Terminal 2 of GIG Rio de Janeiro Airport is a perfect place to Lounge Hop. There are 4 or 5 lounges all on the same hallway on the second floor – Star Alliance, GOL, Plaza Premium and AA Admirals Club, to name a few. Both the GOL lounge and the Plaza Premium lounge accept Priority Pass.
Monday night, we had an 11:30 pm redeye flight on American Airlines home to New York (yes, we went to work the next day). We got to the airport early. We checked-in for our flight and went first to the Admirals Club (this is probably my last international flight as an AA Platinum, unless I want to spend $1,299 to extend my status, so going in to the Admiral’s Club was a bit bittersweet).
- South Pier (third floor)
- Follow signs to the VIP lounges
6 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- PCs with Internet access
- TV room
- Children’s room
- Self-serve bar
Since all of the AA flights out of Rio leave late at night, the lounge does not open until 6pm. We were among the first to arrive. The facility is new and clean. It is sleek and well-designed and comfortable. There are plenty of electrical outlets and USB ports.
There are a few computers, and a nice view for planespotting.
There was also a TV and quiet area, as well as a really nice children’s area.
The food was fresh. I wasn’t that hungry so I didn’t eat much. I liked the eggplant parm and the salad. The rest was fine, but not particularly memorable.
I opted not to try the leek creamy…
Gotta love a self-serve bar. Also, the wine was good.
The fridge was well-stocked with a good assortment of beer, water, juices and sodas.
When we told the AA Agent that we were going to check out the other lounges, he guaranteed us that we’d like the Admirals Lounge the best. He was right. Stay tuned for our review of the GOL and Plaza Premium lounges.