I had a long layover between flights in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and used the time to sample a trio of lounges.
I spent the bulk of my time in the Malaysia Airlines Golden Satellite Business Lounge. My last two trips through KUL have been in first class, meaning I used the first class side of the lounge. This time, I spent a few hours in this lounge and appreciated that in the afternoon is practically empty (unlike the late night hours, when it is packed).
Barista-made coffee is decent and I enjoyed some grilled paninis.
Next, I headed over to the Cathay Pacific lounge. I loved that it was quiet, though the food selection was more limited and internet did not work (though I was able to pick-up a signal from the nearby Starbucks). I also loved the (faux) marble.
Finally, I visited the Plaza Premium business class lounge (there are two, first and business). This is not only a Priority Pass lounge, but a contract lounge for many carriers. As a result, at about 10:00 PM it was PACKED. So packed, in fact, I just took my pictures, drank a cup of coffee, and left.
I do have one BIG complaint. Internet functioned horribly at the airport. Simply horribly. Speeds were virtually zero in all three lounges and using the airport’s wi-fi network. Furthermore, tethering speeds were no better off my mobile phone. Thus, doing simple tasks like, say, uploading a blog post, took literally 5X as long as it should have been.
So a long layover, but not a productive one…
I’ll provide a separate review of each lounge, but note that you’ll want to go to Malaysia Airlines or Plaza Premium if you are hungry and the Cathay Pacific lounge if you want peace and quiet. It seems like I only connect through KUL when I am flying on a oneworld carrier, but I do hope to check out the Singapore and Thai lounges on a future visit.