YVR: Vancouver International Plaza Premium Lounge
The Plaza premium lounge Vancouver International airport is easy to find – the entrance is just past security, a short way down the ‘ramp’ with the shops heading into the main part of the terminal. There is a small reception desk (which is often unmanned when there are no flights scheduled to use the lounge) and then the lounge either stretches left or right.
It is a large lounge( 6,000 sq ft – 280 seats) with lots of natural light streaming through the large floor to ceiling windows, and three main seating areas, although half of the lounge is often closed or reserved for airlines which are using it as ‘their’ lounge.
To the right of reception is the large cavernous room – which previously belonged to another airline as ‘their’ lounge before being taken over by Plaza – which is often closed off. Down this corridor are a couple of phone cubicles and the toilets.
Directly opposite receptions is a rather unwelcoming rack of seats with annoying uncomfortable wooden arms and glass topped tables.
To the left of reception in the Plaza premium lounge Vancouver International airport is the main food and bar area, and then another smaller room, which is by far the best area to sit. Here there is also a large high bar area where you can sit – on a wobbly bar stool – and eat. Finally around the corner from here is a small private corridor with some cozy seating, and two sleeping rooms (called the Nap room), with very comfortable armchairs.
FoodFood is better than you would expect in a generic lounge – and certainly better than in the Vancouver International Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.
There is plenty of hot food, with three large round metal tourines with stew (chicken or beef) pasta, and rice. In the fridge are packets of sandwiches, and a pretty good salad mix, plus the usual carrots and celery plus ranch dip typical of American lounges.
On the shelf are packets of noodles which you can heat with hot water from the coffee machine.
There are also four jars with nuts and nibbles, biscuits in the tin, and a bowl of fruit.
BarThe bar is also better than you might expect – and certainly better than in the Air Canada lounge, but worse than the British Airways lounge. In particular the wine selection is bad, with just one bottle of white in a bucket, and one mediocre red on the shelf beside it.
Spirits are good with ten bottles of everything from Canadian Club (did you expect anything else) Bacardi Black and Ballantines. Gin is Gordons, Vodka is Smirnoff.
Beer is in the fridge, with 8 types all in cans, including Canadian.
The coffee machine is worthy of note: it makes a very good latte, cappuccino or espresso.
BathroomsBathrooms are in the lounge, and are fairly dull. There is one shower.
Business FacilitiesThere are decent business facilities in the Vancouver International Plaza Premium Lounge, with two computers in small work cubicals, and three more outside. There is free wireless internet in the lounge, and a printer.
There are four TVs in the lounge, which are typically on local news channels.
Newspapers are poor, with just one copy of each of the main local and international papers. There are no English papers, just US and Canadian ones, plus the Hong Kong press.
AccessThe Plaza premium lounge Vancouver International airport also doubles up as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Vancouver, the JAL Vancouver lounge, the China Airlines Dynasty Lounge Vancouver, Swiss Senator Lounge Vancouver, and the Eva Air, KLM and Philippines Airlines Vancouver lounge.
If all else fails, you can buy entry for CA$30 for 2 hours, and an extra hour at CA$5.
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