When it comes to airport lounges at Penang Airport, it’s not exactly exciting. You don’t even have a choice as there’s exactly two lounges in this airport.
They are the Penang Plaza Premium Lounge in international departures and the Plaza Premium Lounge Penang in domestic departures.
Both lounges are airside and which you access depends on if you are flying domestically or international.
There are many ways you can access these lounges. I discuss this more below. Since you can buy passes, anyone who is flying can choose to visit these lounges.
On my most recent trip, I was flying Penang to Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines and I was able to access the domestic lounge.
Below is my full Plaza Premium Lounge Penang review based on this experience. I describe everything I found in this lounge, what it is like and share many photos so you can work out if this lounge is a place you want to be or not.
I also share a full video walk-through of this lounge. I recommend you watch this as it shows you everything very quickly (as the lounge is only small).
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Plaza Premium Lounge Penang Review
The domestic lounge is open 5am – 11pm daily.
Plaza Premium Lounge Penang Location
The Plaza Premium domestic lounge at Penang Airport is located just after you pass through security at gate A1A.
It’s easy to find, and you really can’t miss it. Just look straight ahead 🙂
Inside The Domestic Plaza Premium Lounge In Penang
Checking in to the lounge was easy since we were given passes on check-in with Malaysia Airlines. There were single-use wifi passwords you could collect here. The wifi was great.
I visited with my 11 year old son who went straight to the food area and started loading up a plate of food.
There is a sitting area with comfortable seating and tables. There is also a food area with some higher dining tables.
The lounge is very small, and you can see it all easily. My video walk-through is coming soon, and this is the easiest way to see everything very quickly.
We were there at breakfast time, so there were local and western breakfast options. The range was small – my son had (lots of) toast, baked beans, yoghurt and sausages and I had some noodles and nasi lemak.
There was also some cereal and that covers nearly everything.
There was water, milk and a few canned soft drinks as well as tea and coffee. There was a sign that we could request beer.
Toilets And Showers
There is one male and female toilet. They are spacious but nothing special.
I read that you can also take a shower with up to 30 minutes in a shower room being included in your visit. This is on a first-come-first-served and includes toiletries like shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush and more. I did not see this.
Plaza Premium Lounge Penang Video Walk-Through
The easiest (and best way) to see exactly what you’ll get at this lounge is to watch our full view walk-through.
Watch it here:
Who Can Access Penang Plaza Premium Lounge?
Anyone! Although you do need to pay or have access another way.
I am a gold status flyer with Qantas which gives me privileges with Malaysia Airlines. Since this is the lounge Malaysia Airlines is affiliated with and I was flying them, I was able to access this lounge for free along with one guest. This is the case for anyone flying Malaysia Airlines in business or first class or who has emerald or sapphire tier with their frequent flier program with a One World Airline.
Some people have a Plaza Premium Lounge Penang credit card which gives them access or a Plaza Premium lounge pass. You can buy access at the door or buy online beforehand. At the time of our visit, the price was RM194 for a two hour pass for an adult whether booking online or at the door.
My Verdict – Is The Penang Plaza Premium Lounge Worth It?
Given I accessed it for free, 100% yes!
However, would I pay RM194 for this? No, I don’t think it’s worth it.
While I’m always a sucker for a lounge, that’s a fair bit of money for really not much. The food was quite average and you could get a better meal in the terminal.
It is always nice to be able to sit in a quiet area with good wifi though, and I was very happy with free access.
Want to read more about visiting Penang? Find our full Penang travel guide here. You can also find more Malaysian lounge reviews here.
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