Opened in November 2017, the SkyTeam Lounge at Vancouver airport is the seventh addition to a global network of alliance-branded clubs with locations in Sydney, Dubai, London Heathrow, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Beijing.
The club welcomes premium and elite passengers flying on SkyTeam carriers, with the notable exception of Delta (all flights to the US depart from the dedicated Concourse E, and passengers are required to go through pre-clearance and customs.) The SkyTeam Lounge also welcomes Priority Pass members.
The club is located atop a brand new structure at the heart of the terminal, in the vicinity of gates D53-D67, in front of the Cathay Pacific Lounge.
SkyTeam Lounge YVR design
The lobby, located on the ground floor, allies the sleek curves of a designer reception desk with the serene appeal of a moss living wall in the backdrop. Guests access the lounge through a single elevator.
The lounge is comprised of two wings linked by an elegant wood and glass bridge. Bathed in daylight, the club boasts panoramic views of the tarmac, with sights that extend as far as the water and mountains on clear days. Tall glass panels help block noise that bleeds from the concourse, while preserving the views in every direction. At dusk, the space glows in heart-warming colors.
The décor incorporates the DNA of the SkyTeam-branded lounges worldwide, with smooth and modern curves, natural accents of wood, shades of whites, and Earth tones enhanced by playfully-colored furniture.
Luminous and airy, the design is a perfect fit for Vancouver airport: the hardwood floors mirror the wood panels on the ceiling, and the curved beams that support the roof of the terminal seem to recall the smooth shapes of the partitions.
At 5,600 square feet (528 square meters), with seating for 126 passengers, the SkyTeam Lounge is a much more intimate space than Air Canada’s sprawling new two-story club, yet should be spacious enough for peak-time departures.
The layout accommodates a variety of seating options for solo travelers and groups alike, with privacy-enhancing partitions that shape the space without blocking natural light.
The east wing sports a circular seating area with individual seats at the periphery and additional chairs in the center separated by low partitions. All seats come equipped with an individual lamp, a side table, and power and USB outlets. A TV monitor displays riveting digital art, and in the rear are two recliners in semi-private spaces, also with a handy lamp and power outlets.
The west wing is home to the buffet and dining area, with dining tables for four, communal tables, and convenient high-top seating at the periphery. Couples will find intimate dining tables for two in the bridge linking the two wings.
SkyTeam Lounge YVR amenities
The SkyTeam Vancouver lounge features a complete line-up of amenities designed with the international traveler in mind.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by the sight of the wine bar, a convivial and architecturally-striking space with a horse-shoe shaped bar in front a curved backdrop made of natural wood. The area doubles as a social hub and as a tasting room, with plans for local wine producers to showcase their products on a regular basis. On most days, however, the bar will not be staffed—patrons may help themselves to a rotating selection of a dozen wines from automated dispensers. Soft drinks, juices, espresso, and a selection of microbrews are available in the dining area, as well as a somewhat minimal liquor selection.
With direct service both to Asia and Europe, Vancouver airport sees a diverse population of travelers, and the buffet spread aims to satisfy passengers at the cross-roads. The food is locally sourced, with an emphasis on fresh local produce such as smoked salmon, healthy items such as salads, a couple of Western-style hot entrees, and an appetizing dessert selection.
In addition, SkyTeam offers a noodle bar, with a variety of cooked-to-order Asian specialties including noodle soup with fish balls, wonton soup, shrimp dumpling, and pork dumpling. The noodle bar does away with the traditional buzzer in favor of a more modern SMS-based notification system—a great idea in theory, though some passengers may prefer to avoid expensive messages while traveling abroad.
The business center, also an architectural highlight, features a computer, a printer, and comfortable work spaces with ergonomic chairs. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the lounge.
Two over-sized shower suites equipped with a sink, a large walk-in shower, a toilet, towels, and bath amenities, round up the offering.
SkyTeam Lounge YVR bottom line
The SkyTeam Lounge at Vancouver airport delivers a fresh, modern, and comfortable experience with every major essential—such as power outlets at every seat, business facilities, and a full buffet—plus a few enjoyable extras such as a noodle bar and wine tasting room.
The alcoholic beverage selection is somewhat limited for an international lounge, and it remains to be seen how the space fares at peak times with a relatively modest footprint, and only two recliners and shower suites. Regardless, the new lounge is a substantial upgrade over the Plaza Premium lounge formerly used by SkyTeam members, and patrons can look forward to some of the airport’s most uplifting views.
For more details, see our blog post.
You may have access to SkyTeam Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on any SkyTeam member airline.
Aeroflot (SU) Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) Aeromexico (AM) Air Europa (UX) Air France (AF) Alitalia (AZ) China Airlines (CI) China Eastern (MU) Czech Airlines (OK) Delta (DL) Garuda Indonesia (GA) KLM (KL) Kenya Airways (KQ) Korean Air (KE) Middle East Airlines (ME) Saudia (SV) TAROM (RO) Vietnam Airlines (VN) Xiamen Airlines (MF)
Philippine Airlines (PR)
SkyTeam Lounge at Vancouver, BC (YVR) welcomes:
- Pay-in customers: relax at the lounge no matter what airline you’re flying. Purchase access now in order guarantee your spot, and save time and money.
- International First and Business Class passengers departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member.
- SkyTeam Elite Plus members departing on or connecting to/from a same-day international flight operated by a SkyTeam member, in any class of service (+1 guest)
- Guests must be traveling on any flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline. Member must remain with the guests at all times during the visit.
- Lounge access will be provided only at your departure airport and not on arrival, unless you are connecting to a domestic flight or other qualifying international flight.
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- 4.5Based on 3 ReviewsYuri C.2019-06-08 13:48:05Food, drinks, lounge space, and charging shots were of plenty. The staff were attentive and friendly. I really enjoyed the noodles of course, and the...Dar M.2019-04-28 21:56:13Tonight is the first time I am taking a red eye flight. I'm traveling from Vancouver to Mexico City so it will be a long flight. I arrived at the airport...Yan K.2018-12-25 08:57:21The Food One of the unique thing about the SkyTeam Lounge in YVR I've rarely see is a noodle bar. The noodle bar has made to order noodle, so naturally I...