Review: Sumaq Lounge Lima Airport (LIM)

Review: Sumaq Lounge Lima Airport (LIM)

NAME: Sumaq VIP Lounge
Airport: LIM
DATE: September 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Sumaq Lounge Lima was recently renovated, with ample seating, a quiet area, showers, and a large selection of food. Unfortunately the lounge has no natural light.
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I had a roughly four hour layover in Lima (LIM), as I was arriving from Panama City on Copa around 8PM, and departing to Miami on LATAM at around 12AM. During my layover I had the chance to check out the Sumaq VIP Lounge, which is the contract lounge used by many airlines at the airport (and it’s where I was sent as a LATAM business class passengers).

While not the greatest lounge on earth, the Sumaq Lounge was a breath of fresh air as far as contract lounges go — it wasn’t terribly crowded, which sure counters the trend nowadays. Separately I’ll be reviewing the Priority Pass restaurants at the airport, as Lima has an interesting setup in that regard.

Sumaq Lounge Lima location & hours

The Sumaq Lounge is located inside the international terminal at Lima Airport. Upon arrival I first had to clear transit security, which was painless, and then found myself back in the international departures hall. It’s worth noting that during my travels, Peru still has a mask mandate for aviation — it was the only country I visited during this trip where that was the case.

International departures hall Lima Airport (LIM)

The terminal has two lounges, both of which are located near gate 17. When you’re in this area, you’ll see a sign pointing to the lounges on the left.

International departures hall Lima Airport (LIM)

My jaw dropped when I saw the number of people queuing. I then realized that the line was for the Hanaq Lounge next door, which is open to Priority Pass members. The Sumaq Lounge, which isn’t open to Priority Pass members, had no line. Whew. I think unfortunately the below picture is the reality at all too many lounges nowadays.

Line for lounges at Lima Airport (LIM)
Sumaq Lounge Lima exterior

The Sumaq Lounge is open 24/7, reflecting that Lima Airport has flights all hours of the day and night.

Sumaq Lounge Lima entry requirements

The Sumaq Lounge is used as the contract lounge for premium passengers on many airlines, including Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, American, Delta, Iberia, KLM, LATAM, and United. Access to the lounge can also be purchased at the door.

When entering the lounge, each passenger is handed a slip of paper with a barcode, as this can be used for free alcoholic drinks (each passenger receives one complimentary drink — I’m not really much of a lounge drinker, but that seems stingy).

Sumaq Lounge Lima slip for drinks

Sumaq Lounge Lima seating & layout

The Sumaq Lounge Lima is a decent size — it’s over 1,200 square meters (~13,000 square feet), and has the capacity for nearly 280 guests. The lounge feels fresh and tastefully designed, and it has been renovated within the past few years. However, it also feels a bit like a dungeon, as there are no windows (at many airports that’s simply the reality of available lounge space).

Sumaq Lounge Lima hallway

Just inside the entrance to the lounge is a sitting area with dozens of seats arranged in rows facing one another. This seemed to be (by far) the most crowded area.

Sumaq Lounge Lima seating

Across from that was the dining area, which featured individual dining tables with two chairs each, plus some communal high-top seating.

Sumaq Lounge Lima seating
Sumaq Lounge Lima seating
Sumaq Lounge Lima seating

Further into the lounge was the bar area, which had more chairs, as well as some couches. All alcoholic drinks were available here.

Sumaq Lounge Lima bar area

Then the back of the lounge has yet another sitting area, with more dining tables and communal tables. In theory there’s supposed to be another buffet back here, but it was empty when I visited.

Sumaq Lounge Lima seating

Sumaq Lounge Lima quiet room

The Sumaq Lounge Lima has one of the more impressive quiet areas I’ve seen in a contract lounge. It consisted of several fully flat daybeds with partitions between them, as well as plenty of outlets. People should easily be able to get a nap in here, though the lack of bedding may be a challenge for some.

Sumaq Lounge Lima quiet area
Sumaq Lounge Lima quiet area
Sumaq Lounge Lima quiet area

Sumaq Lounge Lima food & drinks

The Sumaq Lounge Lima has a large buffet with a surprisingly good selection.

Sumaq Lounge Lima buffet
Sumaq Lounge Lima buffet

Food options included fruit, yogurt, cake, chips, chicken soup, vegetable rice, sautéed vegetables, chicken ceviche (huh?), pasta, sandwiches, salad, quinoa tabbouleh, and more.

Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection
Sumaq Lounge Lima food selection

In terms of drinks, there was bottled water, a soda fountain, a machine with freshly squeezed orange juice, a coffee machine, a tea selection, and more.

Sumaq Lounge Lima drinks
Sumaq Lounge Lima soda machine
Sumaq Lounge Lima buffet
Sumaq Lounge Lima juice machine
Sumaq Lounge Lima coffee machine

Sumaq Lounge Lima showers

The Sumaq Lounge Lima has three shower suites, so I decided to take a shower during my layover, prior to my redeye. The room featured a sink, a toilet, and a walk-in shower. The water pressure was good, and the room didn’t get too hot.

