Manila International Airport Lounge: The Sampaguita Lounge (NAIA Terminal 1)

July 26, 2012

Manila International Airport Lounge: 
The Sampaguita Lounge (NAIA Terminal 1)

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 is the second oldest international airport terminal in Manila. It was built in 1978 and has recently earned very bad reviews because it is old and has not been renovated for quite some time. Most international flights still depart and land on this airport terminal. 

Despite the dated facilities of this terminal, one of the perks for us when using this terminal is the free use of the  airport lounge courtesy of our credit cards. The credit card holder has free use of the MIASCOR lounge and can bring a companion for free. However, on the day of our flight, the MIASCOR lounge was full so we were redirected to the Sampaguita lounge instead.

The Sampaguita Lounge used to be the Mabuhay Lounge, which is the business class lounge of Philippine Airlines. Philippine Airlines transferred to Terminal 2 and no longer uses this lounge. It's being managed by Microasia Catering. So it's now open to the public for a fee.

This is one of the pay lounges of the NAIA Terminal 1. Using this lounge can help the economy class traveler endure the poor facilities of this terminal while waiting for their flights to depart.

Amenities of the Sampaguita Lounge

Spacious lounge

Free wifi

Photo: Enjoy our FREE WiFi at the Sampaguita Lounge.

Unlimited Food and Drinks

They have chicken arroz caldo/congee, assorted bread, pastries, 
sandwiches, coffee, softdrinks, water, instant noodles soup.

Tariff Rates/Entrance Fees 
450 pesos or $10 for adults
370 pesos for kids 5 years old and below
  • All you have to do to be able to use this lounge is to go to the Sampaguita Lounge on the day of your flight, enter the lounge and approach the counter near the buffet spread, and pay the tariff rates.
You see the counter above beside the buffet spread?
That's where you pay the entrance fees.

Where it is located
At NAIA terminal 1. After immigration, go straight through the duty free shops, then turn right going towards the direction of Gates 9 and 15. Map below shows that the elevator going to the Sampaguita lounge is before Gate 15. The elevator goes up to the next level where you will find the Sampaguita Lounge.
Photo courtesy of Sampaguita Lounge facebook page

Contact information

Telephone No: +6328313141
Hours of operation: Mon - Sun: 4:00 am -11:30 pm

Word of Warning: The toilets are passable and old and needs to be upgraded. But it's better than the airport toilets outside the lounge but not great.

If you have a choice between using the MIASCOR lounge and the Sampaguita Lounge, choose the MIASCOR lounge. The MIASCOR lounge, although much smaller, has great facilities and a hotel-like ambience.

The view from the window of the Sampaguita Lounge