After our arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai Airport, we had an hour before our flight to Luang Prabang, Laos. Our flight was leaving from the airport’s international terminal, which opened in 2015. Domestic flights leave from the original Terminal 1 building.
Sharon was happy to walk around the airport and check out the shops, which included one of the few Starbucks remaining in Vietnam.
I checked the Priority Pass app and found there was a lounge in the international terminal, so I went to see what it looked like. I was pleasantly surprised.
The lounge is on the fourth floor of the airport, above the gate area. To get to the lounges, there are escalators and an elevator located across from gate 28. Walking from the security checkpoint, the gates are on your left and the escalator is behind you on your right.
The lounge hours are listed from 0600 to 0200 daily. Guests can enter the lounge starting 3 hours before the time on your boarding pass.
The Song Hong Business Lounge is the contract lounge for international carriers leaving Hanoi. It also accepts Priority Pass for entrance. The lounge wasn’t crowded when we visited but it took a while to find two chairs by a table with charging outlets.
The first thing you notice is how large the lounge feels, with the high ceiling and windows looking out onto the gates and runways. The seats near the windows were the most popular during our visit.
The room is broken up into several areas with different seating arrangements.
For a contract lounge, I was impressed with the food selections. I didn’t take any pictures of the food, but there were several hot dishes as well as pre-packaged items. For drinks, there was a fridge full of water, juices, soft drinks and beer. There was also a soda fountain with Pepsi products, a coffee station, and self-serve wine and liquor.
There are also smaller areas hidden around the lounge. There’s a business center with some computers and a printer.
There’s also an area with massage chairs, which are free to use.
For being a contract lounge, I was surprised by the quality of the Song Hong Business Lounge. It’s one of the nicest Priority Pass lounges that we’ve visited. If you’re flying out of the Hanoi International Terminal, this lounge is worth a visit. If you do nothing else, at least get a beverage and find a seat by the windows to watch the airport traffic. It’s also a place where you can grab a meal before your flight.
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