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Delta Sky Club Lounge at Minneapolis St. Paul MSP G18 Wing

October 14, 2023
Osman Dadi
The new Delta Sky Club at MSP is excellent and one of the best Sky Clubs in the US. I can't wait for my next visit.
Location:
Minneapolis St-Paul (MSP)
Dates:
May 2023
Managed By:
Delta Airlines
Accessible To:
Delta SkyClub Members, Delta Diamond Medallions, Delta One Passengers
Last Updated:
July 2023

I got to try this lounge on the return from my trip to Portland to visit De Garde Brewing’s Anniversary event, and I must say that my one hour here was not long enough at this brilliant Delta Sky Club. This lounge was very new, it had only opened about three weeks before my visit in May 2023.

Entry to the Delta Sky Club
Entry to the Delta Sky Club

The beautiful Sky Club is located on the G concourse by Gates G18-20 at MSP and has been badly needed at this airport since the older lounges are nothing to write home about. The staff were exceptionally friendly, and they were very proud of their new facility. I ended up spending some time talking to one of the managers, who noticed me taking lots of pictures.

The MSP Delta Sky Club is airy and spacious
The MSP Delta Sky Club is airy and spacious
It also comes with a cool terrace observation deck
It also comes with a cool terrace observation deck

Overall, the Delta Sky Club in Minneapolis is a stunning facility. It reminds me of a cross between the new Chicago ORD lounge and the Austin Delta Sky Club.

Delta Sky Club MSP Location & Entry

Keep in mind that Minneapolis St. Paul is an absolute monster of an airport, with plenty of Delta Sky Clubs scattered around the place. This particular Sky Club is on the G wing, which is normally shown on the bottom left of the maps of the airport you see.

Getting here from security can take some time, and you should easily budget for a 15-minute stroll from security.

Since I was transiting, I came from another gate in the G wing. However, I ended up walking down many vacant hallways with long escalators to finally get to the key junction, where the G wing also connects with the C wing over a skybridge.

Transiting MSP on my way to the G concourse
Transiting MSP on my way to the G concourse

Here it is easy to find the lounge since it stands out, at the time of my visit there were Red White, and Blue balloons adorning the wood panel entry. I have to say for a massive extravagant lounge it has a very understated entrance.

Entrance to the new Delta Sky Club
Entrance to the new Delta Sky Club

Note this Lounge is right at the junction to the C Gates transverse connection in MSP (which also bring you to the A, B, and D Gates)..

Entry

Once you enter the lounge you are faced with a small lobby mezzanine with art on one wall, a LED light fixture, two elevators, and a stairway, where you need to go up one floor to the lounge check-in area.

Delta Sky Club entry elevator and stairs on back far left of image
Delta Sky Club entry elevator and stairs on back far left of the image
Delta Sky Club Elevator
Delta Sky Club Elevator

Taking the fancy elevator with touch-screen buttons and animation while in use, you exit on the 3rd floor, at a lovely light-filled level at the edge of the terminal building. This check-in area is pretty small, with a couple of Kiosks and Delta staff. However, it is tastefully decorated with a dog and M art display.

dog and M art display
Dog and M art display
Entrance
Entrance

After this, there is a concierge area with some help desks and some art on the wall.

Delta Sky Club concierge area
Delta Sky Club concierge area

I first toured the whole facility to take it in, before doubling back to review different parts of the facility. All I can say is wow, this place is extravagant and beautiful. Needless to say, my entry was processed quickly and took no time at all.

Delta Sky Club MSP G Layout and Space

This Delta Sky Club is divided into lots of different zones and spaces. The first overlooks the concourse through a large circular glass opening, with shiny red copper seats adjacent.

Large circular opening that looks back into the G concourse
Large circular opening that looks back into the G concourse

Then you have Two separate bar zones, one on the primarily interior side, and one split between interior and exterior.

large circular glass opening view
Large circular glass opening view

The seating array is variable and hard to describe in words – it’s organized but curvy in some areas and linear in other areas.

One of my favorite features was the extravagant curved U-shaped bench area.

Extravagant curved U-shaped bench area.
Extravagant curved U-shaped bench area.

The Sky Club has two separate areas, an indoor area, and an outdoor area, bar, and terrace.

Delta Sky Club Indoor Area

This is the main seating area with finishes in gold, red, greens, and tans and a wide range of seating options, including:

  • Tall seating
  • Lounge seating
  • Window seating
  • Tables
  • Bar seats
View into the main interior seating area, which wraps the perimeter
View into the main interior seating area, which wraps the perimeter
Various seating, closer to the outdoor terrace area
Various seating, closer to the outdoor terrace area
The extravagant main indoor bar
The extravagant main indoor bar

It also features one large curved bar with a golden back and ceiling finish and a curved bottle display. Minimal TVs, which is appreciated here. It also features the main coffee station.

Main coffee, tea, water and juice station
Main coffee, tea, water and juice station

Not to mention the side coffee station, which I guess is handy when the place gets busy.

Coffee and tea station
Coffee and tea station

The private phone booths can also be found here. At the rear of the indoor section is a stone-walled area with displayed art.

