Updated: Oct 16, 2019
I had the opportunity to check out all four of the Priority Pass lounges in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Here's my review about each one.
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Ever heard of Priority Pass?
No? Well it is a network of worldwide lounges and restaurants. You can purchase a membership package directly through the Priority Pass website or be automatically granted a free Priority Pass Select membership that comes with certain luxury credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Are you a Priority Pass member?
If you are great, then you know how great of a benefit it is while traveling. From lounge access to free food and gifts at various airports world-wide, it's a valuable perk to have.
If you aren't a Priority Pass member yet, you're in luck. You can sign up using my Priority Pass affiliate link here and save 20% your first year. As a member you have access to over 1,000 lounges world-wide!
My advice is to get the free Priority Pass Select membership when you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card.
The main difference between the Priority Pass Prestige and the Priority Pass Select membership is that if you bring a guest to a lounge it will cost you $32 per guest (through Standard, Standard Plus & Prestige) versus free access for guests (through Select).
The other huge benefit is that some airports also have participating restaurants, bistros and bars that offer each member and their guest(s) a credit of $28 each.
Disclaimer: Please note that lounges and restaurants which exceed their seating limit will use their own discretion in allowing Priority Pass members and their guests.
Priority Pass in Lima, Peru
If you are a Priority Pass card member and are flying through the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru, you are in luck because there are two lounges and two restaurants available for you and your guests.
Of the two lounges, one is available if you are flying domestically, like from Lima to Cusco. The other very large lounge is available only if you are flying internationally.
The two restaurants are also only available if you are flying internationally.
Let's start the review with the domestic Priority Pass lounge.
El Salon by Newrest
The El Salon by Newrest is a 24 hour lounge, available only for domestic and in-transit domestic travelers. It's not a very big lounge, but it does offer you an escape from the busy Lima terminals.
Inside, you'll find a seating area near the front desk, along with semi-private kiosks to get some work in. There's also a bar that's located in the center of the lounge with additional seating towards the back.
As I mentioned, it's not a very flashy lounge, but it's good to have an option to relax away from the crowds and to tap into some free WiFi to catch up on work, emails or to surf the internet.
The other three Priority Pass options below are all available only for international travelers.
Hanaq VIP Lounge
The Hanaq VIP Lounge is very large with two floors that more than quadruples the capacity of the El Salon lounge. It's located by Gate 17, right after you pass the security screening and through the duty-free store. Make sure you turn left after security and walk through the duty-free store towards Gate 17, you'll then see this lounge on the left down a hallway. Look for a long line.
This lounge is also open 24 hours a day. It features many seating options to relax before your flight. As I mentioned, there is a long line to get inside, but trust me it's well-worth the wait. The lounge has many seating areas, a few places to grab snacks, food and drinks. The bathrooms were clean and there was even a small private space to catch some sleep.
Bleriot Bar & Lounge
The Bleriot Bar & Lounge is basically a bar with a small menu, which you can order both food and drinks. Here you can order anything on the menu and receive a $27.00 USD credit towards your bill. If you have a guest, they will also receive the same credit. It's an open bar with very little seating. At one point it was very crowded, but after boarding for a flight was announced close-by it was suddenly empty. We sat down and enjoyed a couple drinks. It's next to Gate 24, directly across from La Bonbonniere, which is another Priority Pass stop I will cover below.
La Bonbonniere is a Peruvian restaurant that is open 24 hours. The food and drink selections are very good. You have plenty of items to choose from. You also receive a $27.00 USD credit towards your bill and if you are traveling with someone they get the same deal.
The problem can be trying to get a seat during busy times, but if you have a little patience and chase down a server, you'll most likely get a seat inside this restaurant. They have the go-to Peruvian dishes such as Lomo Saltado and quinoa-based dishes. You can kill some time here by eating and then lounging at your table. This is what most of the other travelers did.