The American Express Centurion Lounge in Seattle is temporarily closed. But the reason why is a head-scratcher.
The AMEX Centurion Lounge in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) has been closed since Monday. AMEX provided little info on why except this short note explaining the closure:
Beginning March 11, 2019, The Seattle Centurion Lounge will be temporarily closed for a short period as we renovate and improve the space.
I used the lounge on Sunday before my flight to Los Angeles, the day before it closed. When checking in, I asked why exactly the lounge was closing. The agent was quick to say:
Sadly, it’s not because we are adding space.
That was given. The oft-overcrowded “Centurion Studio” became a “Centurion Lounge” a little more than a year ago when it added a second dining room and bar. There is no space to expand unless it takes over the neighboring McDonald’s, which had huge lines at 5:00 A.M. on Sunday morning.
So what will be changed?
Pointing to the check-in desk, the agent said, “We are just getting a new desk. There will be a couple of other minor furniture changes.”
That’s all? Yep.
First, the wooden check-in desk looked perfectly fine to me. Second, why the heck does American Express have to close a lounge for several days just to bring in new furniture? Haven’t they heard of overnight installation? It’s not like we getting a remodeled bathroom…
I love breakfast in the Seattle Centurion Lounge and was happy to partake on the “last day” of the lounge opening. Let’s hope the critical task of furniture replacement doesn’t keep the lounge closed too long…