Review: American Express Centurion Lounge – San Francisco International Airport

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I hurried off of the airplane to beat the rush at the United Airlines’ Arrivals Lounge for a shower. I quickly proceeded through automated passport control thanks to Global Entry that I received from my American Express Platinum Card. The lounge is located in San Francisco’s Terminal 3 on the baggage level. It was only a short walk from passport control. I arrived at the lounge only to find that it was closed for the day. Welp. I processed through the TSA checkpoint in a few minutes. I really needed a shower since it had been almost 24 hours since my last one. My prayers were answered when I turned the corner and saw this oasis.

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Whooooo. I knew that there was a Centurion Lounge at San Francisco, but it slipped my mind on this day (I will blame it on jet lag). The lounge is located near gates 74/75.

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

I made my way to the reception desk that is located on the second level. After providing my American Express Platinum card, ID, and boarding pass, I was granted access. The lounge was filled with people. I asked the receptionist (pessimistically) if the shower room was available. To my surprise, it was!

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

The shower room was located the left of the reception desk, near the kitchen. Noise from the kitchen and other guests in the lounge seemed to echo throughout the room. The shower room had all of the normal toiletries. One thing that stood out to me was the temperature of the water, it was either really cold or really hot.

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco Shower

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American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
Shower Room

After showering, I took a quick walk around the lounge. I checked out the small tv area. There was seating for eight people.

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
tv room

At the back of the lounge is the main seating area. There was quite a few seats, but most were taken.

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The lounge had a small business center with two computers and a printer should a guest need it.

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At the very front of the lounge was the bar/dining area. As you can imagine, seating was limited. The small bar is located on the right. As with every Centurion Lounge, all drinks were complimentary.

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At the very back of the dining room was the buffet. I was not hungry but the hot food options looked delicious.

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I settled at the bar for a quick drink. I asked for the espresso martini, which is one of my favorite drinks. The bartender asked if I could retrieve some espresso from the machine right outside of the door. I happily obliged.

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American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
drink station

Final Word

I absolutely love the American Express Centurion Lounges. With this visit, I have now visited three of the nine Centurion Lounges in the network. The other two are Dallas and Houston. Even though the lounge is on the smaller side, having the option to take a shower, eat a hot meal, or drink espresso martinis outweighs any noise or size constraints.

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