The American Express Platinum Card offers a variety of benefits, including accelerated hotel status, $400 travel credit and $400 hotel credit, free stays at St Regis or W Hotel Sentosa and Banyan Tree Resorts.
It also offers complimentary access to more than 1,200 airport lounges in 130 countries for you, your Supplementary Member and one guest each.
It is, hence, no wonder very popular among the miles chasers and frequent flyers.
One special lounge that AMEX runs specially for its AMEX members are The Centurion Lounges. Primarily located in the United States (eg the one in Seattle Airport), Asia has ONE (yes, just one) Centurion Lounge. And no, it is NOT even in Singapore. It is in Hong Kong.
I had the chance to visit it during my recent Hong Kong trip and is very pleased with how it is.
Sign up with AMEX platinum card to get this benefit as well as many others.
Location of the Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong Airport
The lounge is one level above the shopping area before Gate 60.
Two points to note
(1) As SQ flights (and SQ SilverKris lounge) are located at Gates 1-10 area, it is quite a walk TO and BACK from the lounge for your SQ flights. It takes about 10-15 mins walk. Get a trolley. Thank me later.
(2) Even though the literature said Gate 60, it is really just after Gate 36. So don’t be alarmed to start walking from Gate 1 (after immigration and custom) and wonder if you will survive that walk from Gate 1 to Gate 60. At Gate 36, it jumps to Gate 60. Refer to the diagram above. Besides the walk helps to get rid of all the good food you ate in Hong Kong 🙂
After Gate 36, Turn Right and you can see a sign with AMEX logo.
Once you see the sign above, you are very near. Walk a little more and you should see this on your right. Use the lift to go up to the lounge or the escalator.
On the floor above, you will see the Premium Lounge. You can get access to it with the American Express Platinum Card. In many airports, if you are not flying business, you will find this useful. Pro tip. I love the laksa at SATS lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 2. Love it !!
But ok. The Premium Lounges are not why we are here today.
American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong
We are here. For the American Express Centurion Lounge.
What an entrance.
There is a meeting room available but not sure if you need to book it. I did see someone using it.
There is also this special area/room just after the entrance that is open to the members but is very private (other than people walking past all the time). A favourite for families.
Approaching the main area of the lounge…
The lounge is located one level ABOVE the gate waiting areas and faces the airplanes parking area. You can see the parked planes and the boarding gates.
It is very bright and very airy. Compared to the SQ SilverKris lounge which has no windows and hence feels a little more cramped. The AMEX Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong airport is smaller but feels bigger due to the bright and airy surrounding.
There is also this area just after you reached the main area (to the left) which, if you don’t need a table to eat, is rather nice for some work to be done. It offers a nice view of the boarding areas and the planes.
The Bar Counter at AMEX Centurion Lounge Hong Kong
The central piece of the lounge is the very long bar which you can request for alcohol and cocktail. Look at all the bottles.
My order is, as usual, Baileys on the rocks.
Food Food Food
I am not exactly impressed by the selection of food during my visit. Rather normal. Perhaps it was because of my timing (about 2pm). I prefer the food at the SQ Krisflyer lounge.
Ice Cream !!!!
Honey, anyone ?
There are shower facilities but I did not try it.
The American Express Centurion lounge at Hong Kong Airport is nice, cheerful, airy and bright. I love how relaxed I felt at this lounge.
You can get access to all the AMEX centurion lounges and other lounges if you sign up for the AMEX platinum card. There are many other benefits too which really outweighs the cost and hence the reason why many continues to sign up and renew this card.
Read also about my visit to American Express Centurion lounge in Seattle Airport.