Gol Transportes Aéreos
Gol Linhas Aereas Business Class Lounge - Rio De Janeiro Airport
Review by M Rego (Brazil) 21st December 2013
The Smiles lounge in Terminal 2 Rio de Janeiro (GIG) International Airport opened in 1999 as the VARIG main lounge in Brazil (Smiles is the name of Varig's frequent flyer program now with GOL Airlines). At that time it was the best South America lounge and was used by Star Alliance (Lufthansa United and of course Varig). It was an outstanding lounge with separated areas for first class and business class showers smoke room plenty of reading materials excellent beverages and high quality food. In 2008 Varig went out of business and GOL acquires Varig routes mileage program and VIP lounges. Strangely as GOL uses the Terminal 1 they continued using these lounge in Terminal 2 so it is impossible to board a GOL flight and use its own lounge. The lounge is used by a lot of airlines (Lufthansa United US Airways Diners Club card menbers among others). The good part is that as a big lounge it never get crowded they have good (a bit used) furniture and luxury res trooms. Unfortunately the first class section is now closed the drinks offered are cheap and the food minimal.
|Lounge Name||GOL LINHAS AEREAS BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE REVIEW|
|Airport||Rio De Janeiro Airport|
|Type Of Lounge||Business Class|
|Bar & Beverages||12345|