Airport Lounge

Lounge Review: Guam (GUM) Sagan Bisita Lounge, 05 February 2017

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Where: Main Terminal, Opposite Gate 7

Hours: 12.00 am – 10.00 am; 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

The Sagan Bisita Lounge is a small-ish L-shaped lounge with a lot of sofa seating. There are no tarmac views, but it is an adequate lounge. I spent an hour there during my layover from Palau to Narita, and was there in the wee hours of the morning. I accessed it via my Priority Pass Select, compliments of Citi Prestige.

So, groggy review alert! (Yes, I have other priorities in life)

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Food/Drinks

Even for the wee hours of the morning, there were some breakfast foods on offer. There were eggs, some sort of meat, baked beans, and instant noodles (amongst others). I only noticed the eggs because I went to the bathroom, and came back to see my friend with a plate of eggs. She apparently has special talent to find eggs anywhere in the world!

There was a decent alcohol selection. At the end, there was also a fridge stocked with all sorts of soft drinks. I believe I had an iced tea.

Bathroom/Shower

The bathroom was a bit dim, but otherwise, clean. No complaints.

Guam Airport Sagan Bisita Lounge

Wifi/Power Outlet

There was some wifi, and it was ok. I believe there was also a power outlet by the sofa I sat.

Overall

It’s a perfectly ok lounge for stopover. It has sufficient food/beverages/wifi to keep you happy, and I had a great nap on the couch.

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Lounge Review: Narita (NRT) Terminal 1 United Club Lounge, 30 January 2017

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Where: Terminal 1, Near Gate 31, Narita International Airport
Hours: 7.30 am – 8.30 pm

So, United Club doesn’t suck, as long as it’s not in the USA. I accessed this spacious lounge with tarmac views with my United Airlines Business class boarding pass.

There are several seating areas, separated by dividers. Aside from the dining area near the bathrooms, the rest of the lounge is sofa seating.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Food/Drinks

The food selection pales in comparison to the ANA Lounge, but is orders of magnitude better than what’s served in domestic United Club lounges (like snacks… sucky ones). There was some sushi, sandwiches, soup, and some snacks.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

The alcohol selection is also decent, and range from draught beer to various sakes, and some hard liquor.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Bathroom/Shower

The bathroom was clean. I didn’t use the shower.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Service

Service was unobtrusive, and dirty dishes got cleared often enough.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Wifi/Power Outlets

Wifi was available, and decent. Power outlets were also easily available in the lounge.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 United Club Lounge

Overall

This is a decent lounge. I got some food (although I didn’t like it). Honestly, I’m just grateful it isn’t just pretzels and nuts.

There was also a rather interesting incident. Apparently, I sat opposite some Japanese celebrity. I have no idea who he is (and still don’t know who he is), but a bunch of people came up to him, and requested for pictures.

So, maybe come here for an off chance you may spot a celebrity?

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Lounge Review: The Club at SEA, South Satellite, 12 Jan 2017

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Where: Seattle, South Satellite, next to Gate S9 (aka international satellite)

Hours: 6 am – 5.30 pm

Why have I not been here?? Oh wait, it’s in the South Satellite, and every time I fly from the South Satellite, it’s closed.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite is accessible via Priority Pass, but also serves as a contract lounge for several airlines. I actually visited it as part of my Business Class ticket on All Nippon Airways.

Featuring tarmac views and high ceilings, this rather compact lounge is decent, and comparable to other “The Club” lounges in the US. It was pretty crowded when I visited in the morning.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Food/Drinks

When I visited, there was a decent selection of food. It ranged from sandwiches, to soup, to popcorn. There was also instant noodles, and decent packaged snacks, like chips and cookies. The quality of the food was ok.

The drinks selection was also decent. They have beers, wine, and cocktails. Although drinking at lounges is a rarity for me, I actually ordered a Lemon Drop, because I’m a sucker for cocktails.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Service

There were quite a lot of servers. Service was brisk, and despite the rather crowded lounge, dirty dishes were cleared very promptly.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Wifi/Power

Available, and decent. Power outlets were also available at more obvious work areas, like the high tables/high chairs.

