Are All Plaza Premium Lounges This Nice?

by joeheg

As a US-based traveler, I wasn’t very familiar with Plaza Premium lounges. My only familiarity with the lounge network was that you could access their 250 lounges worldwide with either the American Express Platinum or Capital One Venture X cards.

In the States, there are only a few Plaza Premium lounges, including the recently opened location in Orlando Airport’s Terminal C.

While we’ve since visited that lounge and it’s better than anything else at MCO, our first visit to a Plaza Premium lounge was unexpectedly impressive.

At the end of our trip to Southeast Asia, our first flight was from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Singapore. We were leaving from the Siem Reap International Terminal, which was easily the most modern airport we’d seen on our trip besides Singapore Changi.

We arrived early so I looked if there was a lounge that we could access. The Plaza Premium Lounge was one of the two lounges at the airport. It was located at the end of the terminal. It’s a small airport so it was less than a 5-minute walk.

I used my AMEX Platinum card to enter the lounge. Once inside, I couldn’t believe how nice this lounge was for an independent location.

Directly after the entrance were a group of work pods, several of which were occupied with businesspeople working on calls.

The lounge had high ceilings so it wasn’t very loud, and the walls were decorated with pictures of nearby temples.

The lounge area had several seating areas including this one by the windows. This is where we set up shop for about an hour.

My first stop was to get a cup of coffee since we had to leave our hotel early that morning. The lounge had a bartender who was also the barista. Once I put in my order, my coffee was delivered to my seat. The latte was wonderful (and very pretty).

While we weren’t hungry after breakfast at the hotel, we did check out the food options, which were impressive.

There was a noodle station with a cook. a salad station and a hot food station. I couldn’t pass up a final serving of noodles before leaving Cambodia. 

The lounge does offer shower facilities, but we had no use for them. The bathrooms in the lounge were very clean, as were the bathrooms in the airport public areas.

After spending over a week traveling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the Plaza Premium Lounge in the Siem Reap International Terminal was an unexpected moment of luxury at the airport. Truthfully, the Siem Reap airport was the nicest one we visited on our tour.

Plaza Premium has a very small footprint in the US but if the few lounges I’ve seen are any examples, I’d visit their locations when I have the chance. Just remember that you need to have your AMEX Platinum or Venture X card with you for entry as Plaza Premium has left the Priority Pass lounge network.

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1 comment

jason May 22, 2023 - 2:42 pm

In short, “Yes” With most locations in the asia region, expectations are higher for quality offerings vs. north america


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