Amex Centurion Studio Seattle Expansion
Last month I tried to write a review of the American Express Centurion Studio in Seattle. The only issue is the place was so overrun that I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos nor did I feel I could even review it. Instead, my friend and I took off and used my Priority Pass to visit another lounge. The other lounge didn’t have the same level of amenities, but it was nice enough and it was much more comfortable.
The truth is the Centurion Studio is simply way too small of a space for that airport and in my opinion it is bad for the overall brand. Thankfully, it seems that American Express is now going to be doing something about it. An airport memo suggests that the lounge will be growing by almost 50% as part of a new expansion project.
Currently the Centurion Studio Seattle is a cozy 3,100 square feet. Small by any standards. After the expansion, the lounge will grow to a “beefy” 4,500 square feet. Ok, that is still really really small, but larger nonetheless. In addition to the added square footage, the lounge will gain a full bar (instead of just beer and wine now), a shower and an additional restroom. The outdoor view which was blocked by Delta’s new SkyClub, will be partially restored as well.
One other interesting note in the memo is that the airport is looking for a more permanent 10,000 square foot space for American Express to build a full lounge. That would make it the largest Centurion Lounge if it happens, but I suppose that project is down the line somewhat. Either way, more space is needed and it is coming. We just don’t know exactly when.
HT: The Points Guy