Throughout my time at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX), I had the prospect to take a look at the Amex Centurion Lounge.
Whereas the lounge was initially alleged to open in March 2020, it ended up solely opening in June 2022. The primary delay was as a result of pandemic, whereas the second delay was as a result of there have been apparently points with jet fumes within the lounge, which required some main building.
So, how is the Amex Centurion Lounge LAX? I’d say it’s most likely one of many higher Centurion Lounges by way of crowding, although it additionally lacks views, and has a little bit of an odd structure.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX location
The Amex Centurion Lounge LAX is situated in Tom Bradley Worldwide Terminal (TBIT). TBIT is linked airside to Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and eight — it’s solely a few 5 minute stroll from Terminal 4 (which is American’s main terminal), after which anticipate it to take an additional 5 minutes per terminal, give or take.
In different phrases, to get there from Terminal 7 you’d take the underground walkway to Terminal 6, then the underground walkway to Terminal 5, then the underground walkway to Terminal 4, after which the connector to TBIT from there. It’s fairly a trek.
As soon as inside TBIT, the doorway to the lounge is situated on the fourth flooring — it’s primarily instantly beneath the Qantas First Lounge. It’s really situated between the worldwide arrivals and immigration space, and the worldwide baggage declare space. Under is an image of the lounge from the principle degree of the terminal (you possibly can see the lounge on the left), and people escalators are contained in the immigration facility.
The doorway to the Centurion Lounge is simply previous the safety checkpoint, and you may enter the world with elevators from both aspect.
The lounge itself is on the second flooring, so you possibly can take the elevators down two ranges to entry the lounge.
When you’re down on the second flooring, you’ll see the signature Centurion Lounge entrance, together with the plant wall.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX hours
The Centurion Lounge LAX is at present open day by day from 6AM till 7:30PM. These are some pretty restricted hours, when you think about that each one sorts of flights depart from TBIT method later than that. As a matter of reality, 10PM-12AM is rush hour within the terminal, and the lounge is closed for all of these flights.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX entry necessities
This lounge has the identical entry insurance policies as all Amex Centurion Lounges. Amex Centurion Lounges could be accessed by those that have any of the next playing cards, with restrictions famous subsequent to every card:
With regards to accessing Amex Centurion Lounges, there are some phrases to concentrate on:
- You want a identical day boarding move to entry Centurion Lounges, and within the case of Delta Reserve cardmembers, the boarding move must be for journey on Delta
- You’ll be able to entry Centurion Lounges as much as three hours earlier than departure, until you’re connecting, during which case you possibly can entry earlier
- You’ll be able to’t entry Centurion Lounges on arrival, or with a standby or non-revenue standby ticket
- In case you’re guesting individuals into Centurion Lounges, it is advisable stick with them your complete time they’re within the lounge
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX seating & structure
The Amex Centurion Lounge LAX is roughly 14,000 sq. ft, making it one of many largest Centurion Lounges up to now. It has seating for over 200 friends. In fact Centurion Lounges do usually have crowding points, although I’d guess that this lounge is the least more likely to have these points, given its location, and the way unfold out LAX is.
The Amex Centurion Lounge LAX has a distinct structure than different lounges belonging to the portfolio. Somewhat than having one or two primary rooms with some partitions, many of the lounge is basically alongside a hallway, with a wide range of smaller rooms.
Inside the doorway is a small room with the everyday American Specific artwork. The tables on this space had been principally marked as being “reserved” (presumably for Centurion cardmembers). It looks like an odd space to carry again for friends, since I’d take into account this to be the least personal or calm space of the lounge.
Additional into the lounge is an space with a number of eating tables, a communal desk, and a small bar.
Then there’s a room with a big communal desk, which I assume is meant to be a workstation.
There are additionally some cool semi-private desks alongside the corridor on this space.
The lounge then has a few tranquility areas. One is a dawn room, meant to make you are feeling extra awake, on condition that it’s fairly brilliant. I form of appreciated this, given the dearth of pure mild within the lounge in any other case.
The opposite tranquility room is described as a moonrise room, and is meant that will help you unwind and make you are feeling prefer it’s night time.
The Amex Centurion Lounge LAX additionally has a spa, although it’s at present solely open from 11AM till 7:30PM, in order that didn’t overlap with once I visited. The lounge provides a wide range of complimentary remedies on a first-come, first-served foundation, together with massages and nail remedies. In case you’re , you’ll need to attempt to reserve this as quickly as you enter the lounge.
The lounge additionally has a devoted room for teenagers. Nevertheless, it didn’t have all that a lot in the way in which of issues that can hold youngsters entertained. Somewhat it simply gave the impression to be about ideally having youngsters in a distinct zone, to restrict noise in different components of the lounge.
At the back of the lounge there’s one more room with some self-serve drink stations, plus some high-top seating.
The primary a part of the lounge — and this appears to be the place a overwhelming majority of friends instantly head — is the bar and eating space. That is a powerful house that has very excessive ceilings (not like the remainder of the lounge), and contains a bar, loads of eating tables, and the buffet.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX meals & drinks
One of many issues that individuals take pleasure in about Centurion Lounges are the food and drinks choice. For meals on the Centurion Lounge LAX, Amex has partnered with Chef Nancy Silverton, who’s chef and proprietor of Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, and chi SPACCA. You could find the present menu beneath.
In the meantime all Amex Centurion Lounges associate with mixologist Jim Meehan on the drink menu. You could find the present cocktail and wine listing beneath.
Once I visited the lounge, the total breakfast choice hadn’t but been put out, because the lounge solely has chilly choices for the primary half-hour. Under you possibly can see what the meals seemed like on the time.
The bartender on the primary bar was additionally making drinks. The smaller bars in different components of the lounge weren’t but open, although I assume there are bartenders there later within the day.
There’s additionally self-serve water, tea, and occasional, at a few stations all through the lounge.
It’s good to see the Amex Centurion Lounge LAX lastly open. The lounge is an effective measurement, has a stable food and drinks choice, and has a pleasant number of rooms and facilities to take pleasure in.
That being mentioned, the lounge lacks pure mild, which is a constant drawback at Tom Bradley Worldwide Terminal. Moreover, whereas Centurion Lounges are method higher than your typical home airline lounge, TBIT is clearly a bit extra aggressive in the case of lounge choices. For instance, I’m unsure I’d go to right here if I additionally had entry to the Qantas First Lounge or oneworld Lounge.
In some methods I take into account Centurion Lounges a sufferer of their very own success. They’re superior to home airline lounges, which has made them so fashionable, to the purpose that they’re constantly actually crowded. Nevertheless, for me the only most vital amenity in an airport lounge is that it’s a peaceful and quiet place to hang around. That’s additionally a motive that I solely very not often go to Centurion Lounges. Clearly others really feel in a different way, or they wouldn’t be so busy.
In case you’ve visited the Amex Centurion Lounge LAX, what was your expertise like?