Review: Malaysia Airlines Satellite Golden Business Class Lounge Kuala Lumpur

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Malaysia Airlines has multiple lounges in their hub airport in Kuala Lumpur. The one I’ll be using is their Golden Lounge in the Satellite terminal. This lounge has two sections. There’s a Business Suite (formerly known as first class) section for business suite passengers and OneWorld Emerald members and the business class section which is where I would be visiting.

Here’s how you can access this lounge:

  • Business Class and First Class passengers on Malaysia Airlines and other OneWorld airlines
  • Business Class and First Class passengers on Biman Bangladesh Airlines, China Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Oman Air, and Vietnam Airlines
  • SkyTeam Elite Plus Passengers traveling on China Airlines, KLM, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines in economy class (+1 guest)
  • OneWorld Sapphire and Emerald members traveling on OneWorld airlines (+ 1 guest also traveling on a OneWorld Airline)
  • Oman Air Sindbad Gold and Silver Members travelling in economy class on Oman Air
  • Malaysia Airlines Blue and Silver tier passengers are able to purchase access

In my case, I was accessing it off a business class ticket with Malaysia Airlines. Once you have your boarding pass scanned, the business class section is to the left.

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Entrance

The first thing is there’s a long hallway leading into the main lounge area.

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lounge

But to the left, before you reach the main lounge area, there’s a quiet room.

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bar

Over here was the bar where you could have drinks and get some work done along high seats on a table.

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Bar

There were good views of the tarmac from the bar and you could see a fantastic thunderstorm coming in which we would be right in the middle of during our flight’s departure.

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views

The bar itself was clean and it was staffed with an efficient bar tender.

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bar seats

And as I was saying, there was plenty of high seats to relax or get work done if needed.

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high tables

Now if we keep walking forward, the hallway opens up into basically one humongous room with many different sections which makes the lounge.

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lounge

To the left was a separated and more private seating area.

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separate seating area

There were some great tarmac views here as well. I got to see a Saudia 787 as it was arriving.

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Saudia 787

But this section had many many rows of seats with dividers for privacy which I think was neat.

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dividers

Each divided section had 4 seats.

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4 seats

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On the table between each of these seats, there was a universal power port controlled by a switch, as is the case in Asian countries.

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power ports

There were also a pair of USB ports which was a good thing to have as well.

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USB ports

Apart from the private and divider seats, there were also pairs of seats in a more open setting in this section if you wanted a more “open” area.

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seats

Now returning to the main part, in a pretty central area where you could stretch out along a long couch and chairs and eat or relax.

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couch
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couches and chairs

One thing to note is that this central couch area didn’t have any power ports.

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no power ports

To the right side of the lounge, you’ll see a dining area with blue and yellow chairs.

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tables

Most of the tables were tables for 4.

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table for 4

But there was one table of 7 in case of a larger party.

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table for 7

And then along the wall, there were tables for 2.

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tables for 2

All these tables were set up for the noodle station right next to it.

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noodle station.

And here is the noodle bar menu and wifi. I think it’s really neat for there to be a made to order noodle bar here.

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menu

Now going past the central couch, there was a lot more.

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central couch

There were seats for even 5-6 people as well around a single table.

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seats for 5

There was more seating along with some high top seating right behind that.

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pair seats and high top seats

Now in towards the right is where all the other buffet items were.

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buffet

There was a smaller stand were some cold items were, and then this area had all the hot items.

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food

Let’s check out the small buffet stand first.

 

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Chocolate Batik Cake
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Fruit Tartlet

Along with some sweets, there were some chilled salads and pasta along with some dressings.

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chilled items

And then some fruits.

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fruits
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plates and utensils

 

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nuts

And now let’s check out the hot food items there were.

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pasta accompaniments
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pasta
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Baked Boneless Lemon Chicken
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pumpkin poriyal
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rice
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Baked boneless lemon chicken (again)

 

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rice

 

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soup and bread
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sandwiches

There was also a coffee machine where you could have a variety of caffeine drinks.

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drinks

On another counter behind the central food counter, there was some more stuff.

There was a fridge with just coke.

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coke

And then another fridge with drinks, some soda, and then more drinks.

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drinks
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food
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bubur lambuk- rice porridge dish cooked with chicken and assorted spices
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bubur pulut hitam- black sticky rice dessert
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dates

I was mostly happy with the food selection. There was a lot of dishes, some were repeated but there was a lot. There was a good variety of cold dishes from pastas to fruits, a decent amount of dessert foods, a made to order noodle bar, etc. My only problem is how spread out and randomly apart the food is. I can appreciate the food not all being in one area due to crowding, but I think centralizing the food a little bit more would definitely go a long way.

On the other side of all the food, there was some more high top seating.

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high top seating

Then there was some more seating for 4 around a table again.

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seating for 4

 

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high top seating along walls

 

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divider seating

The seats along walls each had power ports which was good to see.

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power ports
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seats along walls

Towards the back of the lounge, you had another large open seating area. I’m not sure why anyone would actively choose these seats over the many other seating options there were.

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open seats

Behind these seats was a family area.

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family area

I guess if you had little kids you could use these but honestly I could see people traveling in a group also just using this area as a private area as well.

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family room
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family room

And here’s looking from the back to the front of the lounge.

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couches

And then looking down at the divider seating area.

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seating

Lastly, at the very back even beyond the family rooms there were two more important features.

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rear of lounge

First was a napping room.

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nap room

I think they definitely could do with a little bit more privacy especially if you are traveling alone but it’s still a great feature to have.

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nap areas

Each bed also had a side table with a boarding pass/passport holder and power port. As nice as that is, with a nap area as open as this one was, no way I’d leave such important travel documents in the open.

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nap room

 

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nap rooms

The bathrooms were the furthest back part of this lounge and they were relatively clean and nice.

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bathrooms

 

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bathrooms

Overall, I was happy with this lounge. It’s big, it’s spacious, there’s definitely no shortage of seating. While the lounge definitely had a lot of people in it since this is Malaysia Airline’s hub lounge, it never felt crowded because of how big and spacious the lounge is. There’s a variety of seating options depending on whether you are trying to work, relax, eat, or hang around. There was a good amount of power ports throughout the lounge at various seats, there was plenty of food and a decent variety too. So overall, I was happy and would definitely have no problems spending a long time here.

 

 

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