Arriving early from my trans-Pacific flight, I was delayed by the slow moving security check that came after immigration and baggage claim and re-check. All of this meant I arrived at the boarding gate for my next flight right around boarding time. However, my next flight was delayed by half an hour permitting me time to check out the Sky Club which is conveniently located beside gate A1. Delta also supplies a shelf full of newspapers beside gate A1 for all passengers which was a nice touch early in the morning.
This particular Sky Club was relatively new and is a wonderful addition to the lounges in Seattle-Tacoma. The entrance was quite empty early in the morning and there was no wait in getting my boarding pass checked before I was directed into this beautiful lounge.
Right past reception is the main hall which was double the usual height with large windows overlooking the tarmac and the plane I was due to board. Across from the reception desk, there was a large photo collage with a signboard for the well-known Pike Place Public Market. The first furnishings guests notice will be a wooden communal table with comfortable chairs to work in. These faces a row of flight information boards since boarding was not called for in the lounge.
And along the wall beside the communal meeting table, there is a large shelving cabinet stocked with newspapers and magazines. Since it was early in the morning, and the lounge was not packed, the newspapers and magazines were neatly arranged.
There is a staircase by the reception desk leading to the mezzanine floor which I did not visit since I was enjoying the vast ceiling of the main floor with the sunshine streaming in (which is quite rare for winter in the Pacific Northwest). There was more shared seating space that could accommodate larger groups or families near the front and there are triple seats as well with shared armrests that could function as small side tables. Power plugs and USB outlets are available near most of the seats which certainly makes it easy to charge mobile phones. I figure this is one of the most important feature in an airport lounge nowadays.
It was very nice for Delta to decorate the vast ceiling of this lounge appropriately. That and the artworks certainly add a sense of style to the normally staid airport lounges. I remember enjoying the art pieces in Delta’s Sky Club at Los Angeles.
In the middle of the lounge lies the dining space with the buffet counter located underneath the mezzanine lounge space. There are plenty of bar tables and stools beside the buffet counters while there are more private couches with cantilevered side tables that could be used for dining and working. The versatile range of seating arrangements in this lounge is very good so far!
Breakfast was being served in the buffet counter and from what I saw, it was a step up for North American airport lounges. Aside from all the components of a continental breakfast, there was a frittata dish served on the counter.
Worth a drinks as well was the cappuccino I brewed using the Starbucks-branded espresso machine that uses an easy to use touch control panel. Of course it probably cannot beat what you can get in Seattle downtown but it was sufficient for an airport lounge.
At the end of the dining area, there is a bar where guests could get soft drinks, juices and iced tea. Otherwise, liquor and alcohol is available for purchase which is the norm in North American airport lounges.
Quite uncommon was it to find a spa inside the Sky Club and this particular one was operated by Asanda where guests could pay for spa and beauty treatments during their layover. There was also some beauty products available for purchase. With the short duration I was inside the lounge, I did not bother about it.
Towards the end of the lounge there is a clear segmentation and there are tall bar counter tables here along with cubicle style work areas for guests who wishes to get some work done. The large windows affording plenty of natural light makes it a pleasure to work inside this lounge! With plenty of empty seats and partitions, guests could be ensured privacy while they work.
While I only tried the lounge for a short while, this was the best domestic airport lounge I have been to in North America. With a thoughtful decor, plenty of seating space with power and USB ports, and huge windows that have a nice view of the planes and allowing light inside, it makes a true lounge. And the upgraded food does make it even better!