Heading home form a nice weekend in New York, we headed to LaGuardia for the flight back to Dallas. LaGuardia Airport is at the top of most travelers’ list as the worst airport in the Untied States. Sadly, I have to agree with that sentiment: it’s just an awful airport. Our Uber dropped us off at the wrong terminal so we had to take an out-of-the-way shuttle to Terminal B. We arrived about an hour before our boarding time so the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge was our planned stop for some pre-flight relaxation.
The LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge is the smallest in the American Express portfolio of lounges that I’ve experienced so far. Unique to most domestic airport lounges, the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge is located pre-security. My best guess is this is due to the disjointed nature of the LaGuardia Airport as a whole. The lounge is located in Terminal B on the 3rd floor between Concourses B and C. You’ll need to take an elevator to access the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge from the main floor of the terminal.
Check-in at the front was quick and the staff was polite. Styled just like the other Centurion lounges, the lounge is awash is cool whites, silver, charcoal, and pops of neon furniture. The lounge is in good condition although this location lacks more private seating areas like the other Amex lounges. Much of the seating is in very open rooms or hallways. Perhaps the day we were traveling on a quieter day but I enjoyed the lounge not being overly crowded. And even though the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge is certainly the smallest Centurion Lounge I’ve experienced, there were plenty of empty seats.
The offerings of food and drinks is similar to that of other Amex Centurion lounges. But since the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge is working with a much smaller space there’s a few notable amenities this location lacks: Spa services, showers, and a family or children’s room. While these features are nice for many travelers, the lack of long-haul flights at LaGuardia Airport makes these amenities a bit less necessary.
After an hour two of loungin around and catching up on a few emails, it’s was time for departure. We said goodbye to the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge and headed towards our gate. Overall, the experience at the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge was pleasant, even if the lounge is small in size. I’d be curious to see how busy the lounge gets during peak hours but glad we had an easy experience.
Overall, the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge is lovely break from the chaos of LaGuardia airport. And I’ll even go on a limb and say I’d rather hang out here in an overcrowded lounge than in the zoo known as LaGuardia Airport.