Sumaq Lounge Lima shower room
Sumaq Lounge Lima shower room

The shower suite had towels, as well as a limited number of amenities from ZAYAH (just a bar of soap and some shampoo).

Sumaq Lounge Lima shower room
Sumaq Lounge Lima shower room toiletries

Bottom line

The Sumaq Lounge Lima is a solid contract lounge. The lounge has a nice design (though it lacks natural light), friendly service, and a decent selection of food and drinks. If you’re flying in a premium cabin out of Lima, this will likely be the lounge you get sent to.

Now, if you are a Priority Pass member, you may prefer checking out the Priority Pass restaurant scene at the airport, which I’ll cover in the next installment.

If you’ve visited the Sumaq Lounge Lima, what was your experience like?

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  1. Kiwi Guest

    Wow I’m shocked that sumaq lounge dropped priority pass as recently as a few years ago it was the number 1 lounge in terms of visitors globally by Visa sponsored Priority pass members.

    The other lounge must be really crowded

    1. Ozzy Guest

      Think you just answered why it was dropped.

  2. Alex Guest

    It seems Sumaq is (sometimes, at least) open to Priority Pass. The reason I know this is because I arrived about 5 hours before my flight on LATAM. Since I was flying business, that was the lounge to use. However, they said I could only enter 3 hours before, unless I had another method of entry to add an additional 3 hours. I offered Priority Pass, and they scanned with the normal handheld device. I'm...

    It seems Sumaq is (sometimes, at least) open to Priority Pass. The reason I know this is because I arrived about 5 hours before my flight on LATAM. Since I was flying business, that was the lounge to use. However, they said I could only enter 3 hours before, unless I had another method of entry to add an additional 3 hours. I offered Priority Pass, and they scanned with the normal handheld device. I'm 100% sure this is the Sumaq lounge, mostly because the other one had a huge line. I did also try Hanaq for fun since I had so much time and could afford to wait in line, but I went back to Sumaq.

    This was in March 2022.

  3. Jim Martin Guest

    I am glad that serve it yourself food has returned to the Lounge. During the pandemic and right after you were given a order slip. The people who work in the Lounge are polite and service is good to excellent. The Quiet Area is nice. Shower area is good. I cannot remember if there is a TV area. The Lounge is much improved since the renovation but not on par with US and European Lounges.

  4. John Joseph Guest

    Ben, why would you fly from Panama to Lima to get to Miami?

    1. Jim Martin Guest

      He was probably flying COPA. PTY is their hub.

  5. grichard Guest

    Wow; they've got *diet* Inca Kola? That's awesome!

  6. Andy Diamond

    It’s really one of the poorer lounges in Latin America, but used by the airlines due to lack of. other options. As you said, it’s dungeon. Alcohol is limited to one per pax (which is very stingy, especially considering the 50 USD they charge for three hours). Also food is very limited and of variable quality. Bottom line: Keep the visit as short as possible if invited by the airline, avoid if you have to pay at the door.

  7. Debo Guest

    “chicken ceviche”? Hoping that’s a missed comma!

    1. Rico Gold

      In Japan, some restaurants serve raw chicken sashimi (although I think it's seared a little). Since there is a Japanese influence on Peruvian cuisine, maybe it really is chicken ceviche.

      Nonetheless, I wouldn't eat raw chicken in an airport lounge.

    2. bc Guest

      It's pretty good but I prefer chicken tartare.

    3. Chris Paris Guest

      "Ceviche de pollo" is actually a plate Peruvians eat, and it's very good. The chicken is cooked, not raw. Source: I live in Lima.

  8. Scott Guest

    You mentioned earlier you got to the Panama City airport super duper early to get pics of the uncrowded lounge, but here since you were just on a layover you had to take what was available. So why kill yourself to get to the airport earlier when the pics here in Lima have people?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Scott -- Fair question. It's because this lounge wasn't actually that crowded, presumably because it doesn't take Priority Pass. The Copa Club was at capacity all day, more or less. This was one of the emptier contract lounges I've been in.

    2. Roberto Guest

      @ Ben -- I last travelled out of LIM on Nov 2021. Typical light night flight from Lima to the U.S. (flying UA to IAH). Back then this lounge was very crowded. I'm not sure if they used to take Priority Pass as well back then.

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Andy Diamond

It’s really one of the poorer lounges in Latin America, but used by the airlines due to lack of. other options. As you said, it’s dungeon. Alcohol is limited to one per pax (which is very stingy, especially considering the 50 USD they charge for three hours). Also food is very limited and of variable quality. Bottom line: Keep the visit as short as possible if invited by the airline, avoid if you have to pay at the door.

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Ozzy Guest

Think you just answered why it was dropped.

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Kiwi Guest

Wow I’m shocked that sumaq lounge dropped priority pass as recently as a few years ago it was the number 1 lounge in terms of visitors globally by Visa sponsored Priority pass members. The other lounge must be really crowded

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