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Delta has been growing significantly in Seattle, and last October they opened a gorgeous new SkyClub as part of their investment in the airport. Nick wrote about the lounge back when it opened, though I wanted to add a review as well, given how impressed I was by this lounge. I’d argue this is the nicest membership lounge run by a US airline in the US (in other words, I’m excluding the American Flagship Lounge New York and United Polaris Lounge Chicago, since those are only for international travelers).
The Delta SkyClub Seattle is located between Concourses A & B, so after clearing security I turned right, and then after a short walk the entrance to the lounge was located to the left.
You can get access to the Delta SkyClub using The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, assuming you’re flying Delta the same day. I was flying Delta to Spokane, so used the personal card to access the lounge. For what it’s worth, if you’re bringing guests into the lounge, the cost is $29 each.
The first thing I noticed about the lounge was how friendly everyone was. From the person at the front desk who welcomed us and explained the lounge amenities, to every person who came by to clear plates and ask if everything was okay, to the awesome bartender, I was so impressed by the people in this lounge. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a US airline lounge with such friendly and professional people. That’s probably partly a function of the lounge being in Seattle, but it goes beyond that — they were much friendlier than the Alaska Lounge agents, in my opinion.
In addition to the desk where you register, there was also a customer service desk, which had a cool piece of Seattle artwork behind it. How cool is that?
At ~21,000 square feet, the lounge was huge and stunning. I loved the high ceilings and the amount of natural light, even if the amount of sunshine in Seattle is limited for much of the year.
Inside the lounge and to the right was the bar, buffet, and cafe seating area, with a variety of dining tables.
This lounge has some of the best furnishings I’ve seen of any US airline lounge, especially in terms of the variety of seating options.
I mean, seriously, take a look at all the types of furniture below, and that’s just in one part of the lounge.
Throughout the lounge there were views of the nearby gate area, including one gate that’s right in front of the lounge, which makes for some cool views as planes arrive and depart.
The lounge also has a second floor, which has more seating. This area was mostly empty, as there’s not much else here. I’d almost view it more as overflow seating.
While the bar and buffet were on the first floor, the second floor had water, snack mix, cookies, and whole fruit.
The second floor also had fantastic views of the main part of the lounge, as well as the tarmac.
As mentioned above, the buffet was located inside the lounge and to the right. Delta SkyClubs blow away the competition when it comes to food selection in their lounges, and this lounge might have just had the best food selection I’ve seen.
There was a soda fountain, water, iced tea, tea, a Starbucks coffee machine, snack mix, and cookies.
But the selection of fresh food was so impressive. Not only did they have a bunch of fresh options, but everything I tasted was exceptional. There were a variety pre-made salads, and there was a salad bar where you could make your own more traditional salad.
Then there were raw veggies, hummus, olives, cheese that actually looked good (unlike the cubed cheese in other AAirline loUAnges), and pita chips.
There were warm, fresh sandwiches, restaurant-quality clam chowder, and a couple of hot dishes, including a really good pasta dish.
Then there were potato chips and bread rolls.
Seeing this food spread made me so sad to be an Admirals Club member. The difference between the food selection in the two lounges is night and day. I can’t stress enough not just that there was a big selection, but that I found the quality exceptional. Furthermore, there were attendants constantly refreshing the buffet, making sure everything was presented properly, etc.
There was just a sense of pride that the employees had in this lounge that I’ve never seen at American or United.
In addition to complimentary house wine, beer, and spirits, there’s a selection of drinks for purchase, and you can even redeem SkyMiles for these drinks at a lucrative rate (typically about two cents per mile compared to what they’d charge in cash). Here’s the drink list:
As a champagne lover, I couldn’t help but redeem 10,000 SkyMiles for a bottle of Krug. I wrote a separate post about this experience, so check that out for more details. What a cool thing for an airline to offer, even if it was a splurge.
In terms of the lounge’s other amenities, the restrooms were pretty nice, and the lounge also had showers, though unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to check those out.
The lounge also has an Asanda Spa, located just next to the buffet. You have to pay for all the treatments and they’re not cheap, though I’m sure some appreciate this option. You can find the spa treatment pricing list here.
Delta SkyClub Seattle bottom line
Visiting the Delta SkyClub Seattle made me want to become a Delta flyer, and made me sad about the experience I’ve become accustomed to at American. For a domestic US lounge, this is simply unrivaled, in my opinion. Everyone working in the lounge couldn’t have been friendlier, the lounge is a stunning space physically, the food selection is exceptional, and it’s cool that you can redeem miles at a reasonable rate towards the cost of premium drinks.
Well done, Delta. Very well done.
Anyone else as wowed by this lounge as I am?