Ever since I got the access to this lounge collection, I have been wondering what it is inside the lounges listed on their app. Some of them are “premium,” some of them are quite basic, but still it’s nice to know where you are headed, to have full control over your trip.
My last trip to Tokyo had a layover in Vancouver, one of my favorite cities. The airport is in Richmond, BC and there is a lot to do there, like having some Chinese dim sum mmmm. I know the in and outs and could have gone anywhere fast, but this morning I had another quest- finding out what is the Skyteam Lounge all about.
First, the Skyteam lounge is a premium lounge dedicated to the members of the Skyteam alliance- Aeroflot, AeroMexico, AirFrance, AlItalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlinnes, Delta, Garuda Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, MEA, Saudi, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines, XiamenAir.
Lounge Features/ Amenities
- Beer & Wine
- Spirits & Liquor
- Premium Food
- Non- Smoking
- Newspapers & Magazines
- Flight Monitors
- Internet Terminals
Available for your convenience
- Desktop Computer
- High- Speed Internet
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Moving on, on the right you will see a section with sofa like armchairs with small side tables. What you don’t notice right away is tucked in the right very back right corner of the lounge. Two flat lay beds for maximum relax are hidden there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t snap a picture for you guys because a couple was taking a nap there. But definitely try it out!
Multiple big TV screens spread around the lounge show you news like CNN. There are also dedicated screen displaying flight information as well.
The long corridor takes you to the central “snacking” area and kitchen. Yes, kitchen! This place is the main highlight of the lounge. It is the brightest part of the lounge, and I’m sure it has been very well designed with this in mind.
I got there at around 9:45 am, and they were still serving some breakfast items like Chinese congee which was actually very delicious. Some ham and cheese croissants, nuts, selection of tea, juice and soft drinks. There is 2 large state of the art coffee machines that can serve everything from espresso to Lattes, Cappuccinos and more. It is not enough to satisfy the cravings of a coffee snob, but actually pretty good for a lounge.
What was really impressive is how the lounge got full all of a sudden at the 11 am brunch serving. Do you like Chinese food? You will be impressed.
Probably the most valued feature for me in a lounge is the convenience of a shower and the YVR Skyteam lounge provided it. For me, staying fresh means awake and feeling good to keep on working, especially if I’m trying to stay awake to adjust to my destinations time, in this case, Tokyo.
Last but not least, of course, you can enjoy stunning views of taxiing airplanes in and out of the gates. Going into the lounge I had certain expectations, but the place indeed surpassed them all by a lot. Warm food and desserts, decent coffee, Wi-fi, business center with comfortable chairs, shower and bright, spacious atmosphere- wholly satisfactory and welcoming. I had a great time, and I can’t wait to visit on the way back, hopefully in time for some dumplings or maybe a real lunch since I’m landing later in the afternoon. I will keep you updated.
Have you ever been to the lounge? Has your experience been better or worse? We would love to hear from you guys. Enjoy