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My review of the Cathay Pacific (and BA) lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

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This is my review of the Cathay Pacific lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

It was my second visit there this year and I am impressed by it.  I still haven’t been in the American Airlines lounge next door for comparison.

There is no longer a BA branded lounge but that is no great loss given what Cathay offers.  According to Flyertalk:

“BA have a relatively new branded check-in area located at Door 9 at basement level, in the connector building between T2A and T2C. There is a small seating area reserved for premium passengers, which has no privacy whatsoever and features some rather sorry looking faux-leather seats. The sentiment is good, but the execution is poor.”  

I have never seen this area since I was connecting through CDG on my two visits recently but it doesn’t seem that I missed much.

British Airways flights operate out of Terminal 2A in Paris.  There is a lounge ‘complex’ above the departure gates which houses Emirates, Etihad, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Your first impression is not hugely impressive.  It is a big space, square, and with seating laid out in fairly regimented rows.  It has a very serious feel to it with none of the creativity that went into the BA Galleries lounges at Heathrow for example. See:

Cathay Pacific lounge Paris CDG review

and

Cathay Pacific lounge Paris CDG review

When you start to look more closely, you realise that this is actually a decent place to hang out.  There is a good selection of reading material.  The photo below is only about a quarter of the newspaper and magazine selection:

Cathay Pacific lounge Paris CDG review

There is a good business centre:

Cathay Pacific lounge Paris CDG review

And, most importantly, there is a very impressive selection of food.  I was there about 4pm and the hot food menu was offering:

  • Sweet and sour chicken with pineapple
  • Cod Bordelaise
  • Pork with bamboo shoots and black mushrooms
  • Provencal vegetable tian
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Thai rice

There is also a noodle chef who can knock up something for you on request plus, of course, a variety of cold dishes.

I took a mix and match plate (see below).

They also have Piper-Heidsieck champagne openly available.

The lounge was not particularly busy either last week or on my earlier visit.  The daily Cathay Pacific flight leaves at 1pm so it is relatively quiet after that.  It makes taking a British Airways plane rather than Eurostar a little more appealing.

Cathay Pacific lounge Paris CDG review

Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here.  You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here.  The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much.  Additional visits are charged at £20 per person.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  No annual fee in Year 1.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course).  The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

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Comments (22)

  • John says:

    CX has 2 daily flights actually, the second departing at 2100

    • Anne Marie says:

      Was just in this lounge on Thursday morning and was quite impressed myself. I just missed the noodle bar offerings as they began at 10am but breakfast was in full swing and the selection was very good indeed. The previous posts about freshness and care are spot on. The Champagne bucket with its chilled Piper looked very inviting but as I had just come off the AA overnight flight from PHL it just didn’t feel like the thing to do at the time (I know. I’ve let the side down.).

      Ken Om was in the lounge then also (and on my BA flight into LHR).

  • Matt says:

    I found the BA check-in area to be located in a very odd location, but quiet once I got down there. The upside is having a security entrance just a few metres away once you have your boarding pass. Not having spent much time in CDG, I was surprised how few departure boards there were to find where to check-in.

    • Rob says:

      I had that problem too after arriving in 2D and struggling to find which sub- terminal my BA flight was at.

  • AA says:

    Is there a dedicated first/gold card area? Or is this the lounge? Looks great either way

  • Will says:

    This lounge really is an example of how to offer a great lounge without the gimmicks.

    My guess is that the sunk cost of furniture and fittings be was not nearly as high as other lounges and yet it’s really functional, comfortable and the food is fantastic.

    I’ve only been through once but it blew me away as it was so unexpected.

  • David says:

    Probably the best lounge shower I’ve had.

  • Irons1980 says:

    Shockingly of the two, I think prefer the AA lounge… I personally thought the F&B choice was better (unlike virtually every other AAdmirals Lounge anywhere else in the world!)

  • Matt says:

    This is a brilliant lounge. If all BA lounges shut down and were replaced by Cathay lounges then the world would be a much better place! The Cathay lounges in HK are even better than this.

    Overall I do not CDG as an airport – it is somewhat bizarre and badly laid out, with often unfriendly staff, however the staff in the CX lounge are great.

  • Richmond says:

    Spent morning in CX lounge yesterday, my second visit there. Started with shower which was well stocked. Between 7.00am and 9.00am I was the only customer in the lounge. Hot food was “refreshed” quite often even though no one was there. I don’t know if they prepared it fresh or just re-heat it.

    Seating area by the window is excellent. You can watch planes taking off and landing and moving around the airport. A lot of A380s and other interesting planes and airlines.

    I wasn’t sure about AA, whether BAEC members can use it, so didn’t try it. However I visited adjacent Etihad lounge a few days before and was disappointed. Minimal buffet offering, everything else to orded but no menu, you have to ask for everything.

    I had no problem finding BA check-in area on my previous visit.