November 29, 2017
Air Canada Reveals Exclusive Signature Suite Lounge in Toronto
Air Canada announced a new “Signature Suite” lounge set to open at Toronto (YYZ) on December 1, 2017, and it looks amazing. The Signature Suite is a Business Class lounge with strict entry requirements and offers perks that you typically find in First Class lounges, like an a la carte full service restaurant, champagne, and premium alcohol.
Access to the Signature Suite is very limited. Only revenue paying Air Canada Business Class passengers traveling internationally are allowed in. And by interracially, Air Canada means flights to Europe, Asia, or South America (not US flights). Passengers who pay to upgrade their ticket don’t have access, Star Alliance Gold passengers don’t have access, Air Canada Altitude Elite members don’t have access, passengers booking Business or First Class award flights don’t have access, passengers with paid First or Business Class partner flights don’t have access.
The 6,400-square-foot Signature Suite is located by Air Canada’s international departure gates at Toronto (YYZ) airport Terminal 1.
The dining experience is this lounge’s standout feature. Guests can enjoy a complimentary full-service restaurant with an a la carte menu, a buffet, and a cocktail lounge area with a full service bar and a selection of hors d’oevres. This doesn’t look anything like a limited Priority Pass lounge buffet. The buffet has a wide selection of hot and cold restaurant quality food. Cocktails include premium wines and sprits and Moet & Chandon champagne (both Brut and Roseé).
The lounge has elegant bathrooms, but there’s no showers. This is perhaps the biggest drawback. It’s a bit odd that Air Canada built a lounge with this level of premium dining but didn’t include showers-something that’s standard at most international Business Class lounges. Passengers will have to visit the Air Canada’s nearby Maple Leaf lounge instead if they want to take a shower.
The dining experience here looks excellent. Definitely on par with the United Polaris lounge in Chicago and better than several First Class lounges. Air Canada is considering expanding the Signature Suite concept to its Montreal and Vancouver hubs if its successful. Overall it looks like a great Business Class lounge. I just wish it also had sleeping areas and showers. Will you be visiting?
Images Courtesy of Air Canada