I stopped by the new Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in San Francisco (SFO) earlier this week and was blown away by how nice it was. What a treat this lounge will be to Star Alliance Gold and business class travelers.
SFO Air Canada Lounge Is Excellent Addition To Star Alliance Lounge Network, Boon To United Flyers
Air Canada opened a new Maple Leaf Lounge in SFO this month in Terminal 2. It is open daily from 4:15 am until 30 minutes prior to the last Air Canada departure of the day. This lounge will be particularly valuable to United Star Alliance Gold and business class flyers from San Francisco, because access is granted on any itinerary, not just on international travel (as is true for United’s own lounges). So if you are a United Gold traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in economy class, you can use this lounge prior to your flight.
The 8,168 square foot lounge is tastefully decorated with seating areas both inside and outside. There’s a beautiful terrace overlooking the apron below.
Food is available via buffet and I found the menu selection quite satisfying. I had flown up from Southern California and had a long layover ahead of my redeye, so ate dinner in the lounge. I tried a bit of everything including adobo chicken, chimichurri beef sliders, seafood cioppino, lobster bisque soup, and a green salad. High marks for the food.
The bar features a cocktail menu (I had a “Sunset Negroni” with mezcal instead of gin) and barista-made coffee, which was excellent (best coffee in the airport, as far as I am concerned). This lounge will be worth stopping at for the coffee alone. Unlike the nearby Alaska Airlines lounge, there are no silly coffee games with limited operating hours…I had my coffee at 9:15 pm.
Part of me is tempted not to mention this lounge at all: the lounge was mostly empty and I’d love to keep it that way. But while perhaps not quite as good as the Polaris Lounge, this lounge far exceeds the trio of United Clubs at SFO and will really be a reason to schedules connections via San Francisco versus other United hubs.
In fact, I prefer it to the four Priority Pass restaurants that are also spread over Terminals 2 and 3 and International (all connected airside).
I’ll publish a full review shortly, but wanted to quickly get the word out that this lounge is absolutely worth your time. Well done, Air Canada!