The Club at SEA, South Satellite

Overall

While I’ve not visited the Delta Skyclub, and The Club in Seattle, I’d rate this lounge as my #2, tied with the British Airways Terraces Lounge. They have a nice selection of food and beverages, which is better than the Alaska Airlines Boardrooms. The Amex Centurion Lounge, however, still gets my top vote, because I prefer the quality of their food, and I’d probably never get my ass over to the South Satellite just for this.

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Lounge Review: Narita (NRT) Terminal 1 ANA Lounge, 21 December 2016

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Quite frankly, I didn’t explore the extent of the Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge – it looked like it was circular, and went around the space for a bit, so let’s just assume it’s big. It is white-themed, with high ceilings and tarmac views. When I visited in the late afternoon, it was pretty busy. I only confined myself to the dining area, which did have plenty of seating, but service also had some problems keeping up with clearing the dirty dishes because it was busy.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

First order of business, a shower. The shower room was excellent. It was clean, and they left a basket of amenities, including towels, and all different shower products.

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Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Next up, the buffet selection is slightly small, but they do have a noodle counter, where there’s food cooked to order. I ordered a curry rice, and got buzzed after 5 minutes. It was pretty decent curry rice. I also tried their fried chicken on offer, which was pretty decent as well. There was Japanese draught beer on tap, and a couple of sake selections. You can check out their rotating selection here.

Narita Airport Terminal 1 ANA Lounge

Overall, this is an excellent lounge, where you can get a good meal and a nice shower.

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Lounge Review: Singapore Changi Airport (Sin) Terminal 2 Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge, 20 December 2016

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 SilverKris Business Lounge

The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge in Terminal 2 is separated into two main areas, the dining area and the lounging area. The dining area is to the left of the entrance, while the lounging area is to the right of the entrance.

I went there pretty close to midnight, and actually just went to brush my teeth before my flight (I opted to eat at 4Fingers, rather than eat lounge food). The lounge was pretty empty at that hour, but there was quite a bit of space, and plenty of power outlets in the lounging area to charge up electronics.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 SilverKris Business Lounge

As far as I could tell, they do have a very substantial food and beverages offering. When I visited, they were offering a Teochew porridge special, so it emulates some of the paid buffets around time, in terms of their offering. There was also a selection of alcohol, although I think you can be a better judge of its quality based on the picture, since I know nothing about alcohol. They do also stock the outrageously overpriced TWG tea. I tried their earl grey and was not impressed.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 SilverKris Business Lounge

The bathroom is well-stocked for travelers. While I brought my own toothbrush and toothpaste, they actually put disposable dental kits by the sinks, along with mouthwash.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 SilverKris Business Lounge

Overall, this is a high quality lounge.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 SilverKris Business Lounge

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Lounge Review: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Singapore Airlines Silverkris Business Lounge, 19 December 2016

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

I flew on Singapore Airlines’ business class from Hong Kong to Singapore, granting me access to Singapore Airlines’ Siliverkris Business Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport. The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge is pretty large, and has four areas. The food and drinks offered were excellent.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

Upon entry, there’s a small sitting area with some sofas and laptop stands. I guess if you are short on time, this would be the spot for you to get some work done, while waiting for your flight. Going beyond the bathroom/showers, you’ll get to the main area, which is divided into three main segments.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

First, there’s there bar and dining area, with some bar stools, and tables and chairs for dining. To the left of the bar counter is the entrance to the first class lounge. There’s a buffet with an excellent offering right behind the bar.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

Beyond the dining area, is a general lounging area, where there’s seating for groups. And at the far end of the lounge, there’s individual seating, so for those looking for some quiet and privacy to get some work done, you can sit in those individual booths.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

The food and drinks offering in the lounge was excellent. There were some stir-fried starches, fried chicken, salads, desserts, and even haagen dazs ice cream in the fridge! I didn’t have breakfast, so I went to town on the buffet.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

There were also two cooked-to-order dishes on offer – laksa and fishball noodles. The servers went around proactively taking orders from lounge patrons. I ordered the fishball noodle, which was excellent.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

I also had some champagne (Chandon Moet for business class), and a fruity mocktail, which was excellent.

