Priority Pass Lounge Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Toronto

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Last week, I found myself in Toronto on another work trip, and decided to kill some extra time at the Plaza Premium Lounge Toronto located in Terminal 1, which is a Priority Pass lounge, meaning that’d I’d be able to access with my Priority Pass Select Membership, which is a benefit of my Platinum Card from American Express.

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The lounge is located in Terminal 1 near Gate F82, it’s important to note that to use this lounge you must be departing for the US. If you’re on departing on a Canadian domestic or another country international flight, you’ll be in a different area and won’t be able to use this lounge.

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The lounge has a nice entrance and is easy to find if you’re in the general area.

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One nice thing about Plaza Premium Lounges is that even though they’re a Priority Pass Lounge, they also will accept your Platinum Card from American Express for entrance, which I found interesting, since most Priority Pass lounges will not.

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There is a decent amount of seating, and most of the seats have charging power ports, so you can charge your phones or laptops before your flight.

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The drink selection isn’t the largest by any means but there is beer, wine, and some premium liquor for you to make your own drinks, so props to the self-serve bar.

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Below is a refrigerator where you’ll find juices, sodas and canned beers.

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For lunch, they had two hot dishes, one was a thai sweet and spicy chicken, and the other was a noodle dish, both were tasty.

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There were also a few computers in the lounge as well as high-speed wireless internet.

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And the lounge did offer some decent views of the US departure gates.

Bottom Line

The Plaza Premium Lounge was a nice lounge to spend about 45 minutes in before my flight back to the US, as I was able to have a drink, some food and use the internet, so if you’re flying through Toronto I’d recommend stopping in.

You can gain access to Priority Pass Select, which will get you lounge access here for free by being a cardholder of The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.

Have you been to the Plaza Premium Lounge Toronto before?

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  1. Just a couple of clarifications. The Plaza Premium lounge you used was in the transborder area and as you say, only available to those traveling to the USA. However, there are two other such lounges at YYZ T1, one each in the domestic departures area (just past security before taking the escalator down to the departures gates) and the international departures area (just past the main duty free shop). There is also one in the domestic departures area of YYZ T3 and another at the end of the international departures pier. All take either the Priority Pass or Canadian issued Amex Platinum cards (not sure about non-Canadian issued cards), and my experience at the various Plaza Premium lounges at HKG is that they too take either card. These are generally less crowded than the AC MLLs in T1 and often I’ve counted more pilots/FAs from various airlines bulking up than passengers. For the moment, these are Amex’s Canadian version of the Centurion lounges being opened at several US airports, though of course not operated by Amex nor as extensive in services offered. Note that there are PP lounges at YVR (both domestic and international, but not transborder), YEG and YWG (just opening this month), and a Chinook lounge at YYC in the transborder pier (also a PP/Amex lounge).

  2. I’ve been to this lounge a couple times already on my visits to Toronto and on the way to Halifax. I love the ramen bowls here – it’s my favorite brand! Their hot food is hit or miss but often pretty decent!

  3. I have visited this lounge in Toronto and want to point out that is only available to passengers on Air Canada and United flights to the US from Toronto.

    There is no Priority Pass transborder lounge in Terminal 3 which serves American, US Airways, and Delta to the US. I believe there is still an Admirals Club in Term 3.

  4. Today food was pretty edible. The couscous salad and green salad was a good compliment to the chicken stroganoff. Biggest criticism for me is the wine. There are a lot of inexpensive wines that would be worth drinking but the Peller estate wines are not drinkable

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