Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Miami (MIA)

Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Miami (MIA)

Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Miami (MIA)

Rarely, if ever, do I fly to/from/through Miami. Luckily for the readers, I’m a glutton for punishment and flew to Miami to watch the Ravens lose to the Dolphins. There’s some good and bad to that. Bad? We lost game – it was pretty embarrassing. Good? We’ll get a better draft pick, I got out of eastern North Carolina, I hung out with my wife/family/friends, and I got to review a new lounge!

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Ready for the game!

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Game attendance when the Ravens are in town….

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Attendance at most Dolphins/Hurricanes’ games…

After watching the Ravens snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again, it was time to head to the airport. My dad was nice enough to give me a ride there, sparing me trying to get an Uber from Sunlife Stadium to MIA.

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Ready to relax in the lounge…or so I thought.

The lounge is located right next to gate D12.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Elevator lobby. Lounge is on the 4th floor.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

View from the bottom of the elevator lobby.

This is the 4th Centurion Lounge I’ve visited. Size-wise, it’s smaller than Dallas/Fort-Worth but bigger than Las Vegas and LaGuardia. Decorations in the lounge are pretty much on par with the rest of the lounges, with the fake bookshelves, paintings, etc.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

When you first enter the lounge, reception is directly in front of you off the elevators. Unfortunately for me, the lounge was unbelievably crowded. There was a 15+ person line to just check in and they actually stopped allowing people in for a bit after I entered due to the fire code. When you’re pushing fire code safety on a non-holiday weekend, something might need to be done.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Something I assume is at every CL, but I’ve never seen it until Sunday night, is the Centurion Member Check In. With the absurd line we had at check in, the lounge agent was asking people if they were Black Card holders – as they could do priority/express check in.

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Black Card only.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

I took this photo when I left – notice there aren’t 20 people in line. That’s the hallway straight ahead to most of the lounge.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Very standard CL art – I’m all about it. I don’t even like art for the most part, but I really like these.

There’s a hallway immediately to the right and left of reception, or you can proceed past it to enter the rest of the lounge. The hallways before reception curve around the rotunda area you could see from the main terminal (behind those glass walls). They’re filled with small couches, chairs, and beverages stations. They’re also very quiet with no TVs and any nonsense.

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Counter style seating

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Seats curving around the narrow hallway

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Beverage station

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Past reception you’ll see chairs along the wall and a seating area with large TV.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Green seats when you first walk in. Hallway to the back left part of the lounge on the right side.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Massage room. Just to the left of the last picture, in between reception and initial seating area

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Where that gentleman is seating would become my seat for the last two hours of my stay.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Beverage/cookie area immediately upon entering the main area.

Right next to the beverage station in the main area is the ‘Family Room’. Those kids were selfish as hell and never let me play with the games.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Kids area. Although I saw adults in there playing with the toys, and I can’t guarantee they all had kids.

In the back-left of the lounge is seating along the window that leads to another sitting/conference area.

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Hallway art

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Standard Centurion Lounge conference table and flight boards in the back-left corner

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

View down the hallway back to the main seating area. I temporarily sat at this seat along the windows for about 45 seconds. Wasn’t feeling it.

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Hallway back to the chaos…..

 

In the back-right portion of the lounge is the dining and bar area – always the busiest part.

s the dining and bar area - always the busiest part. Also right next to the TV in the main area when you first walk in is the 'Family Room'. Those kids were selfish as hell and never let me play with the games.

Food to the immediate right, bar straight ahead, seating and views of the tarmac on the left!

s the dining and bar area - always the busiest part. Also right next to the TV in the main area when you first walk in is the 'Family Room'. Those kids were selfish as hell and never let me play with the games.

Rabbit food (salad). Mushrooms and potatoes to the right out of the picture.

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Food spread

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Best part.

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Some of the bar-area seating. The couch and TV that I spent most my time at is behind those flight screens.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

Dinner. A lot more vegetables than I usually go near, but good nonetheless.

American Express Centurion Lounge Miami

I asked for an IPA and apparently their stock IPA is a double IPA that’s over 8%. No messing around will be done here.

After about 4 hours in the lounge I think I had enough. I headed down stairs and had about a 45 second walk to my gate at D15, ready to head back to Raleigh/Durham.

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View down the terminal to the lounge area from D15. You can see the Admiral’s Club through the glass on the 3rd Floor.

Conclusion

Similar to the other CL’s around the country, it was very well appointed and had high quality food and beverages. I loved the art and different styles of seating all over the lounge.

However, tonight (and what seems like too many nights based on the online reviews I’ve read), it was so crowded that the whole experience was somewhat ruined. Tensions were high, and I even saw some people chastising staff members and screaming at them as they told the waiter they wanted a table that wasn’t available. If I wasn’t reviewing the lounge for the first time, I would have left and gone across the hall to the Admiral’s Club.

All things equal from a crowd standpoint, I would rank the CL’s I’ve been to the following:

  1. Dallas/Fort Worth
  2. Miami
  3. LaGuardia
  4. Las Vegas

RECOMMEND (unless it’s absurdly crowded and you have access to the Admiral’s Club)

2 Comments on “Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Miami (MIA)

  1. Thanks Joe for the review, we’ll be heading here in January for a week LGA-MIA so back to back CL visits for us. I too have read the crowded reviews so hopefully they implement some rules to lessen overcrowding. What food was there besides the rabbit eats? On another note I lost in my fantasy playoffs by 0.8 pts no thanks to Tannehill and his pitiful day

    • Mark,

      I hope you don’t encounter the crowds I did. I mean it was Sunday evening, so peak travel time. I have a review of the CL in LGA as well that I’m going to get to in my next TR, but it may not be done by the time you go there!

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