Tag Archives: mex

Lounge Review: Salon Beyond Citibanamex Mexico City Airport (MEX) Terminal 2

The Salon Beyond by Citibanamex is another lounge at MEX accessible via credit cards. In this case, I used my Citi Prestige card to gain access.

Logo

List of cards that offer access

The lounge is just a large room with lots of comfy (but aging) chairs. There’s also a small area with dining tables. In terms of decor, the Amex lounge is nicer.

Seating

Seating (and view of not buffet buffet)

Bar seating

Kids Corner

Like the Amex lounge, however, nothing is self service. But unlike the Amex lounge, no one offered me any food. There’s a small “buffet” with a sign that says that you’re not supposed to take things, so I just stared forlornly at a fruit plate before someone gave it to me. I believe there was hot food on offer made a la carte, as I kept hearing the word “chilaquiles” in other people’s conversations with the lounge staff, but I didn’t actually see anyone eating any hot food, so who knows. Perhaps if you speak Spanish, you can get access to other food.

Liquor selection

Food (that’s not self service)

Also, the wifi was slower in this lounge than the Amex lounge, so assuming you have an Amex Platinum card, I’d probably head over there instead of use this lounge.

Lounge Review: Aeromexico Salon Premier Mexico City Airport (MEX) Terminal 2

I visited this Aeromexico lounge first during my layover since I was flying Aeromexico. When I arrived at 6am on a Friday, the lounge was quite crowded with most seats taken, although it cleared out a bit within 15 minutes.

The lounge is essentially a larger room with a smaller offshoot. It’s honestly tiny given that MEX is a hub for Aeromexico. Similar to US domestic lounges, it honestly doesn’t offer much to passengers.

Bar

Seating

Counter seating (too) close to food

Seating

Seating

Spa

The food options for breakfast were not great. A couple of pastries, fruit, yogurt, and cereals is all you’ll get. I did like that they had papaya, though, as at least it’s better than the sad melon melange you usually find in US lounges.

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet

Drinks

Drinks

Drinks

The other thing I liked about the lounge (there honestly wasn’t much) was that they had a whole bunch of coconut water. Perfect after a dehydrating flight. Aeromexico also offers coconut water in flight (and there were ads played on my flight for the brand that they carry).

All in all, not a lounge worth visiting.

 

Lounge Review: Amex Centurion Lounge Mexico City (MEX) Terminal 2

The Amex Centurion Lounge in the Mexico City Airport has been recently renovated and reopened. This lounge is accessible to those with an Amex Platinum or Amex Centurion credit card. There are Centurion lounges in both terminals, but this review is for Terminal 2.

Entrance to the lounge

The design of the renovated lounge reminds me of the Centurion lounges in the U.S. It’s pretty spacious with lots of different seating options. There are two floors to the lounge: upstairs, you’ll find the spa (and shower room), dining room, and tables; downstairs you’ll find a cafe/bar area, a small children’s area, and couches. There’s also a zen room tucked away (with a separate staircase from the rest of the upstairs). Centurion cardholders have access to a separate space.

Downstairs tables

Downstairs couches

More seating downstairs

Bar area downstairs

Upstairs dining area

Upstairs seating options

Upstairs seating

Zen room

Only self-serve refreshments in the lounge? Found at the zen room

Shower room

Shower room

Nothing is self service in this lounge, which means service can be slow(ish). There’s also potentially a language barrier (I am to blame for not speaking Spanish). But the hosts were generally attentive in offering drinks and food.

One thing that’s different about this lounge from Amex lounges in the US is that a lot of the food and drinks appeared to require payment. I was given a laminated card that said I was entitled to some food, but they have a more extensive paid menu of food options.

Complimentary menu

Fruit and granola

Overall, it’s probably the nicest lounge I visited in MEX in terms of sitting (although it did get quite crowded by the time I left), but I’m not a fan of the weird a la carte menu.