First Look: Visiting The All New American Express Centurion Lounge, Seattle, USA
It’s not every day that you get to be among the first into a new lounge. With a fortunate travel schedule, I was among the first travellers through the brand new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The new lounge was a vast improvement over the cramped and over crowded space of the old Centurion Lounge. Please join us for our first look review…
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First Look: Visiting All New American Express Centurion Lounge, SeaTac International Airport, Seattle, Washington, USA
American Express has just opened it’s new expansion of the American Express Centurion Lounge at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. We’ve previously reviewed and visited the smaller American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle on several occasions. While we’ll have a full review up shortly, I had an opportunity to visit the new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle just three days after the lounge officially opened.
Locating the New Lounge:
The new lounge offers a more central location that’s perfect for Seattle departing customers. The lounge has been relocated from the Seattle – Tacoma “B” Gates concourse, to a more central location in the Seattle Tacoma Central Terminal. This location works really well for departing Seattle passengers, as the lounge is located immediately across from many security check point screening zones.
The new lounge is three times as large as the old one at fourteen thousand square feet, in contrast to the old lounge at four thousand square feet. After being closed on January 23, 2023 and transitioning over to the new location, the new lounge opened on February 15, 2023.
The lounge occupies the second floor above the mezzanine area overlooking the glass windows at the Central Terminal Atrium. The American Express Centurion Studio Lounge was a little hard to find, but I eventually located access to the right of an imposing glass elevator bank.
Once I navigated around the right hand side of the elevator bank on the concourse level, I located the American Express Centurion Lounge branding. American Express also offered a mobile check in feature.
The new lounge offered extended hours beyond the previous 7 PM closing time, all the way up to 10 PM. This was really appreciated, as I frequently found myself at Seattle Tacoma late in the evening catching the last flight of the day to Vancouver and often without the Centurion Lounge being open.
Accessing the Lounge:
Access to the American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle is granted through an American Express Platinum Card, or an American Express Centurion Card. There was no wait to enter on my Saturday early morning visit, and I was admitted immediately.
Inside The American Express Centurion Lounge:
Immediately after getting off the elevator on the second floor, the reception processed my entry. There was no wait when I arrived at 7:30 AM on a Sunday morning, and I was immediately admitted.
Since I needed a coffee, I immediately started to orientate myself to the lounge. I wandered to the left and found the featured Blue Roast American Express coffee bar.
The American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle is one of the first Centurion Lounges to offer a full service coffee bar. The city of Seattle, the international home of Starbucks Coffee, is a fitting place to offer a coffee bar.
A coffee barista was on site to accept orders and would make everything on demand.
Right next to the coffee bar was the Centurion Lounge’s food service area. During my morning breakfast visit, there was fresh fruit and yoghurt. There was also hot dishes in the form of scrambled eggs and sweet potato frittatas, vegetable frittatas and turkey sausages.
The lounge offered a substantially larger amount of lounge seating as compared to the older location. The tiered seating offered open air views to the lower concourse and retail restaurant area at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.
A hallmark of the American Express Centurion Lounges are the bar areas. The new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle offered a large open and bright bar area offering a variety of drinks and cocktails.
The lounge contained many additional features including a phone room and seating hidden at the back of the lounge. It took a little exploring to locate all the places to sit.
The American Express Centurion Lounge also offered the usual reserved tables for American Express Centurion Card holders, although I didn’t happen to see any superstars, during my visit.
I was able to enjoy some prosseco before an Alaska Airlines First Class flight Seattle to Honolulu, even though it was 8 AM.
I spent about two hours in the lounge before I headed over to the Alaska Lounge Seattle prior to my flight to Honolulu.
While we’ll have a more detailed review coming up, I thought that you’d appreciate the initial information that the new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle is a terrific new space worthy of being among the best in the Centurion Lounge system.
My Initial Thoughts of the new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle:
I really enjoyed the new American Express Centurion Lounge Seattle. The space is a marked improvement over the smaller past Centurion Lounge in Seattle. The new space offers a much brighter and open concept seating, great food and a convenient location for departing Seattle passengers.
It’s probably among the best American Express Centurion Lounges currently in the system, and we’d look forward to the opportunity to visit again in the near future.