The lounge itself is located right after security across from the Japan Airlines Samurai Lounge, looking rather ragged on the outside. After you sign in, the worn out look continues with degrading walls (
Right out of the bat, you will notice the fans blaring to keep the scores of people inside cool. I’ve been to this lounge several times and everytime it has been at, or close to capacity. This doesn’t bode well for the internal temperatures which can reach sauna like levels sometimes and is the last thing you want if you are expecting a comfortable pre-departure experience! On one of my visits, I even overheard the staff complaining about it. That’s when you know when it’s really bad.
Fortunately, as I type this in the lounge, I’m happy to report that the main air-conditioning unit is not a mere ornament and the temperatures are much more comfortable during this visit compared to previous ones. The wifi, on the other hand, is barely operational and gets even worse with more and more people in the lounge trying to gain access as well. If you’re counting on getting work done or accessing something on the web, good luck.
The food options are quite limited with three chaffing dishes serving things like rice, noodles and local favorites like chicken adobo. Right next to that there is a small assortment of sandwiches that taste like cardboard. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets. Kitty corner to that is the soup section that rotates between items like chicken congee and cream of cauliflower, and above that is a small selection of half-empty liquor bottles, such as Absolut Vodka, Jack Daniels and Bacardi Gold. Again, nothing to get excited about.
The star of the show, and frankly, this lounge’s only shining star is the dessert tray hidden away underneath a serving lid. After quizzing one of the many attendants at the lounge, she let me know that it is an assortment of banana bread, brownies and mango cake. If there’s something everyone is familiar with, it is sugar, and is enough to take the pain (and sweat) away from being in this lounge.
WITH ALL OF THAT SAID..
Rating: ⭐️⭐️/ 5
If you have Priority Passand find yourself flying out of NAIA Terminal 1, then the Miascor Executive Lounge is a “better than nothing” lounge experience. Unless you’re really hungry, I say make yourself a cocktail and head straight for the desserts. It’ll help the time go by so you can get out of there and board your flight already.
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