Centurion Lounge: LAS

On my recent trip to Las Vegas I had time to check out the American Express Centurion Lounge at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.  This was my first experience with the LAS Centurion Lounge and I was quite impressed with the amenities.  

I stopped in the lounge around 8:30am, in time to check out the hot breakfast buffet.  The lounge was about half-full, but because of the layout of the seating it didn't feel crowded like some other clubs.  A wall of windows flanks the right side of the lounge and the couches and chairs are broken up into semi-private seating areas.  There's also an area of tables in chairs by the buffet and bar.  

Seating was comfortable and the attendands quickly cleaned up after guests so finding a clean place to sit was not difficult.  Unlike many U.S. airline lounges, the Centurion Lounge offers a full hot buffet and real plates to eat off of.  Breakfast included everything from savory French toast to fresh fruit and yogurt.  There was also a selection of fresh juices, coffee and an expresso machine.  

The food was pretty good.  I just took a small sampling of items.  I have to admit I wasn't hungry since I had just eaten breakfast at the Mandarin.  If you haven't eaten or want to grab a bite before your flight, the food at the Centurion Lounge can definitely count as a meal.  The quality was on par with some of the international business class lounges I've experienced, if not a little better.  This is a big difference from the Admirals Club, SkyClub, and US Airways Clubs.       

Here's what I like about this lounge:

  • Comfortable seating
  • WiFi
  • Decent, hot food with a good variety.  The menu was created by celebrity chef Scott Conant.
  • Full bar with premium spirits as well as soft drinks, coffee and espresso.
  • American Express Travel Services.
  • Shower facility
  • Family space separate from the rest of the lounge.

The Centurion Lounge is free to American Express Centurion and Platinum Card holders.  The Platinum Card is Amex's card, not other branded platinum cards.  (Be warned your Delta Platinum American Express will not get you in this lounge for free.)  Other American Express cardholders are welcome with the purchase of a One-Day pass for $50.

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