Welcome to Alaska Airlines newest Lounge, located at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The lounge opened just a few weeks ago at the end of June 2017. Located on the mezzanine level, above the gates C14 to C18, the big windows give you a great view of the tarmac and you can watch the airplanes going in and out of the terminal. Location wise it’s also a smart move because Alaska occupies the C-Concourse and the lounge is now very close to your departure gates. That saves you time which you can spend inside the lounge now instead.
This lounge is evidence to Alaska’s design shift, which they announced and started in 2016 by upgrading the livery of their planes. The water wall inside this lounge reminds me about the Alaska Lounge in the North-Satellite. Alaska’s lounge there is as well more modern and was their first attempt to create a more lively atmosphere.
Getting to the lounge is fairly easy. Follow the C-Concourse all the way down to its end and make a left there. Next to the restrooms you see an elevator you can take to get up to the lounge or go through the glass doors to use the stairs.
Once you step out the elevator you have a view straight on at the lounge and a staff member will check you in at the counter. I used my Priority Pass to access this lounge. I got a short description of the layout of the lounge from the staff and I wandered off to find a seat.
The lounge is a narrow but deep. As you start walking towards the end you have the beverage area with sodas and coffee machine to your right, followed by the snack area with a pancake maker. All these amenities are the same compared with Alaska’s other lounges. As you keep on walking, passed the snack area are the restrooms to your right, followed by flight departure monitors. Along the left side is open seating with huge windows giving you a great view of the tarmac and runway. Vivid blue and green colors are dominating the lounge and seating area.
At the very end is the bar and to the right tables and seats to better enjoy the snacks and drinks. Complimentary beer and wine are served at the bar with premium drinks available for purchase. On the left side, they placed eight spinnable chairs. Always our of them can be spun around facing towards a desk in the center of them. These once next to the window are perfect for plane spotting. However, if some guests are occupying the once on the outside it’s kinda hard to navigate to a free one if you have a little bit bigger carry on bag.
These chairs seem to be built for right-handed people. The right armrest is way bigger than the left one and you can actually put a glass down on it or have your phone there. One downside, however, the chairs itself have no power outlet. Only the table in the middle has regular 110V power outlets. Maybe an idea for their new and upcoming lounges.
I am sure they could use more seating as well. It’s probably getting very busy here during peak hours. It was already pretty full during my visit on a Friday evening.
In my case, I had some bad experiences if it comes to the snacks. I have visited Alaska’s other lounges in Seattle and they always make sure there are enough snacks out there. During my visit, they only had salad and nuts. The tomato soup was gone and the other soup halfway empty as well. I was missing the cheese, celery and carrots they usually serve. I spend a little bit over one hour in the lounge and the tomato soup never got refilled. However, staff was walking around the area and cleaning it but I guess not checking to replenish items. Eventually, it was just a bad day and never happens again. I hope so. I definitely will come back to this lounge.
The staff was very helpful and nice. No problems there. Overall it was quiet in the lounge even tho it was pretty filled. This is for sure Alaska’s best lounge and I hope they keep improving their lounge experience over time.
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