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Family travel is not for the faint of heart. Among the more difficult phases of a family trip is flying itself. Children naturally rebel against so unnatural an act as sitting in a confined space for long stretches of time – especially when parents restrain them from exploring all of the wonderful new places on the airplane and in the airport that are begging to be discovered!
That is why I was so excited to learn about the brand-new Centurion Lounge from American Express in San Francisco’s International Airport. This 8,200 foot lounge is located in Terminal 3 of SFO and is truly an oasis for family travel.
I had the pleasure of previewing it recently with the Monkeys, and we had a blast!
As a parent, it was so relaxing to be in a safe, clean, beautiful space where I could let my children play without worrying about what exactly they might find in their explorations! Also, anyone who has traveled with young children will appreciate how heavenly it is to have a space large enough for the kids to stretch their legs – but one that ultimately has boundaries so they don’t run off from you!
A Family Travel Oasis
s1. Engaging, colorful play space
In addition to the general spaces – filled with soft, inviting couches – where kids can play, The Centurion Lounge also has a Family Room dedicated just to them!
The Family Room is equipped with fun toys for a range of ages and soft kid-sized cushioned chairs, plus a large screen TV and a collection of children’s books. It’s also sound-proof – brilliant!
2. Wonderful food!
A big perk for families with little mouths to feed is the buffet at The Centurion Lounge, filled with delicious, healthy foods. But don’t worry, there are also lots of treats for the kids and grownups!
The offerings are inspired by the cuisine of the Napa Valley and curated by renowned chef Christopher Kostow.
3. Luxury service
For weary travelers, it is a real treat to receive such incredible service. When you enter, you are greeted by American Express Member Service professionals, happy to answer any questions and help you get settled in. And throughout your stay there is always someone discreetly available to bring you a drink or help you with your things. For parents accustomed to doing all the fetching, it is heavenly to have someone taking care of you for a change.
4. Spaces to rest and relax
Families on the move will appreciate having comfortable spaces to recharge. There are plenty of couches in spacious open areas, as well as cozy nooks to snuggle with your babes or catch some zzz’s.
5. Tech space
Of course, one characteristic of travel is being less connected to your networks. The Centurion Lounge’s high speed wi-fi , as well as the outlets near every seat, make recharging your gear and getting in touch with your loved ones (or your office, or your travel information…) easy to do.
6. Spaces to refresh
Finally, one of my favorite features of The Centurion Lounge is the shower! Now isn’t that a great idea?? It is tucked discreetly into a quiet corner of the lounge, back around a corner, so you don’t feel like you are freshening up in front of everyone! The ability to clean up is a great feature for any traveler but especially for those traveling with children, who seem to attract dirt and mess. For once, it would be nice to arrive at our final destination not feeling like we were wearing an inch of grime for every leg of our trip!
If you are looking for a place to unwind and relax with your kids during your next trip, be sure to visit The Centurion Lounge for American Express members! The new lounge is the first on the West Coast and the fourth in a network that is expanding to major airports across the US. Entrance to The Centurion Lounge is complimentary for consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum Card and Centurion® members, and their immediate family or up to two travel companions. All other American Express Credit and Charge Card members can purchase a one-day pass for $50.