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I recently flew through Houston on United, and finally had enough time to go and check out the American Express Centurion Lounge at IAH in Terminal D. If you’re arriving into B or C, it’s quite a trek, and while it’s a nice lounge, unless you have several hours, I don’t know that I’d recommend going out of my way to enjoy it. It was very crowded when I arrived, and I try and avoid putting random people in my reviews/pics as much as I can, and hence the limited number of photos. I’ll try and update if/when I visit the lounge again, but just a little warning in advance.
- When: September 2018
- Where: Houston, Terminal D
- Hours: 5:30am – 9pm
- Platinum + 2 guests
- Centurion + 3 guests
It’s in terminal D, adjacent to the Duty Free Shop near D6. It’s airside, but not on the same level as check-in or gates, but rather on a Mezzanine level. The elevator is just past the duty free shops and near an escalator, it’s hidden so keep your eye opens or you’ll miss it. I ended up walking over from C, but you can access it via the Skyway as well.
The image below is a reverse shot, but the lounge is fitted with a variety of seating styles from couches to work stations. The lounge opened in 2016 and still feels very new and fresh, and while it’s crowded, there’s a reason people flock to these lounges vs most any other domestic lounge…they’re just so much better.
At the back of the lounge is where you’ll find the food and beverage options. Everything looked fresh, stylish and modern. The food was developed by James Beard award winning chef Justin Yu, and the drinks were curated by top mixologist Jim Meehan. Wines were selected by Anthony Giglio, and the lounge evokes a Southwest style with smokey notes throughout the food and drink.
A quick look at the drink menu and bar. I tried one of the mezcal concoctions and it was a little strong for my liking.
Personally, the lounge in Dallas is still my favorite, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s been updated, but the feeling of using a credit card perk to get a free massage, good food, and eclectic drinks was really cool. The lounges are a great benefit of the Platinum/Centurion card, but they are increasingly more and more crowded. I was by myself, and lucked into a table right as I walked up, but I saw people just standing around waiting for a place to sit in the bar. The Wifi was unusually slow for Amex lounges, but I had trouble uploading pictures and blogging while I was there – that’s not par for the course in my experience.
If I was flying out of Terminal D, I’d be tempted to come in and hang out for a while – it’s got a cool vibe. If I were flying out of the other terminals and had less than 2 hours layover, I’d probably just pony up for a snack rather than lug myself over to this lounge.
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