Review: Plaza Premium Lounge (West Hall) at Hong Kong International

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge (West Hall) at Hong Kong International

While Plaza Premium currently operates dozens of lounges at airports around the world, when the company was founded more than twenty years ago, it started with two lounges – one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Hong Kong.

In this article, I will review one of those two – the Plaza Premium Lounge that can be found in Hong Kong International Airport West Hall – which I visited prior to my HK Express flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo Haneda.

On a side note, currently, the lounge is just one out of three Plaza Premium Lounges in Hong Kong with the other two being located in the airport’s East Hall and Arrivals Hall.

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Location, Opening Hours & Access

The Plaza Premium Lounge (West Hall) is located airside in HKIA’s terminal 1. It’s located one floor above the main departures level, and can be accessed by a pair of escalators (or an elevator) located near gate 40.

The lounge is open 24 hours a day, and it can be accessed by Priority Pass members, as well as through other similar programs. It’s also possible to buy one-time access into the lounge through the Plaza Premium website directly and through services such as LoungeBuddy.

Finally, some airlines – including HK Express – invite their business class and elite passengers to visit the lounge for free.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Entrance
Entrance.

Lounge Tour

As for the lounge itself, while it was not large, it offered a variety of different seating options. And – at least during my visit – there were plenty of open seats.

There were several hexagonal semi-private pods – each with a desk, a sofa chair, and a power outlet. In the same area, behind the pods, there were also some sofa chairs in a more typical lounge set-up.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Business Center
Hexagonal work stations.

Other than the above, there was also a dining area with more than a dozen dining tables and a couple of communal counters.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Dining Area
Dining area.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Dining Area
Counters.

As for the lounge’s buffet itself, it was spread across a couple of kitchen islands and thematic stations. I’ll talk more about the details of what was on offer in the next section.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Buffet
Buffet area.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Buffet
Thematic food and drinks stations.

While showers were available in the lounge, I didn’t check them out, and so I can’t comment on them.

Food and Drinks

Drinks in the lounge included a selection of soft drinks including soy milk drinks, canned beer, and bottled water.

There were also orange and apple juice dispensers, as well as Carlsberg beer on tap.

As for hot drinks, there was a pair of coffee machines and a selection of Twinings tea bags.

Free liquor was only available in a section of the lounge reserved for passengers of select airlines.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Soft Drinks
Soft drinks.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Juices
Juices.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Beer
Carlsberg on tap.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea.

As for food, there were some light options including snacks such as marshmallows, candies, and cookies, and a selection of bread.

There was also a salad bar.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Snacks
Candies, marshmallows, etc.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Snacks
Cookies, nachos, etc.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Bread
Bread.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Salads
Salads.

Then, there was a noodle station where one could get a bowl of Hong Kong-style fish ball noodle soup topped with a wide selection of condinements.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Noodle Soup
Noodle soup station.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Noodle Soup
Noodle soup condinements.

Other main dishes included sweet and sour fried chicken, siu mai, and pasta.

Sides included fried potatoes, sauteed vegetables, and fried rice.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Hot Meal
Sweet and sour fried chicken.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Local Hot Meal
Siu mai.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Hot Meal
Pasta.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Side Dishes
Fried potatoes.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Side Dishes
Sauteed vegetables.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Side Dishes
Fried rice.

Finally, there was also a dessert – butter bread pudding with vanilla sauce.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) Dessert
Dessert.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong Airport West Hall Summary

The lounge – even though it was not, understandably, as nice as Cathay Pacific’s lounges at the airport – was bright and airy, and offered a decent selection of food and drinks.

I also found the quality of the food to be fairly good – I tried several items and enjoyed all of them. Especially the noodle soup.

Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) My Meal
My selection.
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong (West Hall) My Meal
…continued.

Ironically, I found the lounge to be much nicer than the underwhelming Singapore Airlines lounge that I was invited to prior to my Singapore Airlines business class flight – one of my favorite experiences in the sky.

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