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I still had a few hours to kill at the airport in Kuala Lumpur before my flight to Auckland, so after visiting the unimpressive Cathay Pacific lounge for a little bit, I was off to the Plaza Premium Lounge.
The Plaza Premium Lounge in the Satellite terminal of KUL can be accessed by any passenger for a fee, or you can get in for free if you have a Priority Pass card like I do.
Unfortunately, thanks to there not being a ton to do in the Kuala Lumpur satellite terminal, it seems like lots of people opt to pay for access to the Plaza Premium lounge. There were kids running around everywhere, and it was quite difficult to find a place to sit.
The lounge is open 24 hours a day, making it an option to hang out in if you have an overnight layover. There are a few computers for those who need to do work. There are showers as well, in case you want to freshen up on said layover.
Somewhat surprisingly for Malaysia, there was actually a decent bar, however, it was a cash bar. There was crappy beer (Heineken) that was free, but otherwise, all drinks appeared to be a premium price. Don’t pay for special lounge access here if you’re expecting to recoup the cost in alcohol.
As far as the food, it looks like some of the lounges in Kuala Lumpur share the same catering service. The Plaza Premium lounge had a few of the same dishes as the Cathay Pacific lounge I had just been in, as well as some of the same cakes and snacks. This made me think even less of the Cathay lounge, even though I had been there first. There aren’t many compelling reasons to pick it if the other lounges have the same food.
Hey look, it’s our old friend, Snow Fungus with Dried Longan Sweet Soup!
Between the two lounges, at least the Plaza Premium lounge had some additional food options. The Plaza Premium lounge had a few additional hot dishes, including some Indian. I didn’t have any of them, since I was still snacking my way through the airport.
Instead, I had the curry noodle soup. It was fantastic. For me, this was the highlight of the lounge. I wasn’t able to get a particularly comfortable seat, but at least I had this soup.
Unlike a lot of lounges, the Plaza Premium lounge in the Kuala Lumpur satellite terminal makes flight announcements. It’s a reasonably busy airport, and they serve all airlines from the lounge, so the announcements were constant.
Between the noise, the difficulty in getting comfortable seats, and all of the kids, the Plaza Premium lounge in KUL’s satellite terminal is hardly a premium experience. While the food wasn’t bad, the lack of free alcohol and lack of comfort mean that this lounge probably is not worth shelling out extra for. If you have access via Priority Pass, then by all means go for it. It’s better than the Kuala Lumpur Cathay Pacific lounge as far as amenities, but it’s far busier, so pick your poison if you have access to both.
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