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Review: Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1

 

After a bland visit to the Prima Vista Lounge, we made our way to our boarding gate. We figured walking around was better than staying inside a hot stuffy lounge. Just about halfway through, we saw signs of a Plaza Premium Lounge. At the time, the lounge wasn’t listed on LoungeBuddy, so it was a great time to check out this (probably) new lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge can be accessed with the Capital One Venture X. Alternatively, the Amex Platinum can get you in as well.

 

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Location

The lounge is located inside Terminal 1 after security check. Simply follow the airport signs of “Airport Lounge” and you’ll eventually be taken there. There are 2 “Plaza Premium Lounges” in FCO on both Terminal 1 & 3. Both have different interiors from each other. Terminal 1 serves shorter-haul flights within the Schengen area while Terminal 3 has long-haul international flights.

 

Inside Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1

To start off, I loved the design of this lounge. They felt understated but modern.

The lounge has few of these big seats right behind the wall after reception that provide a good amount of privacy, but there are so few of them that you may end up sitting in the common area when it gets busy. The greeneries complemented the surrounding brown.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Big Seats
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Big Seats

The big seats come with fragrances set on the table.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Scent
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Scent

The common are has plenty of small dining tables and modular chairs that come with shared charging stations.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Common Area
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Common Area
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Modular Seats
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Modular Seats
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Charging Station
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Charging Station

Food quality was higher than many of the lounges I’ve been to!

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Salad
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Salad

The main course included pasta and paella with chicken and vegetables.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Food
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Food

Bread section comes with small breads and breadsticks. Toaster is readily available as well.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Bread Section
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Bread Section

Drinks are also plentiful with detox water, soda, and coffee and tea.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Detox Water
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Detox Water

There’s a tap where you can choose sparkling or still water next to the soda machine if detox water is not to your preference.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Soda Machine
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Soda Machine
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Coffee
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Coffee

There’s a nice clean looking bar behind next to the big seats area.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Bar
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Bar

Just to the right of the bar is the way to the restroom. The restroom comes with a shower room, but it was occupied during my visit so I couldn’t check it out.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Shower Room
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Shower Room

Clean restroom overall with nice marble walls.

Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Sinks
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Sinks
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Toilet
Plaza Premium Lounge FCO Terminal 1 Toilet

 

Conclusion

Even though I did not visit all of the lounges in FCO’s Terminal 1, I wouldn’t be surprised that the Plaza Premium is the best lounge in T1 of FCO. It blows the Prima Vista Lounge out of the water and was also much better than my previous Plaza Premium in Budapest. The lounge is modern and the food quality is pretty good for lounge standards.

 

Overall Rating

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