Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

After arriving at Detroit on my way back to Japan after my March Miami spotting trip, I had about one hour to transfer. Luckily, my connecting gate was close to my arrival gate, and also close to one of the Sky Clubs at the airport.




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That allowed me to have a quick look inside and also to have a quick bite before boarding the trans-Pacific flight.

Lounge Overview

The lounge reception is on the departures level. After entering through the entrance, I was quite impressed with how nicely the reception area was designed. The nice design continued throughout the lounge.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Lounge entrance.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Lounge reception.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Seating area next to reception.

After checking in, I took an escalator up into the actual lounge.

Right at the end of it, there was another counter. Here, I would guess, one can make changes to reservation, and so on.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

The actual lounge.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Reception on the main lounge floor.

Behind the counter was an oval seating area. This area featured some individual sofa chairs as well as sets of sofa chairs and coffee tables. The part of that area that caught my attention the most was a stock price display near the ceiling. Most certainly a gimmick that gets no use, but it was still a nice decoration.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Oval room with stock price display.

On both sides of the oval area were more seating areas. Some were more open than others. There was even a fireplace in one of them.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

One of the seating areas.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Seating along the hallway.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Seating along the window.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Another seating area.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Number 1 in “cozy ranking” of seating areas of the lounges I’ve been to!
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

There were plenty of power plugs all over the lounge.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Terminal view.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Decorations.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Dark leather sofa seats.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Quite a few art pieces were hanging on the walls.

The main buffet was to the right of the oval area. There were also separate coffee & snack areas in a couple of spots throughout the lounge.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

One of the coffee stations.

Other facilities included a work room with a couple of cubicles in the very back of the lounge, printers in one of the seating areas, some magazine racks, and a couple of showers rooms.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Work space.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Printers.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Reading materials.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Shower room and decoration.



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Food & Drinks Selection

Perhaps the biggest weakness of this lounge was the food selection.

There were some snacks including popcorn, nuts, and so on. There were also some vegetables, and cut chicken pieces.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Snacks.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Salad.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

…more vegetables.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Chicken, etc.

No “real” hot meal was offered, though. While there was a pot for hot meal, but at the time of my visit it was empty. The closest alternative were cup noodles.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Where is the warm option?
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Cup noodles.

As for drinks, there was the – for Delta – usual Starbucks coffee machine. There were also canned soft drinks.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Coffee corner.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Soft drinks.

While there was no “THE BAR” like in the Atlanta or Miami lounges I visited earlier on the trip, there was self-service alcohol. There were even three types of beer on tap.

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Beer.
Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Near Gate A38 at Detroit

Liquor.

Overall Thoughts

Design-wise, I was quite impressed – starting with the nicely designed reception and continuing all the way to the decor of the lounge itself.

However, the food selection could have been better. It was not on par with the other Sky Clubs I visited on the trip including the ones at Narita, Atlanta, and Miami airports.




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Overall, however, it would have been a nice place to spend an hour or two relaxing at between flights.


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