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Covered in the Article
- Plaza Premium Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport
- Plaza Premium Lounge At a Glance
- How to Find Plaza Premium Lounge?
- Operating Hours of Plaza Premium Lounge
- How to Get into Plaza Premium Lounge
- Lounge Access Cost
- Our Rating
- Bottom Line
Plaza Premium Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport
Finnoy Travel had booked a return flight (Clark International Airport - Helsinki International Airport) via Skyscanner where the cheapest economy ticket was sold two months ago before the flight. Consequently, it included a long layover (approx. 7 hours) in Hong Kong International Airport on the return flight from the Philippines to Finland via Paris. Though this was not seen as a problem by Finnoy Travel, rather we took it as an opportunity to explore the facilities at one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, Hong Kong International Airport. After all, connecting flights in this airport require ample time to complete transfer unhurriedly, as going through long lines at the immigration and security demands time. Otherwise, you will end up having a race at this buzzing airport which we had experienced previously due to the very short connecting time. And so to ease discomfort from anticipating a long layover in Hong Kong and a long flight bound to Paris, we booked a lounge visit to Plaza Premium Lounge via Lounge Pass.
Plaza Premium Lounge At a Glance
Plaza Premium Lounge which turned 20 years in 2018 is a private company that operates pay-per-use lounges. Nowadays, they are one of the world's most extensive independent airport lounge networks and the most extensive by far in the Asia-Pacific region. Plaza Premium Lounges typically serve as contract lounges to accommodate premium passengers for airlines that do not operate their lounges at certain airports. Continue reading to learn the different methods of how to access Plaza Premium Lounges.
How to Find Plaza Premium Lounge?
Plaza Premium Lounge is located at the Airside, East Hall at Level 6 (Departures Level), near Gate 1 of Hong Kong International Airport. Upon exiting the security, just follow the signs leading to Gate 1. It is most probable that you will end up first at the doorsteps of the neighbouring lounge bearing almost the same name called the Plaza Premium First. If this is the case as we had, their friendly receptionist will surely guide you to continue walking a few meters towards the right where its annexe - Plaza Premium Lounge awaits you.
Is the Lounge a Premium One?
From Plaza Premium Lounge's own website, you can quickly check their terms and conditions while making your reservation. To sum up the important information: Passengers are advised to ensure that their selected lounge's location matches the area of the airport where their flight will depart from. Please do note that for North American airports, passengers departing from the U.S. Transborder or U.S. Departures areas will not be able to access their service locations in Domestic or International Departures. Departing passengers will need to pass through immigration and customs before proceeding to the departure lounge. Transit passengers must have an onward boarding pass. The lounge has a child policy where children under the age of two may enjoy complimentary access while a discounted fee is available for children between two and eleven years old. All children are required to be accompanied at all times by an adult. Late cancellation and/or failure to arrive at the facility will be considered a No Show and the booking will not be refunded. In the event of any flight delays, Plaza Premium Lounge at its discretion may allow certain flexibility. However, such courtesy is subject to the availability of service(s) in order not to prevent other guests from enjoying the service(s) they have booked. With these terms and conditions, it seems Plaza Premium Lounge is taking care of its customers' rights seriously.
Operating Hours of Plaza Premium Lounge
The lounge is open 24 hours daily.
How to Get into Plaza Premium Lounge
Access to Plaza Premium Lounge can be booked via online platforms such as Lounge Pass like we did or can be purchased directly at the lounge entrance. Other methods that can be used to access Plaza Premium Lounges include eligible premium credit cards, lounge memberships like DragonPass, Priority Pass, Lounge Key, Lounge Club, and Diner's Club. If you are a frequent traveller, we recommend you buy a yearly lounge membership with Priority Pass or DragonPass which offers better benefits rather than repeatedly buying a one-day pass whenever visiting lounges. You may check our review of DragonPass and Priority Pass. These guides will help you decide what best suits your needs.
