The eagle-eyed among you will note that there are two lounge reviews for Santiago Airport in Chile.  This is the first, part of the Salones VIP range.

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First up, the lounges are near particular gates and are really spread out (like far apart) in the airport.  Second, there’s a LOT of shopping in the airport and all of it looks good!

I chose this lounge first, despite other reviews, because it has showers.  I got to the lounge and it was packed out.  I mean, kids running up and down unsupervised, snacks and drinks stations busy, few seats available.  The staff on the front desk were mainly friendly and I was handed two large paper towels for my impending shower.

I’d had a long day in Santiago, carting bags around and waiting for a long bus ride, so I really was looking forward to a refreshing scrub!

The shower room was not so much a shower room as a corner in one of the men’s toilets.  It had a really ripe smell and the shower had NOT been cleaned in some time.

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Those tiles need a bottle of Cif and a pan scourer.

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Happily this is why I always advise you to pack flip-flops! And a small shower gel. Look at the citric options on offer! This is not Aveda.

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The paper towels worked well enough but is not up to the standard of any other lounge that I’ve used on this (or any) trip.

There is a functioning hairdryer, so that’s something!

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Back out in the lounge, I found the gin and decided to have a light gin and tonic.  NO TONIC! Noooo!  I asked a nice staff member and she offered coke or ginger ale to put in my gin. Eh. No.

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This, combined with an empty snack trolley, prompted me to pack up and try a different lounge!  If I had just paid $20 or $30 dollars for this place, I’d have been grumpy. But on my Priority Pass, it’s not a problem!

 

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