Toronto Pearson airport uses two main terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. We explore the best airport lounge if you are flying in First or Business Class or have a Priority Pass or relevant credit card.
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Free Airport Lounge Access
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1. Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Terminal 1
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is open to Air Canada passengers flying in First Class or Business Class, Elite members of Air Canada’s Aeroplan, Star Alliance Gold members, and people with relevant Air Canada-branded credit cards.
This large Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Terminal 1 is a smart lounge that opens up to the high ceiling of the terminal. It is not a very exciting lounge, and it has rather unattractive brown carpeting, but you can’t argue with the amount of space (it is big) and the variety of seating. It also has a business center with printers and showers.
For alcohol, there are plenty of spirits, both red and white wine and beer on tap. Disappointingly (although better for the environment), there is a soda fountain with coke, etc., on tap rather than cans, a coffee machine, and an espresso machine.
For light bites, there are tortilla chips with sour cream and salsa and enormous salads to help yourself to. Hot dishes include potato balls, lasagne, noodles, and two other options. There’s also a pho station.
While this lounge is not particularly beautiful, the extensive hot and cold buffet and alcohol make this the best lounge in Toronto airport.
2. Air France KLM Lounge, Terminal 3
The Air France KLM Lounge can be accessed by Business Class and First Class passengers with a same-day boarding pass for an Air France or KLM international flight. Economy passengers can buy a same-day pass. This lounge is also free if you have a Priority Pass.
The lounge is stylish but is slightly dated. Unfortunately, the seats in the middle of the room do not have power points. Only those by the walls have sockets, so make sure you are suitably positioned if you need to charge your devices.
The buffet is pleasant with hot dishes including Teriyaki chicken and white rice, chicken pasta, and vegetables, although reports suggest that the flavors aren’t great. The cold buffet is better with cold cuts, salad, cut fruit, cucumber salad, and boiled eggs. There’s a coffee machine, soft drinks in the fridge, Heineken beer, wine, and spirits on offer. A real highlight of this lounge is the great views of the planes.
3. Plaza Premium Lounges, Terminal 1
There are three Plaza Premium Lounges in Terminal 1, one in domestic departures, one in international departures, and one in U.S. trans-border departures. American Express Platinum cardholders, Priority Pass, and Diners Club members all get free access to these lounges. Other passengers can buy day passes.
The nice thing about the Plaza Premium lounges is that they tend to be quite stylish with color-coordinated seating. All three lounges tend to have fairly similar offerings.
The food is particularly decent in the Plaza Premium Lounges in Toronto. There’s both a hot and cold buffet, which includes vegetarian options, Snacks include pretzels, tortilla chips, muffins, and cookies. There are soft drinks available from a soda fountain and self-serve alcohol. Hot dishes include mac and cheese, potato croquettes, penne pasta, meatballs, and vegetables.
The bathrooms tend to be a little dated, with one shower stall. Free Wi-Fi and charging stations are provided in all lounges.
4. Plaza Premium Lounges, Terminal 3
There are three Plaza Premium Lounges in Terminal 3, one in domestic departures, one in international departures, and one in U.S. trans-border departures.
Food and drink offerings parallel those in Terminal 1, and Wi-Fi and charging stations are provided in all lounges. In the Terminal 3 domestic departures lounge, you can take advantage of spa services, including massages and manicures. The wellbeing center at the U.S. trans-border lounge has showers and massage chairs.
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