Last Thursday I found myself on the way to Chicago, and coinciding with Josh's post about the new Terminal C - North United Club, I decided I should post a review of the Centurion Lounge at IAH.
My flight left at 1:45 and I arrived at Terminal E at about 11:30 to ensure I had ample time to enjoy the lounge. For those with PreCheck wanting to head to the lounge, I advise going through the Terminal E checkpoint and taking a left after you get through security to get to the lounge (at the time of this post, there is no PreCheck line in Terminal D). The lounge is a bit tricky to find your first time. The lounge is located on the mezzanine floor below the departures level in Terminal D, but above the ticket counters/security checkpoint. There are elevators to the Centurion Lounge level behind the Duty Free Store by Gate D7.
The lounge is not extremely large, but because its not located in a terminal typically used by United, I find that is consistently the least busy Centurion Lounge I've visited.
My first stop on this trip was the bar area where I enjoyed several glasses of Rosé. The service on this day was on point. I didn't have to get up from my table to order a single drink. Perhaps I'm used to United Clubs, but that level of service at a domestic US lounge was very impressive.
Outside of my Rosé, the bar menu read as follows:
here were also some house made potato chips as a bar snack.
The food is served buffet style and includes a braised shredded beef that’s absolutely amazing, along with corn on the cob, a delicious lentil and eggplant side, quinoa, and summer squash. Also, I can't recommend the Black Pepper Panna Cotta enough. Chef Justin Yu, formerly of Houston's Oxheart restaurant, is the curator of the hot food menu items at the lounge.
Seasonally infused water is on offer, as is iced tea, and flat water. (Don't worry Josh, although I don't have a picture of it, the lounge also includes a sparkling water fountain.)
The bathroom toiletries are L’Occitane en Provence as is typical throughout the Centurion Lounges.
All in all, this lounge is offers ample seating, hot food options, and a full bar. It is the best lounge at IAH and if you have access to it, I highly recommend dropping by. The lounge's location in Terminal D makes it a bit inconvenient, but all of the terminals at IAH are connected air-side. Let us know what you think of the Centurion Lounge at IAH and how it compares to others in the Centurion Lounge system.