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Review: Plaza Premium Lounge KUL

The Plaza Premium Lounge at Kuala International Airport opened up relatively recently, but it’s a pretty standard Plaza Premium Lounge in Asia (that is to say, pretty solid for an international lounge that you can access via Priority Pass).

Entrance to the lounge

There’s plenty of seating in the lounge, although the lounge was decently busy when I visited. There could definitely be more power outlets, as a number of the seating options don’t have anywhere to plug into. The showers were also out of service when I visited.

Seating

Seating

Bar

In terms of food, there was a decent selection. Some of the options were super Asian (e.g., Hainanese chicken rice, sweetened barley soup, kuih), which I appreciated. The kuih (a general term for Malaysian/Singaporean bite-sized desserts that are often made with glutinous rice flour and are often vegan) were located at the bar, and you couldn’t serve yourself–you had to ask the bartender to get you some. Maybe that’s to prevent people like me from bingeing on them.

Drinks

Drinks

Condiments for chicken rice

Fried noodles and vegetables

Made-to-order noodles

Salad

Soups and porridge

Kuih

Overall, this is a solid lounge offering, especially since it’s accessible via Priority Pass. I imagine the renovated Malaysia Airlines lounges will be nicer once they reopen, but this is a decent alternative in the international area in the interim.

Review: Malaysia Airlines Regional Golden Lounge KUL – Renovated

Malaysia Airlines is currently renovating their main lounges in KUL, and on a recent trip, I had the chance to stop by one of these renovated lounges, namely the Regional Golden Lounge. If you’re departing from KUL and want to stop by this flight, go to the left right after you pass security. There’s an escalator with a sign to the lounge (don’t get on the train yet if you have an international flight).

Escalator up to lounge

Lounge signage

My first impressions of the lounge were very positive. The old Malaysia Airlines lounges in international terminal were large, but they just felt tired and old. This lounge was bright and vibrant in comparison. It was a tad crowded given that this is the main lounge that people are using, but I could still find a seat, and there were lots of servers around to help clean plates and offer drinks.

The lounge is pretty large and spacious. There are seats by the huge windows, counter seating, tables, gender-segregated nap rooms, showers, and a family area.

Seating

Bar

Seating

Seating

Dining area

In terms of drinks, there’s a coffee bar with a barista, an alcohol bar with a bartender, and your typical array of non-alcoholic beverages. People were also proactively going around and asking if people needed drinks.

Drinks

The food options were also pretty good. The buffet had a number of hot and cold food options, and there were also some made-to-order food options with a noodle bar and sandwich bar (the sandwich bar is easy to miss–it’s essentially at the coffee bar).

Food

Condiments

Food

Food

Food

Desserts and sandwiches

Salads

Fruit

Noodle bar menu

Sandwich bar menu

Coffee bar

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the lounge. It’s a huge step up from previous Malaysia Airlines lounges at KUL (although the domestic lounge is also pretty good for a domestic lounge), and I’m excited to see the main lounge reopen.

Lounge Review: Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Domestic Terminal KUL

Malaysia Airlines has a great domestic terminal lounge near gate A2. It’s pretty great as far as domestic lounges go.

Entrance to the domestic terminal lounge

Entrance to the domestic terminal lounge

The lounge has lots of seating, and there are lots of windows, so plenty of natural light. They also have a phone charging station, which can be useful.

Seating

Seating

More seating

More seating

View of the lounge

View of the lounge

End area of the lounge

End area of the lounge

View of the apron

View of the apron

Phone charging station

Phone charging station

The food selection is pretty extensive for a domestic lounge. There’s a noodle bar, a couple of hot food options, some salads, desserts, and fruit. The noodle bar had kway teow noodles and mee rebus that day. I got some mee rebus with just tofu and vegetables instead of chicken and fish cake, and it was better than the wanton noodles I had eaten in the first class lounge. The mee rebus just had lots of flavor, lots of complexity, and just tasted more distinctly of Malaysia.

I also overindulged in desserts in this lounge. I’m a sucker for Asian desserts, and the green dessert thing was delicious (I think it was congealed sticky rice with pandan flavored stuff on top). The papaya was also pretty tasty–for some reason, I find papaya in the US to taste rotten, but I really enjoy eating it in Asia.

