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The Seattle (SEA) American Express Centurion Lounge – Location, Hours, Amenities, and More

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With many locations throughout the world at key airports, the American Express Centurion Lounge network continues to grow rapidly and needs to be able to handle lots of customers at any one time.

American Express not-too-long-ago renovated its Seattle Centurion Lounge to make it larger, accommodating more passengers during busier times of the day, however, it recently opened an entirely new lounge space which is much larger than the older lounge.

The Seattle Centurion Lounge sits in the middle of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), home to hubs for Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines, so you can imagine that this lounge gets quite a bit of use.

In this review, we’re going to take a look at what makes this lounge special, which amenities are offered, and how you can gain access inside.

Location of the Amex Centurion Lounge at SEA

This lounge is in the Central Terminal, which happens to be right in the middle of most of the gates where Delta and Alaska operate flights, though it’s accessible by anyone after security. Once you go through the security checkpoints, you can walk to the lounge without having to take a train. However, if you’re flying to Seattle and land on a farther out terminal — such as the N gates that Alaska uses — you’ll need to take the train into the main concourse area and then walk to the lounge from there.

The lounge is approximately 14,000 square feet. To get to the lounge, take the branded elevators up from the terminal 1 flight up to the lounge which overlooks the atrium space.

Guest and Check-in Requirements

You’ll need one of these 5 American Express cards to enter the Centurion Lounge in Seattle:

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To enter the lounge, there are several requirements:

  • Entering the lounge more than 3 hours before your flight is forbidden. It’s not worth showing up to the airport excessively early; you won’t be able to gain access to the lounge until you’re within 3 hours of your flight.
  • If you’re on a connecting flight and between flights, you can enter at any time.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot use the lounge if you’re on an arrival flight into Seattle.

Lounge Guest Policy

  • Amex Platinum card and Amex Business Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to 2 complimentary guests if they have spent $75,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year. Otherwise, a guest day pass can be purchased for $50 per adult or $30 per child between the ages of 2 and 17.
  • Centurion cardmembers may enter with up to 2 guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.
  • Delta Reserve cardholders may bring up to 2 guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location.
  • Amex Platinum card, Amex Business Platinum card, and Centurion cardmembers may purchase a day pass for any additional guests for $50.

Hot Tip: Learn more about Centurion Lounges in the U.S. and abroad in our detailed guides!

Inside the Lounge

When you enter the Centurion Lounge Seattle, you’ll find the entrance divided into 2 lanes — 1 for entering passengers and 1 for exiting passengers. If the lounge is at capacity, you’ll find an attendant stationed outside the lounge to take your information and add you to the waitlist.

The lounge is divided into several areas — there is an initial bar area, then a coffee bar, then the main buffet, followed by a larger seating area with panoramic windows.

Seattle Centurion Check In
Eligible customers will check in at the front desk before heading into the lounge.

On visiting this lounge, this space felt much less crowded, particularly compared to other lounges, which is a good thing.

In the middle of the lounge, there are restrooms, but it’s worth noting that this lounge does not have any shower facilities. Therefore, if you’re connecting in Seattle (SEA) or departing on a long-haul flight and had hopes of a quick shower to feel refreshed before departure, you’ll want to plan ahead.

Seattle Centurion Seating
While this lounge has expanded seating options, it can become very crowded.

Hours of Operation

The lounge opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.

Food and Beverage

Seattle Centurion Buffet Line
This lounge features an extensive buffet of hot and cold items.

All Centurion Lounges feature a complimentary buffet line, as well as a fully-staffed bar. The Centurion Lounge in Seattle offers a “Seattle Soul” menu designed by Seattle restaurant owner and James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Kristi Brown with a nod to Seattle’s Pacific Northwest location.

For breakfast, consider “Peach Cobbla French Toast” with brown sugar and cinnamon, or an egg scramble with house-cured smoked salmon, fried capers, red onions, and chives. For lunch and dinner, there are always several hot dishes, offered with starches and vegetables, such as blackened chicken Cobb salad, or Trinidadian spiced pork belly.

The staffed bar has pretty much every cocktail you could want, all designed by legendary cocktail artist Jim Meehan.

In addition to the main bar, there is also the Centurion Lounge network’s first full-service coffee bar. Blue Roast by American Express features made-to-order drinks from Seattle-based Caffè Umbria, as well as order a selection of healthy snacks.

Amenities

This lounge offers many similar amenities as other Centurion Lounges, including;

  • Healthy snacks
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Large flat-screen TVs
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Member serviced desk
  • Power stations
  • Premium bar

Free Wi-Fi

To connect to the high-speed Wi-Fi, simply visit the member services desk which can provide you with the password. Connecting is very easy, and the speeds are great for downloading large files.

Seattle Centurion Bar Area
This lounge features a very large bar area as soon as you enter.

Spa and Shower Facilities

This lounge unfortunately does not offer any shower or spa facilities, like most Centurion Lounges. There are clean restrooms for use, however.

Conference Space

Seattle Centurion Conference Seating
There is a large conference table in the back of the lounge that is first come, first served.

This lounge does not have dedicated conference space, but it does offer some spaces where you may be able to meet as a group within the public areas of the lounge. Keep in mind that seating is first come, first served, so you won’t be guaranteed any particular place to sit.

Final Thoughts

The Seattle Centurion Lounge offers most of the great amenities you’ll find in other lounges in the American Express network. You’ll find all the basics you need in the lounge — buffet, bar, charging outlets, and restrooms. Be sure to check out the Seattle Centurion Lounge before your next flight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Seattle have a Centurion Lounge?

Yes! The lounge is located in the Central Terminal. This terminal predominantly serves Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines flights but is accessible airside to all terminals.

Is everything free at Centurion Lounge?

All amenities inside the Centurion Lounge are complimentary, including the buffet and open bar.

Can you sleep in Centurion Lounge?

While there are some Centurion Lounges with daybeds, no lounge is open for guests to stay overnight.

Is there a dress code for Centurion Lounge?

No Centurion Lounge requires a specific form of dress to enter. Dress as you would for your flight, and you’ll be able to enter the lounge.

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