The FINANCIAL — American Express announced that it will open its 14th Centurion Lounge at Denver International Airport (DEN) on February 1, 2021. Located in the Concourse C Mezzanine, the new lounge will cover more than 14,000-square-feet, making it the second-largest Centurion Lounge location to date. Card Members visiting the Denver Centurion Lounge will continue to see health-and-safety practices in place, as part of the “ Centurion Lounge Commitment .” These practices have been implemented across the lounge network and include socially distanced seating, reduced capacity, increased cleaning frequency, requirements to wear a face covering when entering the lounge, served food instead of buffets, and more.
According to American Express the new location hosts a variety of locally inspired amenities, including American Express’ first-ever Craft Beer Bar, which will offer rotating selections of some of Colorado’s best local brews, a locally sourced Italian-inspired menu curated by award-winning Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, design features reminiscent of Denver’s neighboring Rocky Mountains, immersive game options and more.
A recent Amex Trendex* survey found that half of consumers (49%) expect to travel by plane this summer. As consumers begin setting their sights on future travels, American Express is continuing to back Card Members whenever they may be ready to travel again through new and enhanced travel offerings, including the ongoing expansion of The Centurion Lounge Network.
“We’re excited to unveil a new Centurion Lounge at one of the most frequented airports by our Premium Card Members, Denver International Airport, and provide a safe and comfortable space for our Card Members as they look to start their travels again,” said Alexander Lee, Vice President of Travel Experiences and Benefits. “We collaborated closely with local partners to design a space that brings to life all of the unique offerings of Denver, from their renowned craft brewery and culinary scene, to the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.”
American Express will welcome James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur and co-founder of Frasca Hospitality Group and Scarpetta Wines, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, as the Executive Chef of the new Denver Centurion Lounge. Chef Lachlan developed a locally-sourced menu inspired by his travels through the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Northern Italy, incorporating a variety of local and artisanal ingredients.
The Denver Centurion Lounge will be the first in the network to include a live action cooking station, where Card Members will be able to enjoy dishes prepared à la carte and even customize them to their personal preferences. The menu will rotate daily so that guests can enjoy freshly made breakfast and lunch items, such as: Gubana French Toast and Rigatoni al Portonat.
Local Denver Brews and Gaming on The Go
Nodding to the city’s 70+ breweries, the Craft Beer Bar1 features rotating seasonal selections from local Colorado breweries. Upon opening the lounge will feature brews from Denver Beer Co, ODD13 Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery and Left Hand Brewing Company. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary full bar with Colorado-inspired cocktails created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine selections handpicked by wine authority Anthony Giglio.
The new lounge also has a game room with a variety of options, including pool and shuffleboard tables, as well as custom, large-scale classics such as Connect Four and Checkers. As part of The Centurion Lounge Commitment , games will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
Mile High City-Inspired Design
The new lounge has locally inspired design touches throughout the space, reminiscent of the natural environment and scenery throughout the city of Denver. This includes geometric ceiling installations that mimic the mountainous area, a mural of the Rocky Mountains and a two-sided living wall visible from within the lounge and from the concourse below.
“We are happy to be able to offer Card Members a new place to enjoy and rest their feet while they wait for their flight,” said Denver International Airport Chief Executive Officer, Kim Day. “It’s a pleasure to welcome our first non-airline lounge to Denver, and to welcome the American Express Centurion Lounge to the DEN family.”
This new Lounge builds on the recent progress American Express has made to expand and enhance The Centurion Lounge network, including the introduction of The Centurion Lounge Commitment as well as plans to open a new location in London’s Heathrow Airport later this year, and expand locations in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.