My love of the Avianca VIP lounge in San Salvador can be summed up in three words: chicken tortilla soup. That made an otherwise drab lounge a rather nice place spend a very long layover in El Salvador International Airport (SAL).
Avianca VIP Lounge El Salvador (SAL) Review
The lounge is located in front of Gate 8 and open daily from 6:o0am to 9:30pm. Access is reserved for Star Alliance Gold members or Star Alliance business and first class travelers. Avianca LifeMiles Silver members also have access as well as some banking partners in Latin America.
The lounge looked clean and modern, with fresh carpeting, fresh furniture, and brightly-colored walls.
A children’s area provided space for children to make noise behind glass doors, though I did not see a single child throughout my stay.
Work areas included every other chair removed and tables were spaced out to encourage social distancing.
Plugs and USB-A chargers were available along the walls and in a back room, though lacking for much of the lounge. Internet was very slow in the main room, but faster in the rear room (second picture below).
Restrooms were available, but not showers.
In terms of food and drink, all choices were behind a counter, with a plexiglass shield separating workers from lounge guests.
Food selection included cold cuts (meat and cheese), sandwiches, freshly cut fruit, and much to my delight, chicken tortilla soup. Not only was the soup tasty (delicious chunks of chicken breast), but the toppings: cilantro, onions, avocado really made this a nice snack. I may or may not have three bowls…
Drinks, like the club soda I ordered, were served in disposable plastic cups, but the food was served in ceramic dishes (with plastic, one-time use cutlery).
Other drinks selections include soft drinks, coffee, drinkable yogurt, red and white wine, Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, and Flor de Caña rum.
The soup endeared me to this lounge. Everything else was just fine, though I appreciated having access to this during my long layover in SAL.