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The Plaza Premium Lounge: Relaxing at Rio de Janeiro's GIG International Airport

Rio de Janeiro's RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport in Brazil


The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG International Airport in Brazil
The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG International Airport in Brazil

During a trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to visit the Plaza Premium Lounge located in the International Departures area of Terminal 2 at Rio de Janeiro's RIOgaleão - Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG).


The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG International Airport in Brazil


“The lounge includes six spacious, clean, and well-maintained shower cubicles. The facility provides complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, workstations, TV channels, and a selection of international newspapers and magazines.”

The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG Airport in Brazil when the mask mandate was still in effect.
The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG Airport in Brazil when the mask mandate was still in effect.

The Plaza Premium Lounge caters to a variety of travelers. It is situated in the South Pier, a new extension of the airport, and is accessible by taking an escalator right after the duty-free shops to Level 3. It's accessible to passengers flying Business or First Class with certain airlines, members of specific frequent flyer programs, and holders of select credit cards. Additionally, any passenger, regardless of airline or class of service, can access the lounge for a fee. This pay-per-use model makes it an inclusive option for many travelers.

 

The lounge spans 14,000 square feet and features a variety of seating options, including comfortable armchairs and individual pods ideal for working. For those wanting to relax while watching the airport's activities, there are armchairs with small side-tables positioned near floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the planes. The lounge includes six spacious, clean, and well-maintained shower cubicles. The facility provides complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, workstations, TV channels, and a selection of international newspapers and magazines. There are also VIP rooms available for travelers seeking more privacy.


The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's GIG International Airport in Brazil

The lounge offers a wide selection of food and beverages, including hot and cold buffet options. The food selection includes a variety of dishes, from local Brazilian cuisine to international options, alongside snacks and pastries. Beverages include coffee, tea, water, juice, and a limited selection of wines. The bar also offers a range of other liquors.

 

The lounge has a stylish decor, particularly noted for its diagonal wood designs in the ceiling and the matching brown and mustard yellow rugs. One of the highlights is the seating by the window in the "blue throne seats," which are especially appreciated for their views and comfort.

 

The Plaza Premium Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's RIOgaleão Airport offers a comfortable space for travelers. Its inclusive access policy, range of amenities, and diverse food options make it an excellent choice for those seeking relaxation and convenience before their international flights. If you’re passing through Rio de Janeiro, be sure to spend some time at The Plaza Premium Lounge.


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