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If you stayed in a Ritz-Carlton Club-level guestroom, you know the perks: private check-in, complimentary food and beverage presentations daily, plus snacks, dedicated concierge and more. These services have triggered other club lounges around the world to follow suit, offering an enhanced experience for guests who decide to upgrade. For the value, the upgrade is worth it, and many hotels have recently amped up their club-level/concierge-floor services to offer guests similar (or greater) amenities. Best of all, these club-level rooms don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Check out our picks for some of the world’s best-value hotel club lounges.
In addition to the private lounge and VIP treatment, club- or premiere-level guests at this all-inclusive resort have access to a complimentary Mini Cooper to drive around town (2 hours at a time), unlimited long-distance phone calls (domestic and international), international coffee makers, exclusive Royal housekeeping services, scented Jacuzzi tubs filled at your request by a butler and a Wii game system in your room.
Club-suite categories average $125 more than standard rooms per person per night.
On the 56th floor of the towering Island Shangri La is the Horizon Club, which flaunts sweeping views of Hong Kong harbor. The lounge has dark-wood paneling, crystal chandeliers and a highbrow atmosphere. Club members also have exclusive access to an outdoor garden, which is the only venue of its kind in Hong Kong. Other perks include complimentary beverages (including cocktails, champagne and canapés in the evening), dedicated concierge and private meeting room.
Horizon Club guestrooms average $167 more than standard rooms per night.
Fairmont Gold is the brand’s exclusive lifestyle offering, which includes a private reception desk and the comfort of a residential-style lounge. Guests staying at the Fairmont Royal York have dedicated Fairmont Gold managers at their beck and call, afternoon and evening hors d’oeuvres, full honor bar, complimentary shoeshine and light secretarial services (including mail services).
Fairmont Gold club-level rooms average $110 more than standard rooms per night.
Club guests may be just as awed by the newly renovated club floor and lounge at AYANA Resort in Bali as they will be by the amenities offered. Club-level guests receive complimentary house beer and wine, plus a selection of spirits/liquors, unlimited play on the resort’s 18-hole golf putting course, 4 items of free laundry per room and 2 items of press per day, private check-in/check-out in the club lounge reception, iPads for guest use, priority access to AYANA’s hip “Rock Bar” (a bar built into the cliffs) and 5 complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day -- with the dinner selection changing to feature a different restaurant every night.
AYANA club-floor rooms average $170 more than standard rooms per night.
The club-level lounge at Oasia Hotel in Singapore offers “The Living Room,” where guests are treated to the club’s La Spaziale Espresso coffee machine, gourmet chocolates and organic teas and snacks, as well as daily cocktail hours, international breakfast and 24-hour access. Best of all, guests have access to the exclusive, private pool and Jacuzzi located in the club lounge on the 22nd floor, which has breathtaking skyline views.
Oasia club rooms average $48 more than standard rooms per night.