Sacramento Int'l Airport (SMF) Escape Lounge review

Sacramento International Airpot (SMF), which is located 10 miles northwest of Downtown Sacramento and the State Capitol, serves the Greater Sacramento Area with two terminals.  Earlier this year, both terminals added their first lounges ever: Escape Lounges.  Amex Platinum card holders get complimentary access with up to 2 guests, and non-Amex Platinum card holders are able to purchase a day pass at the door for $45 or online at least 24 hours in advance for $40.  As I was flying out of Terminal B on Southwest Airlines, I decided to check out the Escape Lounge.

Escape Lounges have been popping up at smaller airports, most notably at Oakland, Reno, and Ontario airports.  A new facility will be opening soon at Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, where it will replace the old The Club lounge.  The SMF Escape lounge is definitely small, but didn't feel cramped due to the limited passenger traffic out of SMF to begin with.  So there was plenty of seating at the both the lounge sofa area and the dining area.

The lounge features a complimentary full service open bar as well as a variety of hot and cold food options.

As I was there in the morning, breakfast was being served, and the food was fresh and satisfying.  Other than the bar, there was also a variety of hot and cold beverages available.

The lounge also had plenty of USB and power ports around the sofa seating area.  After grabbing a couple of drinks and charging up my electronics, I headed to my gate for boarding.

Bottom line

SMF's Escape Lounges are a solid addition for the airport, which has been "loungeless" since inception in 1967.  Although miniature in size, the lounge is definitely more than sufficient given the limited amount of traffic SMF deals with, and it also helps that both terminals have separate Escape Lounges.  The food and drink options are solid for a domestic lounge, and I would take it over most domestic mainline carrier lounges and even Centurion Lounges, which are almost always prone to overcrowding issues.  I definitely wouldn't hesitate to hit up these Escape Lounges again the next time I fly out of SMF.


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