Meet my makeshift hotel for 2 nights while on this crazy status run – The Premium Plaza Lounge in Taipei Airport. Since I was flying in around 10 PM and leaving the following morning around 9 AM, and not wanting to wait through the 2 hour customs line and have to re-clear security customs and immigration in the morning, I decided to pop into this 24 hour lounge and hang out for the night.
Introduction: Taipei Mileage Running Extravaganza
Review – American Airlines 767-300 Business Class – MIA-JFK
Review – British Airways Galleries Lounge – JFK
Review – Cathay Pacific 777-300ER Business Class – JFK-HKG
Review – Dragon Air G16 Lounge – HKG
Review – Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge – HKG
Review – Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge – HKG
Review – Cathay Pacific 777-200 Business Class – HKG-TPE
Review – Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel
Review – The More Lounge – TPE
Review – The Premium Plaza Lounge – TPE
Review – The VIP Airlines Lounge (JAL Contract Lounge) – TPE
Review – JAL 767-300 Economy Class – TPE-NRT/NRT-TPE
Review – JAL Sakura Lounge (Near Gate 61) – NRT
Review – JAL Sakura Lounge (Near Gate 92) – NRT
Review – JAL 777-300ER Economy Class – NRT-LAX
Review – The Club At DFW Lounge (JAL Contract Lounge) – DFW
Review – JAL 787-8 Economy Class – DFW-NRT
Say what you will about this method, but it was actually kind of fun – kind of like camping at the airport. Plus when I got up in the morning, there was someone there to cook me a fresh breakfast with hot coffee (lots and lots of coffee).
There are 2 Premium Plaza Lounges at TPE, and both are located more or less right next to each other. The Lounges are located in Terminal 1 between Zone C and Zone D.
There is an elevator and a set of stairs that leads up to the various lounges which are all located down a long corridor. The sign for the lounges is huge and you really cannot miss it!
About halfway down the hallway are the two Premium Plaza Lounges. Although I tried to check out both lounges, I was told that Priority Pass members only have access to the Premium Plaza Lounge on the Zone C side. It was a great lounge, so I really did not question it too much – though the Priority Pass App does list both lounges as eligible for entry with a membership. YMMV.
There is a small desk upon entering the lounge where the friendly associates happily checked me in. Just like The More, the Premium Plaza Lounge is a Priority Pass lounge. As I have a Priority Pass membership through my American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card, my entry was complimentary. Otherwise entry will cost you 1,300 NT (~$40 USD) for 2 hours.
Upon entering the lounge it was clear this was either a brand new lounge or had been recently renovated. It was gorgeous and reminded me of a Cathay Pacific lounge. The first section contained little pods with half desks on them which were actually pretty comfortable for getting some work done.
On either side of the lounge were seating areas with contained a variety of chairs and couches with small tables.
The couches were surprisingly comfortable for sleeping in case you ever need to.
In the center section to the back was a dining area with tables, chairs and benches.
On the wall by the dining area was a large screen television that had soccer on. I grabbed a few beers and kicked back watching a few soccer games while in the lounge and it was a pretty solid setup.
The dining area also contained the buffet, which was quite good. In the evenings there were always a variety of hot dishes including egg rolls, pasta, and curry.
In addition, in the evenings there was a selection of items to make your own salad and pre-made sandwiches.
There was also a menu you could order additional hot dishes from. I tried the laksa one night, which I love, and this one was quite good I thought.
In the morning, there was always a selection of hot dishes like french toast, grilled tomatoes, muffins and croissants.
In addition, there was also a selection of cold items like yogurt and fruit, as well as a small selection of cereals.
As in the evenings, there was also a menu for hot fresh made to order breakfast dishes.
I did not order anything from the breakfast made to order menu, but several people in the lounge did and everything looked very good. I opted instead to grab some yogurt and some french toast while I did some work.
I have to say, I was quite impressed with the food overall in this lounge. It was way better than what I had in The More and actually think it beats the food in the JAL Sakura Lounge at Tokyo Narita.
On the far side of the buffet was a cooler with a small selection of juices, teas and water, along with a coffee machine that made some great coffees.
They also had two red wines on offer along with a Tsing Tao beer tap and a soda fountain.
Lastly, there was a small, yet varied selection of teas next to a really cool water spigot that put out piping hot water or ice cold water with the touch of a button.
The restrooms were located back behind the dining area and were a bit on the small side given the size of the lounge. That said, they were perfectly adequate for the number of people that were in the lounge while I was there.
Unfortunately, there were no showers available at this lounge, but it really was not a deal breaker for me as I had access to the fantastic shower rooms at the JAL Sakura Lounge in Tokyo Narita.
The WiFi in the lounge worked flawlessly and was very quick, although I was one of less than 5 individuals in the lounge when I was using the WiFi. With that said, it did seem fast enough to handle a good number of browsers.
A Word Of Caution On Priority Pass Lounges In Taipei
One thing I would say about Taipei Priority Pass lounges is to make sure you check your credit card account for the card that is tied to your account. On every occasion I was at these lounges, and despite traveling alone, I was charged $27 for a companion being brought into the lounge with me. I have had to fight with American Express over getting these erroneous charges removed and over a month later, the charges still remain.
If you have the time to make the journey over to the Premium Plaza Lounge, definitely do so as it was the best out of all of the lounges I visited in Taipei. In fact, it was probably one of the best lounges I have been to all year. While it is not the most conveniently located lounge, it also does not fill up as quickly as The More did and has much better food options.
What is your favorite lounge in Taipei?
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