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Old Jun 26, 19, 9:12 pm
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Plaza Premium Lounge YVR

flying YOW to OGG (maui) with a 7 hour layover in YVR. was thinking of heading to a lounge. Logistically I can either go to the domestic one or US one. Any suggestions? Or basically the same?
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Old Jun 26, 19, 9:49 pm
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The domestic lounge is bigger. But leave yourself enough time to get through US pre-clearance!
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Old Jun 27, 19, 12:46 pm
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I’ve had pretty mixed experiences at the YVR DOM PPL: From my second best ever lounge experience ever on a long layover with fam, to fairly poor where there wasn’t much I could eat and they insisted they couldn’t give me more than one 2 oz glass of wine at a time (super awesome when I took my boss there!)

It’s worth noting you can have your pass stamped and presumably access all 3 (I’ve only done the 2 domestics) with only 1 scan/access credit (less relevant I suppose if WSgold). Although less private, the C pier PPL can be decent for making your way to transborder, especially depending on your experience in B. They often have a few nibbles you can’t get elsewhere, including can make veggie sushi rolls. ^
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Old Jun 28, 19, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by eracerblue View Post
Iíve had pretty mixed experiences at the YVR DOM PPL: From my second best ever lounge experience ever on a long layover with fam, to fairly poor where there wasnít much I could eat and they insisted they couldnít give me more than one 2 oz glass of wine at a time (super awesome when I took my boss there!)
I am not sure I would want more than 2 oz of the plonk they serve. These guys have the worst wine and liquor selection of any lounge that I know of. But you are right of course, 2 oz wine servings (60 ml) are ridiculous.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by colonius View Post
I am not sure I would want more than 2 oz of the plonk they serve. These guys have the worst wine and liquor selection of any lounge that I know of. But you are right of course, 2 oz wine servings (60 ml) are ridiculous.
The reason to go to this lounge is not the wine, it is the pasta.

For for the OP, I would go to the trans-boarder lounge in that I like to get the US boarder thing done with as soon as possible. That said, the domestic lounge has a better selection of offering and is less tight. Both have decent hot food offerings.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 11:38 am
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It's not a bad lounge but 7 hours, sheesh! Go to the casino or something better than that. The Fairmont, have a drink or two, White Spot in the terminal, cripes, anything, really.

They are stingy with the drinks whereas the same brand at YYZ for CX flights they just give you another drink. I have not had the wine, maybe it's bad there too, or maybe CX pays them to up the game a bit.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
It's not a bad lounge but 7 hours, sheesh! Go to the casino or something better than that. The Fairmont, have a drink or two, White Spot in the terminal, cripes, anything, really.

They are stingy with the drinks whereas the same brand at YYZ for CX flights they just give you another drink. I have not had the wine, maybe it's bad there too, or maybe CX pays them to up the game a bit.
7 hours allows TONS of time for a train ride downtown Vancouver, a leisurely stroll around the Waterfont, lunch/dinner out and the train back.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 1:37 pm
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Indeed, 7 hours is the perfect length of time to take the Skytrain to the waterfront, which is what I did with my family before hopping on a plane to OGG last summer on our YYZ-YVR-OGG flight.

So what we did:
1. Arrive in YVR, and left our carryon bags at CDS Baggage found at the domestic arrivals level, on my way to the elevator that takes me up to the skytrain.
2. Take Skytrain to the Waterfront Station
3. Eat at Cactus Club Coal Harbour (advance reservations highly recommended, ask for a table in the sea to sky lounge)
4. Do a bit of sightseeing in the area
5. Take Skytrain back to YVR, pickup bags, go to transborder security checkpoint
6. Drop by the transborder Premium lounge, have a little snack
7. Catch flight to OGG

Easily doable in the 6 hours layover we had.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by Arthurrs View Post
Indeed, 7 hours is the perfect length of time to take the Skytrain to the waterfront, which is what I did with my family before hopping on a plane to OGG last summer on our YYZ-YVR-OGG flight.

So what we did:
1. Arrive in YVR, and left our carryon bags at CDS Baggage found at the domestic arrivals level, on my way to the elevator that takes me up to the skytrain.
2. Take Skytrain to the Waterfront Station
3. Eat at Cactus Club Coal Harbour (advance reservations highly recommended, ask for a table in the sea to sky lounge)
4. Do a bit of sightseeing in the area
5. Take Skytrain back to YVR, pickup bags, go to transborder security checkpoint
6. Drop by the transborder Premium lounge, have a little snack
7. Catch flight to OGG

Easily doable in the 6 hours layover we had.
I would suggest doing exactly as above since you have sufficient enough time to that. It only takes about 30 minutes to go from YVR Airport to Waterfront Station via the Canada Line Train. Would suggest buying a day pass and exploring around the downtown core (Pacific Centre Mall, Robson Street, etc.).

If burgers and fries aren't your thing from Cactus Club, there's also a great high-end restaurant called Miku Restaurant (2 minutes from Waterfront Station) specializing in fusion Japanese food - request a table on their open air patio overlooking the water, grab a drink, and on a nice day, you can't ask for much more than that

If you had to go into a lounge, I'd probably suggest doing the DOM Plaza Premium Lounge as the lounge was renovated not too long ago, they have decent showers, decent food, and a pretty open space (It can get packed at times, but aside from the morning and afternoon rush its not bad). The TB Plaza Premium Lounge is absolute garbage and should be avoided at all costs - cramped, noisy, understaffed, crappy food, no showers, and broken coffee machines. I think the food options in the US Transborder terminal are better than the lounge.

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Old Jun 28, 19, 3:12 pm
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If the OP is into shopping the McAurthur Glens outlet mall is a short skytrain ride away at Templeton Station. The train to from the outlet mall is free as both are on sea island (airport property). A number of restaurants are also locked in the outlet mall.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 6:16 pm
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Originally Posted by The YVR Guy View Post
If burgers and fries aren't your thing from Cactus Club, there's also a great high-end restaurant called Miku Restaurant (2 minutes from Waterfront Station) specializing in fusion Japanese food - request a table on their open air patio overlooking the water, grab a drink, and on a nice day, you can't ask for much more than that
Cactus' Poke bowl will get you into an "Island mood" very quickly, and getting a table in the sea to sky lounge gives you a perfect view of the seaplane terminal to satisfy any airplane geek! The steaks there are pretty awesome, and a very good wine selection!! Certainly not just burgers or fries.
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Old Jul 27, 20, 3:28 pm
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Rumour has it that the PP YVR dom lounge has reopened. If yes, can someone provide an update on any changes made since the close due to COVID?
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Old Jul 27, 20, 3:34 pm
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Plaza Premium Lounge YVR domestic

Rumour has it that the Premium Plaza Lounge YVR domestic has reopened? If this information is accurate, can anyone provide any updates regarding the change of service and food offered under the new COVID-environment?
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Old Jul 27, 20, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by qrctraveller View Post
.... Premium Plaza Lounge YVR domestic has reopened? ....
You can check the status of Plaza Premium lounges here:

https://www.plazapremiumlounge.com/e...your-wellbeing

...it shows Vancouver Level 3, Domestic Departures, Pier C, near Gate C29 open 07:00 to 15:00 daily.

There is a general statement about modified and reduced food offerings, but no specifics.
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Old Jul 27, 20, 4:49 pm
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This Facebook post from the PoT group shows some hot food and desserts on their plates but doesn't describe much else. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...9659786&type=3
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