Lounge Review: Centurion Studio @ Seattle-Tacoma Int'l

If you read my last post on my mileage run through Seattle, then you know I had a lot of time to spend in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Mind? Why would I! As an American Express Platinum cardholder, this meant I'd have time to checkout the Seattle Centurion Studio, the "stepchild" of the Centurion Lounge system.

Located outside Gate B3, the Centurion Studio is a welcome lounge option is this sprawling airport. Coming from a Delta flight in the S Terminal, a ride in the airport tram was required, which was as efficient, clean, and timely as you would imagine.

The Studio itself is a tiny room, one that doesn't compare to the expanse of other Centurion Lounges, but it is my no means a lowly "studio."

Love this TV unit. It includes a wealth of magazines and newspapers for guests to take to enjoy on their flights.

Love this TV unit. It includes a wealth of magazines and newspapers for guests to take to enjoy on their flights.

I arrived at the Studio during lunchtime, and had quite an appetite. Traditionally, Centurion Lounge meals are a step above airline lounge options, specifically those from US carriers, and the Studio was no different. The options were all cold, but the quality was clearly turned up a notch.

For "snacking", there were plenty of vegetables and breads available, with spreads for both. It tok everything in my power not to nosh on a breadstick.

Includes a red pepper hummus (front row, second from right).

Includes a red pepper hummus (front row, second from right).

The main options were both sandwiches, which meant I, as someone who tries to limit his carb intake, would have to go through the always head-turning process of peeling my sandwiches apart once I got back to my seat. Worth it. Also worth it? The plate of pickles I stole soon after I took this photo.

In front: a roasted vegetable wrap. In back: a prosciutto baguette. 

In front: a roasted vegetable wrap. In back: a prosciutto baguette. 

What to drink, what to drink? The Studio doesn't have a bar, unlike Lounges, but there is alcohol available upon request from the service staff patrolling the Studio. The Studio also goes the extra mile and has about four local brews on tap, a nice way to be able to experience a taste of Seattle if you're only in town for a layover. While waiting for the beer, I did grab a glass of this Raspberry Agua Fresca though, and the hint of honey is exactly as described.

How refreshing!

How refreshing!

The Studio also had some great dessert options, and I'll let those speak for themselves.

Yup, that's a FULL German Chocolate Cake!

Yup, that's a FULL German Chocolate Cake!

A hazelnut tart and lemon bar. The lemon bar absolutely melted in your mouth.

A hazelnut tart and lemon bar. The lemon bar absolutely melted in your mouth.

Now, again, if you've read the blog post, you know I had to spend the night in Seattle, which means I would get to enjoy a second meal at the Studio: breakfast! I consider this a platinum lining. 

While it can't compare to the eggs benedict I always nab at the Centurion Lounge at LGA, the breakfast choices here offered some interesting flavors I'm not used to enjoying at the airport.

Front right: a vegetarian egg strata, with broccoli. Back left: Pine nut spinach roll. Was willing to break my carb rule for these!

Front right: a vegetarian egg strata, with broccoli. Back left: Pine nut spinach roll. Was willing to break my carb rule for these!

A wide selection of breakfast pastries, all of them of the sugary sweet variety.

A wide selection of breakfast pastries, all of them of the sugary sweet variety.

Celebrating my departure, I also ordered a glass of sparkling wine (I'm pretty sure it wasn't champagne, but I didn't see it on the menu to cross-check), and paired that with the all-essential AM coffee.

Cup o' joe?

Cup o' joe?

All in all, another great lounge from AMEX. The Centurion network continue to be the best lounge option available (to me at least) in all the airports they operate in.

Until next time!

Until next time!