My trip to Vienna and Italy began with an airport lounge visit in YVR. It was my first time ever going into an airport lounge, and I was very excited! SkyTeam Lounge Vancouver is the newest lounge in YVR, and many people said that it is one of the best Priority Pass lounges in North America.
Location and access
SkyTeam Lounge is located near gate D53 in the international terminal. Please note that YVR has a US immigration pre-clearance facility in its own terminal, so it is not accessible to the US-bound passengers during the daytime.
I accessed the lounge with my Priority Pass membership that comes with my BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard. This membership grants me and a guest two free visits per year to any Priority Pass lounges. It isn’t the best Priority Pass membership from a credit card, but two free visits are more than enough for me.
Please note that recently BMO has changed the program to Mastercard Airport Experiences provided by LoungeKey. You also get two free visits per year with the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard. Most Priority Pass lounges also welcome LoungeKey members, so the benefit is essentially the same.
The lounge is, of course, accessible to SkyTeam Elite Plus passenger and first and business class customers on SkyTeam airlines. It is open 24 hours, daily.
Layout and amenities
The lounge is located on its own floor above the shops. It is not big, but it wasn’t crowded when I came in at 1 pm. The first thing I saw was multilingual newspapers and magazines on the wall.
The office area and the wine bar came up next.
(It was my first visit, so I didn’t take photos very thoroughly. I will update this post when I visit the lounge again.)
Then, the lounge opens up into seating areas. There are different chairs for eating, working, and relaxing.
The dining area is a the end of the lounge. The washrooms and the shower rooms are further inside.
I started my lounge experience with a shower. It was a sunny day in Vancouver, and I sweated a lot after walking here. I felt super refreshed after this.
There are two shower rooms. They are open to everyone, and you can just go in and use it. All the necessary items are provided, including towels, shampoo, soap, razors, shower caps and a hairdryer.
Food and beverages
Food is the number one reason I want to visit a lounge. It may not be the most authentic, but having free food in a lounge made my trip feel different. I already knew that they serve hot noodle soups and dim sum, so I order them first from the staff. The noodle soup with the fish balls and the wontons was delicious. The pork siumai was ok, and the veggie dumplings were disgusting. Don’t order veggie dumplings!
While waiting for the noodles, I explored the buffet. The hot food options were fried rice, fried noodles, asparagus soup, and an Asian meat dish. They looked underwhelming, so I didn’t bother.
On the other side of the counter, there were sandwiches, cheese, salads, and desserts.
Drinks were available by the kitchen. There were several kinds of beers and liquors on the counter. Sodas and bottled waters were in the fridges below the counter.
Wines were available in the wine bar close to the entrance. There were in total 12 different wines in taster machines. I didn’t plan to drink, but I still grabbed a glass of white wine before leaving.
It is my first ever airport lounge visit, and it was spectacular! I can’t make comparisons at this moment, but I was really impressed with the noodle soup, the shower room, and the wine selection. Now, I really want to visit lounges in other airports and see what they offer!