Entrance to The Club at SJC & runway window seat from the lounge. Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

Entrance to The Club at SJC & runway window seat from the lounge.
Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

Like many travelers, I typically arrive at airports with plenty of time to spare in order to be safe, but that leaves for a lot of waiting around airport terminals trying to find a comfortable seat. This is why I’m a huge fan of airport lounges and their V.I.P perks.  Are airport lounges worth it? For me, yes!

While at the San Jose Airport (SJC) recently I got to experience The Club at SJC, which is open to ALL passengers for a daily fee. “The Club at” lounges don’t require an annual mTMOM disclosure graphicmembership fee either. Passengers just need to purchase a day pass at the reception desk (just $35 at SJC). This one day pass will allow you to enjoy all the amenities that the lounge has to offer. In many cases, day passes at “The Club at” brand are 30% less than other airport lounges and includes more amenities too.

Located on the third floor across from Gate A15, guests are treated to beautiful mountain views to the east and an impressive view of the runways to the west. I really appreciated all the natural light and views this lounge offered. Typically, lounges are where corporate offices are with views just of the inside terminals.

Earthy spa-like décor. Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

Earthy spa-like décor. Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

The interior design is modern and clean and very open. The color palette is reminiscent of the natural areas that surround San José. The warm, neutral tones of the upholstery and carpets are complimented by natural materials such as wood and stone for flooring, counters and architectural accents. It almost has a spa or upscale salon look to it.

I only stayed a half hour, but was able to charge my cellphone, connect my laptop to their Wi-Fi and send out a few quick emails before my flight. I also had a cup of creamy tomato soup and some iced green tea. It was also nice freshening up in their clean bathrooms instead of the icky crowded terminal ones. If it was later in the day, I would have taken advantage of their open bar too. And considering it was a Sunday, one of the busier travel days, it wasn’t crowded and it was nice and quiet inside easily allowing me a prime seat to work and relaxation.

 

A complimentary full bar to take in the game. Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

A complimentary full bar to take in the game. Photo credit: Tara Settembre / VIP TravelingMom

Some of their amenities include:

  • Telephones
  • Complimentary high peed Wi-Fi (Being a blogger this is especially important to me)
  • Work stations with PC’s and printers to use
  • Internet / Dataports
  • VIP Conference Room
  • Free Snacks and Drinks
  • Free Alcoholic Drinks including beer, wine and liquor.
  • Newspapers / Magazines
  • TVs (The Yankees vs Toronto game was on)
  • Shower Facilities (I often thought, who would use an airport shower, but once due to a canceled flight and bad layover from Europe an airport lounge shower was my salvation. Not all lounges offer this though)
  • Disabled Access

Besides San Jose, The Club also has locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix and Las Vegas.