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It’s been a busy month for American Express’ lounge team — the card issuer just opened its first international Centurion Lounge, at Hong Kong International Airport, and now it’s gearing up to welcome guests to its eighth US location, at Philadelphia’s PHL.

Once the Philadelphia location opens its doors by the end of October, Amex’s full roster will include:

Access to Amex’s Centurion Lounges is now limited to cardmembers with a Centurion Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. Eligible cardmembers will be able to bring two guests and purchase $50 day passes for additional guests.

TPG and I had a chance to preview the new PHL lounge last night, including a tour on Facebook Live:

Exclusive first look at The Centurion Lounge at Philadelphia International Airport! #AmexPlatinum #AmexAmbassador

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Once the lounge opens its doors, it’ll be open daily from 5:00am until 9:00pm. We’ll be back with a full review shortly after the lounge opens later this month, but you can get a feel for the space and perks in our preview below.

Entrance, Seating and Amenities

Amex’s latest lounge is located on the second level at PHL’s Terminal A-West, near gate A14. It’s at the far end of the airport, where most international flights depart from, but you can walk over from the other terminals without leaving security.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The decor matches that of other locations, though the size and arrangement varies a bit, of course.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The 6,300-square-foot lounge’s main room includes a variety of tables and chairs, with a mix of half-booths, high-top tables and bar seating. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for great natural light during the day.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

A smaller, second room includes individual workstations, with power outlets and USB.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

There’s also an L-shaped sofa, three pods and a conference table.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

There are men’s and women’s restrooms, and a separate shower room, which guests can use to freshen up before or after their international flights.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

Food and Beverage

Amex works to identify and partner with top local chefs at its Centurion Lounges, and PHL is no exception. The menu at this location is curated by Philly’s own Michael Solomonov — when I explained the concept to my father, a Philly native, Solomonov was his first guess, so it’s clear that this guy’s a pretty big deal.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

While out-of-towners might be more likely to associate Philly with cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, Solomonov’s cuisine is a bit more sophisticated.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

We had a chance to try a small selection of the menu items, including the Israel salad with feta, humus and kale tabbouleh pictured below.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The hummus was definitely a crowd-pleaser — delicious!

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The hot items were presented as hors d’oeuvres at the preview event, and will include challah French toast with blackberries, Bulgarian kebabs and more.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

I especially enjoyed the challah French toast, which was light but decadent.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The PHL location offers a full bar, and everything’s included. Bartenders can whip you up a variety of cocktails, including a selection of locally inspired options.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

The preview event’s cocktail menu included items like the Philadelphia Flyer, named for the city’s NHL team, and the Schuylkill Express (pronounced skoo-kill), in honor of a local section of Interstate 76.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

TPG seemed fond of his Blue Door — a mix of Johnny Walker Black, Myer’s Dark Rum, Benedictine and lemon juice.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

Bottom Line

Amex’s Philadelphia Centurion Lounge has been a long time coming. We first heard about this new planned location back in January, but it was already in the works for some time before that. It definitely lives up to the brand’s standards, but at 6,300 square feet, I could see it filling up quickly during peak hours.

Amex PHL Centurion Lounge Preview

As for what’s next, Amex reps didn’t have anything to share just yet, but considering there’s a dedicated team tasked with managing and growing the portfolio, it shouldn’t be too long before we hear about further growth.

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