I usually use British Airways Galleries Lounge when flying from Vancouver Airport, but this time I decided to revisit the Plaza Premium Lounge in Vancouver Airport (YVR), International Terminal.

In the previous five or six occasions that I used this lounge, it had been very busy, to a point that I questioned its comfort level. During summer months, when British Airways Airbus A380 flights are packed with their first and business class passengers, British Airways would send their Gold and Silver passengers travelling on economy to Plaza Premium. But on this quiet November day, the lounge was almost deserted, probably less than ten guests were in there. The atmosphere was calm and unhurried.

To the very end on the right hand side is the self-serviced dining area. There is a noodle station where you can order whatever that is on offer, typically prawn wonton or laksa. Other self-help offerings on the day I visited included red bean soup, barbecued pork buns and prawn dumplings. At the other food station, there were sweet and sour pork, Thai red curry, rice and various sandwiches and cakes.

Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Dining Area
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Snack/Desert/Drinks area
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Sweet & Sour Pork with Thai Curry Sauce
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Malaysian Laksa with Fish Balls
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Sitting Area
Plaza Premium Lounge Vancouver Airport – Sitting Area

The sitting areas are divided into three sections, all equipped with decent and comfortable sofas.

It does not have a shower facility, but the washrooms are located inside the lounge.

The staff were cordial, friendly and polite.

Personally, I think the YVR Plaza Premium lounge is better than the British Airways Galleries lounge. The BA lounge is newish but small and can be crowded. Definitely a better choice at Plaza Premium on a quieter day.

Date Visited: Nov 24, 2017
Entry: Priority Pass – courtesy of American Express Platinum card


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