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Club Floor Rooms, Are They Worth It?

September 27, 2007 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lately, we've been hearing a lot about hotel club floors, designated areas that offer lounges and special perks to guests. But as enticing as VIP status may be, like all things, there are pros and cons to exclusivity. The WSJ recently took a look at hotel club floors and here's what you can expect.

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We'll expound on the bad news first: As we know, most things in life are not free, and this rule applies to club floor rooms, which will run you anywhere from $20 to $100 more than a regular room. If you pay more, you tend to expect more - and here we'll refer to another "life lesson" - expect the worst and hope for the best. Also, club floors tend to be slightly noisier than others, so if you have a career-making 7am meeting you may want to reconsider.

The good news is that club floors are usually high up and offer excellent views of the cities they're located in. So, if you're only going to be in town for a few days, why not treat yourself to the best? Those savvy with their money may find that despite the extra fee for club status, you could actually spend less when you factor in complimentary meals. FYI, this doesn't apply to every hotel, since each has its own rate and package. And finally feeling VIP, even if you are paying for it, is always fun.

So, if you're thinking about booking a club floor room here are two example of what you can expect.

· Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
The Price: A club floor room in this midtown Manhattan hotel will cost you around $599 - only $50 bucks more than a regular one.

The Room: Tiny and very similar to the traditional ones.

What You Get For `Free": A continental breakfast that includes Krispy Kreme doughnuts and specialty coffee so you can avoid the guaranteed line at the Starbucks around the corner; afternoon snacks; gym use; a bath robe and access to the spacious lounge with a stellar view of the city.

· Hilton Austin
The Price: This Hilton in Texas charges $254 for a room on the club floor, also known as the "executive floor," and $229 for a standard one.

The Room: The main difference between this room and regular ones are amenities like bathrobes, a scale and foot cream.

What You Get For "Free": Evening hors d'oeuvres and a sweet continental breakfast in the club lounge.

If booking club-styles sounds like it's for you, be sure to share the juicy details us in comments below.

[Photo: Mashavastane]

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