A trip through time: Santiago’s Admirals Club

Have you ever felt like you’ve just been transported back in time to the 80’s?  Reagan was president, you were jamming in the park with your walkman to Jessie’s Girl, Hungry like the Wolf, or You Spin Me Round, AND if you were traveling to Santiago de Chile, you were enjoying the Admiral’s Club.

Santiago Chile lounge Admiral's Club

Santiago Chile lounge Admiral’s Club

At least that what it felt like.  I don’t think this club has been updated since then…

We found the entrance to the club via the signs in the terminal, and headed into the basement via the stairs to enter the club.  There are lots of club options, including some that are accessible via Priority Pass memberships, but we wanted to give this one a shot.

Santiago Entrance to Admiral's Club

Santiago Entrance to Admiral’s Club

Once we were granted entry (via our Citi Presitge credit card) we quickly found some empty seats and asked for access to the showers.  One of the showers was broken, but if we didn’t mind not having a cleaning in between each one, we could all have time to shower before our flight.

Santiago Showers Admiral's Club

Santiago Showers Admiral’s Club, dressing bench

Santiago Showers Admiral's Club

Santiago Showers Admiral’s Club

The shower space was tight.  Really tight. It kinda looked like they converted a bathroom stall into a shower space as an afterthought.  Nonetheless, it was nice to be able to clean up after a 9 hour flight in a metal tube!

After we cleaned up, we still had a good 20 or so minutes before we had to head to the gate, so we decided to partake in some of the food.  We didn’t know if the flight from SCL-GIG would have any food or if it did, if it would be any good, so getting some grub at the lounge made sense.

Fruit and Meat/Cheese selections:

Santiago Food Spread

Also there were two options for cereals with milk… see that thing in the background?  We’ll get back to that…

Santiago Food Spread

There was also a selection of pastries

Santiago Food Spread

So yea, that thing in that background that looks like a bug zapper?  Yup, its a freakin bug zapper.

Santiago lounge bug zapper

Santiago lounge bug zapper

Because nothing says “health and sanitation” like a bug zapper in the middle of the food spread.

Moving onward to the other end of the lounge, we had a large liquor selection including some Havana Club Cuban rum (pretty tasty!)

Open pour bar, Santiago de Chile Admiral's club

Open pour bar, Santiago de Chile Admiral’s club

Soft drinks are located below…

Santiago Beverages

Santiago Beverages

And plenty of coffee to choose from.  Leche Manchada, it should be noted, means stained milk.  It’s hot milk with just a little bit of espresso 🙂

Coffee machine

Coffee machine

Shortly after having a coffee to wake up, we grabbed our things and headed to the gate.  As soon as we went up the stairs I felt a rush of cool air and realized that I was back in 2016 again!  Just to confirm I was right, I looked out the window and saw a LATAM 787 Dreamliner ready to take off.  Rio here we come!

LATAM 787 Dreamliner

LATAM 787 Dreamliner

 

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. I’ve heard the wifi isn’t too good at lounges in this airport. Did you have a chance to use it?

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    • Actually, we all connected via the WIFI. They have two networks in the lounge coded as Admirals Club 1 or Admirals Club 2. Same password for both, so I’d imagine that depending on where you’re sitting, you’ll get different results.

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