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Air Canada (AC)

  • Class: Business
  • Access:
    • First and Business Class Passengers on Star Alliance Carriers
  • Date visited: March 2017


Intro


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The entrance to the Maple Leaf Lounge is very sleek and inviting. The dark wood and lighting almost makes it feel like you’re approaching the entrance to a private members’ club.

 


The Lounge


 
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Immediately upon entering I was struck by the elegance of the design. The combination of black marble and polished wood is quite impactful, especially when combined with the abundance of greenery and natural light.

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The combination of details like the textured walls and ceilings really makes it feel as if thought has gone into the design here.

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Seats are partitioned off into small clusters, effectively breaking up the large footprint of the lounge.

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The bar is the undoubted centrepiece of the lounge and features an extensive cocktail list in addition to the usual wines, spirits, draught beers and barista-made coffee.

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The enormous windows afford guests expansive views across the tarmac.

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Along from the bar is a larger atrium filled with a brighter seating area, including numerous semi-private loungers facing out towards the views.

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For those that value a private workspace there are several sofa cubicles featuring fold out tables and power.

 


Dining


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The lounge features an extensive buffet with a surprising number of healthy options. Something that can be a real lifesaver if you’re spending extended periods of time on the road.

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I was surprised to see self service draught beer taps, especially the Guinness!

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A selection of very mediocre wine

 


Conclusion


Modern, thoughtful design featuring ample power sockets, a variety of different seating options and abundant natural light. This lounge is a genuinely pleasant place to sit and relax in, or indeed charge your devices and get some work done.

The addition of a fully staffed bar, DIY draught beer and healthy food options pushes this above the mass of generic business class lounges that I’ve experienced on my travels. I wouldn’t go out of my way to arrive early just to enjoy the facilities but conversely I’d be happy to spend 3 or 4 hours here on a layover without any hesitation.

Short of adding table service or a spa I can’t really see how AC could have done much better with the space. A great lounge.

 


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