Kuala Lumpur is a great home base to explore Southeast Asia: its modern airport provides an awesome variety of destinations, very often with just under two hours of flight time. This is especially true for flights with Malaysia Airlines, as their Boeing 737s connect you with lots of unique airports inside and outside of Malaysia.
That’s why it made me especially happy that Malaysia Airlines spent some money to improve the lounge experience in Kuala Lumpur: the new Malaysia Airlines Lounge at Kuala Lumpur Airport should be a solid place to spend some time before your flight. Before my recent flight to Singapore I was finally able to check out the new lounge!
Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur: Location
There are four different Malaysia Airlines Lounges in Kuala Lumpur in total:
- KLIA Satellite Platinum (Platinum Lounge for longhaul flights in the Satellite Terminal)
- KLIA Satellite Business (Business Lounge für longhaul flights in the Satellite Terminal)
- KLIA Regional (Business Lounge für regional flights, e.g. to Singapore)
- KLIA Domestic (Domestic Lounge for domestic flights)
You can check out the location of each of these lounges here on the MH website. During my trip I visited the Regional Lounge, which is located in the main terminal right after security. You just have to take the escalator on the left, and up there you’ss find the Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur.
Access Criteria: Who Gets In?
The following passengers are allowed to use the Malaysia Airlines Lounges in Kuala Lumpur (only the Platinum Lounges have different access criteria):
- Malaysia Airlines Business Class guests with a ticket on the same day
- Enrich Platinum- or Gold members with a ticket on the same day
- OneWorld Emerald- or Sapphire members with a ticket on the same day
Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur: Review
My very first impression of the lounge: the Malaysia Airlines Lounge in Kuala Lumpur is really spacious. While other lounges cramp too many seats in small spaces, Malaysia Airlines offers tons of free space: the hallways are wide, the ceilings are high and the lounge chairs have a lot of room between them for that extra level of privacy.
The lounge is also really bright, mostly due to the huge window front overlooking the tarmac. This makes the lounge a great place for plane spotting, but you’ll mostly see narrowbodies from there.
In this are you’ll also find smaller groups of seats with dividers next to them. That’s where you can sit down in peace with your partner or family, without having people walk past you all the time. This also keeps the overall noise level in the lounge low.
There are lots of different seating options across the lounge, starting with some lounge chairs…
…seats at the bar…
…having a snack at one of the dinner tables…
…or just go straight to the bar stools to have a drink.
In the back of the Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur is a specific rest area where travellers can relax for a bit. There are also clean toilets in the lounge, as well as shower rooms. A play area is waiting for smaller guests as well.
Let’s talk about food: Here’s where the Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur surprised me the most. During my visit breakfast was served, and there was a more than solid variety of Western and Asian dishes. Plus – the presentation was great as well.
There were also fresh bread rolls, cold fruits and a cooking station where you could order noodle dishes.
If you’re thirsty, the lounge has a good selection of drinks as well. Besides the bar I mentioned above, there’s a fridge with different soft drinks…
…as well as a coffee bar, where one of the lounge employees offered me a delicious double espresso.
After a short delay I had to go to my gate, and my surprisingly enjoyable visit at the Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur came to an end.
Conclusion: Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur
I didn’t arrive at the airport with lots of expectations, but the Malaysia Airlines Lounge Kuala Lumpur really surprised me: a well-designed, new lounge experience with comfortable chairs, a solid view, good WiFi and surprisingly good catering. I’ll definitely want to fly more often via Kuala Lumpur in the future!