The Amex Centurion Lounge at LAX is hard to find, but worth the effort

The Amex Centurion Lounge at LAX is hard to find, but worth the effort

It takes a lot to get me talking about airport lounges these days, but the Amex Centurion Lounge at LAX surprised me in two ways:

  • First, it’s in an odd location that you’re not likely to stumble upon accidentally. You need to be actively looking for it to find the main entrance.
  • Second, the eggs and sausage they serve are the best I’ve ever had (anywhere in the world). Sorry Grandma!

My full review of the American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX

Full disclaimer: the only reason why I visited the LAX Centurion Lounge on this particular day was because I was hungry. I wasn’t looking to be spoiled rotten. I was simply feeling cheap and I wanted a free plate of food. 

SANspotter selfie Amex centurion lounge LAX
I mean, considering how much I just had to shell out for the annual fee of my Amex Platinum Card, I figured that I was more than entitled to a free meal.

The location

Finding the LAX Amex Centurion Lounge is going to take some patience. The entrance is located on level 4 the Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B). As a reminder, level 4 is the main level – the one where all the airline gates are. 

lax amex centurion lounge location map

You’ll see the main entrance on the left as soon as you pass through security and walk through the entryway into the Terminal B. It’s easy to miss. As a matter of fact, I never knew it was there until this visit!

Amex centurion lounge entrance LAX
Remember the scene in Pulp Fiction where Marsellus Wallace is walking across the street, stops dead in his tracks, and says “mother***cker…” upon realizing that Butch is sitting in the car at the stoplight? I had the exact same reaction when I realized that this was the entrance for the Amex lounge. I never knew it was here! 
Amex centurion lounge elevators LAX
Technically, it was just a doorway leading to the elevators which then take you to the main entrance on level 2. But stay with me…
Amex centurion lounge elevator LAX terminal B
Good news: you won’t have to worry about having to choose between an up and down button on the elevator. You only have one choice (down), so it’ll be impossible to mess up.
Amex centurion lounge logo LAX
This is what you’ll see when the elevator door opens after the ride down to the second floor. I can only assume that if he had arms (and fingers), he would be pointing to the entrance on the right. Thanks bro!
Amex centurion lounge reception desk LAX
Well, that was certainly the most convoluted way of entering an airport lounge that I’ve ever experienced (except for maybe the IAH Centurion Lounge). At least it was kinda fun getting down here to the reception desk.

The layout

I was a little more than surprised to see that this lounge is smaller than the SFO Amex Centurion Lounge (by a pretty good margin actually). It consists of a handful of small rooms connected by long hallways. It’s confusing at first, but cozy.

LAX Amex centurion lounge design
I like how they hit you over the head with gobs of style and design as soon as you walk in. Spoiler alert: the rest of this lounge isn’t this fancy.
LAX centurion lounge bar area
By the way, that’s the bar (the focal point of this lounge) over yonder. It’s large, beautifully designed, and nothing short of impressive. I almost felt disappointed that I don’t drink.
LAX centurion lounge bar
How fun would it be to mosey on up (John Wayne style) and ask the bartender for a shot of the strongest thing he’s got? I wouldn’t know, because I’m boring AF.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX second bar
This is the other (and obviously less popular) bar.
LAX centurion lounge hallway
Once you’ve got your drink, this is what you can expect to see as you try and find a place to sit. I told you it was gonna get less fancy!
Walking through LAX centurion lounge
No lie, there were some parts of this lounge that were giving me flashbacks to my corporate job days. Yikes.
LAX centurion lounge layout
It’s a beautiful lounge though. They did a pretty good job of breaking up the space into separate nooks connected by dividers and hallways.
LAX centurion lounge connector hallway
But let’s be real – I don’t think there’s anyone over the age of 25 who could stand in this spot and not think of status reports (that no one will read), quarterly numbers (that may or may not be fudged), and weekly staff meetings (that everyone loathes). Where am I again?
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX showers
Yup, showers are available. They’re coed too (and thus probably lots of fun).

Seating (and comfort)

It’s fairly obvious that the designers of this lounge have gone far out of their way to provide a variety of comfortable seating types. From communal tables to private enclaves, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find a comfortable place to sit in this place (assuming it’s not busy).

