Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Houston (IAH)

Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Houston (IAH)

Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Houston (IAH)

This review is part of my ‘Quick Trip to Germany the Long Way‘ I started back in April – apologies for just getting to these!

For those of you that read the first post, you’ll know I had about an 7.5 hour layover in IAH on my way to Hamburg. Definitely a less-than-ideal routing, but if nothing else I was able to get a ton of work done and get another Centurion Lounge review done.

My flight from Jacksonville landed a bit late, around 8:30 a.m., and my flight leaving for Frankfurt didn’t board until 3:10 p.m.

I obviously knew exactly where I was going when I got off the flight but it was my first time in IAH so I had already looked through the map.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

IAH Terminal Map

I got off my flight in Terminal E and took the Skyway train over to Terminal D. Once I got to D I started following the signs to the Centurion Lounge. I was leaving out of Terminal D anyway so it was perfectly convenient.

With technology now-a-days it’s really easy to find anything you need, but I do appreciate the plethora of signs around the airport pointing out where to go for the lounge.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

First sign I saw

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Finally we made it to the elevators. I will say, it’s a little hard to find? I can imagine people like my parents having a tougher time finding it than a person in their mid-20’s using their iPhone. The elevators are right in the middle of the Duty-Free shopping area near gate D6.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Getting off the elevators the first thing you see is the typical AMEX signage as you make your way to the front entrance.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

 

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Finally at the entrance! Home for the next 7 hours.

I walked up and was greeted to a smiling face welcoming me to my long stay in the lounge.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Entrance Wall

Now, this CL does have a shower suite and most of the amenities you’ve come to expect from the lounges, but it doesn’t have a spa like some of the other lounges.

When you walk in past the entrance (to the right) you’re greeted by famous entertainment pictures, all for a price, of course.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

My first priority, knowing how long I was going to be in this lounge, was finding the perfect spot to camp out. After debating over a few areas, I finally settled. I ended up taking one of the [ugly] green love seats.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

After a few minutes of getting all my electronics out, and obviously grabbing a coffee, I was ready to do some exploring.

The first area when you walk in just past the entrance desk has the iconic dog photo along with a few chairs and a couch.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Just past this area, still on the right side as you’re walking is the Kid’s Room. Those of you familiar with Centurion Lounges will know this familiar sight.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

The two areas really run along the side of one of the two main “areas”; the kitchen and the lounging area.

The lounging area, about 8,500 square feet, is filled with more comfortable chairs, TVs, couches, etc.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Seating right before you enter the kitchen area.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Just before entering the kitchen on the right side you’ll see the very expensive coffee/espresso maker. I made many visits here.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge seating area. Kids room on the left, aforementioned couch/dog painting area on the right.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Love seats along the edge (where I sat)

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Couches/seats facing one another in the middle of the room.

One of my biggest pet peeves of any lounge is the availability of outlets and being able to charge all my [probably too many] devices. Well, that’s not a problem here at all. This lounge has got to have over 100 outlets, with on-table outlets to boot!

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

I don’t know exactly what you call these (“really comfy seats”?) but they were very nice.

On the far side the main room, from where I was sitting, was a long dining table for large groups to gather at and eat/work.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Dinner/work table

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

A real beauty.

The kitchen is where you’ll find all the food (obviously), the bar and more sit-down eating tables.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Kitchen area.

When you walk into the kitchen area, the bar will be on your left, seating on your right, and food beverages (water, juice, etc) is straight ahead on the back wall.

When I first got to the lounge it was breakfast, and it was incredible. I went with a little potato hash, Denver scramble and a buttermilk biscuit. If my wife or mom is reading this, I had fruit too. Lots of fruit.

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Beverages (non-alcoholic kind)

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Lounge Review: Centurion Lounge IAH Houston

Conclusion:
Overall this is a very solid Centurion Lounge. While it doesn’t have spa services like some of it’s peers, it does have a shower area (which I forgot to get pictures of – sorry!) and all the basics you need for a great layover. I enjoyed that the lounge felt spacious enough and didn’t seem to get overcrowded during my time there (unlike every single time I go to the Miami Centurion Lounge). The food was very good and the service in both the seating area and the bar was superb. I would absolutely get to the airport early just to go back to this lounge.

Next up: A quick review of my flight in premium economy to Frankfurt!

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