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This article outlines the hotels in New York which offer Club or Executive lounges to guests. By reviewing each of these Club or Executive lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel has the best club lounge in New York.
Why Choose A New York Hotel With A Club Lounge?
When deciding which hotel to choose for your stay in a city like New York, it is sensible to consider the added extras provided by a hotel club lounge. Offerings usually include complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day, breakfast in the morning and evening cocktails with canapés. Annoyingly, in New York, very few club lounges offer free alcoholic drinks but the food tends to be filling and plentiful. Often the evening food and drink offering is more than enough to replace the need to go out for the evening.
Club or Executive hotel lounges provide an interesting environment to work and relax in. Some lounges also provide dedicated meeting rooms, although I prefer to hold smaller meetings in the main lounge area. When I travel on my own for business, I don’t like to sit in restaurants on my own. Room service is also rather lonely, so a club lounge provides the ideal environment to enjoy good food and atmosphere whilst being completely comfortable that you are sitting at a table for one.
Which Luxury Hotels In New York Have A Club Or An Executive Lounge?
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in New York. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top.
Grand Hyatt New York Grand Club Lounge Review
The Grand Hyatt New York offers a Grand Club Lounge. This is probably my favourite club lounge in New York and you can access this lounge if you book a Club King or Club Double room or are a World of Hyatt Explorist (and use your voucher) or Globalist member.
Do not expect a boutique experience at this hotel. It is massive with 1,300+ rooms, but it is indeed “grand” and centrally located on 42nd between Lexington and Park which means it is easy to get anywhere in the city from this hotel.
Rooms are large and offer a good level of luxury although bathrooms are quite small.
The Grand Club reception area is located right behind the front desk, so you can avoid the queues and check-in separately. The lounge itself is located on the 16th floor and is open 7am-10pm Monday to Friday and 8am-10pm Saturday and Sunday.
This lounge offers true luxury and was recently renovated. From our experience, it is rarely crowded and there are loads of sofas, and indoor seating areas as well as an outdoor patio with sofas offering the ideal place to enjoy the New York sunshine. The outdoor area is decked and surrounded by greenery. It is a large and fabulous space and makes this hotel worth booking.
Breakfast is mostly continental but pretty good, with loads of fresh fruit (lots of melon!), croissants, muffins, smoked salmon, cheese, cold meats and hams, bagels, toast, cereal, yoghurts, fruit juices etc.
During the day there are snacks which include cookies, nuts and small bits with loads of drinks in the fridges.
In the evening there are paid alcoholic drinks from an honour bar from 5pm till 8m. There are also snacks including a fridge full of mini club sandwich type offerings, bread, cheese, vegetables, and one hot choice. The food is easily enough to fill you up, but having to pay for alcoholic drinks is not ideal and lets this excellent lounge down. In Europe, Hyatts usually include free alcoholic drinks in the evening, particularly bottled beers and wine, so it is a shame that this is not offered as complimentary at the Grand Hyatt.
Ritz Carlton New York Central Park
The Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park offers a Club Level. I hardly need to review this lounge as there is an official video that shows it all:
This club lounge does include alcoholic drinks (hurrah!) including beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. In fact, it goes a step further with wine tastings and similar events. For example, on Friday evenings from 5 to 7pm, guests of the club lounge can indulge in exclusive tastings from the wine cellar, focusing on local and regional wines, or sip on a select distinct spirit accompanied by exquisite hors d’oeuvres alongside picturesque views of Central Park.
It also has a fun location on the second floor with views of iconic Central Park and lively 59th Street that are ever-changing.
The food on offer in this lounge is also very good and stick around on Saturday evenings to indulge in their sumptuous caviar presentation.
JW Marriott Essex House Club Lounge Review
JW Marriott Essex House is located on 59th & 7th and is close to Central Park, making it a good base in the city. The club lounge is located on the ground floor just near the lifts. Breakfast is noteworthy here, being served from 6.30am until 11am on weekdays. Breakfast is served in a room that can be accessed by standard guests and Club lounge guests via two separate entrances. This means the offering is enormous. Piles of fruit, a massive variety of cereals, muffins, bread, yoghurts, and an array of hot food; eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon etc. This is undoubtedly the best club lounge breakfast that you will find in New York.
In the evening you get crackers, cheeses, salad and also had a couple of hot items like eggplant lasagna and a veal pasta which should fill you up. The alcoholic drinks offering is, however, paid for. That said, this is still an excellent lounge although a notch below the Ritz Carlton Club Lounge.
Hilton New York Midtown Club Lounge Review
This huge Hilton has 1,985 rooms and is located on 54th Street at Sixth Avenue, in midtown Manhattan. The art deco style lobby has swathes of cream marble and is ultra luxurious. Executive level rooms (187 guest rooms and 41 suites) are located on floors 39-44, and have been recently refurbished so have a super modern look, with 55 square inch flat panel TVs. Room perks include robes and bottled water, along with access to the Executive Lounge. The Hilton Executive Lounge is open seven days a week and has the usual daily continental breakfast, hors-d’oeuvres in the evenings, and coffee and teas plus snacks and soft drinks throughout the day.
