Review: Centurion Lounge At Houston Intercontinental Airport

Special drinks for Centurion Card members

The US is not known for it’s good airport lounges, but the Centurion Lounges are an exception. They offer free alcohol and very edible food. Being Houston-based, I’m glad the local Centurion Lounge has finally opened.  Here is my review.

Where is the IAH Centurion Lounge?

The IAH Centurion website says that the lounge is near gate D6, in Terminal D, but that’s somewhat confusing. While that is technically correct, don’t go all the way to D6. Rather find the elevator near the Duty Free Shop between gates D6 and D7. If you are at a different terminal, it is pretty easy to reach Terminal D using the Skytrain without having to go through security again.

When is the IAH Centurion Lounge open?

The IAH Centurion Lounge opens 5:30am and closes already at 9pm.

Who can access the Centurion Lounges?

Any American Express card holder can access the lounge for $50 per person. Access is complimentary for Platinum, Centurion Card (also know as the black card) holders. The American Express Platinum card is probably the way  most will access the lounge. You can guest in 2 additional guests.  Details can be found here.

What does the IAH Centurion Lounge offer?

  • free drinks (Centurion Card members also get Veuve Cliquot and Aberlour)
  • free food
    • breakfast until 11am
    • lunch & dinner until 9pm
  • 1 shower room
  • restrooms
  • 1 office room
  • 1 kids room
  • lounge area
  • dining area
  • free Wifi (download and upload speeds were around a solid 10Mbit/s)

The lounge doesn’t have a spa or bowling alley.

Review of the IAH Centurion Lounge

It is fantastic that Houston finally has an airport lounge that is worth visiting. I will  now be arriving earlier at the airport. The food and drink selection is perfectly adequate and can more than replace a visit to an airport restaurant or bar.

Probably the best feature is that the lounge is located at Terminal D – the terminal with all the cool international airlines like Singapore, Lufthansa, Korean, and Emirates. This way, it should keep United and domestic passenger riffraff traffic to a minimum. With that said, the lounge is still really easily accessible from all IAH terminals without having to go through security again.

The food was very yummy with plenty of healthy options. The drink selection as can be expected from a Centurion lounge. The shower could have been bigger, but it is perfectly functional. I wasn’t expecting a Lufthansa First Class Lounge bathroom, but more than one shower could come in handy during.

Below are my photos from the lounge. I’m very excited about this lounge addition to Houston Intercontinental Airport.

Entrance

Entrance

 

Lounge Area

Lounge Area

 

Lounge Area

Lounge Area

 

Lounge Area

Lounge Area

 

Resting Area

Resting Area

 

Bar

 

Office

Office

 

Bar

Bar

 

Special drinks for Centurion Card members

Special drinks for Centurion Card members

 

Wine menu

Wine menu

Breakfast Food

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Lunch and Dinner Food

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Miscellaneous Photos

Shower (wasn't quite ready yet)

Shower (wasn’t quite ready yet)

 

Welcome gift during the initial opening days - crappy power bank with small output only

Welcome gift during the initial opening days – crappy power bank with small output only

 

Kids room

Kids room

 

Spice it up!

Spice it up!

 

The elevators to the IAH Centurion Lounge are hidden next to this Duty Free Shop in Terminal D

 

Go down to go to Centurion

 

At the end of this hallway is paradise - at least for Houston airport standards

At the end of this hallway is paradise – at least for Houston airport standards

HT: VFTW

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