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Inside LAN's Neruda VIP Lounge at Santiago Airport

Where: Santiago, Chile
March 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM | by | ()

Away from the prying eyes of economy passengers at Santiago Chile's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport sit two "VIP Salons," as LAN calls their lounges. Both are named for famous Chilean poets—Mistral and Neruda—and both have almost the same amenities. BUT! But you've already seen inside the Mistral lounge, and not the Neruda. Until now.

Just down from Gate 20 in the International Terminal, the Neruda VIP Salon has two food and drink bars, several seating areas (including one area just of cozy cream leather chairs), a length of semi-private workstations and—YAY—shower rooms. Oh yes, and free, fast WiFi.

We arrived to the lounge just after dinnertime and liked that they offered everything from sandwiches and salads to cheese and meat plates. There was even sushi, quickly replaced by pate spread and crackers when dusk set in. Notice that even the plates used here in the lounge are the same as those onboard. Details!

All of the wines (3 red, 2 white) were available, along with the Roederer champagne special to LAN. More of a beer person? Grab a can or bottle of Heineken, Mestra or Cristal from one of the bar's mini fridges and a single-serving of Haagen-Dazs (at least 3 flavors) from another.

Announcements are made for boarding, but the lounge was almost on the other end of the terminal from our gate, so do keep in mind walking time.

Who gets to chill in the lounge:
· Premium Business travelers on LAN
· LANPASS members in the Premium Silver and Comodoro levels
· Business or First travelers on oneworld airlines
· oneworld members in Emerald or Sapphire levels

Disclosure: We flew in business class thanks to LAN, but all photos and opinions are completely our own.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]

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