After our failed attempt to make it back to Houston for New Year’s Eve, we ended up with a four-hour layover in Dallas on New Year’s Day. When I think of fun things to do on New Year’s, hanging out at an airport doesn’t exactly top my list, but this was already a trip where we were turning lemons into lemonade, so we were going to keep on making lemonade (with a little vodka in it!). I usually like to sit back, relax, watch the big college football games, and enjoy a few glasses of bubbly on New Year’s Day, so I knew that I needed to find a place in the airport to relax, and luckily Centurion Lounge came to mind.
When I was little, we would go to the airport regularly as my father traveled frequently for work. I always had fun because I enjoyed riding on the inter-terminal train and having a snack in the Continental lounge. Since I am no longer a small child, different forms of transportation no longer provide the excitement that they once did. However, lounges still make me happy! We had the choice of the American lounge (Admirals Club) or the Centurion Lounge at DFW airport. I had heard great things about the Centurion lounge, so we decided to give it a try.
After landing, we took the Skylink to Terminal D and easily found the sign for the lounge (right by the L’Occitane store). The lounge was upstairs and we did have a bit of confusion determining exactly how to get upstairs, but eventually, we made it. With my American Express Card, I was able to buy two $50 passes so Rebekah and I could gain access to the lounge. We asked about scheduling a treatment at the spa. I booked a complimentary 15-minute chair massage (the availability was very limited though).
As we made our way into the lounge, we scoped out the various seating locations and found ourselves a table in the very last room. We then went to the bar and got a glass of the sparkling wine. I was not familiar with the offering, but it was nice and served in a very nice sparkling wine flute.
Then we explored the buffet. This lounge serves a full hot lunch – so we had more than just the typical snack foods found at most airline lounges. The enchiladas on the buffet were quite popular. I had to wait a few minutes before they arrived with a fresh dish of those. And for dessert, I had a chocolate chip cookie. The food overall had a southwestern theme to it. If it were a restaurant outside of the airport, it is not one that I would frequent, but I was able to find food that I could eat.
As we were half-way through our meal, two of the large lounge chairs by the TV became available. Since it was a heavy travel day, we quickly moved locations so that we could relax and watch football. Also, we were very near the bar so we were able to quickly refill our beverages. I tried one of the craft cocktails but then went back to sparkling wine.
Then it came time for my massage, so I headed back to the front to check in. I was a few minutes early, so I asked to use the shower room. I wanted to wash my face and also I just wanted to see it. It had a nice shower and lovely L’Occitane products. Then I went for my chair massage. The massage was great, but the area was not segregated from the rest of the salon, so I could hear others conversations. I guess I really shouldn’t complain though because all I paid was the tip to the masseuse.
In summary, this lounge was a good value for the $50 I paid. When you think about it, that is a pretty reasonable price for lunch, a few drinks, and a massage. Plus I got to watch football. When the Centurion lounge opens in Houston later this year, I may consider upgrading to a Platinum Amex to get complimentary access. While we were sitting there watching the game, it almost seemed as if I was at a friend’s house drinking and watching football. I didn’t feel stuck in an airport waiting for my next flight. How do you try to make the most of your time at airports?
Expert tips for visiting a Centurion Lounge:
- If you want a spa treatment, book it immediately when you arrive at the lounge.
- You must have an Amex (and pay with the Amex – unless you are getting complimentary access) to gain entrance into a Centurion lounge.