TALKING POINT | Hotel 'executive lounges' or 'club lounges' are literally a business traveller’s home away from home, so when choosing where to stay, the quality or even availability of a hotel lounge can be a strong influencer for many high flyers.
So what do you like to see in a hotel lounge – is it space to work, the dining options or something else?
This is what I personally look for, but as every traveller is different, we'd love to hear your preferences too, so be sure to share them in the comment box below!
1. Different zones for dining, working and relaxing
The very reason that guests visit a hotel’s lounge varies by the time of day – in the morning it’s normally for an easy breakfast, during business hours it’s to work on the laptop or for a quick refreshment in between meetings, and in the evening it’s for a pre-dinner snack or a nightcap.
Fill the lounge with sofas and there’s nowhere proper to eat breakfast, but line up the dining tables and there’s nowhere to relax… finding the correct ratio with limited space can be tough, but in my book, the Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel has the mix just right.
There’s a dedicated dining area conveniently adjacent to the buffet, snacks and coffee machines…
… an entirely separate ‘relaxation’ space with comfy chairs and cocktail tables for light refreshments…
… and also a 'working corner' with a view, whether that's on your own tech or one of the hotel's computers::
Read our review: Hyatt Regency Sydney Hotel, Darling Harbour
2. Easy access to power
The best hotel lounges for business travellers provide not just complimentary WiFi for all lounge guests, but also easy access to power points within the lounge to keep smartphones, tablets and laptops recharged.
That's exactly what you'll find in the M Club lounge at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, which I turned into an office for the day...
... and also took advantage of the larger tables which afforded space to work when I wanted to, and to take breaks for lunch and coffee, while my devices remained plugged in and powered up.
Read our review: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel
3. A room with a view
If you’ve stumped up extra for a Club or Executive room, typically found on the highest floors of the hotel with a view to match, why settle for anything less in the lounge?
In Hong Kong, guests staying at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel on the Horizon floors can take in a view of Victoria Harbour from the Horizon Club lounge…
… where many of the tables also line the windows for a bird’s eye view of the Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline:
Read our review: Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong hotel
When travelling on business, what do you look for in a hotel lounge, and does a truly knockout lounge influence where you stay? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!
Chris Chamberlin has stayed as a guest of the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park and Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong hotels.