Once again, there are beautiful views from this lounge on the 44th floor, with windows that line both sides of the room, it’s your very own penthouse above the city. The breakfast includes fruit, bagels, pastries, breads, spreads, and more. During the day there are soft drinks and cookies, and in the evening the complimentary hors-d’oeuvres buffet which includes items like dim sum, shrimp, crackers and cheese, and similar. There’s bar service in the evening but as usual in New York, this is a paid for bar. This is, however, a superb place to enjoy a bagel and coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening while looking down at Central Park from the 44th floor.
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel Club Lounge Review
The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel Club Lounge is open 24/7. It offers gorgeous views through large panoramic windows on 44th floor. As the hotel is located close to Times Square, the Club Lounge has views overlooking 7th Avenue toward Times Square, Central Park and the Hudson River.
The hotel offers true luxury and recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Rooms are spacious and you can upgrade to use the club lounge for $50 a day per room; good value when you consider what is included. Location wise, it is hard to beat this hotel. Broadway is also just a few steps from the hotel for a show. Central Park with its walks and playgrounds and the zoo are just a short walk away.
The Lounge offers continental breakfast 6.30am to 9.30am weekdays and 7.30am to 10.00am on weekends. The spread includes fresh whole fruits, yoghurt, cereals with a selection of toppings, assorted pastries, hard-boiled eggs, juice and coffee.
There are snacks and drinks available throughout the day. In the evening, hors d’oeuvres are served 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and include a vegetable crudité with a cheese display, fresh fruits and crackers, and an antipasto salad.
The alcoholic drinks on offer in this lounge but must be paid for and are available 5pm to 11pm.
Sheraton Tribeca New York Club Lounge Review
Sheraton in Tribeca has one of the best hotel Club Lounges in New York if you like a terrace with a view (pictured above) and crucially, free beer and wine. I love the outdoor terrace with relaxing outdoor sofas and sweeping views across the panoramic skyline of New York City, including the Empire State Building and Hudson River. Located on the 21st floor, this Club Lounge is spacious inside and the outdoor terrace also has plenty of comfy seating. I’ll be honest; the inside is not overly luxurious. It has all the right offerings in terms of food and drink, but the feel is more luxury cafeteria than five-star Club Lounge.
This Club Lounge is open 24 hours a day. There is a daily continental breakfast between 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM along with snacks and drinks all day. Most noteworthy is the Starbucks® Coffee which is also included. As you would expect, there is free Wi-Fi along with a business centre.
In the evening there are complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, which includes fruit, salad items (sliced cucumber, carrot, tomatoes) cheese, crackers, and two hot options (like spring rolls, chicken wings, etc.) along with some alcohol; beer and wine, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
The location of the hotel is in Tribeca a trendy area of New York with a completely different vibe from midtown or the Financial District. This means the hotel is not overly central. The corridors of this hotel (a feature I don’t usually mention) are a bit dingy and narrow. They do not feel particularly luxurious although the rooms are fine and I particularly love the super comfy Sheraton “Sweet Sleeper’ beds along with the views across the New York skyline.
Bottom line, this hotel offers one of the best Club Lounge terraces across New York, but if you are used to a Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental level of luxury you will not be impressed with this hotel or the interior of this Club Lounge. That said, the Sheraton Tribeca currently offers a redemption rate of 12,000 SPG points per night (with the fifth night free) which is hard to argue with for value. There are more luxury SPG properties across New York including the St. Regis and the Chatwal, but you won’t find a better value SPG hotel with these facilities in New York.
Other hotels which feature club lounges include M Club Lounge at the New York Marriott East Side and the New York Marriott Marquis which also has an Executive Lounge. Intercontinental the Barclay in New York also offers a new Club Lounge which was not yet open on my last visit in 2016. The Barclay club lounge is located on the ground floor, behind the bar. The space is stylish from the pictures and extensive and you can access the lounge by booking a club room or paying $150/room + tax per day if you don’t book a club room. If it is anything like the Club Lounge at the Intercontinental in London, it will be worth paying for.
Midtown Club Lounges and Floors
Which hotels with club lounges are the most central and near Central Park, Times, Square and Broadway? Some of the best choices include Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and the Ritz Carlton New York Central Park.
Which Club Lounges In New York Include Complimentary Alcohol?
Unfortunately, most club lounges in New York charge extra for alcohol. The Sheraton Tribeca New York club lounge offers free alcoholic drinks and is a bargain although its location is not so central. So in this category, the Ritz Carlton wins with free beer, wine, cocktails and spirits along with specialist wine tastings once a week.
Which Is The Best Club Lounge In New York For Food?
You will not beat the breakfast spread at the JW Marriott Essex House. Evening meal wise, your best bet is probably the Ritz Carlton Central Park.
Which Is The Best Club Lounge In New York For Views?
I like the Sheraton New York Times Square and Hilton New York Midtown club lounges which both give you a birdseye view of New York.
Which is the best Lounge Overall?
I love the lounge at the Grand Hyatt New York for its stylish decor and stunning outside patio. It ticks all the boxes and is in a good location for exploring New York. The only downside to this lounge is that you have to pay extra for alcoholic drinks, but otherwise I think this is the best and most enjoyable club lounge in New York. If you want superb luxury and free drinks, go for the Club Lounge at the Ritz Carlton. It does not have a magnificent terrace, but you get complimentary wines, beers and spirits and fun street views.
If you are travelling to London you may be interested in my listing of the best hotel club lounges in London. I have also outlined the best club lounges in Hong Kong and best club and VIP lounges in Vegas too.
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