Access to the executive lounge of a hotel can turn a stay from ordinary to extraordinary. Many chain hotels will offer the access to holders of high loyalty status; however, upgrades are possible with points or for an additional charge.
The ‘executive lounge‘ (also known as business or concierge lounge) is a large area usually located on one of the higher floors where guests can meet, work, and (most important for families) have free access to food, beverages, and Wi-Fi.
A typical lounge serves a breakfast and a happy hour buffet, along with some snacks and a variety of beverages. Some hotels offer a modest version, while others have lavish displays that’ll keep you fed for the duration of your trip. Be aware, however, that some hotels have an age restriction of 18 and up, and a few even monitor food and drink consumption.
If you are not eligible and wish to pay for the upgrade, you should read previous guests’ opinions on travel web sites like TripAdvisor and FlyerTalk to get an idea of what to expect. However, unless the daily price exceeds $100 or the place sounds like a complete disaster, you should consider upgrading to the hotel’s executive lounge on your next family vacation for these three reasons:
1. Convenience of Club Level Access
Access to the lounge can be especially advantageous for families. In the morning, you don’t have to get the family dressed and leave the hotel. After a long day, you can grab a quick bite and go to bed without looking for a place to have dinner. And, best of all, you can take a few snacks and water bottles to your room for the kids when they wake up in the middle of the night hungry or thirsty.
2. Free and Unlimited Food and Wi-Fi
Free unlimited food, beverages and Wi-Fi can make quite a difference in a traveling family’s budget. When you calculate the cost of breakfasts and evening buffets, snacks and bottled water for a family of four, they can easily surpass the $100 price, especially when traveling internationally. Add to that a daily $10-20 Internet charge and the upgrade starts making financial sense.
3. Relaxation on the Club Level
As a parent, sometimes you just need to get away and be alone for a few minutes. The lounge provides guests with a quiet environment to relax from a busy travel day. Imagine yourself catching up on your social media feed, or listening to actual news instead of Nickelodeon channel with a cappuccino or glass of wine – many parents would probably agree that in itself would be priceless!
Have you ever upgraded to an executive lounge? What was your experience?