American Express Will Open an Exclusive Lounge in Midtown Manhattan
American Express will soon open a new type of lounge in New York City. This will be a luxurious and exclusive experience designed mainly for Amex Centurion cardmembers. But it’s possible to visit even with an American Express Platinum credit card.
American Express wouldn’t share any details with us about Centurion New York. But emails have gone out to current Centurion cardmembers.
Centurion New York is located on the 55th floor of One Vandebilt in Midtown Manhattan. The space will feature casual fine dining experiences curated by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. There’s also a chic bar serving signature cocktails and a salon where Centurion members can relax and unwind. Members can also enjoy perks such as access to private rooms, programming and events.
Centurion New York is expected to open in March and you can make a reservation starting February 9th. Platinum Concierge has informed some Platinum cardholders that two of the nine dining spaces will be accessible to Platinum members. Reservations are made through the Centurion portal or Platinum Concierge.
Here are some more details that were shared in the email:
Guest access policies and hours of operation for Centurion New York are subject to change. All access to Centurion New York is subject to space availability. To access Centurion New York, patrons must present a government-issued I.D. and must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or legal guardian. Centurion Members must also present their valid American Express Card. Purchases may be made using an American Express Card or cash. Reservation cancellation fees will apply if cancellation occurs within 24 hours of reservation time. Details and prices are subject to change. Patrons must be at least 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcohol at Centurion New York. Please drink responsibly. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from Centurion New York for inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent and/or failure to adhere to any house rules or terms or conditions. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by any patrons of Centurion New York. Access to Centurion New York is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.
There’s no exact opening date yet, but we’ll know more when reservations become available. Centurion New York is mainly for Centurion cardholders who pay an annual fee of $5,000. But some spaces will be made available for Platinum cardholders as well.
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Free entry and dining, or chargeable but exclusive?
Amex used to operate several Centurion lounges in Europe during the 80s. Not as elaborate as this one sounds to be, these were generally located above their travel offices (cash Amex travellers cheques, pick up mail), and offered comfortable relaxing over coffee/tea and light snacks. Recall visiting them in London, Paris and Brussels quite a bit.