Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 45

Travel Be sure to check out the Green Wall, the largest living wall in North American, connecting Canada Line’s Airport Station to the surrounding Chester Johnson Park. The massive living wall measures nearly 56 feet tall and extends for 36 feet. It is covered with nearly 27,400 individual living plants. If you prefer to secure private transportation, Aerocar Service is the airport’s licensed limo service. There are set fees of $53 to hire a sedan from YVR to downtown Vancouver. To make a reservation, call 888.821.0021 or visit online at Airport Clubs & Lounges In addition to several airline-specific lounges (here is a list of all airlines that fly into YVR and you can check with individual airlines for lounge information), YVR has three Plaza Premium Lounges. These lounges are available to all passengers at an hourly rate. If your layover in VYR allows time to explore the area, it is easy to get from the airport into downtown Vancouver. One of the easiest ways to get into town is via the new Canada Line train. The train is located between the international and domestic terminals. From international arrivals, exit the building with your luggage and follow signs to the Canada Line. Just before the parking structure, take the escalator or elevator up to the platform. Jade Artwork at YVR by Ed Bierman For domestic arrivals, pick up your bags on Level 2 and then go up to Level 3, walk toward the Link building, following signs to Canada Line. The trip is easier if you purchase a DayPass, Monthly FareCard or FareSaver Ticket at the 7-Eleven or Pharmasave in the domestic terminal (in Arrivals, Level 2). the trip takes about 18 minutes to downtown Richmond or 26 minutes to downtown Vancouver. • Distinguished Visitors Lounge is landside in international arrivals. It is an ideal spot to meet or to freshen up before leaving the airport. It is available by reservation only with a minimum charge for four people ($50 CAD per person for 3 hours). The lounge seats up to 20 people and includes a large shower room with amenities, refreshments with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, juice, beer and wine. Premium liquor and foods are available for purchase. There is also free Wi-Fi, newspapers, magazines and television for guests. • Domestic Departures is the newest Plaza Premium Lounge at YVR. It recently opened near Gate B15. Reservations are available but not required. It is open from 6am to 9pm Saturday through Friday and 6am to 8pm Saturday. The cost is $40 CAD for 2 hours; $50 CAD for 3 hours; or $70 CAD for 6 hours. You will find a variety of hot and cold meals, including sandwiches, burgers, pulled pork sliders, live cooking pasta stands and a variety of Canadian poutines. There are also beverage selections including coffee, tea, juice and alcoholic beverages. There is free Wi-Fi, magazines, newspapers, televisions, a business center with four computer workstations, phones, private resting areas and shower rooms with amenities. • USA Departures is the lounge for guests waiting departure to the U.S. It is located across from Gate E87 and overlooks the arrivals hall. The lounge seats about 60 guests. There is food and beverage service 45