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.
Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge HONG KONG

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.

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge URUGUAY

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.

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge ISRAEL

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.

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge BUENOS AIRES

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.

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge HK BUFFET

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?



  1. We’ve had some very nice hotel lounge experiences. Perhaps the best to date has been the lounge at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong. Has everything you mention here, including some of the best views imaginable.

    • Hong Kong was the best for us too.Some of these pictures posted were shot at the J W Marriott Hong Kong .The J W Marriott Rio was a close second (that’s where the cover photo with the fresh fruits is from)Thanks for sharing the tip about the HK Ritz-will be on the lookout for that one when I’m next in HK.

  2. EABarrett says:

    The Hilton at Canary Wharf in London has a fabulous Executive Lounge–breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, wifi/computer access, great city views and kid-friendly (school age). It is a bit outside center city, but easy light rail access to the tube & not as crowded; trains run above ground for some time; close to Greenwich (which has a nice outdoor market, as well as a great museum on the prime meridian) and nice walking around the Docklands. The Canary Wharf tube station also has a half-price London theater ticket booth like the one in Leicester Square and it opens earlier if your party enjoys theater.

  3. Level 5 lounge at Grosvenor House in Dubai has to be one of the best
    club/executive lounges in the world. Great place to be.

    • Margalit Francus says:

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for stopping by. Dubai is on our bucket list and we hope to visit soon. Will be Looking forward to checking out the Grovesnor House per your recommendation !

  4. Chriselda Mphelo says:

    Hilton Durban, offering great breakfast, cold or hot beverages throughout the day.

  5. Chriselda Mphelo says:

    Hilton Durban, offering a wide variety of breakfast, finger lunches and cold and hot beverages throughout the day

  6. SSankara Nairobi,Kenya is the best in Africa!

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