Back at one of my favorite airports and also most traveled by me Seattle Tacoma International Airport. This time I had finally some time to check out “The Club at SEA” in the south satellite building. The south satellite is mainly used for international arrivals and departures. Usually, when I am at the airport and would have time to check out the lounge, the club inside the south satellite building is actually closed. The Club at SEA South Satelite has very different opening hours throughout the week.
But finally, after I had to get rebooked on a later flight, I had time to walk to the people mover station to get over to the south satellite. I can’t wait for the aerial walkway to be completed. Then passengers can walk over a bridge to the south satellite via a gigantic bridge that spans over an active taxiway.
After exiting the people mover, I used the escalator to get to the gate level and followed the signs to Gate S9 which is the closest gate to The Club.
To get into the club you have to push the big push button right outside the doors to open them. Once inside, I showed my boarding pass and my digital priority pass card. The receptionist scanned it and welcomed me to the lounge.
I arrived shortly before 1 p.m. and the lounge was pretty crowded but there were still some empty seats throughout the lounge. After about 45 minutes it started to clear up as most of the big international flights left or were boarding.
The lounge has plenty of seating options. There is no business corner where you could set up your laptop to get work done except the countertops along the floor to ceiling windows with a view of the tarmac.
Right next to the check-in counter is a luggage storage area followed by a shelf with magazines and newspapers. Above the shelf are arrival and departure monitors to stay up to date with current flight operations at the south satellite.
Further down the wall is a table with small candies and other finger foods like nuts. Just around the corner is the main buffet with sandwiches and a salad bar followed by a counter to order your alcoholic beverages and after that cooler with soft drinks, coffee, and tea. The bar counter is rather small and if there is nobody there, you can ring a bell at the top of the counter. There are lists of available drinks right next to the bell. Foodwise The Club actually offers a big variety of items. All from sandwiches, salad bar, and even soup. Soup of the day was the all-famous chicken noodle soup. Definitely better than just cheese, nuts and pretzels.
While walking into the lounge to find a spot to sit down, a Virgin Atlantic 787 Dreamliner pulled up to the gate next to the lounge. I grabbed a seat at the countertops in front of the windows which gave me a literary front-row view of the plane pulling up to the gate and the whole operation while parked at the gate.
The lounge has its own restrooms inside the lounge which are located at the end of the lounge around the corner. I really loved the pictures hanging on the walls in the lounge. They all showed either something about Seattle or SeaTac airport. It would be so awesome to have my picture hanging in there as well.
On one side of the lounge is a walled-off area which is for first-class passengers. The lounge is also used by airlines as their lounge for passengers traveling in a premium cabin. However, nobody really checks if you are a first-class customer or not and anyone can walk in. Once the lounge cleared up, I took a peek inside as well to share some pictures. Basically, nothing different than the rest of the lounge but it gives reserved seating for first-class passengers.
Staying connected is no problem thanks to the complimentary Wi-Fi. However, charging your devices is a bit harder. Most of the seats have no power outlet anywhere close. Most power outlets can be found at the countertop in front of the window.
Overall a pretty good experience, even though the lounge looks small at first glimpse. Service was great as staff members came around regularly to clean off tables and replenished the food items at the buffet.
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