Food

Food

Hot food

Hot food

More hot food

More hot food

More hot food

More hot food

Noodle bar

Noodle bar

Delicious desserts

Sandwiches and delicious desserts

This lounge also has a pay spa and showers in the lounge. The showers are pretty small, and you need to request amenities and towels.

Pay lounge area

Pay lounge area

Shower

Shower

Overall, I was very impressed by this lounge. It would qualify as a pretty decent international business class lounge, but the fact that it serves domestic passengers means it’s pretty awesome in comparison to its peers. It’s perhaps similar to Qantas domestic lounges. My only small issues were the lack of electrical outlets and that I had a hard time connecting to the wifi on my phone, but it’s a nice lounge with good food options.

Lounge Review: Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge KUL (Redux)

I’ve reviewed the Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge at KUL before, but this review includes pictures of the shower and the daytime food selection, which my last review did not (given that I mostly used the lounge very early in the morning that time).

First up, the shower rooms. The lounge has a couple of shower rooms in the bathroom. They also have sleeping rooms.

Lounge shower

Lounge shower

Shower amenities

Shower amenities

The first class lounge has a proper dining room with table service. This can be a little too much given that I’ve never seen more than a handful of other passengers in the lounge at one time, so it can be a little strange when there are 3 people serving just you in a dining room. They have both a buffet and a made-to-order menu. The food options on the business class side of the lounge are actually more extensive than the options they have on the first class side of the lounge, but you can always ask them to get food from the business class side for you (or you can go yourself).

Lunchtime options

Lunchtime options

More hot food

More hot food

Fruit display

Fruit display

Made-to-order menu

Made-to-order menu

I do wish that they would add more Asian options to their menu, as well as more vegetarian options. I think the focus on Western food might just be based on a perception of what’s “fancy” in Malaysia, as I thought it was somewhat strange that there was blueberry cheesecake on the menu (like do they even eat cream cheese or blueberries in Malaysia on any regular basis?). That being said, the blueberry cheesecake was pretty tasty. I was not a big fan of the smoked salmon appetizer. The wanton noodle soup was pretty good.

Smoked salmon appetizer

Smoked salmon appetizer

Wanton noodle soup

Wanton noodle soup

Blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake

As stated above, the business class side has a lot of food options as well. In addition to a noodle bar (which had mee hoon with tom yam and wanton noodle soup that day), they have a lot of hot food options. There were more soups, chicken korma, prawns with Phoenix sauce, roasted potato wedges, sautéed vegetables, cod filets, plus bakery and cold items.

Hot food on business class side

Hot food on business class side

More hot food

More hot food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

Food

There’s also a pay spa located in the business class side of the lounge.

In-lounge spa menu

In-lounge spa menu

Rest of menu

Rest of menu

This lounge is located in the Satellite terminal, which is where the international flights arrive and depart from. Given that arrival and departure passengers are mixed at KUL, you can use this lounge both as an arrival and departure lounge, as well as a transit lounge when you’re connecting from international to domestic flights.

Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge KUL (Kuala Lumpur) Airport

I was flying Cathay Pacific from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, so I decided to stop by the Cathay Pacific lounge at KUL. This is a super standard international business class lounge, and you should almost surely go to the Malaysia Airlines lounge instead of this one (if you’re accessing the lounge via status or class of service, you will also have access to the Malaysia Airlines lounge).

Entrance to Cathay Pacific Lounge at KUL

Entrance to Cathay Pacific Lounge at KUL

Cathay’s lounges have a consistent aesthetic, and this one is no different. iMac work stations, a number of seating areas, and even one of those bars for seating.

Computer stations

Computer stations

View of lounge

View of lounge

Seating

Seating

More seating

More seating

More seating

More seating

There are some decent hot and cold food options, although the food options in the Malaysia Airlines lounge are more extensive.

Drinks and snacks

Drinks and snacks

Cups of noodles

Cups of noodles

Salad components

Salad components

Hot food options

Hot food options

More hot food

More hot food

Sparse alcohol selection

Sparse alcohol selection

The wifi is decently fast, there are power outlets scattered around the lounge, and it’s not too crowded given that there’s also the Malaysia Airlines lounge, but I can’t think of any good reasons why you would use this lounge over the Malaysia Airlines lounge. This lounge is fine.