American Express Centurion Lounges are already a huge step up from any other US airline lounges. They feature real food, a great selection of complimentary cocktails, and they have decor that’s from this century.
The two downsides are as follows:
- They have a limited number of locations. As of now there are just Centurion Lounges in Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco; there’s also a Centurion Studio in Seattle (which is basically a smaller version of a Centurion Lounge)
- Centurion Lounges tend to get crowded. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The lounges are considerably nicer than anything US airlines offer, so it’s no surprise that people flock to them
The nicest Centurion Lounge in the US is probably the one in Dallas, which is the largest and also features a spa, where you can receive a complimentary 15 minute treatment.
Anyway, via Hans Mast, if you are passing through the Centurion Lounge Dallas between now and Friday, you’re in for an extra treat, as Le Meridien has a popup stand in the Centurion Lounge.
Apparently the pop-up stand has eclairs (with a Texas twist) as well as made-to-order espresso, cappuccino, and lattes. Thanks to Hans for sharing these photos:
Now of course in and of itself this isn’t a reason to travel through Dallas, but it is a cool thing to check out if you happen to be passing through there. The lattes look like a huge step up from the usual Centurion Lounge lattes. While the Centurion Lounges have among my favorite automatic espresso machines out there, you simply can’t compare one made by a machine to one made by a barista.
So what’s the reason behind the Le Meridien pop-up stand? I have no inside knowledge, but Starwood and American Express do have a close to partnership (Amex issues SPG’s co-branded credit card), so I’m guessing that has something to do with it.
Will you be able to check out the Le Meridien Centurion Lounge Dallas pop-up stand this week?