Review: Expanded AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport

Review: Expanded AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport

 

The AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle is now a lounge, having expanded its space from the original Seattle Centurion Studio size of 3100 square feet to its current 4500 square feet. The expanded space opened late March 2017, and we had a chance to experience it on our way back from visiting relatives in Seattle, after our Japan trip.

At check-in, I presented my AMEX Business Platinum, ID and boarding pass, and my husband and son were also welcomed as my guests. Keep in mind that now AMEX Centurion policy is to admit a maximum of 2 family members or guests per member, so larger families will need to pay starting with the 3rd guest/family member, who is not an AMEX Platinum or Centurion cardholder.

AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport Review

 

We were each given a Vosges chocolate, a nice touch:

Vosges Welcome Chocolate, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

The New Space: Bar and Seating Area

The new space includes a full bar. We were there around noon, so it wasn't terribly busy yet, although wine and cocktails are served from 10:30am until 9:30pm, half an hour before the lounge closes at 10pm.

New Bar, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

As with other AMEX Centurion Lounges, there's a wine list, although only one wine, a Syrah, is from Washington, with the other selections from California, France, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina and Oregon.

Wine List, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

Wine List, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

We tried a solid Cabernet Sauvignon from Lodi, very fruit forward:

Glass of Wine, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

Had we been there longer, I'd have wanted to try the Matcha Tonic, but there were other interesting cocktails on the list as well:

Cocktails, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

Cocktail List, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

The new space, which has seating capacity for 42 people, has views of the tarmac, with plenty of natural light. There are only power outlets a few places on the wall and at the bar table at the far end of the lounge, however, so the regular table seating isn't convenient if you want to charge your devices.

Expanded AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Airport Review

 

New Shower Room

The other key improvement to the expanded AMEX Centurion Seattle Lounge is a shower room. After entering the new room, it's located around the corner to your left. If you'd like access, you'll need to go to reception and ask staff to open it for you, assuming it's available. I recommend asking about it at the time you check in, in case there's a wait.

As with other Centurion Lounges, there's a sink, toilet, and shower, with bath products by L'Occitane. The shower head is at an angle, and not a rain shower.

AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Shower Room Review

Shower Room, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

L'Occitane Bath Products, Shower Room at AMEX Centurion Lounge SEA

 

Weak Point: Still No Hot Food Options Except for Soup

Unfortunately, likely due to the very limited kitchen facilities, there are still no hot food options except for soup. During our visit there was the same beef barley soup I'd enjoyed the previous time, when it was a Centurion Studio, and there was also a tomato basil bisque:

Tomato Basil Soup, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

The salad bar still features attractive fresh vegetables and accompaniments, such as cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, broccoli, hard boiled eggs, olives, and cucumbers.

Salad Bar, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

Salad Bar, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

The sandwiches and wraps are nothing special, however:

Sandwich Wraps, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

Sandwiches, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

I will say that it was a nice touch that there was a staff member passing prosciutto-wrapped melon:

Prosciutto-wrapped melon, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

I wasn't tempted, however, to try either the cookies or rice crispy treats, although the caramel apple bars looked a bit better:

Cookies and Rice Crispy Treats, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

Caramel Apple Bar Cookies, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

I'm still disappointed that all AMEX Centurion lounges have replaced the previous Mighty Leaf tea with Twinings, which in my view is a considerable step down.

Twinings Tea, AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle Review

 

The Verdict

The expanded AMEX Centurion Lounge in Seattle is definitely an improvement over the smaller AMEX Centurion Studio, thanks to the light-filled addition, full bar, and shower room. It's also the best option if you want to invite 2 family members or guests to join you on a complimentary basis, or if you're not flying Delta and don't have complimentary access to the Delta SkyClub. But the food offerings in the Delta SkyClub and the sheer amount of uncrowded space on the mezzanine level are far superior to the AMEX Centurion Lounge, so if you have a choice, I'd recommend the Delta SkyClub as the best Seattle Airport lounge.

If you've visited the expanded AMEX Centurion Lounge in Seattle recently, what was your experience?

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