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American Express recently opened their new Centurion Lounge at DFW Airport. In the past I would fly through Dallas almost weekly, but it has been nearly six months since I’ve transited DFW, so I haven’t had the opportunity to review the new Centurion Lounge.
I finally had the chance to check out the Amex Centurion Lounge this past week, and all I can say is WOW!
This is hands down one of the top lounges in the US, and in my opinion is in the same league as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York JFK, which is otherwise my favorite airport lounge in the US.
American Express Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Access Policy
There are a few ways to access the American Express Centurion Lounge:
- Those with the The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express Centurion Card receive complimentary access
- Those with either of the above cards may bring two travel companions as guests
- If you have an American Express Card other than the ones listed above, you can purchase a day pass at the entrance for $50
American Express Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Hours
The lounge is open daily from 5:30AM till 10PM. The spa, however, closes at 8PM.
How To Get To The American Express Centurion Lounge DFW Airport
The Centurion Lounge is located in the D Concourse at DFW, across from gate D17.
The D Concourse is the nicest one in Dallas, and Aeromexico, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Emirates, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Sun Country, and TACA operate out of this pier, along with some American and American Eagle flights.
Note that only a limited number of American flights operate out of the D Concourse, as the American operation is spread throughout multiple concourses. Therefore chances are that if you’re flying American you’ll be arriving at or departing from another concourse. That being said, the Skylink provides convenient transfers between all terminals, so no matter which airline you’re flying, it shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to get to the Centurion Lounge.
Once you exit the Skylink for the D Concourse, take the escalator to the lower level.
Turn right and follow the signage towards “Airline Clubs.”
You’ll then see a sign for “The Centurion Lounge” in the center area of the terminal, leading you to an escalator.
Take the escalator to the upper level, and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the lounge.
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Features
At the entrance I was greeted by a friendly associate that scanned my The Platinum Card® from American Express.
She briefly explained some of the features of the lounge and asked if I wanted to make a spa appointment, which are available on a first come first serve basis.
While the lounge is open until 10PM, the spa closes at 8PM, and despite my only being in the lounge from about 7PM till 9PM I just about had my choice of time slots, and booked a treatment for 7:40PM. I was given a choice between a massage, a facial, or a manicure.
I was also given a business card of sorts with the wifi info.
The lounge is 9,000 square feet, which is huge in comparison to other domestic lounges, and wasn’t crowded at all for the time I was there. The entryway is pretty darn sleek, which was a good indicator of what was to come.
To the immediate right of the entrance was a small room with a couple of tables and some juice, water, and cookies.
Next to this lounge area was a cappuccino machine, and a large monitor with terminal information.
In the next “zone” was the smaller seating area of the lounge. The American Express Centurion Lounge design at DFW is just phenomenal.
I love how the lounge is decorated, and how there are so many different types of seating arrangements. Even if the lounge were full it would feel much more private than the average lounge given the furniture selection.
The lounge had tons of natural lighting, partly because of the use of “hallways” with seating, which feel much more private than a big, square room.
These eventually led to the dining and bar area, which I’ll talk more about in a bit as well.
And then at the very end of the lounge was more seating in what was probably my favorite room.
That’s also where I quickly found my favorite feature, the daybeds. Can’t beat sipping a cocktail while on a daybed surfing the web!
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Bar
The Centurion lounge has a pretty neat bar with made-to-order cocktails, all of which are complimentary.
The wine list read as follows:
While the cocktail list read as follows:
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that being a blogger is no easy work — with a cocktail menu like this there’s a lot of pressure to sample as much as I can during a two hour visit to the lounge. And while it is tough work, I was up for the challenge. 😉
Well, I’m happy to report their cocktails are excellent.
I started with a Jack Rose.
And then transitioned over to a White Mimosa.
Then a Corn N’Oil.
Then a Tex/Mex, which had more of a kick than I could handle!
And then a Country Club.
The lounge has a good cocktail menu… did I mention that yet? 😀
Before leaving I had a cappuccino, which was one of the best I’ve had from a machine.
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Buffet
The lounge has both a breakfast and lunch/dinner spread, and it’s quite impressive, featuring a variety of hot and cold options.
In terms of the hot options they had:
- Texas Borracho Beans
- Spanish Rice
- Spinach, Poblano, Caramelized Onions Queso Enchilada
- Smoked Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast
- Creamy Jalapeno Jack Grits
- Roasted Maple Butternut Squash Soup
- House Smoked BBQ Brisket
- Flour Tortillas
While the chicken was extremely dry (fortunately they had guacamole, which I’m pretty sure is the solution to nearly every problem in the world), the rest of the food was extremely tasty.
Yes, I realize I’ll be spending a week at the gym to work off all the cocktails and food — thanks for the reminder. 😉
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Exhale Spa & Showers
As mentioned above, I had made my spa appointment at the reception desk as soon as I entered, and was surprised by how easy it was to snag an appointment. To make the appointment I had to fill out an information form, including adding an emergency contact — first time I’ve had to do that for a massage!
The massage was done in a chair and was as good as it gets for a 15 minute treatment. They had relaxing music playing as well, so it didn’t at all feel like an airport anymore (not that the rest of the lounge does either).
To answer the question before someone asks in the comments, I did tip $10. Whether or not it’s necessary or expected, I don’t know. I also appreciated that the spa treatment didn’t come with a huge sales pitch and survey (I’m looking at you, British Airways!).
Right next to the spa are a couple of shower suites, which are gorgeous. They’re probably the nicest shower suites I’ve seen in the US.
The shower rooms at the Centurion Lounge even featured L’Occitane toiletries, and since they were in “mini” bottles you could conceivably take them with you if you’d like.
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Staff
I can’t help but commend the staff at the lounge. They were all top notch, friendly, and proactive. I was consistently offered refills, and when the server saw the look on my face after my first sip of the Tex/Mex cocktail she insisted on getting me a different drink.
A special shout out to Melissa for being especially awesome and attentive, and encouraging me to try as many cocktails as I’d like!
American Centurion Lounge DFW Airport Bottom Line
This is one heck of a lounge, and for someone that frequently transits DFW, it almost justifies the The Platinum Card® from American Express in and of itself. There’s not a single US airline lounge that can even come close to competing with the Centurion Lounge, and in my opinion it’s totally worth going out of your way to route through Dallas or planning a longer layover in order to visit this lounge.
I don’t think I’ll be seeing much of the Dallas Admirals Clubs anymore!
Have you visited The Centurion Lounge at DFW Airport? If so, what did you think?