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What Is It Like to Visit the Centurion Lounge in Atlanta?

The space is a destination in its own right

The Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport / Photo: Courtesy of The Centurion Lounge

During my recent visits to The Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, I encountered an experience that redefines airport luxury. Diverse seating areas, dual outdoor terraces and great culinary offerings make this lounge a haven for travelers seeking comfort and indulgence.

The lounge offers two outdoor areas, one fully open-air with runway views / Photo: Courtesy of The Centurion Lounge

Location

Opened in February, The Centurion Lounge in Atlanta is the largest in the Amex lounge network, spanning more than 26,000 square feet in Concourse E near gate E11. This location provides easy access for travelers flying with any airline operating from the world’s busiest airport. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Access Options

To access the lounge, you must present a same-day boarding pass, a valid ID and an eligible American Express card. Eligible Amex cards that provide complimentary access to the lounge include the Platinum, Business Platinum, Centurion, Delta SkyMiles Reserve and Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business. Entry is permitted within three hours of scheduled flight departure, and you cannot access the lounge after an arriving flight. Those with standby tickets are prohibited unless they show a confirmed seat assignment.

The Reserve whiskey bar is the first of its kind in a Centurion Lounge / Photo: Courtesy of The Centurion Lounge

The Lounge

The lounge boasts many seating options for relaxation or productivity. The outdoor areas, one fully open-air with runway views and another partially enclosed, provide unique spots, creating an almost parklike tranquility amid the airport’s hustle.

The decor pays homage to Atlanta’s rich musical heritage. Portraits of icons such as Usher, Ray Charles and R.E.M. adorn the walls, while light-filled spaces invite guests to appreciate the beauty of creativity and history intertwined.

Food and Beverage

The selection of food, with a Southern twist, is truly impressive. Chef Deborah VanTrece crafted a menu that features delicious flavors: From pot roasts to creative soups, a hearty salad bar, homemade cornbread and decadent desserts, every dish showcases quality and taste. The all-inclusive drink selection features everything from espresso martinis to bespoke cocktails. But the lounge’s highlight is The Reserve whiskey bar, the first of its kind in a Centurion Lounge. At the bar, a drinks menu created by Jim Meehan, an award-winning mixologist, includes specialty whiskey cocktails and an extensive selection of premium whiskeys.

Amenities

Beyond the exceptional dining, the lounge offers opulent bathrooms, shower suites for refreshing before flights, private rooms for work or relaxation, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

Verdict

The Atlanta Centurion Lounge surpasses the high standards set by American Express. It offers a sanctuary that blends comfort, culinary delight and cultural appreciation. The lounge has a thoughtful layout and comprehensive amenities, in addition to its dedication to quality, making it a jewel in the crown of airport lounges. I have witnessed its evolution since its opening and can attest that the Atlanta Centurion Lounge is more than just a place to wait for your flight—it’s a destination in its own right.