At Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), there are several Priority Pass Lounges for passengers to use. In T1, there are two Plaza Premium Lounges, and in T2, there is a Plaza Premium Lounge (this review) and an Oriental Club Lounge for Priority Pass cardholders to use. Both lounges are located in the same area and you can easily jump back and forth between the two to see which one you like better.
Both the Oriental Club and Plaza Premium Lounges are located on the mezzanine level of the duty-free shopping area. As you exit the immigration checkpoint, walk past all the shops and follow the signs for the VIP lounges. Take the escalator up to the mezzanine level (fourth floor) and follow the large directory. The Plaza Premium Lounge in T2 is open from 0500 to 2300 hours daily.
As you scan your credentials and enter the lounge, you will find a nice “open-air” portion of the lounge, adjacent to the front desk. Here, you’ll find a small family seating area, a large communal table, and several other tables for dining or working. The main sitting area of the lounge can get pretty crowded during peak times so this is my preferred area to sit when I’m visiting the Plaza Premium Lounge. WiFi is provided throughout the lounge and electrical outlets are located by most of the seating areas so you can easily work or charge your devices from anywhere.
Just inside the main entrance to the lounge, you will find the dining room and self-serve buffet area.
During my two visits, I found the buffet spread to be quite limited. There was only a small selection of Asian and international dishes such as congee, dim sum, scrambled eggs, sausages, and hash browns for breakfast, and stir-fried noodles, vegetables, pasta, and chicken nuggets for lunch and dinner. Compared to the Oriental Club across the way, the Plaza Premium Lounge had more Western dishes so if you prefer scrambled eggs and pasta over dim sum and noodles, then I would recommend the Plaza Premium Lounge over the Oriental Club.
To be honest, the food here wasn’t all that great. I thought the dishes were average at best and I wouldn’t really waste my appetite there. Instead, my recommendation is to go to the kitchen area where you can order freshly prepared rice bowls and pork buns. The rice bowls were delicious and the pork buns had thick pieces of braised pork belly in them. If you love Taiwanese food, then you will be very happy here.
For drinks, there was a purified water station, a coffee machine, and a small refrigerated section with juices, sodas, and boxed milk teas. The alcoholic section was very limited with only a couple of bottles of wine and one Taiwanese beer on tap.
The main seating area is located in the center of the lounge. The space felt very cramped and crowded and I wouldn’t recommend sitting here unless you can’t find a table anywhere else.
Other lounge amenities include four shower suites and several day rooms. The shower suites are provided complimentary on a first come, first served basis but the day rooms must be booked in advance for a fee. To use the showers, ask for a towel at the front desk and make your way to the back of the lounge where the shower suites are located. If the door is locked, it means the shower room is occupied. If it’s unlocked, then it’s free. There is a lounge attendant but I can tell you they don’t clean the showers in between each guest so treat this more like a gym shower, if you know what I mean.
The showers are stocked with wall-mounted shampoo and shower gel, shower caps, dental hygiene kits, and cotton swabs.
Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Bottom Line
Overall, the Plaza Premium Lounge at Taipei Airport T2 is not a bad place to rest and relax before your flight. The shower suites were appreciated after a long-haul flight and the a la carte food station was delicious. This is not a lounge I would recommend getting to the airport early for but if you have a couple of hours to kill in between flights, then the Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei in Terminal 2 is not a bad place to freshen up and refuel before the next leg of your journey.
What are your thoughts? Have you visited the Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei? If so, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
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