The Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge Manila in Terminal 2 is one of the lounges for long haul departures from the airline’s hub. Personally, I thought the lounge isn’t too bad, but definitely not a place you want to spend too much time before departure.
To be fair, Philippine Airlines is in the process of refurbishing the fleet and adding a new touch to the ground experience, this will include new lounges, too. The current set-up, which I’m presenting here isn’t really great though. In this review, I’ll explain what you need to know about the Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge Manila, which I used before my flight to London on PAL. Access to the lounge is limited to those flying Business Class and certain frequent flyers of the airline.
The Mabuhay Lounge Manila isn’t particularly big, especially for an international departure lounge at a hub. There are basically three different rooms, which are interconnected.
First, you’ll be in sort-of a relaxation and TV room with several seats facing a flat screen television. The armchairs are comfortable enough and are thus often use by those who want to doze off.
The second room is basically the dining area. There’s not only the buffet, but also a set-up with several tables with two or three chairs each. Then there’s also some high-top seating.
The last room of the Philippine Airlines Lounge Manila has a more traditional set-up for a lounge. There are various armchairs in different arrangements. It’s not like those are particularly comfortable, but they are okay for relaxing pre-flight.
The whole lounge does have windows facing the terminal, but it does neither get very bright inside nor do you have any proper views. All that said, I’d say that the Mabuhay Lounge Manila is quite disappointing in regards to the seating arrangements.
The buffet is actually one of the better areas when it comes to the PAL Lounge Manila. The buffet is spread on two stations with one having sort-of a continental breakfast set-up in the morning. There were fruits, pastries, bread rolls, cheese and a few more things.
The other area had several warm options, ranging from Western breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs or bacon to some Asian options like dumplings.
You can also find a bar in the Philippine Airlines Lounge Manila, which has the typical alcoholic beverages, including spirits.
Other soft drinks, a coffee machine etc. are available at the buffet.
All in all, the Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge Manila offers an okay buffet, it’s alright for a quick snack, but not for a substantial meal.
The Mabuhay Lounge Manila offers a couple of different entertainment options. First of all, there’s a rack with some newspapers and magazines, including English language ones.
Then there obviously is WiFi throughout the lounge. Sadly, it was quite slow when I was in the lounge, which I thought was a little annoying. There’s also a single work station with a computer, but no printer.
Last but not least, there’s a TV in the first room of the lounge, which had some news on when I visited. It wasn’t on mute, but not too loud either. The lounge also provides washrooms, which were clean, but no shower.
The Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge Manila definitely is one of the worst lounges at a major hub in Asia. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be too harsh on the airline as it just starts to get their premium offerings right. My flight in the Philippine Airlines Business Class on the long haul sector had bad seats for example, but a good soft product. While the lounge right now definitely is only good for hanging out a couple of minutes before departures, I’m sure the new offerings in the future will be way better.