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May 26, 2016 / oneworld82

The best lounge at DFW? AMEX Centurion Lounge, of course!

While I have been many times at the Centurion Lounge in Dallas, I have never written a review of it, so I figured I would take the chance to do it now. As you might know, the lounge panorama in Dallas is quite abysmal. The Admirals Clubs aren’t really international-level lounges, and other airlines only use contracted spaces that are just ok (British Airways uses the exact same lounge that Emirates and Qantas use. Decent selection of drinks, some appetizers, nothing memorable). It is true that AA will remodel its lounge proposition to offer a true, premium experience to premium-cabin passengers, but that’s still a year or so off. So, the Centurion Lounge was a very welcome addition to DFW offerings.

To get there, you need to take an escalator located in front of gate 17 – which is the area where most of long-haul international flights leave from. The reception has dark wooden panels, and it is very inviting. I find the check-in staff constantly courteous and well-trained – never had an unpleasant experience here.

Escalator to the lounge

Escalator to the lounge

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Entrance/lobby

Entrance/lobby

One of the best features of the lounge is the Exhale spa, which offers complimentary treatments to the lounge’s guests. As I had about two hours before boarding – I got here early to finish up some work – I asked whether I could take advantage of it, but I was told that the first available appointment would be at 6pm – too late for me. Luckily, a gentlemen was at the desk at the same time I was, as he needed to cancel his appointment… and he kindly offered it to me. So, thanks to some luck, I was going to get a complimentary 15-minute massage.

Spa, wifi, and coffee

Spa, wifi, and coffee

The spa is small – there is room for two people at a time – but it’s nicely appointed. My therapist – Cody – did an excellent job in relaxing my back, focusing on my neck and lower back. He wasn’t the most professional therapist I had – he was very informal (referring to me as “man”) and talked loudly with the other therapist – but he got the job done nicely. So, good markes here for the massage – but bear in mind that waiting time can be very long.

Spa

Spa

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The lounge itself is not too big, but there are plenty of seating areas in the long hallway leading from the entrance to the dining area, where proper dining tables can be found.

Lounging area

Lounging area

The bar (complimentary and featuring premium brands) is one of the highlights of the lounge (both margaritas and gin & tonic are strong and well prepared)…

Bar

Bar

…as is the buffet, designed by Dan Fearing, executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton Dallas’ restaurant bearing his own name. I love Fearing’s (especially their new year’s brunch), and the same Southwestern flavors can be found at the lounge – think guacamole, beans, some type of carne, etc. The quality is very good, definitely the best of any DFW lounge and possibly of any restaurant at the airport.

Dining area

Dining area

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Buffet spread

Buffet spread

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A light snack to go with my drink

A light snack to go with my drink

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Also, wifi is complimentary for guests, and pretty fast. Service is good throughout, and the staff does a great job in refilling glasses and in cleaning after customers.

Lounging area

Lounging area

Lockers

Lockers

So, overall, this is a very good lounge. Good food, good drinks, nice décor… What else can you possibly want from a lounge in the US…?

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