After an eventful afternoon flying a private jet from Los Angeles to San Fransisco (SFO) I made my way to the SFO Terminal to catch my evening flight to Las Vegas, Nevada. Don’t worry, I will be sharing my experience aboard the private jet very soon because it was a lifetime experience that I will never forget and certainly not the last time I will be flying private. I was excited to be visiting the Centurion lounge for American Express because I haven’t been able to check this one out since I rarely fly through SFO. The most frequent Centurion lounge I visit it’s the one in Dallas Forth Worth. It was nice for a change being able to see what this lounge offers and soon enough I will be visiting the one in Miami International Airport that recently opened up.
As soon as you enter through the lounge you will find a staircase to the left hand side of the lounge and the elevator is straight ahead along with a chair to sit down if needed. The ground floor of the lounge was impeccable and the aroma was minty and fresh. The lounge is located on floor #2.
Ground Floor of the Lounge
Ground floor seating.
Centurion Lounge Access is complimentary for Platinum and Centurion card holders. If you are a Gold card holder there is an entrance fee of $50 if you would like to use the lounge. Upon check-in I was greeted by the friendly crew at the counter. I was asked for my ID, Credit Card and Boarding pass and within minutes I was on my way. The lounge itself it’s not very big but they did a great job on managing the space they have and they maximized it at their fullest potential as a variety of comfortable sitting, work stations and dining areas can be found throughout the lounge. Though my favorite of all were the recliner type chairs secluded from the hustle and bustle of the lounge but at the time of my visit they were all taken.
Dining area of the Lounge
In all honesty, the food spread being offered at the lounge was nothing special and it cant even compare to what you see at the Centurion Lounge Dallas. The spread was weak and definitely could be much better. A few hot items such as fried chicken, garlic potatoes, soup, bread, hummus and a salad bar where you could create your own dish. I tried the potatoes and they were dry and nothing to rave about.
Next to the dining area you will find a very high tech coffee machine where it makes you anything and everything you want and for a cold refreshment, ice tea and water is also being offered.
If you are wanting something else to drink aside from the above. I highly recommend visiting the bar at the lounge and this is where you will definitely be maximizing the value of having your Amex card. All alcohol at the lounge is free or let me rephrase this, everything at the lounge is absolutely free. The bar seems to be the place a lot of people hang out at though, so be aware it can get crowded from time to time. If you are wanting something else aside from alcohol they will also give you sodas, lemonade, etc.
And this only keeps getting better if you are a wine fanatic. Rather than hanging out at the lounge you should take advantage of being able to wine taste at the lounge. They have an incredible selections of wines you can try and its all by a push of a button. Traveling isn’t so shabby with this amazing perks isn’t it? They give you a variety of selections to choose from and you can do this at your own leisure.
Now that I have covered some of the major areas of the lounge and I will be sharing some of the different seating areas of the lounge. I have to say, the seating in the Centurion Lounge never disappoints – they are extremely comfortable and it’s a pleasant place to pass the time before departure and within your seat you will find charging plugs to connect your device and give it some juice incase your battery is running low. The seating of the table varies from working chairs and tables, booth, private booths and open air booth chairs which are some of my favorites.
Centurion Lounge SFO – Seating options
Within the seating area of the lounge you will find two apple iMac computers to work and print documents if needed. You can use those anytime you want throughout your visit at the lounge. Nothing like seeing mac computers at an airport lounge since I am not a windows guy what so ever. The space given between each computer is enough and you won’t be having problems rubbing elbows with your guest next to you. Within the works station area, notepads are also placed incas you need to take some notes.
Aside the computer station you will also be able to find a phone service incase you are in need to make some calls.
Within the middle of the lounge you will find an area to watch TV if needed. This particular area of the lounge isn’t my favorite, maybe because I feel like I am waiting for a doctor appointment and it’s basically right in the walk path where the guest come in and out of the lounge so during peak hours I can see this area getting pretty loud and hectic though, they the staff on duty does a great job on keeping the area organized and clean.
Within this area you will also find another coffee machine which makes just about anything you would like.
Last but not least, they are different monitors throughout the lounge that will keep you updated on your flight. I did not hear any flight announcements throughout my time at the lounge so be aware of your flight and departure time. Don’t depend on the agents to announce anything for your flight though if you happen to have any questions about your flight they will be more than happy to help you out.
Centurion Lounge SFO – Bottom line
The Centurion Lounge at SFO was a great lounge to pass the time, get some work done and enjoy a few refreshments. One of the most important aspects of a lounge it’s the food and what they offer for the guest and I feel like this lounge really disappointed me on what they offer as far as food and snacks. In my opinion there is nothing better than a lounge that offers a great spread of food along with some tasty snacks to wash down with a drink so if I was to critique something for them to improve it would be the food offerings.
On a positive note, the lounge was clean, the staff was friendly and very attentive. The variety of seating available throughout the lounge was also very nice. In my opinion American Express is doing an absolute great job on developing their own lounges and I am curious to see how their Las Vegas and Miami lounge compares to SFO and DFW.