Once again American Express has shown just how good an American lounge can be. Unlike most airline domestic lounges that offer, at best, snack options, poor quality free beverages and lackluster wifi speed, the Centurion in San Francisco SFO Airport delivers and exceeds what you want.
It is located in Terminal 3 near F3 security. There is TSA PreCheck there so getting through is a breeze. Entrance is granted free for you and 2 guests via The Centurion card or non-Delta American Express Platinum card (or the business card as well) that also, coincidentally would have rebated you back for your Global entry that includes TSA PreCheck as well. If you have any AMEX card you can enter for $50.
The entrance is impressive. A wall of quality wine greets you as you exit the elevator and enter the lounge. The lounge, unlike the one in Dallas DFW airport, has a custom wine bar in lieu of a spa.
Visually it is impressive and very unique – I have never seen anything like it and makes the bar / dining area even more striking.
You get a slip that gets you 5 one oz “pours” of a number of wines they have for you to sample. The glass will hold about 2 to 3 pours but the idea is to just taste one pour. I would have a suggestion for you. Since you can get more slips for more pours, get a real glass from the bar.
When you find one you like get a few pours and then transfer them to a real wine glass. Drinking good wine out of a mini IKEA glass (think Skyclub mini-size) is no way to enjoy a good wine. You need a glass to be able to “nose” the wine and with the mini ones that is all but impossible.
The food, like everything in the lounge, is complimentary and is very good. I mean VERY good. They had some mushrooms that were to die for. Yeah, really that good. I had more than I should, but just could not stop myself (when did I ever say that about SkyGrub).
Just inside the doors is a small sitting area with TV & magazines and such.
As well as a coffee station that will make just about anything you want java wise.
Just behind check-in are lockers for your “stuff”. Very convenient and simple to use. You just press “C” and type in a code and then press the lock button and you are set.
On the other side of the TV area are 3 lounging chairs. Great for a nap (just be sure to set an alarm on your phone so you don’t miss your flight). I love these in DFW Centurion as plane watching is so neat from them. The view here is not the draw.
There is ample seating on the other side of the lounge as well.
The lounge feels big and despite a number of patrons in the lounge it did not feel overly crowded.
They have one shower should you need that and since there is only one be sure to get on the list when you check-in. A tip for the controls, “9:PM” on both dials is a good place to start for a modestly warm temperature.
There is also a sink and WC for your needs inside the shower room
As I mentioned from the outset this is a great lounge and worth taking the time to visit. You will have to, as a Delta flyer, depart the terminal, take the land side train around, and reenter security to get there so block off enough time (about 15-20 minutes transit with PreCheck).
Delta is still a ways off from it’s new SFO lounge (as of this publication date the room is just a shell) but even with the all new interiors theme on the way they will have to work very hard to be ½ of what the AMEX Centurion lounge already provides! – René
PS – Be sure to check out my reviews of the DFW Centurion, the LAS Centurion and up soon the LGA Centurion Lounges.
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