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The Atlanta (ATL) American Express Centurion Lounge: Location, Hours, Amenities, and More

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The Atlanta Centurion Lounge is the latest Centurion Lounge to open worldwide and is also the largest. Unsurprisingly, this lounge has the largest footprint, considering the traffic that Atlanta airport sees daily! With separate indoor and outdoor areas, it’s an AvGeek’s haven.

Let’s look at all this lounge has to offer and what makes it so worthwhile.

ATL Lounge Location and Hours

This lounge is next to gate E11. With all gates at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) airside, you must take the interterminal SkyTrain to reach the E gates and then walk over to E11. The E gates are among several Delta flies out of, so it’s particularly convenient if you’re flying Delta, though it shouldn’t take too long to reach the lounge if you’re flying on another carrier.

Atlanta’s airport is massive, however, and even with the SkyTrain, you should leave plenty of time to get from the lounge to your departing flight. Don’t wait until the last minute!

This lounge is almost 26,000 square feet, double the size of the same lounge at DFW!

You can find a Centurion Lounge in these other cities:

Lounge Opening Hours

The Atlanta Centurion Lounge is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., which should cover the majority of flight departures.

Entering the ATL Lounge

Centurion Lounge ATL Lifestyle Reception
The entrance to the lounge is unmistakable. Image Credit: American Express

You’ll need one of the following American Express cards to enter the lounge:

When you enter the lounge, an employee will ask you to present a photo I.D. and boarding pass. You won’t be able to enter the lounge without these.

Lounge Guest Policy

  • If you hold an Amex Platinum card or Amex Business Platinum card and have spent more than $75,000 on either card in the calendar year, you can enter with 2 guests for free.
  • If you don’t meet this spending threshold, you can purchase a day pass, which costs $50 per adult or $30 per child between 2 and 17.
  • If you hold a Delta Reserve card, you’re always subject to the $50-per-adult guest fee or $30 per child between 2 and 17.

Centurion Lounge Restrictions

You need to follow these guidelines to enter:

  • Access to the lounge is only within 3 hours of departure, so there’s no need to arrive at the airport super early. If you do, you’ll be asked to wait until the 3-hour mark.
  • If your final destination is Atlanta, you can’t use the lounge on arrival. The lounge is for departing passengers only.
  • You can use the lounge prior to 3 hours to departure if you’re on a connecting itinerary, Atlanta is your connecting city, and the layover is longer than 3 hours.


The lounge has tons of seating throughout, making finding a place to sit a bit easier when the lounge is crowded at peak times.

Some of the other Centurion Lounge locations do not have power outlets at every seat, but the Atlanta lounge has charging at most seats.

Amex Centurion ATL Chris Dong
There are 2-tops and 4-tops galore. Image Credit: Chris Dong

Along the lounge’s windows are high seats facing the planes, which is excellent for AvGeeks. Like the other seats, there are power outlets along the rails.

Amex Centurion ATL Seating
Lounge with a view. Image Credit: Chris Dong

Several flight status boards by the main entrance display the current departure times of all flights departing throughout the airport. As mentioned, you need to keep an eye on this and leave well before your flight, as Atlanta’s airport is so big!

Lounge Amenities

Amex Centurion ATL Walkway
The lounge lets the light in. Image Credit: Chris Dong

This enormous lounge is built to accommodate the many cardmembers stopping by while transiting through Atlanta.

This Centurion Lounge offers several amenities for both work and play, with private workspaces and outdoor features to make the airport waiting game much more pleasurable.

Family Room/Multipurpose Room

There is a dual-use family room and multipurpose room, suitable for guests who need more space to spread out.

Outdoor Terraces

Amex Centurion ATL Outdoor
Mellow out in outer space. Image Credit: Chris Dong

Unique to this lounge are 3 (yes, 3!) outdoor terraces, a first for any Centurion Lounge:

  • The largest terrace extends around the perimeter of the lounge and offers views of the planes, tarmac, gates, and runways. This is open to all cardmembers.
  • A pair of outdoor spaces offers fresh air but no views and are surrounded by walls in the middle of the lounge. Still, these are great spots to sit outside without the noise of nearby planes.
  • One of the inside terraces features a private room for Centurion cardholders, an exclusive perk for those members.

