Review: Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge (International Satellite) in Kuala Lumpur
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This is our review of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge in the international Satellite Terminal in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia Airlines operates a number of lounges in Kuala Lumpur, depending on where you are heading. The Satellite Terminal lounges are designed for international travellers heading out on longer flights, whilst the domestic lounge in the main terminal building is for shorter hops in and around Malaysia.
The lounge has two sections – the business class wing and the first class wing. Unfortunately the first class wing is still closed due to covid, although front desk staff said it was reopening very soon. You can read my pre-covid review of the first class lounge here.
The entrance to both is on the mezzanine level directly overlooking the air train station:
The business section is on the left whilst the first class section is on the right:
The lounge itself is zoned into various sections.
You have a dining area which normally hosts the noodle bar, although this has temporarily moved to the main buffet section:
On the right is a range of bar style seating:
…. whilst along the window you can find more casual armchairs in groups of four. This section has been roped off for Platinum (ie. BA Gold etc) members, although I didn’t see anyone policing it. This section also had plenty of plug sockets between the seats:
At the rear you can find a family room with TV as well as a nap nook, divided by gender, with four available recliners:
What’s the food like in the Golden Lounge?
In the centre of the space is a four-sided buffet with more restaurant style seating:
The spread was not huge, although given how quiet the lounge was compared to pre-covid I’m not surprised. Hopefully things get back to normal soon. There was a small selection of fruit and vegetables:
Some sandwiches and soup, including spicy chicken mayo:
Hot items included a curry and chicken bolognese burger (!).
The noodle bar was also serving a reduced menu, with just broth noodle soups available: you could choose from chicken dumpling, chicken and prawn or veggie:
…. and finally a small section of desserts:
Soft drinks are available in the main lounge if you want a drink:
For anything alcoholic you have to head to the sports bar where they have a basic selection of beer, wine and spirits. There is no champagne, just nondescript sparkling wine.
Showers at the Golden Lounge
You’ll also find showers in the Golden Lounge, especially useful if you are on a connecting flight and want to freshen up before the 13 hour flight home. These are inside the toilets of the lounge, and there is an attendant just outside who will give you a towel and dental kit.
Speaking of toilets, they are infinitely smarter than those in the BA lounges at Heathrow:
There seemed to be four showers available. They’re not quite as smart as the Qantas or Cathay Pacific showers at Heathrow but I’ve definitely seen worse:
Amenities were ‘Magenta’ branded which is just a generic brand I think:
Water pressure and temperature was good so I wasn’t complaining.
Whilst the food selection has taken a bit of a hit during covid, I’m hopeful that the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge at Kuala Lumpur will be back to its own self soon.
The space itself is well designed, with tall ceilings and plenty of natural light thanks to the floor to ceiling windows along one side. It is modern and there are a range of different zones you can relax in, depending on what you fancy. There are also plenty of charging sockets throughout the lounge.
How to access the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge
Anyone travelling in Business Class or First Class / Business Suite on Malaysia Airlines or any of the oneworld airlines can use the Golden Lounge at KLIA. You can also use the lounge if you are a oneworld Emerald or Sapphire (BA Gold or Silver) member.
If you are on a Malaysia Airlines flight you can also pay to enter the lounge, from 279 Ringits (about £50) if you book in advance or 320 Ringits on the door.
Thank you to the Malaysia Airlines team in London for putting together this trip to celebrate the re-opening of Malaysia to tourism. You can read my review of business class on Malaysia Airlines’ A350 here.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (March 2023)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 Air Lines and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four 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 four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. 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.