American Express not-too-long-ago renovated its Seattle Centurion Lounge to make it larger, accommodating more passengers during busier times of the day. 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.
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 located across from gate B3, which happens to be right in the middle of most of the gates where Delta operates flights. While the lounge is located in the middle of Delta territory, 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 5,000 square feet and can accommodate many more passengers than the previous lounge, which was only branded as a “Studio” (meaning less size and fewer amenities). A new Centurion Lounge is being built in a separate area of the Seattle airport, estimated to be at approximately 13,800 square feet. This new lounge will open in late 2022.
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Guest and Check-in Requirements
You’ll need one of these 5 American Express cards to enter the Centurion Lounge in Seattle:
Centurion cardmembers may enter with up to 2 guests at no additional charge. Delta Reserve cardholders may bring up to 2 guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location. Until January 31, 2023, Amex Platinum card and Amex Business Platinum cardholders can bring 2 guests in with them when they enter. These guests can be any passenger, not just immediate family members. After that date, you will be required to spend a significant amount annually on your eligible card to bring guests in.
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.
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.
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Inside the Lounge
The lounge is divided into 2 main areas — there is the main seating area with a buffet line in the first section, and then as you walk back into the lounge, you’ll find the staffed bar and table seating with glass windows. Despite this lounge’s new size and renovations, the lounge still does appear relatively small, and in the times we have visited, the space has always felt crowded, particularly compared to other lounges.
In the front section 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.
Hours of Operation
The lounge opens at 7 am and closes at 3:30 pm, and occasionally remains open until 7 p.m., however, it’s very hard to tell the day’s actual opening schedule without showing up at the airport.
While most West Coast to East Coast flights have departed by closing time, there are plenty of afternoon flights from SEA, especially West Coast, and mid-con flights. Keeping with this lounge’s previous “studio” status, it’s surprising that American Express truly hasn’t invested in making this lounge a fully operating Centurion Lounge with normal hours.
Food and Beverage
All Centurion Lounges feature a complimentary buffet line, as well as a fully-staffed bar. The Centurion Lounge in Seattle offers food that has a nod to Seattle’s Pacific Northwest location.
For breakfast, consider Ellenos real Greek yogurt, or a pastry from Macrina Bakery, Marsee, and Pinks Baked Goods. For lunch and dinner, there are always several hot dishes, offered with starches and vegetables, and the Seattle lounge offers dessert from Lowrider Bakery Seasonal Desserts.
The staffed bar has pretty much every cocktail you could want, all designed by legendary cocktail-artist Jim Meehan.
Hot Tip: The food offerings in this lounge are limited compared to other Centurion Lounges, and there aren’t as many menu items on offer.
This lounge offers fewer amenities than most Centurion Lounges, but you’ll still find a lot on offer, including;
- Healthy snacks
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- Large flat-screen TVs
- Magazines and newspapers
- Member serviced desk
- Power stations
- Premium bar
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.
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.
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.
The Seattle Centurion Lounge offers some of the fewest amenities of any lounge in the American Express network, though it’s still much larger than the previous Studio concept at this location. 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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