LAX centurion lounge seating
Pro: The seating layout isn’t very dense. Con: good luck finding a place to sit.
LAX Amex centurion lounge communal room
You’ll probably have more luck sharing a table with someone else than you will trying to find something of your own.
LAX Amex centurion lounge work tables
BTW, if I had any skills as a photographer, I wouldn’t have inadvertently cropped out the printers on that long table on the left. So yeah – printers do exist in this lounge.
LAX Amex centurion lounge seating
The body language of the 3 people in foreground tells you everything you need to know about the sacrifices you’ll have to make when it comes to seating. You gotta take whatever you can get!
LAX Amex centurion lounge cafeteria area
Unless you don’t mind sitting in the cafeteria style seats. That section was wide open.
LAX Amex centurion lounge private room
This secluded room seems interesting. Shoutout to the mom, who (judging by that tall glass of wine) has probably done more today than most humans have all week. And it’s not even 8:30am yet!
LAX Amex centurion lounge private cube style seats
Feeling the urge to hop on a call and touch base? These cube style seats along the wall are for you.
LAX Amex centurion lounge reserved area
Centurion Card members get their own secluded (reserved) area. I didn’t see a lot of activity in there, so I would venture to guess that there aren’t many who can afford the annual fee of that bad boy.
LAX Amex centurion lounge sleeping room
Also nice to see was this sleeping / napping room. I wonder if what happens in here stays in here? I didn’t stick around long enough to find out…

The food

The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the LAX Centurion Lounge is the large self serve food buffet. They were serving breakfast during my visit, and I was really impressed with the wide variety of options. There was a lot of it, and all of it looked delicious!

Amex centurion lounge LAX buffet
The buffet (and a darn good one at that).
Amex centurion lounge LAX breakfast
Normally it’s the bacon that makes me weak in the knees, but that sausage was freaking spectacular.
Amex centurion lounge LAX breakfast pastry
I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but this pic of the pastries is pretty darn amazing considering that I had my eye on the bacon and sausage the entire time.
Amex centurion lounge LAX breakfast yogurt
Here’s another beautiful pic of the bacon and sausage (as seen from the yogurt section).
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX scrambled eggs and sausage
I say again: The scrambled eggs and sausage in this lounge are otherworldly. I mean it!
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX breakfast
And for what it’s worth, since there was nowhere else to sit, this is where I had to enjoy my meal. At least I was able to stuff my face in peace.

Spread throughout the lounge are individual beverage and snack stations. These are especially convenient if all you need is a drink refill and you don’t feel like walking all the way back to the buffet.

Amex Centurion Lounge LAX bagels and English muffins
This mini bar consisted of beverages and English muffins / bagels. The thought of how sticky that knife is (the one sticking out of the jam container) gives me the willies.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX Coffee and tea
Don’t worry – there are multiple coffee and tea dispensers located throughout the lounge. This is one of them.
Amex Centurion Lounge LAX Coffee and tea machine
And here’s another. I didn’t test it out, but I can assure you that it smelled like proper coffee and tea should.

How to get in

The nice thing about the American Express Centurion Lounge is that the entry requirements are the same for each one. Consistency and familiarity goes a long way towards making a lounge experience great, and this was no exception.

As a reminder, you need one of the following American Express cards to get in (along with a same day boarding pass and government issued ID):

  • Platinum Card
  • Business Platinum Card
  • Corporate Platinum Card
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business Card

Centurion Members are also welcome free of charge. One-time access passes are not available, though I’d highly recommend keeping an eye on the latest official entry requirements (because things do change from time to time).

Pros and cons

No lie – this might be the best lounge that I’ve ever been in at LAX. It’s not as chaotic as the United Club in Terminal 7. It’s far more comfortable than the KAL Lounge (located several floors above). As a matter of fact, it feels even more exclusive than the Star Alliance First Class Lounge.

For comparisons sake, it’s the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge which feels most similar to the Centurion Lounge. The overall vibe (and the food) is pretty much the same.


  • The food is excellent. If you have access, it’s definitely worth stopping in for a free meal.
  • The smaller rooms help to make this lounge feel quiet and relaxed. It didn’t feel chaotic at all, even though it was near max capacity during my visit.
  • The bar is impressive by airport lounge standards.


  • It feels a little small. I personally didn’t mind, but claustrophobic types might not enjoy hanging out in here.
  • Most of the seating is communal. The private seats get taken fast!
  • Considering it’s location (in one of the busiest terminals at LAX) this lounge is likely to be full most hours of the day.

Comments (2)

  1. Loren

    June 30, 2023
    • Scott (SANspotter)

      June 30, 2023

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