VIP Aeropuertos – Aeropuerto Internacional Gobernador Francisco Gabrielli
Hours: 7:00 AM – 11:30 PM
Cost: Complimentary for Priority Pass cardholders and select American Express cards (including the Platinum card)
WiFi: Yes, free
Food: Yes, served buffet style. Alcohol available as part of buffet
Table Service: No
Date of Visit: November 20, 2017
After three days in wine country, we were finally on our way to Buenos Aires. We got to the airport about 2 hours early (at the advice of our hotel front desk) which might have been about an hour too much time, but then again, I’d rather have time to spare at an airport rather than miss my flight.
Many people ask me if having Priority Pass is “worth it” (not sure how to answer since it comes free with my credit card), but I always say it tends to come in handy when you’re in a smaller regional airport in a foreign country and in dire need of wifi. Airports like the one in Mendoza is exactly what I’m talking about.
Located shortly after security and right across the way from several boarding gates is the Aeropuertos VIP Club lounge. After check in with the front desk agent (who didn’t seem to speak very much English), we wandered into the tiny lounge. While it’s not huge, there are a few nooks of seating that you can easily cozy up to. Be prepared to share your space with strangers though, since there aren’t too many seats. Even so, in the 45 minutes we were there, the saw waves of passengers come through, but it never truly filled up (in fact, at one point it emptied out). One area had a couple of cozy couches huddled around a TV, while another was just a few seats arranged around a coffee table. Very basic, though I did appreciate that there were several outlets available to use to charge my phone.
Since this is Argentina, there was (of course) wine available. Juice and beers (Quilmes) were stocked in the fridge as well. As was a hidden plate of Empanadas discovered by a Japanese business man, which I regretted not noticing before he did.
There were a couple of dining tables, as well as bar seating up against the wall. Note the outlet and USB ports on the bar – very tech friendly.
It’s a small lounge, but it has all the bare necessities – light snacks, drinks, and outlets (well, my bare necessities). A shower room was also available but was closed when we were there. I can’t imagine they get too much foot traffic, so they’re really catering to the small number of people who come by. Not a bad space to relax, recharge, and kill time while waiting for your flight.