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Air Canada International Maple Leaf Lounge Review – Montreal (YUL)

Air Canada International Maple Leaf Lounge Review – Montreal (YUL)

WOW!   I was not expecting the level of glam, sophistication and style that bombarded me as I entered Air Canada’s International Maple Leaf Lounge last week.  It was off the charts!!

They have really scored a home run with this lounge.  It’s definitely in the top five of business class clubs that I have ever encountered!  Fantastic atmosphere, food and drinks!

Here’s a review of my recent visit:

Atmosphere

 Magazine Wall - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Magazine Wall - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Slick – Premium – Cool. All words I would use to describe this sanctuary.  The International Maple Leaf Lounge feels like an exclusive club for fashionistas and bar flies! 

 Air Canada International Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

Air Canada International Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal Photo: Calvin Wood

The lounge showcases art and furniture design from a number of leading Quebec artists – so there’s stuff in there you won’t see in any other lounge worldwide.

The bottom line: The lounge looks spectacular and definitely puts Pan Am glam back into the travel experience!

 Canadian Designs - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Canadian Designs - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Air Canada Business Lounge - International Departures Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Air Canada Business Lounge - International Departures Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Seating - Air Canada International Lounge - Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating - Air Canada International Lounge - Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Work Seats - Air Canada Business Class Lounge - Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Work Seats - Air Canada Business Class Lounge - Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

Food & Beverage

 Cocktail Bar - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktail Bar - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

There’s a cocktail bar with bartenders whipping up all kinds of libations. I went for a smooth single malt scotch.  The bar had breathtaking views of the tarmac as well.  I could have sat there all day soaking in the vistas.

 Enjoying a Scotch - Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Enjoying a Scotch - Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Tarmac Views - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Tarmac Views - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

There was a separate area if you wanted wines, beers, coffees and other drinks.  It was impressive to see a selection of drafts including Guinness (in Canada!).

 Draft Beer - Air Canada Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Draft Beer - Air Canada Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Chilled Wines  - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Chilled Wines  - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

There was a FULL spread of food.  Buffet – and – made-to-order.   Self-serve options included salads, crudités, soup, breaded chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.  Enough for a complete, tasty, meal before one’s flight.

Air Canada also had a chef on hand preparing customized pasta orders as well.  I assume in the morning that they make omelets to order. 

 Salad Bar - Air Canada Business Class Lounge - Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Salad Bar - Air Canada Business Class Lounge - Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Hot Dishes - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Hot Dishes - Maple Leaf Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

 Entrance - International Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Entrance - International Maple Leaf Lounge - Montreal  Photo: Calvin Wood

 Eating Area - Air Canada Lounge Montreal    Photo: Calvin Wood

Eating Area - Air Canada Lounge Montreal   Photo: Calvin Wood

Air Canada has a winner on their hands!  The International Maple Leaf Lounge in Montreal is sleek and slick!   I can’t wait to transit through this gem again – hopefully sometime soon!

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