Showers and Restrooms

This lounge offers 3 shower suites, all of which can be reserved at the front desk. You put your name on a list, and when a shower is ready, your name is called. Towels and soap are provided, and the staff asks you to keep your time inside to less than 30 minutes when other guests are waiting.

In addition to the 3 showers, there were 2 private, all-gender restrooms, along with larger men- and women-only bathrooms.


Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the lounge. Centurion Lounges tend to have particularly fast Wi-Fi, good for downloading content before your departure.

Workstations and Phone Booths

Centurion Lounge ATL Lifestyle Workspace
Working from a phone booth can be convenient. Image Credit: Amerian Express

Those looking to catch up on work can utilize 1 of 5 enclosed workstations. These individual stalls are behind glass doors and feature a table and chair, perfect for staying focused. These are first come, first serve and do not need any reservation.

Phone booths are the perfect place to sit down to work or take a quick conference call.

If you are conducting business, a printer and copier are also on hand.

Food and Beverage

Amex Centurion ATL Dining Space
Plenty of places to relax. Image Credit: Chris Dong

On the far end of the lounge on the other side of the atrium are 2 buffet areas, with many booths and dining tables scattered throughout. This is where most of the lounge’s food is found.

For breakfast, guests can choose among dishes such as:

  • Chicken sausage
  • Pimento cheese grits
  • Sweet potato hash
  • Tomato, spinach, egg and scallion bread pudding

For lunch and dinner, dishes may include items such as:

  • Bananas Foster pudding
  • Black-eyed pea biryani
  • Braised greens with smoked turkey
  • Three-cheese macaroni bake
  • Twisted Soul salad with strawberry peppercorn vinaigrette
  • Vegetable gumbo with jalapeño hoe cakes
  • Za’atar grilled chicken thighs with green tomato chimichurri

As you can probably tell, a number of these dishes were a nod to the South. The menu was by local chef Deborah VanTrece, author of “The Twisted Soul Cookbook.”

The bars are located in this area, serving complimentary cocktails.

Amex Centurion Atlanta Whiskey Bar
The bars have you covered for liquor. Image Credit: Chris Dong

The bar has many fun cocktails, including:

  • Drink A Peach, which has Independent Distilling Co. Hellbender straight rye whiskey, Leopold’s peach-flavored whiskey, Martini Rubino vermouth, and Miracle Mile peach bitters
  • Great Uncle, with Uncle Nearest 1884 Tennessee whiskey, sorghum syrup, and Angostura bitters
  • Hot One, with Independent Distilling Co. white rum, Del Maguey Vida mezcal, lime juice, Jack Rudy grenadine, and Tabasco
  • Peachy Keen, with Murrell’s Row gin, Tito’s vodka, Dolin Blanc vermouth, and Kina L’Avion D’Or

Nearby is The Reserve by American Express, a dedicated whiskey bar beside the main bar where you can order your favorite whiskey drinks.

Final Thoughts

The new Atlanta Centurion Lounge offers the largest Centurion Lounge experience to date, a fitting addition to one of the busiest airports in the world. Complete with several outdoor terraces, this lounge is the ultimate in airport luxury. It offers the perfect mix of relaxation and productivity, which is great for all travelers. Next time you’re in Atlanta, be sure to check out the Centurion Lounge in ATL’s Terminal E.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a Centurion Lounge in the Atlanta airport?

There is a Centurion Lounge in Terminal E of Atlanta Airport near gate E11.

Can anyone get into Centurion Lounge?

Only cardholders of select American Express cards can gain access to Centurion Lounges worldwide. View our article for the detailed list.

Does the Amex Platinum card get me into the Centurion Lounge?

If you hold an Amex Platinum card or Amex Business Platinum card and have spent more than $75,000 on either card over the course of a year, you can enter with 2 guests for free.

Is everything free in the Centurion Lounge?

All food and beverages are free in the Centurion Lounge. There are no charges for most amenities in the lounge.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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