Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris

Location
CDG, Terminal 2A
Date
September 2022
Rating

At the tail end of my fall trip to Europe, I spent some time at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Paris. Not only was this my first time at the airport, but it was also the only lounge available to me prior to my flight, as there weren’t any other Star Alliance lounges in Terminal 2A.

After a leisurely morning run by the Eiffel Tower and a gluten-filled breakfast at Le Metropolitan, Paris Tour Eiffel, I navigated through the labyrinth of Paris’s main airport and eventually found the Maple Leaf Lounge.

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Access

After a smooth check-in at the Super Elite lane, I made my way through security and then followed a seemingly endless number of signs to wind up at the Maple Leaf Lounge. I’d heard that Paris Charles de Gaulle was a a bit of a maze, but this was the first time experiencing it for myself.

The lounge is located at the very end of the “A” gates in Terminal 2A.

You’ll first pass through a number of duty free shops, restaurants, and gates, before winding up at a separate walkway to a satellite terminal that hosts Gates A37–A39.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Access
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Access
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Access

Once you’ve arrived in the satellite building, head down a set of escalators and then ring a bell to be summoned into the lounge. Finding this Maple Leaf Lounge, and then being granted access, is a bit of a mission, but it might just make you feel like you’re entering a secret spy lair. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Escalator access
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Escalator access
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Buzzer

On this occasion, I enjoyed access through a variety of means, including my Super Elite status with Air Canada, and my ticket in Signature Class. Other passengers with Aeroplan 50K Elite status or above also enjoy access to the lounge, as does anyone with Star Alliance Gold status travelling on a same-day flight on a Star Alliance airline in any class of service.

The lounge is open from 7am–2:15pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and then from 7am–10:15pm on the other days of the week.

Feeling relieved that I finally found the lounge, the friendly agent scanned my boarding pass and welcomed me in, and I then took stock of my surroundings.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Check-in desk

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Paris has two flanks, which are separated by the check-in desk in the middle. To the right is a quieter seating wing, featuring clusters of lounge chairs with a strong recline and a surfboard-shaped table in between.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating

Further to the back of this area is a business centre, where there are a dozen classy, private stations with a checkered wall, red carpet, and tall lamps.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Business centre

The space to the left of check-in is where you’ll find the restrooms, food, and bar, as well as a range of seating options. This area was much busier than the other during my visit, but I also found it more convenient for the purposes of dining.

Along the windows, you’ll find large alcoves of seating, with a total of nine chairs alongside some tables. They are arranged in a format whereby most seats can make use of a table.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating

The curved bar and buffet area forms the centre of the area, with the classic Maple Leaf Lounge stools facing the bar and world clocks hanging above the food and drink area. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Bar seating
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Bar seating

Close to the bar and buffet area are a few tables for two, and a rack where magazines used to be placed prior to the switch to the PressReader app. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating

Tucked away in the back corner is a quiet seating area with a number of leather armchairs. There is a circular fixture that helps to illuminate the area, where a few people were napping during my visit.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Seating

The restrooms are tucked behind the main food and bar area, along a circular hallway, with interiors that are a mixture of marble and wood. Unfortunately, there are no shower facilities in this lounge.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Restroom access
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Restroom
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Restroom

Being on the ground level, part of the lounge overlooked the nearby gates; however, there wasn’t a lot of action during my stay, and most of the windows were obscured by windows and drapes, as they face a hallway.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Dining

My flight was set to depart in the early afternoon, and I didn’t want to spoil my appetite too much in the lounge. However, the hot food items were enticing, and I decided to help myself to a small meal alongside a glass or two of rosé.

The buffet area featured several food stations, with some cold items such as sandwiches, cold cuts, and yogurt, as well as pastries and desserts. The hot buffet items during my visit featured beef daube à la provençale alongside some scalloped potatoes. 

Furthermore, there were some pancakes and sausages leftover from the breakfast service, which I opted to avoid.

The combination of beef and potatoes was delightful, and it was a perfect snack to tide me over until the main meal service on my flight.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Beef & potatoes

The bar area featured a variety of self-serve options, including a number of French wines and liquors. An automatic coffee machine serves up caffeinated beverages, and there’s a fridge with other cold drinks at your disposal. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Alcohol selection
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris – Coffee machine

Overall, the food and drink selection was quite modest, but I enjoyed everything that I sampled during my stay.

 Conclusion

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Paris is a quiet place to relax and enjoy some French wine before a flight. I was pleasantly surprised by the hot food item during my visit, and overall, I found the space to be inviting and just fine for a couple of hours.

Without a shower facility, and lacking a dedicated bartender, the lounge doesn’t necessarily offer a full experience, which can be found at other Maple Leaf Lounges. Since it’s a bit out of the way, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Paris is also a bit of a trek from the main part of the terminal.

Paris Charles de Gaulles Airport is surely a unique place, and should you be able to navigate your way to the Maple Leaf Lounge, you’ll be rewarded with a handful of seating options, French wines, and a few extra calories burned before your flight getting to and from the lounge.

3 Comments
  1. Ruddy YQB

    Hello T.J.!
    I find you a little demanding about the MLL in Paris. I am from France and I often get to it, without feeling to be in a maze. Terminal T1 is much more repulsive… However, what is a maze is the way Terminal T2 has changed during the last few years. They have merged the security of terminals T2A and T2C, and as a result you now have to walk a lot to go from check-in back to security (plus one floor down) and then walk to the gates (plus at least one floor up, and maybe another floor up then down depending on your specific boarding gate). If your flight is boarding in terminal T2B (which may be the case now), it is true that you have to walk a lot from your gate to the AC MLL, and then back to your gate…

  2. Paul M

    With AC moving over to T1 on January 11th, 2023 (I’ve heard for 2 years) temporarily hopefully the lounge can get an update in that time.

  3. RMTL

    Bless to lounges and their relative good food ! This one looks tricky to find but nice.

    I just came back from a roundtrip to Brussels from Montreal in Signature Class and the food was absolutely disgusting…I could see no one was eating the main course whatever they chose.
    I find that the quality of the on-board food in AC flights has diminished a lot recently and you can eat way better at other airlines, even in economy (especially Asian airlines).
    I don’t understand how those Canadian “chefs” (Ferrer & Park own good and expensive restaurants in Montreal) would associate themselves with that.

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