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Plaza Premium Lounge Melbourne overview

This Priority Pass lounge offers great food and drinks but is not an ideal place to work from

Plaza Premium lounges tend to be of high quality, and this one is no exception. Opened in March 2018, this modern facility is a good option for those with Priority Pass access, as well as American Express Platinum Charge cardholders.

It can accommodate up to 109 guests a time, which is almost twice as many as the capacity of the adjacent American Express Lounge, which you may want to check out if you have access.

In our opinion, the American Express lounge wins on design and work-friendliness but the Plaza Premium Lounge wins on more food options and natural light.

Lounge location

This lounge is located in the international terminal (Terminal 2) at Melbourne Airport, meaning only passengers departing on an international flight can access it.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

It is located near Gate 9.

The lounge is open from 6am until 11pm, seven days a week.

Lounge seating

The main lounge area offers natural light:

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

and seats that are like a Business Class suite, including a little tray table, which can actually be quite difficult to place a laptop on:

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

There is also a more secluded lounge area, tucked in an alcove.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

The dining area is spacious and separated from the lounge area by a large divider in the middle of the facility.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

The lounge affords good views of the apron.

Food & Drink

When we visited, the food selection was simple yet homely, with a good range of hot, cold and vegetarian dishes, including some DIY sandwiches, made-to-order pasta and seafood laksa.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

You’ll also find a pancake machine.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

We enjoyed sampling the mini pork bao sandwiches.

Amex Lounge Melbourne

The lounge also has a wide range of beverage options, including a variety of fresh mixed juices, an all-day barista service, Shelbello coffee and good quality spirits.

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Melbourne Plaza Premium Lounge

Lounge amenities

There is high-speed wifi available but there are reports that the wifi blocks email applications using IMAP, like Outlook.

The lounge shares bathrooms with the American Express Lounge, with showers expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.

Amex Lounge Melbourne

Amex Lounge Melbourne

Thankfully, there are no flight announcements over the PA, so make sure to keep up-to-date with your flight status on your device or the screens in the lounge.

Lounge access options

American Express Platinum Charge and Centurion cardholders get unlimited access to this lounge and can bring two guests.

Priority Pass cardholders can also access this lounge, with your particular credit card determining guesting privileges.

As the only walk-in lounge at Melbourne, you can purchase access for two hours for $60 or three hours for $70.

In the future, we may see premium cabin travellers on airlines, like ones in the SkyTeam alliance, granted access.

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Summing up

The Plaza Premium Lounge in Melbourne’s international terminal offers delicious food, a good range of beverages and a space to relax to passengers travelling with any airline in any class of service.

However, this lounge is not ideal for those wanting to get work done in a comfortable environment.

Plaza Premium Lounge Melbourne overview was last modified: December 13th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt

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