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On this run I was only spending less than 12 hours in Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport so I did not see any real need to get a hotel. However, a shower and a nap sounded nice before the turn back home so I decided to give the Wings Lounge a try.
The lounge is on the non-secure side of the airport so you do have to enter the Philippines, that is, clear customs and then go upstairs to the lounge.
Unless you have Dragon Pass you are not going to get in free to this lounge, but then again the free perks in the lounge are not worth a visit anyway as you will see.
Just across from the check-in desk are a few tables to sit and have a drink or enjoy the meager snacks provided.
Behind check-in is the only air conditioned room at the lounge. It is also the area where luggage is held and folks do sleep overnight in these chairs (the lounge is open 24 hours).
The food service area is disappointing to put it mildly. You will want to go outside the club to the food court area on this level of the airport for just about anything.
There are two computers provided for you to use free and you can print boarding passes as well. Wifi is also complimentary.
There are showers available in the lavatories with a public area to disrobe. The shower itself, once you close the door, is large enough if you wish for more privacy.
Lounge access, including showers etc., was included for the room I booked. Their hours are a bit strange and in blocks of 7 hour time and some may not like this. They will bill you for additional hours should you need them at a discounted hourly rate (if you wish to check in early and the room is available). You do prepay the block of time via Paypal and it will in PHP so be sure to use a card that does not charge you an international fee.
I booked a large room for myself for about $36. It was clean and fine but there are issues. As mentioned there is no air conditioning so the rooms are hot. You have a fan but it does not help much. Also, being 5’11” I had to sleep on my side to not hit the wall with my feet. If you are taller than me this will not be a comfortable sleeping area. Also, if you tend to toss and turn, banging your feet on the metal ladder is a real treat and will wake you up!
Now what did appeal to me was getting a massage when I arrived off my flight. And the cost could not be better at just $14 per hour – so I booked 2 hours. The therapist was available at our late 8PM-ish arrival but they are not guaranteed. I did email and request a therapist but was told they would do what they could.
This was the best part of the visit to the lounge and considering how hot my room was and how little sleep I got I should have asked the rep for another 2 hours after a shower and a short nap. Plus, even if I fell asleep during the massage, it would have been preferable to my hot little room. Lesson learned. I really wish they would allow advanced booking on their site or via e-mail.
Overall this is an option if you have to stay overnight at the airport but if you really want to sleep I would consider the hotels across from the airport instead. If you want a cheap massage and a shower then consider The Wings lounge as an option. – René
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