Airline/Club Name: Plaza Premium Lounge
Location: YYZ- Toronto Pearson International
Terminal/Concourse: Terminal 1 – US Transborder Flights
Notes: The Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport is impressive on a few fronts. The cramped food area is stacked with options including breakfast items (cereal, bagels), snacks, soups and hot entree selections. While the spread is impressive for this not-quite-domestic lounge the hot food is less than tasty. If it weren’t for the rubbery, clearly processed meat I might have liked the Chicken Teriyaki. The fried rice and soup held me over for a bit (and I may or may not have taken some small food items out of the lounge).
Seating is comfortable but not exactly plentiful. In the couple of hours I was here the lounge was pushed to it’s limits more than once. While bar-style seating at the communal table was pretty wide open, the more comfortable chairs were in constant transition. That can be a bummer when you’re trying to create space from the masses in the terminal. When you ARE able to score a good spot here it’s an pretty good lounge for relaxing and filling up before a quick jump to the US.
Wi-Fi: Yes/Complimentary throughout the terminal.
Service: Very friendly check-in and quick re-stocking of all things food related make for a great experience inside this Plaza Premium Lounge.
Convenience to gate: At this point you’re past customs and security so 10 minutes should give you plenty of time to arrive at your gate.
How I got in/Strategies: Priority Pass. If you’re not particularly loyal to a specific airline or don’t travel enough to justify the cost of a full lounge membership, I highly recommend joining. Plaza Premium Lounges in Canada offer their own yearly memberships or individual day passes (walk-up). Prices are very similar to what Priority Pass offers but only Plaza allows access to it’s own lounges, making Priority Pass the better value in that it gives you access to hundreds more clubs worldwide.
Rating: 3 hops (of 5)