Report: Plaza Premium Lounge, Orlando Airport Terminal 3

Orlando International Airport’s new terminal C has only been open for about six weeks. The new Plaza Premium lounge in the terminal is now open, and it looks fantastic.

Plaza Premium lounges can be accessed with American Express Platinum and Centurion cards and Capital One Venture X cards can access the lounge, too. It’s also available as a pay-in.

An anonymous reader shares photos and details of the new lounge, on the second floor of the terminal, post-security overlooking the palm court. It appears far nicer than the Priority Pass-accessible ‘The Club’ lounge and reports are of “[s]weet, enthusiastic, and professional employees.” My reader concludes “[t]his is one of the best independent lounges in the U.S.”

Food is a surprising high point for an independent lounge, and they’ve branded it with local celebrity chef Roberto Treviño.

Hot items included jasmine rice, grilled vegetables, pasta primavera, beef with mushroom demi glace, and New England clam chowder.

My reader shares, “I had a big brunch so I wasn’t hungry enough to try the beef” but couldn’t resist the dessert, “I had three key lime pies and one creme brûlée.”

Though I actually found this grab and go fridge perhaps the most impressive – something we’re seeing more of. Historically the drive has been to limit food costs by preventing passengers from taking things with them, but we’re now seeing more lounges that encourage it. People stay for less time, and that lets the lounge handle more passengers (for a credit card swipe/pay-in lounge that means more revenue, and perhaps lower alcohol cost).

There’s a kids area, five individual gender-neutral bathrooms, and three showers.

Terminal C serves Aer Lingus; Azul; British Airways; Caribbean Airlines; Emirates; Eurowings; Gol; Icelandair; JetBlue; Norse Atlantic and Sunwing.

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