Lounge Review: Seattle Amex Centurion Studio Lounge
For those if you that don’t know The Centurion Lounge is a lounge that is only for American Express Card Members. To gain access you would have to carry either the Amex Platinum (Personal/Business) or Centurion card. Amex’s has two different types of lounges, the regular Centurion Lounge and the Centurion Studio. You can buy a one-day pass to their regular lounges for $50 (based on availability) but they are not available at their studio lounge due to the capacity and size of the lounge.
Amex claims that “The Centurion Studio is an extension of The Centurion network in a smaller setting”. Which means these lounges will offer less amenities and services than the regular lounges. Here is a breakdown of what Centurion Studio will offer:
- Locally-inspired premium healthy snacks
- Selection of wine and beer
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- Comfortable seating
- TVs, magazines and newspapers
I had the fortunate timing to be in Seattle for their newly opened Centurion Studio Lounge in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This lounge is Amex’s first ever Studio Lounge and sixth US lounge in their Centurion network. The others being in the following airports:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
This lounge is located in Concourse B, opposite of Gate B3. The lounge is open 5am – 10pm. The unique benefit of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is that it is accessible from all Concourses (A, C, and D) . However, you will need to do a short walk from those concourses if you decide to visit.
Luckily my girlfriend and I flew Southwest Airlines which favors Concourse B. When we walked through the terminal we could not have missed the lounge even if we tried to. Not only was their sign eye-catching but their blue-tinted glass windows attracted you like flies attracted to a bug zapper. Since we didn’t get a chance to have breakfast before our 7:15am flight from San Jose, CA. We decided to stop in and check it out.
Inside the Lounge
Once inside, we was greeted by two front desk staff situated across from the iconic “living wall”. On this trip I didn’t bring my platinum card with me but Rodalyn brought hers. One of the great benefit of being a cardholder is that you can guest 1 person into the lounge with you. So if I was able to bring my card then Rodalyn and I would have been able to bring two people along with us. After we checked in we made our way on the left side into the main lounge area.
As you walk in on our left what seemed to be the lounge area where you can sit and watch your sports on their TV. This was the only TV in the lounge. You can also catch up on your reading as they provide daily newspapers and some books to read.
We walked in and you’re brought into the main area with the food and beverages. Near the food and beverages was a large meeting table that could sit up to 8 comfortably. Apart from the front desk staff, there are typically several servers on duty who are more than happy to bring you beverages and clear away used items promptly.
We decided to take a seat on the large meeting table facing towards the windows. The room had a lot of natural lighting. An entire wall of the lounge looked out into the Tarmac. The server wasn’t kidding when she said that this lounge has the best view of Mount Rainier in the airport.
Food & Beverages
Their was not that great of a food option: boiled eggs, peas, nuts, crudités (carrots, broccoli and celery) with dip, coconut macaroons, chips, and brown sugared cookies. It was only snack food. Not the greatest amount of choices compared to what I hear about the other centurion lounges.
Once we sat down, a server came up to us asking if we would like a drink. For their wine and beer menu. They had 3 beers on tap and 2 wines (1 red and 1 white). They had a great non-alcoholic beverage menu. They had coffee, soft drinks, passion fruit juice, and tea.
Since this is my first time reviewing a lounge I have nothing really to compare it with. The studio is conveniently located in the airport, has great assortment of food and beverage. Mind you that are free to any Amex platinum or centurion cardholders. It offers the basic needs to get any type of business work done while offering you some peace and quiet atmosphere.
If you’ve ever visited The Centurion Suite Lounge before tell me how your experience some things you didn’t like or things you did.