(15) Hard Rock Hotel vs (18) The Centurion Lounge
In June 2013, I was going to Vegas again, and I got to meet the President again. When I left Vegas, I had the chance to visit the newly opened American Express Centurion Lounge. The best thing about visiting the Centurion Lounge is the food! Now, since it was all free, and I wasn’t hungry but thirsty, I must’ve drank me fifteen Jack n Diets.
Actually, I did run through the buffet line a couple of times and the food was pretty good. Compared to lounges in the US, the Centurion Lounge Vegas is more on par with international lounges. There are real free drinks, not just domestic drafts and there is real food, not cheese and pretzels. (Come on United, how many packets of carrots and Ranch do you expect me to eat!)
However, one of the best features of the Centurion Lounge in comparison to so many I have been to (both domestic and abroad) is the monitor in the dining area with the flight departure times. I have serious anxiety when it comes to missing my flight and I always leave the lounge early to frequent with the commoners because I am scared of the gate closing. Having someone announce that a flight is boarding is wasted on me because I tune out the frequent pages. Perhaps it’s my subconscious telling me not to go but I don’t ever hear “Last call for Flight DL 2534 Las Vegas to Detroit”, electing to stay for another drink. At the same time, please don’t leave it to me to be aware of my boarding time, especially when I’m fat and full from food and exhaustion.
So now I hope you know why the Centurion lounge made the hotel Knockout Bracket. It truly is nicer than many of the Priceline Pretenders and if the TSA wasn’t such a hassle, I would consider commuting between here and the Strip if I only had a day [or two] of Vegas debauchery.
And if things did get a little too filthy, don’t fret, there is the added benefit of a shower spa.