Lounge Review: Al Reem Plaza Premium at Abu Dhabi

Operated by the Plaza Premium group, the Al Reem Lounge is located in Terminal 1 of Abu Dhabi’s international airport. It is one of two lounges that Priority Pass holders have access to. The other one is the Al Dhabi lounge, located roughly 100 meters away. This will be a review of the Al Reem lounge facilities.

Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Getting to the lounge

One great aspect of the Abu Dhabi airport is the interconnectedness of Terminals 1 and 3. Passengers can connect via a long corridor and there is no security checkpoint or restriction. Therefore, passengers traveling out of either terminal have access to these lounges. However, passengers in Terminal 3 will have much further to walk.

The Al Reem Lounge is clearly labeled and is fairly easy to find. Furthermore, reception is quick and easy; as a Priority Pass holder, I just needed to scan my digital card and my boarding pass.

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The unique multi-level layout of the lounge. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Space and seating

This lounge is big compared to lounges at other airports, however, it is certainly smaller than the closeby Al Dhabi lounge. A unique aspect of this lounge was it’s multilevel cascading terrace layout – as you can see with the photo above. This is fairly unusual, although KLM’s International Crown Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol has something slightly similar (but grander). Seating seems somewhat diverse with a mix of a dining area as well as other more relaxed chairs.

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The upper level of the lounge. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

While the multilevel layout looks nice, I imagine it would feel like an inconvenient form of forced exercise for anyone wanting to get food from the one station at the top. At least there is a bar below!

While it was a busy time at the airport, the lounge was perhaps operating at 70% capacity and there was sufficient space for guests at the time.

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Beverages

At the “top” level there is a fridge stocked with mini cans of the standard soft drinks including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, ginger ale and soda water. Beside it is the standard and ubiquitous lounge coffee machine capable of making everything from steamed milk to cappuccinos, espressos, and hot chocolate.

At the bottom level is a well-stocked bar staffed with a bartender to prepare any alcoholic drink you might want.

The standard lounge coffee machine and fridge full of soda. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Food

Unfortunately, this lounge review comes at breakfast time when food is usually the least diverse. On offer were hard-boiled eggs, baked beans in tomato sauce, and chicken sausages. For cold foods, there was yogurt, fruit salad, cereals and a selection of bread and pastries.

Hardboiled eggs and chicken sausages. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Breads and pastries. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Fruit salad and yogurts. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

Conclusion

This lounge seems like a decent place to spend a long layover. However, I would personally prefer to spend my time in the larger Al Dhabi lounge – which just feels a little more spacious and open.

If you’ve been to this lounge, let us know if your experience was similar and if this is an accurate review!

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Cahpek

Thanks for your review Chris, I am pleased you acknowledged that food offerings during breakfast time is the least diverse.

I just hope that for future reviews, if you could, perhaps you could try visiting the lounges during lunch time or dinner/evening periods? As you know, breakfast offerings in most airport business class lounges, can be somewhat similar, and it is harder to distinguish one lounge from another in that respect. If you were to review their lunch time or dinner time food offerings, their differences might show up more.

Thank you.