* Review Dallas DFW Centurion Club
* Review Miami MIA DFW Centurion Club
* Review San Francisco SFO Centurion Club
* Review Las Vegas LAS Centurion Club
* Review LaGuardia LGA Centurion Club
* Review Seattle SEA Centurion “Studio” Club
If you have never visited the above Centurion Clubs by American Express you are really missing out. You can get entrance with any AMEX card for $50 per person or the better way is for free for you and up to two guests with either the:
If you find on your travels you will frequent airports with Centurion Clubs either of these cards can be a real value to you for access to the clubs. You will need a same day departing or arrival boarding pass and ID to enter.
American Express calls this lounge a destination, that is this lounge is SO good it is worth traveling here just to spend time in the lounge. Bold claim. Does it live up to that? As you saw in my recap of my free trip earning miles down to DFW, I was happy to take up that challenge as I needed a trip anyway to get my 2x LGA Delta bonus trip done.
The first thing when you land, unless you are already in the “D” concourse near gate 17 is to find the SkyLink tram to get to the D17 area. The airport has not updated their signage and I had to use an updated airport travel map to find even where the lounge was.
Once off the link follow the directions to the lounge that is in the middle of the open area just past security.
Then up the escalators to the entrance to the lounge that from the outside looks huge. The entrance is classic Centurion and much like the one I visited in Las Vegas
The front desk was well staffed and they were very welcoming and service was quick.
I was instructed there are lockers (you set your own pin) to store your belongings should you wish, and that food & drinks were free. I could sign up for a massage, facial or manicure. I could do more than one, but had to come back after each to be put back on the list for a second round.
As I mentioned the place looks HUGE from the outside but is really modest in size and is in the shape of a horse shoe. Having said that, it was busy but not packed during my visit on the first day. The manager, Michael was kind enough to offer a tour of the facility.
In addition to the spa there are two showers. I was told they are busy during the times international flights arrive from overnight flights, but at most other times getting in was not a challenge.
Seating was ample and even with a good amount of guests finding a seat was not hard. Another HUGE plus that ALL lounges can learn from what AMEX has done right here is power. There were power ports all over the place. No searching here or the risk of walking away from your phone since you had to put it on a ledge far from you. Nice!
Comparing the food choices to the Skyclub is a bit like comparing a business class to coach. Not saying the food was out of this world good but just so many more choices than any Skyclub.
Even compared to the improved test food choices Delta has had as of late, this was so much better.
My only issue would be choices and quality. This is a buffet and the chicken was a bit dry and if you like buffet food it was good. The salad choices were good as well. Small desert choices was a nice touch.
No reaching for your credit card for “enhanced” drinks here. Ask and you shall receive! The wine choices were miles better than the Skyclub free choices. After an overnight at the Westin DFW that I will review later in the week I went back for my second visit. I did not try the breakfast options as I had already dined at the hotel but it seemed to be well received.
I see the same issue with breakfast that I did with the lunch / dinner options, that is they would get boring fast if this lounge were your stop each and every week of travel. If you were in once a month, it would be just fine and a pleasant choice for food.
Mimosa and lounge chairs before a morning massage? Yes please! Enough time to do just this twice in a row? Yes, yes please!
The spa is not huge but does not need to be.
The entrance area has the manicure station.
There is a table for the facial treatments (not for massages).
The massage treatments are chair massages. They are staffed, like the Skyclubs test rounds, by XpressSpa folks (or BeRelax in DTW). Keeping in mind the cost of a 15 minute massage there can be a real value even paying for a visit to this lounge if you have enough time.
Overall I was very impressed. Not blown away by any means. Yes, far above any other domestic lounge and puts the Skyclub to shame. I mean, the staff in the food area comes around and brings you more drinks and all are so happy you are there. Did I mention power EVERYWHERE! The one thing I can pick on is the WiFi speed. It is bad. Really bad. I hope they fix it.
Anyone who has an AMEX card can get in for $50. If you have a LONG layover it could be well worth the visit. The better choice is to have the NON-Delta Platinum “Airline Travel Card” as you can get in at no extra charge with this card for you and your guests (2) or your children under 18.
I have been told the new one in SFO will NOT have a spa (too bad) but will have a luxury wine bar. The one in MIA will be very much like this one with a spa. I am looking forward to visiting them both when they open as well as a few return trips to this one on my last few mileage runs later this year!
What do you think. Are you going to go out of your way to visit the Centurion clubs? – René
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