The new American Express Centurion Lounge at SEA Seattle-Tacoma Airport opened recently. In this post, we share information about the new lounge.
The new lounge is quite large and spacious: numerous sources online say it is about 3 times bigger, offers 14,000 square feet of space, and can accommodate up to 400 people. The lounge feels very large due to its footprint and also the tall ceilings that extend into the terminal in some parts. There are various seating options: at the bar, café style, high-top tables, restaurant-style tables, couches, recliners, workstations, and a co-working table. One thing that is missing from the lounge is a children’s play area to minimize all the children running around and playing in the relaxation area.
One minor design flaw is the buffet setup: it’s located in a high trafficked area that can make it a little awkward to grab food. There is much more space though for the buffet and you can grab food from both sides. It is much less chaotic to get food than at the old lounge.
Overall, the lounge design is nice, and modern. It feels like a trendy restaurant and bar in some spots, a peaceful and healthy café in some spots, and an upscale airport lounge in other spots.
One good thing about the renovations is the increased number of bathroom stalls and sinks. In the old lounge, there were 3 stalls for the entire lounge: in the new lounge, there are about 4 stalls in each bathroom. The space where the bathrooms are is also more divided and away from the hustle and bustle of the lounge. The lounge has a shower room as well.
Food Options/Quality: 4.5/5
The food options are really good and better than most lounges we’ve been to. The buffet is curated by James Beard award nominee Chef Kristi Brown who owns “Seattle Soul” cuisine. There is a cold food buffet with a healthy juice shot, salads, veggies, cheese, and lunch meats. A hot food buffet with various entrees, like blackened/Cajun chicken, rice, collard greens, vegetarian/vegan curry, and soups. There is also a small dessert buffet. A sample menu can be viewed here.
One great feature is the café as it offers espresso-based handmade drinks, small bites like pastries, bowls, snacks, sandwiches, smoothies, and drinks on tap like kombucha and cold brew.
Bar Offerings: 5/5
The lounge has a main bar and 2 bartenders working during peak times. They have a great selection of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Jason’s favorite Georgetown Bodhizafa is on tap and Maxine’s Gramercy Cellars Syrah is also available.
There are also many non-alcoholic beverages, including mocktails, iced tea, and others.
The new lounge is located on the mezzanine level in the Central Terminal. It is accessible by taking the elevator or staircase located in the food court in the Central Terminal.
Hours: 5:00am – 10:00pm
For more information, visit the official lounge website and visit the website with details about the access policies.
Overall, the new American Express Centurion Lounge at SEA Seattle-Tacoma Airport is a pleasant place to enjoy for a few hours before a flight. As space and capacity were frequent issues at the old lounge, the new lounge with expanded space has enhanced the lounge experience. With more space and American Express’ new access policy, the lounge is still busy but doesn’t feel overcrowded nor does there appear to be long wait times.
Have you visited the new American Express Centurion Lounge at SEA Seattle-Tacoma Airport? If yes, how does it compare to the old lounge and other Centurion Lounges?