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A Sneak Peek at the New Amex Centurion Lounge in Houston

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Update: We just heard from Amex that the lounge will be opening TOMORROW, June 24, at 5:30am. If you’re passing through IAH, be sure to check it out!

Last year, American Express announced that its seventh Centurion Lounge location would be at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). There wasn’t a specific date set for opening, but we now know that the 8,500-square-foot lounge will be opening sometime soon. So near in the future, in fact, that the Amex team celebrated its latest airport lounge with a sneak peek event last night.

The new Centurion Lounge is located within Terminal D of IAH and comes with all the amenities frequent flyers have come to love about the Centurion Lounge network. Terminal D is currently serviced by AeroMexico, Air China, AirFrance, Air New Zealand, ANA, Avianca, British Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore and Turkish, among a few smaller airlines, and it’s a short walk from the United gates.

The posh entryway to the new Centurion Lounge at Houston features the lounge’s iconic blue doors. The lounge will be open from 5:30am to 9:00pm every day and will feature high-speed Wi-Fi.

The entry
The entryway of the new Centurion Lounge. Photo Credit: American Express.

There are noise-buffering workspaces, such as this area below. Throughout the lounge, you’ll also find plenty of power outlets, a private shower, a family room and tranquility areas.

The work area
The work area at IAH’s Centurion Lounge. Photo Credit: American Express.

You’ll also find the typical Centurion Lounge dining area and full bar. Like all Centurion Lounges, the full bar is complimentary and the food is constantly restocked throughout the day.

The bar
The bar and dining area has a good amount of room to eat and drink. Photo Credit: American Express.

There’s also an art installation by local artist Patrick Renner. The piece is inspired by the city’s Trumpet Flower sculpture, which adds to the local feel of the Houston Centurion Lounge.

American Express celebrates the opening of The Centurion Lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Patrick Renner’s art installation in the lounge. Photo Credit: Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express.

Amex partnered with Justin Yu, a James Beard Award winner, to create a menu of locally inspired but globally influenced dishes — again, making this a locally inspired lounge within IAH.

American Express celebrates the opening of The Centurion Lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Chef Justin Yu is creating a rotating menu for the IAH lounge. Photo Credit: Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express.

Yu’s menu will rotate regularly — taking advantage of the variety and seasonality of local Houston favorites.

American Express celebrates the opening of The Centurion Lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
There’ll be a wide range of food options for those who go to the lounge. Photo Credit: Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express.

Examples of food options include griddled johnnycakes with strawberry and pink peppercorn jam, thickened cream and honey, and desserts such as black pepper panna cotta with vanilla poached stone fruits.

American Express celebrates the opening of The Centurion Lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Dishes will rotate, based on the season and local favorites. Photo Credit: Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group for American Express.

Although we don’t have a firm opening date for you, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear. As a reminder, access to all domestic Centurion Lounges is complimentary if you have an American Express Centurion Card, American Express Platinum Card or Business Platinum Card. Other Amex cardholders can access the lounge with a $50 co-pay. Stay tuned for more TPG coverage from the new Centurion Lounge at IAH.

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