Review: American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport

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In the last installment I reviewed the Oneworld Lounge Mexico City Airport, though the Admirals Club is just one level up, so I figured I’d check it out as well.


Elevator to Admirals Club Mexico City Airport

The Admirals Club is located up two levels from the concourse, on the same floor as the United Club.


Mexico City Airport lounge signage

The Admirals Club Mexico City is open daily from 4:45AM until 9PM, and can be accessed by club members, oneworld first & business class passengers, and oneworld Sapphire & Emerald members. If you’re based in the US and want to enter based on an Admirals Club membership, your best bet is having the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® — the card has a $450 annual fee, though the primary cardmember gets an Admirals Club membership, and you can add up to 10 authorized users at no additional cost, and each of them gets Admirals Club access as well.  This really is one of my favorite credit cards with lounge access.


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport entrance

Inside the entrance was a large reception desk. When I first arrived there was no one there, and they almost seemed surprised to find anyone trying to access the lounge. However, the lady who showed up was friendly, invited us in, and told us that they won’t be making boarding calls for the LATAM flight.


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport reception


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating

Immediately behind reception was the staffed bar. The lounge doesn’t have self serve alcohol, as seems to be the case at many lounges at the airport.


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport bar


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating

To the right side of the bar was a small room with more seating. It feels to me like they updated the furniture in the lounge not too long ago, but didn’t update any of the rest of the decor, so the lounge feels outdated.


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating

Initially I thought this was a small Admirals Club and that the above was all there was too it, but then I discovered the other side of the lounge, which was huge. This consisted of one big rectangular room, with several partitions to make it feel like several smaller zones.


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating


American Admirals Club Mexico City Airport seating


American Admirals Club MEX seating


American Admirals Club MEX seating


American Admirals Club MEX seating

Then to the side of that area was a TV room.


American Admirals Club MEX seating

Then there was also a business center, with several individual desks and computers, as well as a printer.


American Admirals Club MEX business center


American Admirals Club MEX business center

Much like the Oneworld Lounge, the Admirals Club faced the interior of the terminal.


American Admirals Club MEX view


American Admirals Club MEX view

The lounge’s buffet was located in the largest room of the lounge, and had food that was different than you’ll find in most Admirals Clubs.


American Admirals Club MEX buffet

The food selection included a tortilla soup, chips and guacamole, a salad bar, cookies, sandwiches, potato salad, guacamole, quesadillas, etc.


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX sandwich selection 


American Admirals Club MEX buffet


American Admirals Club MEX buffet

The wifi in the lounge worked well and the bathrooms were nice enough, though there were no showers.

Admirals Club Mexico City Airport bottom line

While I know American has a good number of flights to Mexico City, I’m surprised by how big this lounge is. The lounge itself is alright, though all else being equal I’d visit the oneworld lounge. If you’re a oneworld elite member or traveling in first or business class, you can use either lounge.

However, in Mexico City neither of these lounges would be my first choice, but rather I’d go with the Priority Pass lounge… which I’ll be reviewing in the next installment.

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  1. The giant atrium these lounges overlook is pretty and has nice daylight. There’s a hotel (Hilton maybe?) inside the terminal as well; I think they have day rooms.

    I find this terminal 1 has better services than the newer Terminal 2.

    In any case work is proceeding on a new airport a few years from now. That depends on the new president next year putting the project on track.

  2. I beg to differ and do prefer anyday the AA MEX lounge to the OW Iberia MEX lounge, downstairs. Other than the unique shower, inside the bathroom, in the OW lounge all the other perks at AA are far superior, such as :

    a) At AA’s a unique password to access wifi while in the lounge; OW lounge gives an array of passwords, depending on where you sit inside the lounge to use from. And if moving inside the lounge, one has to connect to a different lounge wifi network; Confusing to say the least.

    b) Food is appalling at the OW lounge: Poor quality, very limited offerings and what is available covered in plastic or foils

    c) Service: At the OW lounge food is offered and left until all tray has been consumed; At the AA’s lounge they go to the detail of adding a simple one dessert if one dessert has already been taken from the tray, always leaving the impression all has just been set.

  3. Just a minor note regarding alcohol in lounges at MEX: the United Club has self serve spirits, with beer in a fridge.

  4. The AA lounge has greatly improved in recent years. A design refresh (OK, still hardly stylish, but much better than before); decent food offer, including fresh hot Mexican snacks and a panini press for those sandwiches; much improved wifi (used to be very spotty). What remains unchanged is a very well-stocked bar with a friendly bartender, who is also a barista making very good esperesso-based beverages (consider that in the US lounges don’t even have self-serve espresso machines…). Also, you can get a lift on the AA golf cart, very useful for the very far gates most of their flights operate from. The reception staff will tell you when the next one is coming.

    I have only used the Iberia lounge once and was not impressed.

  5. I was there in September between earthquakes and was impressed by the friendliness of the bar tender and at the reception. Also by the quality of the food at the buffet. Far better than any other Admirals Club in Miami, Dallas LA and Buenos Aires. And so quiet, instead of crowded and busy. An unexpected pleasant experience.

  6. NOT necessary to have any credit card to get in, even while traveling Y as AA EXP or Plat. Mexico City is considered international.

  7. Not only is it unnecessary to have a Citi/AAdvantage credit card to get in, my wife and I got in literally on Dec. 25th as ALASKA Lounge members as we were flying MEX-SFO on AS.

  8. That is my favorite Admirals Club – the bartender is very friendly and knowledgeable if you’re planning on buying something from Duty Free, come here to get a taste first!

  9. You missed out on the best espresso of any lounge worldwide. The bartender makes it to order. It is amazing!

  10. If one pax enter multiple Lounge for one trip, will the Airlines need to pay twice to each of the lounge?

  11. This is also the lounge LH uses for First Class/HON Circle.
    While admittedly quite underwhelming for F lounge, it is at least better and FAR less crowded than UA lounge.

  12. Totally agree with PB and OT that the AA lounge is better than the Oneworld Iberia Lounge. Food and drinks are of a much higher standard in the AA lounge. You get bubbly in the AA one but not in the Oneworld one. The food is presented way better in the AA one with a number of non snack options but proper meal type options. The only downside is the dreary decor in the AA one. The Oneworld one has better decor but that wouldn’t make me go to it over the AA one.

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