Lounge Access Cost
We bought a Lounge Pass to this lounge as soon as we knew after flight bookings that there was a long layover on the return flight from Hong Kong. A decision to purchase a one-time lounge pass is to guarantee a seat during our layover. The online rate is GBP 25.00 for 3 hours or GBP 36.00 for 6 hours per person. We purchased at the later rate that entitled us to stay for 3-6 hours at the lounge.
Easiness to Find the Lounge
We give 4 stars for this category as Plaza Premium Lounge can be located with much walking after passing the immigration. Fortunately, the clear signs of Hong Kong International Airport will not mislead you in any way. Just follow the directions leading to Gate 1.
As long as Finnoy Travel reached the reception of Plaza Premium Lounge, it appeared to be a very busy lounge. One will notice this immediately at the entrance. The lounge has huge premises spread into different sections. A welcoming staff greeted us to get inside. There was a queue for incoming customers, though it was handled quite quickly and smoothly by two of their friendly and efficient receptionists.
Plaza Premium Lounge as its name suggests offers premium quality. The lounge is equipped with modern facilities combined with brisk personnel so that you won't feel the business of the lounge affects the quality of their service. Everything is handled quite quickly. For example, the kitchen staff were preparing fresh foods continually so that customers do not have to wait for refills of drinks and food. Also, the staff cleared up the tables promptly. Within about 5-hour stay at the lounge, there was a continuous high influx of customers coming in. However, everything just goes smoothly.
Plaza Premium Lounge had all the basic amenities of a lounge. The lounge has well-maintained toilets. In addition to that, they had shower facilities that you have to book at the reception same time when you come in. The seating spaces were comfortable both for sitting and for the eyes which are mostly decked in dark grey leather. The availability of nap suites is also a big plus for increased comfort on a stay at the lounge after midnight.
WiFi was reliable and there was a television and a flight information monitor.
Food and Drinks
There was a nice variety of food at the Plaza Premium Lounge and these ranged from western dishes to hearty traditional Hong Kong foods. They had two buffet tables catering warm meals, salads, apples, and pieces of bread and the section of the lounge offers guests the to create their favourite fresh sandwiches. Chocolate brownies were served for dessert.
Uncommon in other airport lounges, a unique feature of the lounge was the live station that offers guests to enjoy the chefs' freshly prepared soups of different flavours such as Vegetarian Rice, Beef Tendon Ball and Hong Kong Style Noodle Soup. Customers can spice up their bowl of soup by choosing/her preferred condiments from the buffet table.
As for drinks, the lounge serves different refreshment drinks. They have a self-service coffee machine and hot drinks including tea and warm milk. Unlike many lounges though, this lounge offers only bottled beers as complimentary alcoholic drinks. If you wish to drink stronger alcoholic beverages, you may request them from the wine bar which is subject to payment.
Friendliness of the Customer Service
The staffs were friendly and accommodating. They demonstrated the trait of being able to work under pressure as this lounge is very busy. The chefs are doing a great job.
Plaza Premium Lounge is definitely worth the visit if connecting at Hong Kong International Airport. With many airport lounges visited by Finnoy Travel, this lounge is so far one of the best - the term premium deserves to be in its name. Its brilliant airport facilities for guests - comfortable seating, shower, great food selections, reliable WiFi, TV channels and friendly staff are good reasons to visit this lounge. If we are to connect again with a long layover at Hong Kong Airport in the future, we will surely have a relaxing stay at this lounge.
How to Access Lounges?
- Infrequent traveller may book lounge visits on Lounge Pass.
- Frequent traveller may benefit from a lounge membership. Read our Priority Pass review.
- Budget traveller may bid for a lounge visit. Read more about LoungePair.
You will find more helpful information from our lounge guide.
Overall, Plaza Premium Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport is a supreme lounge that offers impressive airport lounge services. It’s a lot better than other airport lounges we have visited in terms of ambience. If you want to guarantee a seat in the lounge for your desired period, we recommend you buy a one-time lounge pass. Lounge passes can be bought by any traveller regardless of the airline or ticket class he/she is flying with. A benefit of buying a Lounge Pass is that it allows changes and refunds up until 24 hours before arrival.