Terminal 1, Toronto Pearson Airport Canada
This may seem extreme, but I’ve been contemplating a move to Star Alliance for a while, and seeing the lounges offered in YYZ (and flying with Air Canada and United) were defining moments for me.
As I’ve written about in my reviews of the other lounges, as my connection on Air Canada was outrageously late, I was very limited on time.
September 2022 at 19:30
The lounge is open daily from 06:00 to 23:30
In my case, I was flying in Air Canada’s Signature Business Suite to Dublin, so I was allowed entry.
How to Get There
I won’t pretend to understand how Pearson Airport is laid out – and on my journey I’d come from Washington, so was transiting from the US.
Once I’d been document checked, I went through a door and literally the lounge was in front of me.
As far as I can work out, once out of Security you’ll head towards Concourse E and it will be on Level 2 (which post-Security you may already be in).
The lounge has a nice lighter woody décor to it, despite it being dark when I visited it didn’t seem dark and dingy at all. Despite this, the lounge was very busy, but there seemed to be plenty of seating.
Mostly, the lounge is made up for casual seating – sofas, coffee tables and lounging areas.
I found some high-tabled areas for working, close to the soda fountain and coffee machine, which I quite liked.
There is also a ‘business area’ (with printers!!) – but this seemingly had been used as a dining area, for those who couldn’t find seating.
One thing I really liked the look of is the private lounge! I’ve no idea how you get access to it, though.
I also found a few tucked away quieter areas for relaxing in. However, I didn’t find anywhere to sleep.
Around the self-service food area, there is some dining tables and chairs.
Food and Drink
I’m always never quite sure what to expect from lounges like this – and I was generally pleasantly surprised.
On the food side, the lounge was serving hot food in the form of meatballs, rice and pasta.
Alternatively, there was sandwiches, salads, and cold items available.
I didn’t really find any nuts, crisps or sweet items – but maybe I should have looked harder?
Drinks were also self-service, with choice between a series of red wines, white wines, beer taps and spirits. However, there was no sparkling wine or champagne that I could see.
Soft drinks are also self-service from the sad-looking soda machines.
I briefly used the Wifi and found it to be pretty good, it certainly seemed reliable.
That said, I understand there are what are called shower suites and that they are very nice!
So, on this occasion, the lounge did not drive me to consider switching to Star Alliance!