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American Express opens lounge at HKIA

3 Oct 2017 by Tamsin Cocks
The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, entrance official opening

American Express has officially celebrated the opening of The Centurion Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

The 743 sqm-facility is the first Centurion Lounge in Asia. It is located near Gate 61 in Terminal 1 – next door to Plaza Premium, Emirates, United Club and Royal Orchid Lounge.

“We are excited to introduce our first Centurion Lounge in Hong Kong, which continues to be a top destination for our card members,” said Janey Whiteside, executive vice president and general manager of Global Charge Products, Benefits & Services, American Express.

“With our Hong Kong lounge, we sought to bring to life and celebrate the truly unique flavours, aesthetics and design that makes Hong Kong an epicentre of global contemporary culture – from the look and feel of the space, to the food and beverages we offer.”

The bright, open reception stands behind sliding glass doors and in front of a “living wall” of foliage. Platinum Card and Centurion members can enjoy complimentary access for themselves and eligible guests.

To reach the main lounge, guests walk down an open corridor with views over the concourse.

This corridor provides access to a reading/casual meeting room, with a long table, TV and a computer bar, as well as a private phone room.

The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, meeting area
The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, telephone room2

The main area features a selection of table seating, plus a staffed bar and a buffet of local and international dishes.

The breakfast menu, operating until 11am, will feature dishes such as French toast with maple syrup and mixed berry compote to assorted dim sum.

Meanwhile lunch and dinner options include gnocchi with pomodoro sauce or pan fried sole fillet with caper cream sauce.

The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, main area buffet

The complimentary bar will serve up custom cocktails created by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan. As is customary for Centurion lounges, the signature cocktails are inspired by the local area, with highlights such as “Rickshaw” and “Teaquila” on the menu.

A wine selections handpicked by renowned authority Anthony Giglio is also available.

The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, shower room

The Centurion Lounge also comes with shower facilities – though just the one cubicle.

The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, private Centurion area

A private area is exclusively available for Centurion Members and their guests. This includes more seating options and onsite Member Services Professional support to help with any travel, reservation or card services requests.

The private Centurion area also features an a la carte menu designed by Michelin star chef, Lau Yiu Fai of Yan Toh Heen at the Intercontinental Hong Kong.

Chef Lau’s special menu will offer Cantonese dishes such as: baked pork in puff pastry; crispy spring rolls with kimchi and pork; crispy fresh prawns with black truffles; braised wagyu beef cheek and turnip; barbecued pork with honey and steamed rice; and baked egg tartlettes with bird’s nest, among others.

The Centurion Lounge, HKIA, Intercontinental chef

The Centurion Lounge is open daily from 5.30am to 12.30am.

Access to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary for Platinum Card and Centurion Members.

Platinum Card Members may enter with up to two travel companions while Centurion Members may enter with their immediate family or up to two travel companions. One-day passes for additional guests can be obtained for US$50.

Since launching in 2013, The Centurion Lounge programme has been rolled out in seven US airports, with Hong Kong as its debut Asian location.

For more information, visit thecenturionlounge or americanexpress 

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