Executive summary: a perfectly comfortable lounge with a decent food spread, showers, and fast wi-fi.
Before my flight on Ethiopian Airlines from Toronto to Addis Ababa I spent an hour in Air Canada’s Terminal 1 Maple Leaf Lounge. An agent cheerfully checked me in and I found I had the lounge almost entirely to myself.
That’s a far cry from last visit in the late afternoon before Air Canada’s bank of evening departures to Europe. Then, the lounge was quite crowded.
Just past the reception is an extended seating area, with room to easily accommodate 200 guests.
Nestled toward the back of the seating area is computer work area with two desktop stations and a printer.
A private room for VIP guests or meetings was locked.
A few steps down is a food area. It was 10am and breakfast was being served. The selection was rather limited in that there were no hot items other than rolls and croissants, but you could have a hearty breakfast there.
During my last visit I was there in the evening and enjoyed ravioli with salad.
Notably lacking at this primary Air Canada hub is a barista. There’s a LavAzza machine that dispenses good (but not great) coffee drinks…but unlike London there is no one to make coffee.
> Read More: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt Review
Around the corner from the eating area, bathrooms and showers are available. I found the showers locked and there is no attendant, but you can request a key from the front desk.
I’d classify this as a solidly average lounge. That’s not a knock. It provides comfortable seating, fast wi-fi, bathrooms, showers, and light food. That’s what a lounge should provide. But there is no component of this lounge that makes it stand out in particular.