With the American Express lounge open and shut as per the pandemic waves, the Plaza Premium Lounge remains one of the only lounges in Delhi Terminal 3, which operated through the pandemic. I’ve written about one section of the Lounge earlier. However, the newer part of the lounge used to be closed almost every time I was at the airport in my past few visits. This was not the case on my last trip out of Delhi Airport, and I used this opportunity to try out the new section, which is co-located with the older lounge, on the Mezzanine floor of the Delhi Airport Terminal 3.
Plaza Premium Lounge: Delhi Terminal 3 (VIP Section) Experience
Delhi’s Plaza Premium team has now set out a clear distinction at the Lounge for the premium and the (less!) premium experience. While the masses who access the Plaza Premium Lounge Delhi T3 Domestic with their Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Cards are sent to the older section, which you can read more about here, the American Express, Diners Club and Priority Pass Cardmembers, apart from Vistara lounge invitations are sent to the newer section where we were today.
On arriving at the lounge, we presented our Vistara Business Class boarding passes to the reception, of which they made scans and directed us to the VIP section of the lounge. I don’t know if this is the name, but I’ve always thought of it as the VIP section, given the slightly more premium feel this section has.
The lounge has three sorts of seating, together accomodating approximately fifty people by my count. As you enter, there are some restaurant-style seats and a long community table in front of a bar in front of the bar. The bar was closed when we visited.
Right across, there are individual couches, with two seats sharing a plug point, a table/armrest of sorts to eat or work. This is the classic look that Plaza Premium Lounges across the globe usually go for.
There were also some workstations right at the back, where you could sit down and work with your laptop set up.
Third, there was a small restaurant at the back with tables of two and four organised and some dining booths.
We would only spend about thirty minutes at the lounge this morning, and since we had started very early from home, we were hungry. We wanted to catch some breakfast, and a wait staff quickly came by and brought us the menus. Our options today were (South Indian) Vegetarian or (Continental) Non-Vegetarian in a set menu.
Buffet dining was still closed at the lounge (opened early August 2021). I opted for the non-vegetarian spread, which was brought along with a croissant which I requested separately. Everything was served on a disposable platter.
The food was warm when served, and the lounge staff was very efficient, something that the other side loses out on when there is rush hour at the lounge. Also, the food was very, very delicious, although I was perhaps eating the same selection every time I visited this particular lounge.
The lounge was open-air, and the air-conditioning was off as well when we visited. Mask discipline was not the best, but with a not very crowded lounge, at least we could keep our distance from everyone else.
We had our flight called, and from there, we headed on to one of the furthest gates of the domestic piers that could be offered, so we rushed out with reasonable time to spare.
The expanded section of the Plaza Premium Lounge Delhi Terminal 3 was better than the older section of the lounge, and I would prefer to visit this section when possible. The dining options are all the same, and if I intended to grab a bite before our flight, given meal service on flights less than two hours is not allowed at the moment, I’d head to whichever one with the space.
Have you visited the Plaza Premium Lounge Delhi Airport Terminal 3 Domestic VIP Section? What has been your experience here?
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