American Express is scheduled to open their Centurion Lounge on October 2, 2017. This will be the first Centurion Lounge in Asia and yet another addition to the number of international Centurion Lounges. Unlike some of the other international Centurion Lounges in places like Mexico, the new lounge in Hong Kong sounds like it will be on par with American Centurion Lounges.
The new Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong (HKG)
The Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) will be located in Terminal 1 and cover approximately 8,000 square feet (just a tad bit smaller than the one in Houston).
Per the press release, the amenities of the lounge will include:
- A premium buffet featuring both locally and internationally inspired dishes.
- Example menu items include French toast with maple syrup and mixed berry compote, assorted Dim Sum baskets, stir-fried rice with eggs, mushrooms and vegetables, chicken congee, gnocchi with Pomodoro sauce, pan fried sole fillet with caper cream sauce, and vanilla mango panna cotta.
- A complimentary full bar with custom cocktails created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine selections handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio*
- Private phone areas and a meeting room, plus a workspace outfitted with a computer bar
- Restrooms and a private shower suite outfitted with L’Occitane amenities
- A private area exclusively available for Centurion Members and their guests, which will offer access to a dedicated Member Services Professional to help with any specific travel, reservation or card services requests
- The private Centurion area will also feature an a la carte menu designed by Michelin star chef, Lau Yiu Fai of Yan Toh Heen at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
- Chef Lau’s menu will offer Cantonese dishes such as baked pork in puff pastry, crispy spring rolls with kimchi and pork, crispy fresh prawns with black truffles, braised wagyu beef cheek and turnip, barbecued pork with honey and steamed rice, and baked egg tartlettes with bird’s nest, among others.
The difference with this lounge from many other Centurion Lounges that I’ve been to is that Centurion card holders get access to an a la carte menu designed by a Michelin star chef. I’m not aware of other Centurion Lounges that offer that (I’ve seen some that offer private areas for Centurion members that nobody seems to honor). This also comes at a time when Amex is offering enhanced lounge access to Centurion card holders to Lufthansa lounges, so maybe this part of an ongoing initiative to give Centurion card holders more distinguishing perks.
Photos of the new Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong
The photos of the new lounge (courtesy of Amex) look fantastic. The decor is a bit different from many of the other lounges in the U.S. Based on the photos, the lounge still has the very chic look that other lounges have but it looks like Amex turned up the swank meter for this one, especially for the bar area.
I’ve got a trip to Hong Kong early next year and this lounge is very tempting but I think I’m still going to probably spend most of my time in The Pier Lounge which is the first class lounge for Cathay Pacific. (Though The Pier is also in Terminal 1 so it might be possible to come in and take a peak at this lounge.)
The new Hong Kong Centurion Lounge will open up on the same day that Amex is limiting access to the Centurion Lounge to only Centurion/Platinum card holders, a move that should at least a little bit with crowding issues (although I have my doubts).
Also noteworthy is that the Centurion Lounge in Philadelphia is expected to open up in late October.