles of water in this lounge.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bottled water

The staff in the Cathay Pacific Lounge were also excellent, and were extremely friendly. Interestingly they were almost exclusively Filipino, which is quite the contrast to the Japan Airlines Lounge, where everyone is Japanese.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda bathrooms

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport has bathrooms, which are elegantly appointed. These have three sinks, three stalls, and three urinals.

Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bathroom
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bathroom
Cathay Pacific Lounge Haneda Airport bathroom

Unfortunately the lounge doesn’t have any showers, but if you need one, you can visit the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge one level down.

Bottom line

The Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda is excellent, which is no surprise. Cathay Pacific has phenomenal lounges, and this location has beautiful decor, a high quality selection of food and drinks, and friendly service.

If you’re flying oneworld, and especially if you don’t have access to the Japan Airlines First Lounge, I’d highly recommend visiting this lounge. The only catch is that the lounge doesn’t have showers, in case that’s something you value.

What do you make of the Cathay Pacific Lounge Tokyo Haneda Airport?

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  1. Gregory Robb Guest

    The past couple of times I have been in the Cathay lounge at HND ( morning flights ) outwith the Cathay flight times , the lounge has been very quiet and from the noodle bar window at the far end , you can glimpse Mt Fuji in the distance on a clear day. The staff were very good. The main disadvantage as mentioned is that it closes at 5pm so it will not be available for the late evening flights to Europe etc. Loved the Cathay Delight.

  2. magicyan Guest

    If you don't mind French toast, I highly recommended you try it. It is almost identical to the one served at the Hotel Okura.

    1. A_Japanese Gold

      You might already know, this lounge is managed by Hotel Okura group (it seems they continue to do so after COVID). In the past, they served bottled water with Hotel Okura logo.

  3. michelle Guest

    hong kongers are used to filipino helpers serving them. japan imports cheap foreign labor and cathay can pay less for them. cost saving.

  4. Mike O. Guest

    I've heard great things about the French toast which I hope you had the chance to try out!

  5. CMX Guest

    Visited twice in Jan and it was beautiful and much quieter than the JAL business lounges below it. As I started reading, I was instantly looking forward to your cappuccino review.

  6. AJO Member

    Looks more or less the same as CX's LHR lounge (which is a pretty solid choice, as far as lounges go). The CX lounge in LHR even has a dedicated F class section.

  7. KK13 Diamond

    Thanks for this post, Ben!

    I agree the JAL lounges can get very cramped at times.
    I have been through Haneda eight times in the last two years and have seen the lounge but never gone in. This time, while flying through Haneda to Seoul (GMP), I will try out the CX lounge.

  8. JL Guest

    There is a barista in the JAL first lounge. Made me a fantastic pour over.

  9. D3kingg Guest

    Never crossed my mind to go here . You can see the observation deck from JAL First lounge and it looked awesome. Can’t wait to try this !

  10. Abidjan Gold

    Great lounge. CX nails the lounge experience, for sure.

  11. A_Japanese Gold

    This is my favorite lounge in Haneda! Ben, you might have missed but Delta Sky Club is also located in this complex (5th floor). I have never been to there but that Sky Club is also rated above JAL/ANA lounge. It is a shame for Japanese Airlines that they are outperformed by foreign carriers in terms of lounge experience at their hub.

  12. ScottS Member

    @ Lucky, the Dan Dan noodles are my favorite too!

  13. jeffchuah88 New Member

    I've visited few Cathay lounges (Manila, Hong Kong & Tokyo Narita) on my recent flight with them to Tokyo and every single one of them are aesthetically pleasing and relaxing. In fact, I'm so looking forward to Cathay lounge in Bangkok in the next few days.

  14. Julia Guest

    I'm surprised there wasn't at least one or two hot options offered at the buffet, but I guess the ready to cook options make up for that.

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Gregory Robb Guest

The past couple of times I have been in the Cathay lounge at HND ( morning flights ) outwith the Cathay flight times , the lounge has been very quiet and from the noodle bar window at the far end , you can glimpse Mt Fuji in the distance on a clear day. The staff were very good. The main disadvantage as mentioned is that it closes at 5pm so it will not be available for the late evening flights to Europe etc. Loved the Cathay Delight.

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A_Japanese Gold

You might already know, this lounge is managed by Hotel Okura group (it seems they continue to do so after COVID). In the past, they served bottled water with Hotel Okura logo.

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magicyan Guest

If you don't mind French toast, I highly recommended you try it. It is almost identical to the one served at the Hotel Okura.

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