Recently, I was in Bangkok for a day to visit the Royal Thai Air Force Children’s Day airshow at Don Muang air base. Before taking my flight back to Tokyo, I had a chance to visit three lounges available to Priority Pass members when flying out of Suvarnabhumi airport.
The first one I visited was the Oman Air First & Business Lounge which, as the name suggests, is accessible to Oman Air’s premium passengers besides Priority Pass members.
Just like most lounges at the airport, the Oman Air lounge is located on the 3rd floor after security – one level below the departures level. More precisely, it is in Concourse E.
There are two things to keep in mind before heading to the lounge.
First, especially if you have a late night departure, you might be out of luck since the opening hours are from 5:00AM until 8:30PM.
Second, for Priority Pass visits, the stay is limited to 2.5 hours.
Given that I got to the lounge 30 minutes before closing, I am not sure if and how the maximum stay is enforced.
Behind the welcome desk, separated by a wall which also serves as a magazine rack, is a fairly elegant main seating and dining area lit up with blue neons.
The dominant feature of the area are sofas with coffee tables in the middle of the room. Regular dining tables are not available. Further sofas are available along one of the walls.
Along another wall, there is a counter-style workspace with power outlets as well as a pair of Mac computers.
Finally, there is a buffet spread in one of the corners. More about that one later, though.
In the back of the main room is a small area with one table with four seats and power outlets serving as another working area. Interestingly, on the table, there is also an aquarium with fish.
From the small area, a hallway leads to the restrooms and shower.
The showers are readily available, and can be entered freely. Basic amenities – body soap and shampoo are placed in the shower. Toothbrushes, combs, and other amenities have to be requested from the staff.
The shower room itself is very basic featuring only the shower itself, a shelf, a bench/counter, and a mirror. …and a diaper table. The one thing that is a bit inconvenient is the lack of a sink.
Still, it is more than enough for a quick shower before an overnight flight.
Going back to the welcome desk, if you turn right instead of going straight, you enter a smaller seating area. Unlike the other one, this one is designed more for relax.
Throughout the room is a large number of lounge chairs as well as sofas, and there is also a small counter with snacks and water.
In the back of the room are two day beds partitioned off from the larger area by floor-to-ceiling walls. I didn’t have a chance to try them as my stay was shorter than 30 minutes, but the semi-closed off areas looked quite comfortable.
Finally, there is a stand with a feedback form just before the entrance to the smaller seating area. I am not sure how many people actually fill it out, but I thought it was a nice touch.
Food & Drink Selection
The buffet consists of two counters in a corner of the main seating area.
Canned soft drinks and beer, as well as bottled water can be found in a fridge under the first counter. The counter is home to a wine cooler, a hot water pot and tea, a Nespresso machine, an Arabic coffee pot, and a selection of alcoholic drinks and light snacks.
Juices and a selection of cold and warm food can be found on the other counter.
On the warm side, pumpkin soup as well as a selection of mains including green curry were available during my visit.
The cold selection included bread, salad, fruits, cheese and some sandwiches.
Oman Air First and Business Class Lounge Bangkok Summary
While the lounge has its downsides – the limited opening hours and 2.5 hour maximum stay, it is a very pleasant lounge to spend time in.
The food selection at the lounge was the weakest of the three lounges I visited, the seating and ambiance were by far the best.
Thinking about it, though, that might have been caused by the fact that I was alone in the lounge most of the time as it was right before its closing. I am not sure how crowded it gets during the day.
In case you have Priority Pass Prestige, the lounge is definitely worth popping into. If you have to pay for entry or use up one of your available visits, I would suggest the Air France KLM lounge instead.
Have you visited this lounge?
If so, how did you find it and how crowded was it during other times of the day?