16 February, 2023

American Express opens new Centurion lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

American Express has opened a new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The new lounge is nearly triple the size of the original Centurion Lounge at SEA and now located in the newly created mezzanine level of the Central Terminal post-security. 

It features spectacular views of the airfield and iconic Olympic mountains, ample room for guests to relax or work before their flight, and a locally-inspired menu from Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar Executive Chef Kristi Brown. Plus, the new location includes “Blue Roast by American Express,” a coffee bar serving speciality coffee, espresso drinks, and cold brew from local Seattle roaster Caffรจ Umbria, and a one-of-a-kind mural of the Seattle skyline made from coffee beans by celebrated artist Harold Caudio.

“The new Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport delivers exactly what Card Members want while travelling – more space to relax and recharge and fantastic food and drink,” said Pablo Rivero, Vice President & General Manager, Global Lounge Experiences. “Inspired by the vibrant Seattle dining and coffee scene, this lounge showcases the best of what Seattle has to offer, including a custom menu from the talented Chef Kristi Brown and our first full-service coffee bar with locally-roasted beans Seattle is known for.”

A Taste of “Seattle Soul”

Chef Kristi Brown, James Beard Award semifinalist and owner and chef of Seattle-based Communion Restaurant and Bar, will bring her signature “Seattle Soul” cuisine to the lounge. Her cuisine uses fresh local ingredients honouring traditional soul food and flavours from communities represented in the Pacific Northwest, including Southeast Asia and East and West Africa. The menu at the Centurion Lounge at SEA will feature dishes like Trinidadian Spiced Pork Belly, Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad, and "Peach Cobbla” French Toast, her twist on the traditional breakfast treat.

“I’m thrilled to work with American Express to bring to the Centurion Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, dishes that have not only been elemental to my upbringing but also nod to the local Seattle culture,” said Chef Kristi Brown. “We wanted to create a menu that’s both dynamic and delicious, where one feels right at home, even while they travel.”

The Centurion Network’s First Full-Service Coffee Bar

The Centurion Lounge at SEA honours Seattle’s coffee culture with “Blue Roast by American Express,” the first full-service coffee bar with counter service located in a Centurion Lounge. Baristas will serve espresso beverages, cold brew, and rotating seasonal speciality coffee drinks from local Seattle roaster Caffรจ Umbria. The wellness-themed cafรฉ menu features healthy bites, made-to-order fruit smoothies, and kombucha on tap.

Spacious Seating and Locally Inspired Design Details

Harold Caudio’s 40 square-foot mural of the Seattle skyline hangs prominently in the main lounge space and was created with Caffรจ Umbria beans. Caudio is a Haitian-American, mixed-media artist and designer whose portraits explore the intersection of pop art, culture and politics. He’s most known for his series “The Colored Collextion,” a Skittles-coated collection of hand-crafted portraits highlighting public figures who've had a symbolic impact on society and culture.

The new lounge also includes more seating areas to cater to every type of traveller, complete with scenic views of the airfield and Olympic Mountains. Additional improvements include more restrooms, private phone rooms and noise-buffering workspaces along with complimentary Centurion Lounge Network amenities like signature cocktails1 and access to high-speed Wi-Fi.