Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

On the day of my departure back to Japan, I decided to head to Miami airport early to be able do some lounge hopping. Before my flight, I was able to check out both the Priority Pass lounges I could access with my boarding pass.

I was also able to visit the Delta Sky Club. As I was flying out with Delta Air Lines from Concourse H, I had access to the adjacent Concourse J where two of the three Priority Pass lounges at the airport are located.




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Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Both of the Priority Pass lounges accessible to people flying out of Concourse H are in the neighboring Concourse J.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Both of the lounges are located across from gate J4, one floor above the departures level.

Both the Avianca Sala VIP and VIP Lounge by LATAM are located on the 3rd floor – one floor above the departures level. And they both share the same entrance. As such, when I showed up at the first reception desk, which also serves as the LATAM lounge welcome desk, I was asked if I wanted to visit the Avianca or LATAM lounge.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

The check in desk at the end of escalators only became occupied when I was leaving.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

The VIP Lounge reception is the reception of the LATAM lounge. Avianca lounge visitors are sent to the left.

After explaining that I’d eventually visit both, but will try the Avianca lounge first, I was directed to the left where another reception was located, this time Avianca-branded.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Avianca Sala VIP reception.

I checked into the lounge and did a quick exploration.

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Lounge Overview

As you enter the lounge, there is the main seating area in front of you, however, there is a partition that turns the side closer to the reception into a hallway.

Going down this hallway, there is a magazine rack, a TV room (consisting of two TVs and a number of not-so-comfortably looking chairs and tables), and a kids room on the left side.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Mostly German magazines, presumably for Lufthansa passengers.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Children’s room.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

TV room.

Turning right, the “hallway” continues with the relaxation room and business room entrances along its side. The business room, besides some cubicles, also offers PCs and a printer. Throughout the lounge, smartphone charging stations can be found as well.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Relaxation room.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Chairs in the relaxation room.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Business center.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Charging station.

The buffet is located along the hallway as well with the main food counter kind of serving as a partition between the hallway and the main seating area. The drinks are placed along the outer wall.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Part of the buffet.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Another part of the buffet.

The main seating area consists of the usual lounging chairs, some sofas, dining tables and chairs, as well as counter-height chairs.

Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Main seating area.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Dining tables.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Overview of the main seating area.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Counter along the wall.
Lounge Reviw: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

The lounge also offers some apron views.

The lounge does not offer showers.




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Food & Drinks Selection

I am not sure how the selection is during lunch and dinner time, but during my visit around 6AM, there were some sausages, potatoes, and omelettes available.There was also a decent selection of cold food including sandwiches, ham and cheese cuts, and cereals. Finally, a fruit salad and yoghurts were provided as well.

Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Warm breakfast.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Bread.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Fruits and yoghurts.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Cold cuts, desserts, sandwiches.

As for cold drinks, there was a fridge in the wall with a wide selection of not only sodas, but also beers. Then, there was a bar corner with self-serve liquor and some olives, etc. to go with it. Finally, there was a (mainly) tea and coffee corner which also included orange and apple juices, and milk.

Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Juices.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Coffee and tea corner.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Soft drinks.
Lounge Review: Avianca Sala VIP at Miami International

Alcohol.

Overall Thoughts

The lounge offers a decent selection of food and drinks, and at the time of my visit, it was very empty resulting in a relaxing atmosphere. This might not be the case later in the day when Avianca has quite a few flights out of Miami.




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Overall, however, for Priority Pass holders departing from Concourses J and H, the lounge is a good choice – personally, I like it more than the LATAM lounge (although that one offers Hagen-Datsz ice cream).

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