While the lounge can be accessed both by passengers traveling within Canada and internationally, it is not accessible for passengers traveling to the United States since those flights depart from a separate secure area.
The National Bank Lounge at Montreal airport is located between gates 52 and 53, one floor above the main departure levels. You should spot it easily when walking between the two gates since the entrance is quite prominent.
Once I got off the elevator, I was welcomed by a friendly attendant at the reception.
The lounge consisted of one large room with mostly sofa chairs. Separately, there were some lounging chairs, as well as bar chairs at a counter in the buffet area. The food and drinks area was to the right of the reception and featured both a self-service buffet as well as a staffed bar.
There was also another, smaller, snack area on the far left side of the lounge.
Separately, there were flight information displays in several locations throughout the lounge, and near the entrance, there were some reading materials available.
Finally, the lounge offered great apron views as well.
Food and Drinks Selection
Both the food and drinks were located in the buffet area on the right side of the lounge.
The food included three hot options – chicken goulash, pilaf, and ratatouille. Cold options included toasts and bagels as well as cold cuts and vegetable sticks.
Finally, there were some snacks as well as a cake.
As for drinks, alcoholic beverages and juices were available at the bar. And, there were soda cans in a refrigerator in the buffet area.
National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal Summary
Before visiting, I was expecting a simple lounge (perhaps slightly better than Japanese card lounges) but my expectations were exceeded.
The lounge offered plenty of seating and a decent meal selection. Depending on whether you are departing on a domestic flight like I was or on a long haul international flight, I would rate the lounge anywhere between excellent (if departing on a short flight) and decent (if departing on a long haul flight).