I’ve visited the Delta Crown Room Club in Tampa a few times in the past, but I have to say it has actually improved since it got Northwestified. First of all, thank God that Northwest moved to the Delta terminal in Tampa, or else there would be no lounge to use. Anyway, the Sky Club really is the best of both worlds. The Crown Room Club used to just have that crappy snack mix, but now it has a bunch of snacks, including the awesome Northwest cookies! I even managed to set up my own buffet, given that I hadn’t eaten all day.
Yep, that’s a Diet Coke with biscoffs, cheese, pretzels, spicy snack mix, hummus and crackers, and cookies! Totally healthy, I know. It’s worth noting that the sugar cookies are addictive. Like, really, really, really good. I think I had about nine, or something like that.
The best part about the Sky Club has to be the people working there. At United I’m used to getting served by a bartender that hides their face behind a gossip magazine, and if I’m noticed doesn’t exchange a word with me unless I tip. Here, on the other hand, they’re friendly, engaging, Delta employees, instead of some contracted employees that were hired off the street.
I also love the panoramic views from the Sky Club of…. security! Obviously this club was built before 9/11.
Anyway, I’m almost tempted to buy a lounge membership just for the times I’m waiting for a flight in Tampa. Either way, this is one area in which Delta and Northwest really did combine the best of both airlines.