Art on display at the Sky Club
Art on display at the Sky Club

Outdoor Area, Terrace, Bar, and Observation Deck

I was immediately drawn to the outdoor area, which looked stunning, with its views over the west/southwest runway. The area is massive, with a couple of large oval-shaped gallery skylights and a huge lounge area in a central space.

Crossing into the outdoor terrace deck area
Crossing into the outdoor terrace deck area
Second door to truly outdoor terrace
Second door to truly outdoor terrace

On the one side, you have an active plant wall, and in the middle, there is a central TV watching and skylight area.

central TV watching and skylight area.
Central TV watching and skylight area.

Unlike the sparsely populated indoor area, there are many TVs on the wall here; you can tell this gets packed on game days.

TV wall
TV wall

The deck has about 10 to 12 seats, while by the plant wall, there is another area available for larger groups.

TV wall with seating, and "Plant Wall" meeting table in the back
TV wall with seating, and “Plant Wall” meeting table in the back

In addition, there is a central zone with even more seating options.

Delta Sky Club central seating area
Delta Sky Club central seating area

Finally, there is a small outdoor area overlooking Gates G14/15 and the West runways. I must say I found this whole space to be an awesome, cool environment and a great space to hang out. The area also features plenty of USB and power outlets.

Watching flights take off on the terrace deck
Watching flights take off on the terrace deck

There is also a bar at this location, which is double-sided with an indoor and outdoor side, however, the bar seating at the outdoor section seemed to be a little on the lower side.

Bar area (dual sided)
Bar area (dual sided)

However, there are tall seats and cool red booths to use, which really make this outdoor space.

Tall seats and cool red booths
Tall seats and cool red booths

Oh, and before I forget, I saw an aircraft taking off while outside, which was the icing on the cake for this entire outdoor area.

Solato Fresh Gelato Machine

This was a unique feature for me in an airport lounge. The units and station are located by the outside bar.

Solato Fresh Gelato Machine
Solato Fresh Gelato Machine

Sadly, it was not up and running at the time of my visit, although it is something I’m very curious about trying next time.

Meeting Booths

The lounge features several meeting booths for individuals as well as small groups. First, there are several small telephone boots available for private meetings.

Four person meeting booth with phone booth on he right
Four-person meeting booth with phone booth on the right

However, there are also some meeting booths with a central conference table, and seating for four people.

Delta Sky Club Restrooms & Showers

The restrooms are located in another area and have a clothing display and magazine rack with special lighting at the entry.

Clothing display and magazine rack
Clothing display and magazine rack
Clothing display and restrooms entrance
Clothing display and restrooms entrance
The gold palette of the new restrooms
The gold palette of the new restrooms

I found the restrooms to be spacious, and I quite liked the gold-gray color palette. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to try and find the shower area given my limited time. However, I have made a mental not that this is definitely something I’ll go back to capture on a future visit.

Delta Sky Club MSP G Food & Beverage

To be honest, I can’t really talk about the taste of the food, since my visit was incredibly short, and I didn’t have a chance to try the food here.

That being said, there were many of the usual Delta Sky Club food offerings on show, and the buffer seemed well laid out and stocked on a regular basis. There were lots of snacks laid out including chips and goldfish snacks.

Chips and goldfish snacks.
Chips and goldfish snacks.

The entire place was on a self-serve basis except for the drinks at the bar. Here you have several beers on tap including:

  • Fair State Co-Op Pilsner
  • Surly Brewing Company Furious IPA
  • Michelob Ultra – out of Wisconsin
  • Goose Island IPA – out of Chicago
Bar beer taps
Bar beer taps
Signature cocktails also available
Signature cocktails also available

If you are here, it always makes sense to pay for your drinks using Sky Miles. What struck me about the place and beers on offer is that Minneapolis has an impressive beer culture scene, so I’m also happy to see that extend to the Delta Sky Club.

Final Thoughts

This is truly a beautiful Delta Sky Club. Delta has been performing incredible makeovers of most Sky Clubs, and finally, Minneapolis gets one that is well deserved. This lounge is worth the trek from other parts of the airport.

Despite my short time in this lounge, it really made an impression on me. It has a great variety of seating and spaces, a good selection of food, and a wonderful dedicated bar. I loved the outdoor terrace and can’t wait to try the Gelato machine on my next visit.

Delta is really upping its game with its Lounge renovations, and I’m happy to see serious progress in updating key lounges in all their hub airports to the latest and greatest!

Pros

  • Great place to spend some time between flights – where I’ll always go if I have some time to kill at MSP while connecting on a Delta flight.
  • The outdoor area is great overall – I wish it were a little larger.
  • Has beautiful, clean bathrooms
  • Friendly staff.
  • Great food and beer offerings, including local selections.
  • Great amenities, including the Roof Deck and Terrace and the Gelato Machine

Cons

  • About the only Con to the new MSP lounge is that it’s in a generally inconvenient area, with only a few Gates in the G section within a five-minute walk.

Verdict: 10/10