In March 2018, Malaysia Airlines opened its new MAS Golden Lounge KLIA and it is a great lounge to relax in during transit and before flying out of Kuala Lumpur airport.

Outside the lounge – you can see this if you look up and back after you get off the train to the satellite terminal

It’s a large lounge with many places to sit, food to eat and drinks to drink! There are multiple zones and it’s easy to find a moment of peace or activity as well as a place to charge your electronics.

Below, you will find an overview of the KLIA MAS Golden Lounge and our thoughts on whether you should use this lounge on a KL stopover or departure.

Note: Malaysia Airlines has several lounges in KLIA. This Kuala Lumpur Golden Lounge overview and review is specifically about the Golden Lounge located in the satellite terminal. This is the lounge you will access if you are flying internationally from KLIA.

MAS Golden Lounge KLIA Review

seating areas in golden lounge KL Airport

One of the many seating areas – and my favourite by the tarmac – all those silver panels are USB and power points.

The KLIA Golden Lounge operating hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so no matter what time you are flying, you can stop by here.

Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur International Airport Location

Finding the Golden Lounge MAS KLIA can be confusing the first time you try! Mainly because you can see the lounge when you hop off the train to the satellite terminal (see top of photo below which I took straight after getting off the train), but then you have to walk away from it to get to the lounge entrance.

location of golden lounge kl

The lounge pictured at the top of this photo with the train underneath

However, as long as you follow the signs, it’s very straight forward to get to the Golden Lounge KL.

Simply follow the crowds walking away from the train (and lounge) and follow all airline lounge signs. This means you will turn right after getting off the train, turn left then turn left again straight away when you see the following image.

This is where you turn left to take the escalator to the upper level.

Once you are up the escalator, walk back to where you saw the lounge. There are signs and I promise this is straightforward!

Inside The MAS Golden Lounge

mas golden lounge klia inside

First look as we entered the main area of the lounge

Overall, the Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur Airport is a modern, good looking lounge that has everything you need for a very comfortable airport stopover.

The first thing we noticed on entering was all the space and great looking seating areas. There’s a bar to the left as we walked in that was empty during our visit (at breakfast time) and then a colourful dining area, many different seating zones and options and, of course, many places to get food and drink.

the bar in mas golden lounge klia

The bar

You can basically choose between high bar seating, dining table seating or very comfortable lounge seating either with or without a view of the tarmac. The lounge is light filled and airy.

There’s a family area to the side of the dining area. However, it’s just a couple of seats and quiet TVs playing cartoons. Not at all like the family areas you can find when flying through the Middle East and somewhat pointless since it opens up to the lounge and doesn’t include anything for families really except maybe a tiny bit of space if you have a crawling baby.

family area mas golden lounge klia

The family area. It doesn’t get better on the inside

I saw one mum and baby hanging out at the bar at one point. Since no one else was there, I think this is a better choice than the family room for hanging out with kids!!

There are many international power points. Pretty much any seat, other than at the dining areas, has them. This is way above the level of power and USB points I have experienced in any other lounge.

The bathroom area is large – many showers were free when we visited. There is also a napping area which is one of the best I have seen. It’s split by male and female and has long lounge style seats where you could easily lay down. You can get blankets and you can arrange to be woken up!

It’s dark but right next to the main lounge so not all that quiet. It’s a shame it’s not further removed. Still, I can imagine taking a quick nap here between long haul flights.

Finally, there is a luggage storage area when you first walk in.

Dining options

noodle bar at mas golden lounge klia

The noodle bar

There are a few different dining options.

To start with, there is a noodle bar when you first enter the main lounge. It looks great with two chefs to whip up your perfect noodle combination.

Then there is the main buffet area with hot and cold areas. It is much like you would find at a hotel breakfast buffet with great pastries, fruit, yoghurt and Malay options. I had the nasi lemak and it was maybe the best one I have had. So good!

Some of the Malay options and good, old baked beans

Fruit, yoghurt and cereal

My daughter loved the waffle station and filled up there. The pastries are very good as well.

For drinks, in addition to the bar, there are fridges with cans of soft drinks and juice and water available. I wished the water had been by the botttle instead of by small glasses but otherwise, I have no complaints.

KLIA Golden Lounge Access

If you are wondering how to enter Golden Lounge KLIA, it is quite straightforward.

To be allowed access you need to be:

  • Flying business or first class on a One World airline
  • Be a Oneworld Sapphire or Emerald frequent flier
  • Be a SkyTeam Elite Plus member flying China Airlines, KLM, Korean Air or Vietnam Airlines
  • Be a Vietnam Airlines LotusMiles Gold member flying Vietnam Airlines
  • Flying Malaysia airlines in another class – more details below.

If you are not a business class traveller, but travelling on a Malaysia Airlines flight, you can purchase a pass to access this lounge here.

At the time of publishing, entry was RM279 if you buy online beforehand (walk-in passes are also available) which I think is not worth it unless you really want a lounge experience or have a lot of time to kill, although entry is only for three hours maximum.

If you are a Malaysia Airlines frequent flier, you can also use miles to purchase entry.

Final Words

Some of the different seating areas in the lounge

This is a nice lounge to visit and we are glad we picked it over our other choices. We accessed it as a Srilankan Airlines business class passenger and it’s definitely a few steps above the Plaza Premium lounge we were offered access to.

It’s a nice, big lounge, although not huge like some reviews had me thinking it would be. The resting areas are a nice touch, although the family room seemed somewhat pointless to me. All the international power points are awesome!

The food is great – we loved what we ate. Since it was breakfast time, we did not try the bar and no one else was either, making this the best place to go for quiet!

Overall, we recommend it as a great lounge at KLIA and in the Asian region in general, although I would not pay the high entry price for it if you are tossing it up as an economy flier.

Want to read other lounge guides and more at KLIA and KLIA2? Find all our guides here as well as reviews of lounges at KLIA2 here.

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