Review: VIP Lounge – San Jose Airport

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Introduction: On A Quest for Pura Vida
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Out and About in Costa Rica
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Review: VIP Lounge – San Jose Airport
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After enjoying our time in Costa Rica, it was time for Matt and I to begin our journey home. We took the complimentary shuttle from the Courtyard Marriott to the airport. The drive was less than three minutes.

We checked in for our flight earlier in the day on the United app, so made the left to security. It took about five minutes to get through security. This was after I went through extended screening due to my straight razor blades. We stop by the gift shops to before going to the lounge.

After a few minutes, we headed to the lounge. We took a left towards gate 5 where the VIP lounge is located. 

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica

You can take the elevator or stairs down to the lounge entrance.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Front Desk

I showed my priority pass card (remember Singapore) and passport….was in within minutes. There are two lounges, 1. On the left is the MasterCard Black Lounge. The only difference is that it has special coffee, really?

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
Mastercard Lounge

2. The VIP Lounge/Copa Club is on the right. It was not crowded when we arrived, but filled up during our visit.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Entrance
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica

The business center was straight ahead. There was three computers and a printer. Next to the business center was a literature station for a local college.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Business Center

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica

The main seating area to the left. There were approximately 10 small tables in this area, while the back right corner had a few high top tables.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Seating
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Seating
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Seating

The lounge had limited continental breakfast options. Cereal, toast, and muffins were offered.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Food Station
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Drink Station
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Drink Station

If you wanted a hot meal, there was a decent breakfast selection that could be ordered from the menu. The menus are located at the service counter, the waitresses do not proactively bring menus or take drink orders. Food and drinks can be ordered and paid for at the counter. I ordered the ham and cheese omelet. It contained more eggs that anything else. It was ok.

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica
The VIP Lounge Costa Rica Omelet

Final Word

The VIP Lounge provided us with a place to relax before flying to Houston. It is the only option at San Jose’s airport. If not for Priority Pass, I would not have visited the lounge.

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