The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge


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Marriott Gold Members and those staying in the executive suites have complimentary access to the J W Marriott  Grand Hotel Bucharest Hotel Executive Lounge. Other hotel guests who wish to visit the facility can do so after paying a small upgrade fee.

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Lounge Location & Views

The 8th-floor lounge has excellent views of Bucharest’s skyline and the neighboring People’s Palace. This midsize room also features plenty of seating for guests to use.

First Impression

The incredibly friendly lounge staff is perfectly willing to help with any questions that hotel guests might have. One can’t go wrong with their restaurant and show recommendations.

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Décor

This elegant room is decorated in dark red and tan tones. These colors greatly compliment the dark wood furniture and accents that are used abundantly throughout the hotel.

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Hours of Operation

From 6 am to 10 pm, the staff is on hand to manage requests. However, access to the lounge is not restricted to those times and the facility stays open throughout the night. This makes it easy to obtain both hot and cold beverages whenever one would like them. Guests will notice that the lounge area tends to be especially quiet during the early morning hours and also in the late afternoon. At such times, this spot is a perfect place to unwind with a refreshing beverage.

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Service

As far as we could see, the service at this location was exemplary. The buffet area was kept spotless, and dishes were expediently removed from the tables. On multiple occasions, we left some items behind, yet they were set aside so that they could be returned to us as soon as possible. The staff went out of their way to cater to my autistic son’s wishes. In fact, those working here were gracious enough to let us take food back to our room for him when he felt too tired to get dressed and come to the lounge.

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Breakfast & Brunch Provisions

Partaking of the lounge’s excellent breakfast spread is a perfect way to start the morning. A plethora of cereals, nuts, dried fruits, and delicious yogurts are provided for guests along with the obligatory breakfast fare of scrambled eggs, sausages, and bacon. Beverage choices include fruit juices, sodas, water, and various drinks that can be made using the lounge’s specialty coffee machine.

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Multiple platters of Romanian cold cuts are also on the breakfast menu, including the world-famous Sibiu salami. A variety of cheeses, bread, and pastries are likewise part of this tasty repast. We especially enjoyed the creamy Romanian cheese called telemea. It is somewhat similar to feta, and it is a must try item.

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Not many establishments offer such a variety of chopped vegetables for breakfast, and this part of the meal was undoubtedly my favorite. We also appreciated the inclusion of hard boiled eggs on the menu because they’re not considered standard breakfast fare in some places.

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Snacks provided for lounge patrons during the afternoon hours feature tasty mini-cakes, pastries, and fresh fruit. These items are obtainable until happy hour starts at 5:30 pm.

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Happy Hour & Evening Fare

An excellent assortment of sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and cold cuts are served during happy hour. However, guests who want a hot meal should check out the fish and meat entrées that are available at this time. Of course, beverages are typically the focus of happy hour, and there is no shortage of beer or wine at this establishment. Most of the libations on hand come from various parts of Romania, and we highly recommend the local Ursus brew. Those that can’t or don’t wish to indulge will be delighted to learn that sodas and fruit juices are still provided to guests at this time.

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Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge

All executive hotel lounges are not created equal.
Some offer plentiful food and beverage choices while some can be extremely bare bones, so unless the upgrade is free, it is wise for travelers to educate themselves on what to expect before making a decision to pay an additional fee.
A good place to start is, reading other travelers’ opinions on websites such as TripAdvisor or Cruisecritic to get an idea what the hotel is offering.
If guests are still unclear whether it would be worth their while to pay the extra charge, they shouldn’t hesitate to ask the front desk staff to see the lounge before making any decision.
After years of comparing lounges around the world, here are our top ten features to look for in an executive lounge.

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Full buffet style breakfast

Most travelers, families included, love the convenience of enjoying breakfast without having to leave the hotel in the morning. That becomes, even more, important on days you chose to take early day trips or leave for the airport at an ungodly hour when many places are not even open yet.Though breakfasts can vary by hotel chain, country, and property the ones to seek are the ones that offer a full buffet with a variety of hot and cold dishes.
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Extravagant Happy Hour

The “Happy Hour” that first started in restaurants has successfully crossed over to hotel lounges. Many properties offer appetizers and drinks as a free option between 5-8 pm. The lower end lounges offer potatoes chips, pretzels, and cheeses while the higher end splurge on lavish spreads making dinner plans obsolete ;which can be a money saver for a family with kids.

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Ample seating space

Depending on the space allocated to the property; the executive lounge can feel spacious or crowded.
Naturally, the larger the room, the more comfortable the traveler will feel.
The hallmark of a good lounge is to not only have plushy furniture pieces but enough seating for most guests especially during peak hours namely:  8am-10am and 6pm-8pm.

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Unlimited beverages

Though many hotels in the United States offer unlimited bottled waters, sodas and coffees throughout the day, properties overseas might not be as generous. But it is in the alcohol department you will see the significant discrepancies.
The lower ended lounges will offer cheap wine and beer while the higher end ones will feature unlimited artisan wines, beers, and hard liquor.

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Ability to upgrade

Upgrading to the executive level for an additional charge (when available) seems like a win-win situation for both the hotel and traveler, so it is surprising that only a few hotels actually do that. When offered, the cost can range anywhere from $50-100 a day, per person or room, which might not sound as pricey if you start calculating the daily cost for Wi-Fi, breakfast, snacks, and sometimes dinner for an average family of four.

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Separate Family area  


A growing number of hotels catering to families now offer a separate room filled with books, toys and the quintessential TV/video set to help occupy the kids. This is a good idea for all lounge guests; the adults enjoy a drink undisturbed in their area while the kids get to play and enjoy their own TV shows in a separate place.

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City View

A spectacular view of any city from a top floor is always a crowd pleaser, so it ‘s no wonder that unlike lower end properties with lounge next to a conference room or gym; luxury hotels opt to place their lounges on high floors with floor to ceiling windows.

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Abundant food choices 


You can recognize an excellent lounge not only by the quantity but the quality of food served and how quickly it is replenished once depleted. Some places go way out and offer mini-buffets boasting incredible selections of appetizers, finger foods, salads and desserts all freshly prepared by the hotel chef while others might stick to the basic cheese cubes ,crackers carrot sticks, and an unidentified pasta or fish sticks from Costco formula, on a nightly basis.

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Uninterrupted hours of service


This one is one of the most important features on the list to figure out beforehand.
Guests should scrutinize the hours of operation and determine whether the hours of operation are convenient for them actually to enjoy the club level.
The top property lounges not only offer full service three times a day (breakfast, lunch or coffee break and a Happy Hour), but the room is accessible 24-hour a day to grab cookies as well as s hot and cold beverages which is useful after a long haul flight .In sharp contrast; less desirable lounges offer limited hours of operation, sometimes with no weekends that might end up of no use to some travelers.

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Where is the best executive lounge you have found during your travels? What tips would you add to this list?

 

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