Review: Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) at Taipei Taoyuan Airport

Plaza Premium has four lounges at Taipei Taoyuan Airport – two in Terminal 1 and two in Terminal 2. During a more than six-hour layover at the airport during my recent trip to Europe, I had a chance to check out one of the two in Terminal 2 (the other one is currently temporarily closed).

Continue reading this review to see what the Plaza Premium Lounge “Zone A” was like.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) at Taipei Taoyuan Airport
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A).

Location & Opening Hours

The Zone A Plaza Premium Lounge at Taipei Taoyuan Airport is, like the currently closed Zone A1 lounge, located on the fourth floor of the central part of Terminal 2. The lounge is airside – i.e. you need to have clear security and immigration before accessing it.

Confusingly, while the lounge is named “Zone A,” it is actually located between piers C and D. Conversely, “Zone C” and “Zone D” lounges are located in Terminal 1 which actually consists of piers A and B.

With the fourth floor being one floor above the main departures level, the Zone A lounge can be reached using escalators and an elevator located in the third floor’s duty-free shopping area. The fourth floor is also where the terminal’s food court and other lounges including EVA Air’s four lounges (The Garden, The Star, The Infinity, and The Club) and the Oriental Club Lounge can be found.

Unlike the Zone D Plaza Premium Lounge which is open non-stop, the Zone A one is only open from 5AM until 11PM each day.

Taipei Terminal 2 Lounge Map
Terminal 2 fourth floor map.

Entry Requirements

All of the Plaza Premium Lounges at Taipei Taoyuan Airport including the Zone A one belong to the Priority Pass network. That is the easiest way to get into the lounge for up to two hours and that is how I entered it before taking my flight to Vienna.

The Plaza Premium Lounges in Taipei can also be entered using DragonPass and they belong to the American Express Global Lounge Collection. Additionally, some airlines might invite their business and first class passengers and frequent flyer status holders into the lounge.

Some services such as shower use and private sleeping rooms come at an additional cost.

In case you cannot access the lounge for free, you can also pay to enter the lounge regardless of the airline and class you are flying. The entry fee starts at 1,500 TWD (approx. 50 USD) for two hours.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Entry Requirements
Priority Pass is one of the ways to get in the lounge.

Lounge Tour

Across from the reception of the Plaza Premium Zone A Lounge and, in a way, outside the lounge itself, was a large communal table with about a dozen seats.

There were also a couple of small round tables for two and a coffee table with a couple of chairs and small sofas facing a TV. The TV, like another one inside the lounge, was showing a sports channel.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Seating
Seating across from the reception.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Seating
Another angle of the same area.

Going past the reception was the lounge’s dining area. On the left side was the buffet area, on the right side was a live cooking station and a hot drinks station, and in the middle was some seating. I will get back to the food and drinks selection in the next section of this review.

As for the seating in the dining area, there were mostly tables for two – some with two chairs and others placed along a bench. Additionally, there was a communal table seating eight and a couple of booths for four. Above the booths was a pair of TVs.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dining Area
Buffet area.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dining Area
Seating in the dining area.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Live Cooking Station
Live cooking station.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dining Area
Tables for two and booths.

Behind the dining area were two hallways dividing the rest of the lounge into three sections running parallel to each other toward the back of the lounge.

In the middle was a seating area in a typical set up with rows of sofa chairs. Pairs of rows were facing each other and between each pair of chairs was a console table. The console table housed power outlets too. While there were no partitions separating the rows, at least the wooden partitions separating the area from the hallways provided some sense of privacy.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Lounging Area
Lounging area.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Hallway
Hallway with private rooms.

On the other side of the left-side hallway was a row of four “VIP rooms,” each seating about eight to ten people and each equipped with slightly different furniture.

While some of the “rooms” appeared to be available to all of the lounge visitors at an extra charge, others seemed reserved for specific groups of people.

At the end of this hallway was also a meeting room that was available for use at an extra charge.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Hallway
Hallway with VIP seating areas.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei VIP Seating Area
One of the VIP seating areas.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei VIP Seating Area
Another VIP seating area.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Meeting Room
Meeting room.

The hallway running along the right side of the lounge was lined with a few fully-enclosed sleeping rooms. While costing extra, those were a great option for people with longer layovers wanting to get some proper rest. On the day of my visit, all of the rooms were booked.

At the end of this hallway were the lounge’s restrooms and shower rooms.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Private Sleeping Room
Private room.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Showers and Restrooms
Hallway leading to the showers and restrooms.

Food and Drinks

Cold soft drinks in the Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) at Taipei Taoyuan Airport could be found in the buffet area and included:

  • Canned soda (Coke, Coke-Zero, Sprite, and HeySong Sarsaparilla)
  • Small boxes of iced coffee and various teas
  • Dispensers with grape juice and cucumber-infused water

Hot drinks, on the other hand, were on a counter at the live cooking station and included a selection of coffee drinks from an espresso machine and half a dozen different kinds of tea bags.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei
Canned and boxed soft drinks.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Drinks
Water and grape juice.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Coffee
Coffee machine.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Tea
Tea.

Alcoholic drinks included Taiwan Beer on tap and bottles of red and white wine.

There was no liquor in the Zone A Plaza Premium Lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Beer
Water dispenser and beer tap.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Wine
Wine.

At the live cooking station, four items including one dessert were available:

  • Pork noodles soup
  • Vegetarian noodles with bean curd
  • Smokey chicken mini burger
  • Tofu pudding with peanuts
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Live Cooking Station Menu
Live cooking station menu.

The buffet offered a good range of self-serve options too.

Lighter items included some cheese, a good selection of salads, and some bread with butter and jam.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Salad
Salad bar.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Bread
Bread.

Then there were two soups – pumpkin cream soup and miso soup.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Soup
Soups.

The selection of hot main dishes was good too with items like fried fish with curry, chicken with basil, fried rice, spaghetti, and meatballs.

There was also a side of steamed vegetables.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dinner
Fried fish curry.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dinner
Chicken.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dinner
Fried rice and pasta.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dinner
Meatballs and vegetables.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Dinner
Sweet potato fries and fried chicken.

Lastly, there were also some snacks and desserts in the form of cheesecake, whole apples, cookies, and crackers.

Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Desserts
Cakes and apples.
Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) Taipei Snacks
Snacks.

Plaza Premium (Zone A) Taipei Taoyuan Summary

While I didn’t stay in the lounge for too long as my wife and daughter were waiting for me in EVA Air’s The Star Lounge, the Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) looked like a nice place to spend a layover in.

There were some decent seating options (although I would have appreciated some workstations), tasty-looking food (although the selection wasn’t as good as that in the Oriental Club Lounge), and a good enough selection of drinks (although there was no liquor).

The one downside of the lounge was that access to showers came at an extra fee.

2 thoughts on “Review: Plaza Premium Lounge (Zone A) at Taipei Taoyuan Airport”

  1. How would you contrast the lounge with the EVA lounge nearby? My wife and I were quite disappointed with the food and drink options, lack of nap and shower rooms, and heavy crowding. We greatly preferred the Plaza Premium lounge, much to our surprise since onboard the EVA experience is superb.

    1. I’d say the dining options (other than the “made to order” stuff that Plaza Premium has) was comparable and would depend on preference for individual dishes. In terms of seating, I didn’t find neither this lounge nor the EVA Air Lounge (I visited The Star) anything to write home about. I actually liked the Oriental Club Lounge which can be accessed with Priority Pass the most probably…

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