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Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge – Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX)

American Express Centurion Lounge – Benito Juárez International Airport

Location:  Terminal 2
Date of Visit: July 22, 2016

 

Introduction

The Centurion Lounge in the New York City area is located at La Guardia Airport, and unfortunately is located in Terminal B, which I rarely fly out of. So, needless to say, I was pleased to find out that there was an American Express Centurion Lounge in Terminal 2 (which I was flying out of on my way to LAX).

 

The Lounge

The lounge, like the Aeromexico Premier Salon is located on the second floor of Terminal 2, airside. Once upstairs, you’ll have to make your way up another set of stairs to access the lounge.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City entrance

Access to the American Express Centurion Lounge is available to American Express Centurion and Platinum card holders. Card holders can bring up to two guests to the lounge.

The lounge is very quiet, with plenty of seating area. As I entered the space, I walked by a bar area.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City bar

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City bar

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

The rest of the area was mostly tables and seats. It felt a little stiff, especially as I was looking for a place to relax and unwind.

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American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City shoe polish station

At the back of the lounge was some additional services, including a shoe shining station.

I did find a small area to the immediate right of the entrance with a few couches. I got lucky and managed to find an empty space to do some work in before my flight.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

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American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City

The space was very comfortable and a great place to unwind before my flight. Shortly after I was seated, a server came by with a menu.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City menu

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City menu

I opted for the shrimp flautas and some sparkling water, but was nearing boarding time so I asked how long it would take to make. I was told it should take no longer than 8 or 10 minutes.

I also asked for the wifi code, which I didn’t see displayed anywhere around the lounge (nor was it mentioned when I checked in). I was handed a card with the code, but couldn’t manage to get it to work on my cellphone or computer. I wasn’t staying long enough to really need access (plus I had service on my cellphone), but if I was staying longer I would have definitely asked about this.

Before my meal arrived, my sparkling water was brought over, along with a plate of cookies.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City cookie plate

Not too long after, the flautas were served. They were quite good – well seasoned and dressed with a green salsa. I could see how some might find this a bit plain, but since this is being served at a lounge, I do think they have to try and please a multitude of palettes, so always better to err on the safe side and keep the dish less spicy.

American Express Centurion Lounge Mexico City shrimp flautas

As I went to pay my bill, I was told I could only pay with my Platinum Card (or any other card used to enter the lounge). Not a problem, but definitely a good idea to keep your American Express card handy if you plan on ordering. Tip is not included in the amount billed, and cannot be charged to your card, so this must be left in cash if you are looking to do so.

I didn’t have enough time to check out the rest of the lounge and any other amenities, but I will have to try and do so on my next visit to Mexico City.

 

Takeaway

I’ve heard the international Centurion Lounges aren’t as nice as their North American counterparts, but I did find this lounge to fit my needs on this particular occasion. Service was good and friendly, the space was quiet and clean, and I enjoyed the meal I ordered. I do prefer this lounge over the Aeromexico Premier Salon next door, and will definitely look to visit next time I’m passing through this airport.

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