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After spending some time in the Centurion Lounge, I headed over to Terminal 1 for my Delta Shuttle flight to Los Angeles. My flight was scheduled to depart at 8PM, so I headed over at around 6:15PM, to leave plenty of time to check out the Delta SkyClub before my flight.
However, when I arrived at Terminal 1 I found out that my 8PM flight was delayed by 40 minutes, so the kiosk offered to book me on the 7PM flight instead. After a long day of travel, that seemed like a good option.
By the time I got past security it was 6:30PM, which was when my flight was supposed to board. That being said, it was delayed by a few minutes, which allowed me to check out the Delta SkyClub at SFO, which is quite new.
The SkyClub is located just past the security checkpoint for Terminal 1, on the left side.
The exterior is sleek, and matches the new SkyClub branding, which I suppose goes without saying, given that this is a new club.
The associate at the front desk was friendly, and upon presenting The Platinum Card® from American Express, I was promptly admitted. Anyone with The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN can access the SkyClub same day as long as they’re flying on Delta.
I took the elevator up a level to the actual SkyClub, and my jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw the design. Holy cow, aesthetically this is by far the most gorgeous US airline lounge I’ve ever seen by. By far.
There was a second desk in the actual lounge with agents who can help with any reservations. As I walked in I started snapping pictures of the lounge, and one of the associates commented “take all the pictures you want, this lounge is photo-worthy.” And she was right.
There were four chairs underneath a light fixture right by the stairs, and then also near the elevator was a stylish (but not especially comfortable looking) couch. Then again, I’m not sure why anyone would actually ever sit there.
The lounge was huge, especially given that San Francisco isn’t a hub for Delta. The ceilings were super high, and the lounge was nicely separated into different spaces using partitions and unique furniture.
Closest to the entrance there were mostly couches and plush lounge chairs.
Then as you walked further into the lounge there were some dining tables, which had a partition from the seating near the entrance for added privacy.
Across from the dining area was the bar, which had dozens of liquor bottles on display.
There were also some unique couch-style chairs, which were stylish. As you can see in the picture below, the seats had plenty of outlets, which was true throughout the entire lounge.
Then in the back of the lounge were a ton more seats, including some more dining tables with booths.
The lounge sort of has an “L” shape, so towards the back there’s a business center in the corner, which features both cubicles and some high-top communal tables.
The food spread is located where the lounge bends.
On the left side is Starbucks drip coffee, a Starbucks espresso machine (my favorite type of airport espresso machine), iced tea, etc.
Then there are whole fruit and cookies.
While the SkyClub food spread isn’t to the level you’d get at a non-US lounge or an Amex Centurion Lounge, it is quite solid.
There were several types of spreads, cheese (both packages and cubed), a fruit salad, and mushrooms.
Then there were fresh veggies and salad, with packaged dressing.
Then there were two types of pasta and a chicken salad.
Next to that were croutons, rolls, crackers, etc.
There were two pots of soup next to that.
And then there were a selection of tasty looking sweets.
At the very end of the buffet were two snack towers. Unlike at Admirals Clubs, these snacks are actually quite good, and don’t taste like they’re past their expiration date.
In the very back of the lounge are the bathrooms and showers.
The bathrooms are gorgeous, with red tile, orchids, and a backlit wall.
The other thing worth noting is that the lounge boasts fantastic views. Because it’s a level up from the rest of the concourse, you have views of both the tarmac and the runways, which are pretty awesome.
During my brief visit I saw the Virgin Atlantic A340 taxiing in, which was a bit funny since I had arrived on the other Virgin Atlantic flight earlier.
I only had about 15 minutes in the lounge before it was time to head to my departure gate.
Delta SkyClub San Francisco bottom line
This lounge’s design, views, spaciousness, etc., were all unparalleled by anything I’ve seen from a US airline otherwise.
The food spread was quite good as well, certainly better than what you’d get in an American or United lounge. That being said, it’s still not to the level of Amex Centurion Lounges.
But goodness, this was by far the nicest SkyClub I’ve been to. To think this is just an outstation for Delta…
What do you think of the Delta SkyClub’s design?