PLAZA PREMIUM LOUNGE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Location: International Departures Pier D, directly after security
Opening date: The lounge has just reopened following a fivemonth renovation.
Accessible to: Any passenger for a fee. Plaza Premium lounges are among an increasing number of independent, pay-as-you-go (or,“pay-in,”as they’re known in some parts of the world) facilities – a phenomenon that’s becoming more common in airport terminals around the world. Single lounge visits start at $35 including tax, for two hours.
Design: The newly opened flagship lounge was created by designer Kinney Chan of KCA. Measuring 6,800 square feet, the facility is the largest pay-per-use lounge in Canada and can seat about 180 guests. It is divided into several zones to provide travelers with a“range of different experiences and choices.”
Features: Upon entering the main area, guests are greeted by a variety of seating configurations. The lounge area offers comfortable sofa chairs for those travelling alone, along with communal tables for larger parties. Large windows provide panoramic views of the runway, while computer workstations, free WiFi and power sockets are readily available throughout. There are food stations that serve hot food, coffee and snacks, including the lounge’s signature Fish Ball Noodle Soup. Other features include a private resting area, a VIP room, two shower rooms with full amenities and three nap rooms.