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Review: the new Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3

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This is my review of the new Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK. You see all of the reviews here.

The new Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge at Heathrow T3 has been open for a little less than a month.  As neither Rob nor I had any plans to fly into Terminal 3, we asked Plaza Premium if they would arrange a tour for us.  This is my review of the Terminal 3 lounge – I also visited the fairly new arrivals lounge at Terminal 4 and that review will follow later this week.

Details of all of the Heathrow lounges run by Plaza Premium can be found on their website here.

Getting there

The Plaza Premium Arrivals Lounge at T3 is outside the terminal, opposite the bus stop.

To be honest it took me a while to find the lounge as there weren’t any signs inside the terminal. (I later learned that I should have followed the signs to the former Delta Arrivals Lounge which used to occupy this space as those signs had not been taken down yet).

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

The lounge is open from 5am until 2pm, the peak arrival times at T3.

I got there at 12pm and there was only one person in the lounge who left pretty soon after I arrived.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

The lounge is quite small but with one sitting area, one ‘dining’ area and a separate small office it shouldn’t feel cramped.

Plaza Premium decided to keep the layout and some of the decorative features of the former Delta Arrivals lounge like the London themed wall decoration.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

This is the main sitting area with a number of armchairs and a good selection of magazines and newspapers.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

This is the office area with space and sockets for laptops.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

There is further seating inside the drinks and snacks room. As the lounge closes at 2pm there is no hot food but a good selection of pastries, yoghurts and fruits.

Currently the lounge doesn’t have an alcohol license but they are in the process of getting one.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

The coffee machine is at the other end of this room with more seats and a table.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

There are 11 shower rooms in the lounge which is a good amount for this otherwise fairly small lounge.

Review Plaza Premium arrivals lounge Heathrow Terminal 3

How to get in

As Plaza Premium lounges are independent an airline ticket won’t get you in, unless your airline has made a special deal with the facility.  On the other hand you don’t need an airline ticket to use the lounge, although at the Terminal 2 arrivals lounge they will reportedly now ask to see a boarding pass.

Paying cash, a shower costs £15, 1 hour lounge access £25 (the current opening offer is £20) and two hours cost £35.  You can book yourself in via this page.

You CANNOT get in using Priority Pass (free with American Express Platinum or buy one here) or Lounge Club (two free passes when you get an American Express Gold).

However, American Express Platinum cardholders CAN get in by showing their Platinum card (NOT their Priority Pass card) at the desk.

Conclusion

The Plaza Premium arrivals lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 is quite small but with 11 showers and a good breakfast selection it is a decent place to freshen up before heading to a meeting in the city.

If you want to pre-book the lounge for cash in advance, you can do so via the Plaza Premium website here.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (25)

  • PR says:

    Translated: It’s a dump but because I (Anika) got a freebie tour (and will wish to avail of such hospitality in the future in more favourable sites), I feel obliged to write such a ‘conclusion’.

    • The_real_a says:

      But it’s better than nothing…

    • Rob says:

      If you’ve got an Amex Plat (or Priority Pass soon) then you’re not paying real £ so I think the main point of the piece is to let you know it exists. At least you now jab an option if you want an arrivals facility in T3.

    • Leo says:

      That’s a bit strong there. I do think it looks under par for Plaza Premium but the showers look okay and in reality the purpose of arrivals lounges is largely to “freshen up”. It doesn’t look like a dump.

      • Leo says:

        https://loungereview.com/lounges/delta-arrivals-lounge-lhr/
        In fact the lounge is almost exactly as it was when it was Delta – and as Rob says if you have amex plat you have nothing to lose – and have the option of a decent shower a at least a cup of coffee.

        • Nick Burch says:

          Fair shower – I wouldn’t say decent as the water didn’t go as hot as I’d wanted on my visit, and there weren’t really quite enough places to put / hang your clothes…

          Coffee was pretty dreadful too, I’m glad I got in for free with my Amex Plat!

  • Spk says:

    OT – I’ll be arriving at T2 LHR by 7pm after a long flight – so my idea is to refresh a bit at the lounge using my free PP card and take a taxi an hour later. Is the PP arrival lounge easy to locate? Also, do they have some space where we can leave our 4 large bags while we get some food or drinks? The lounge is apparently small-ish according to some of the reviews.

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