Updated on July 20, 2015
We last left off with me and Kevin landing in Vegas after what was a great first experience with Virgin America.
After a few fantastic days celebrating my brother’s impending
complete loss of freedom marriage, it was unfortunately finally time to head back to reality in North Carolina. I got to the airport in plenty of time for my red-eye flight back to Charlotte, so I stopped by and spent about an hour and a half in the AMEX Centurion Lounge LAS – the original!
Rolling through security and heading to terminal D, I arrived at the lounge (across from gate D1) with plenty of time to enjoy a good stay!
After a quick swipe and a flashing of the boarding pass, I was in the lounge. Unlike Kevin who’s fortunate enough to transit through Dallas Fort-Worth and go to the Centurion Lounge DFW, this was actually my very first Centurion Lounge!
Seating: With a lot of late night and red-eye flights out of LAS, the lounge was actually quite full. I still managed to grab a seat near the bar, but I think I was pretty lucky! Kevin told me that when he went in there (earlier in that same day than me) it was standing room only, and he had to stand and eat his food for about the first 10 minutes!
Food: You can find the CL food information here, so I won’t go into it in much detail, but I had a turkey sandwich, some type of gnocchi pasta, and a some beef dish almost served in thin bread (I’m sorry for the poor description – I’m in no way a “foodie”). The quality of the food was very high, with other options I decided not to try (salad, vegetables, etc.). By far above and beyond anything you ever get in any domestic US lounge.
Something that should be pointed out is that, while I was in there at least, the Wi-Fi was fantastic.
Being still fairly
hungover tired from the week or so bender, I stayed away from the very nice bar they have, and just stuck to water. Also, coming from the hotel, I didn’t need a shower, although I’m sure it’s nice!
One major downside was the crowd. I can’t speak to this from a broad standpoint, as I have only been to one of them, but the lounge was so overly crowded it was almost uncomfortable. All of the “Semi-Private Workstations” were being used for people to set up shop and pass out for hours. It felt less like a nice lounge and more like the terminal during long delays; people just laying around everywhere with what seemed like everything they owned…A lot of this may have to do with the overall size of the lounge – it’s only about have the size of the lounge in DFW!
With that being said, I would continue to come back to this lounge time and again. It passes my test (if I would specifically budget time before my flight to go enjoy it), which means it must be pretty decent!