All in all, service, food and drinks in this lounge were all great! My only complaint is that there were only three bathroom stalls in the female bathroom, and one of them was out of order. When the lounge got crowded, it did lead to a bit of a wait from time to time.

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Lounge Review: Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Plaza Premium Lounge, 05 November 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge Kota Kinabalu

The Kota Kinabalu Plaza Premium Lounge is of a decent-sized, and offers food cooked to order. I probably wouldn’t pay for it, but it’s an average international lounge, and was pretty empty when I visited.

Plaza Premium Lounge Kota Kinabalu

The space is pretty large, and is divided into the dining area, and the lounging area. There are monitors displaying flight information scattered around the lounge.

While the buffet available is rather unappetizing, they do have cooked-to-order food options. When I was there, I was interested in the black pepper chicken, but they were out of that. They only had the pasta option, which I had zero interest in, so I didn’t get anything to eat in the lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge Kota Kinabalu

They do have sodas and other beverages in the fridge for self service. I did go to the bathroom, and it was clean. One source of annoyance? While the place is outfitted with USB chargers at the base of their lamps, it seems like none of them worked!

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Lounge Review: Sanya First Class Lounge, 25 October 2016

Sanya First Class Lounge

There sure is a whole lot of nothingness! The Sanya First Class Lounge looks very grand, but the lounge offerings are rather bleak, and I found the furniture very uncomfortable. They do have decent service, though.

The lounge is one big open room, with separate areas created through the use of screens. Within each of these screened options are wood sofas, and wood chairs. They were very uncomfortable, but with the little privacy, I did manage to lie down and nap for a bit, as I got up very early (for me) for my morning flight.

Sanya First Class Lounge

The food and drink on offer is rather sad. They are pre-packaged snacks, quite frankly, not something I’d even buy for myself. The soda and bottled water was pretty ok, and did come in handy, because I was getting on a low cost carrier. Having a bottle of water for the 4hr flight was a nice bonus.

The service was pretty good. They don’t actually have flight update displays, and I’m not entirely sure if they even have wifi in the lounge, but just as I was about to exit, the receptionist informed me that my flight was delayed, so I just went back to sitting on the hard chair for a bit longer.

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Lounge Review: Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal (KLIA2) Plaza Premium Lounge (near Gates P&Q), 26 September 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

This lounge is decent-sized, and has a decent food and drink selection, particularly relative to the other Plaza Premium Lounge close to gate L, but I guess you can’t choose, because you’re restricted by your gate of departure.

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

This lounge has a few separate areas. Upon entry, you’ll find the dining area, and about four tables and accompanying chairs for those who wish to grab a bite. Further inwards, there are more lounge-type chairs, and tarmac views.

Plaza Premium Lounge KLIA 2

In terms of food and beverages, they have some hot selections, like noodles on offer, and they also had quite an array of desserts when I was there in the afternoon. There was also sodas available for self service.

It’s not a bad place to kill some time.

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Lounge Review: Kuala Lumpur Low Cost Terminal (KLIA2) Plaza Premium Lounge (near Gate L8), 24 September 2016

Plaza Premium Lounge @ KLIA 2

This has got to be the smallest lounge I’ve been to. There’re probably like two rows of chairs in the lounge, and from the sofa, you can see people sitting at the gate area, waiting for their flights. As you can see from the main picture, I’m actually in the lounge. Behind me, it’s the wall, and the guy sitting in the plastic chair is in the gate area.

Plaza Premium Lounge @ KLIA 2

Food and drinks are very limited in this lounge. Like one counter limited. I guess you can always make your instant noodles. I had to ask the staff for a soda, because it was not stocked.

It’s ok as a free lounge that comes with my priority pass, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone pay for this one.

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