Review: Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, Vancouver, Canada


Review: Cathay Pacific Business Lounge, Vancouver, Canada

Since we had a bit of extra time, we ended up leaving the SkyTeam Lounge and headed down concourse to the brand new Cathay Pacific Lounge. The lounge has relocated from it’s old spot on the second level above international security screening to further down concourse past retail row. The old Cathay Pacific Lounge allowed Air Canada to expand its Maple Leaf International lounge into a two level configuration, whereas Cathay Pacific got a brand new space further down the concourse that was much larger than the old version.

Accessing the lounge:

We walked directly across the concourse from the SkyTeam Lounge and took the elevator up one floor. The lounge only opens at 8 PM, which doesn’t make it a natural choice for the British Airways flight since boarding on British Airways typically starts at 8:30 PM.

We were granted entry into the lounge thanks to the class of service on our boarding pass as a One World First / Business Class lounge. Like our SkyTeam experience, the lounge was deserted. The lounge is now in sleek dark colors compared to the old maple wood and brown colours of the past generation. As the lounge is about a year old, everything is still in fantastic condition.

Relaxing in the lounge:

“The Cathay Pacific Lounge at Vancouver International Airport is a new and sleekly designed space that offers well appointed surroundings to relax in before your overseas flight”

We settled into some super comfortable loungers near the windows. While MrsWT73 checked in to work, I went over to the Noodle Bar which featured a much larger and expanded presence in Cathay Pacific YVR 2.0.

Food and Beverage:

I ordered some fresh dim sum of pork and shrimp, along with won ton noodle soup paired with free pour Piper Heindsick champagne. It was a great way to start the evening. The other food and beverage options were not too substantial; small nuts and crisps in the Plaza Premium container style with substantially nicer surroundings.

“One of the best features of the Cathay Pacific Lounges are the sit down noodle bars featuring Dim Sum, complimented by Piper Heindsick champagne”

In addition to the noodle bar, there were also some small western snacks. Although they appeared fresh, they seemed a bit out of place in this lounge given the Asian influences of the noodles.

The lounge remained pretty quiet throughout our time here, unlike other Cathay Pacific lounges that we have been in which have usually been quite full. Notably missing is a separate first class section that was present in other Cathay Lounges and in the old YVR Cathay Lounge. First Class passengers and One World Emerald are now mixed in with all other passengers.

Passing the time, we watched a Cathay flight arrive up against the glass through the large glass windows at Gate D47.

In summary:

Overall a great stay and a fun place to hang out if you have some time. A great job Cathay with another nice lounge!!

“The Cathay Pacific Lounge is easily the best One World option in the Vancouver International Terminal”

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