This article outlines the hotels in Paris which offer club or executive lounges to guests. By reviewing each of these club lounges, in turn, I conclude which hotel club lounge comes in at the top and which hotels I would select as having the best club lounges that Paris has to offer.
Club Lounge Access For Free
Book a standard room at the InterContinental in Paris, which is one of our partner hotels, via our luxury travel concierge (rates tend to range from 200EUR to 600EUR depending on the day and the season) and you will get a guaranteed room upgrade and Club Lounge access absolutely free. This has got to be one of the best hotel deals in Paris!
The Club Lounge at the InterContinental Paris is our favourite Club Lounge in Paris as outlined below, so getting it for free makes this InterContinental our top hotel choice in Paris.
Why Choose A Paris Hotel With A Club Lounge?
When deciding which hotel to choose for your stay in a city like Paris, 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. 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 find holding meetings in the main lounge more friendly. When I travel on my own for business, I don’t like to sit in restaurants on my own. Room service is also a lonely affair so a club lounge provides the ideal environment to enjoy good food and atmosphere whilst being completely comfortable that you are sitting on a table for one.
The club rooms themselves are often a little bigger and offer more luxurious facilities than standard rooms, with more space, plus they are often on higher floors with better views.
Finally, executive and club benefits are great for early check-in and late check-out as you can often stay in the club lounge room with all the benefits in the afternoon if you have a late flight. Conversely, you can use the club lounge and executive facilities from early in the morning if you arrive early and your room isn’t ready.
Which Hotels Have The Best Executive Or Club Lounges In Paris?
I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Paris. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. I will be reviewing each of these Parisian hotel club lounges in detail in turn, so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access.
InterContinental Paris Le Grand club lounge is the best in Paris followed by Hôtel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe lounge, Hilton Paris Opera executive lounge, Renaissance Paris La Defense lounge that is probably the worst. Many of the Disneyland Paris hotels have club lounges, although the Disney hotels don’t tend to offer a decent evening meal in their lounges or alcoholic drinks unless you pay extra,
InterContinental Paris Le Grand Club Lounge
The last time I was in the InterContinental Paris club lounge, we had booked a wonderful rooftop room in the eaves of this historic hotel. The view was out over the rooftops of Paris and it couldn’t have been more romantic. The InterContinental Le Grand is conveniently located in the Opera district, very close to the Place Concorde, Rue Faubourg Honore, Champs Elysees etc. The hotel has been beautifully refurbished and remodelled and is one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in Paris.
If you book a classic room at this hotel, book via our luxury travel concierge and you will get a complimentary upgrade to a superior room (subject to availability and confirmed at time of booking).
If you are a premium member of the InterContinental loyalty scheme, the IHG Rewards Club, or are an InterContinental Ambassador or even a Platinum Ambassador, then you should also get a one level upgrade at the time of booking from your Ambassador status. This means that, subject to confirmation from the hotel, we should be able to stack these benefits and get you a double room upgrade at this hotel.
There is no downside to booking with us. You still get your loyalty points. You still get your status benefits, but you ALSO get the following benefits:
Automatic upgrade at time of booking from Classic to a Superior room.
Upgrade on arrival subject to availability for other categories.
Daily Buffet breakfast for up to three in-room guests, in the private dining room or Club Lounge, or guests may breakfast at Café de la Paix for a discounted rate of 35€ per person.
Guaranteed free access to the private Club Lounge with complimentary use of all its services: (normal cost of access is 150 EUR per night).
VIP welcome amenities and letter.
Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
25% discount on rack rate suite from Ambassador Suite upon availability.
Voucher for 20% discount at spa on any treatment.
Complimentary internet access.
Free InterContinental Club Lounge Access
Even if you have loyalty status or are an InterContinental Ambassador, you will be charged around 150 Euros to access the club lounge at this InterContinental in Paris. If you book with us you get all your usual benefits and we can apply your loyalty number to your booking so that you can collect your points, plus you will also get Club Lounge access absolutely free, even when you book their standard room.
If you are not an InterContinental loyalty member you will still get all our benefits (outlined above) when you book into this hotel in Paris via our concierge, which means you get free upgrade, free breakfast and free club lounge access by booking via our luxury travel concierge.
The Lounge Experience
The lounge itself is a very pleasant space on two levels at the top of the hotel. The upper level has great views of the Opera and the whole lounge offers free internet.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast with eggs made to order and juices as well as a glass of champagne (Moet) if you like. Breakfast is available every day from 7.30 am to 10 pm.
Enjoy their cold buffet at midday, with high-end items like foie gras, smoked salmon, hams and cheeses and free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.
Indulge in their delicious pastries at tea time and at the end of the day, enjoy a light supper in the lounge which is open until 10 pm. Expect excellent service with a generous delivery of unlimited champagne and wine to drink each night along with beer, spirits and soft drinks. Canapes included duck liver paté and lots of cheese.
People in this lounge tend to be friendly in this lounge and because of its location in Paris, there are usually a fair number of British and American guests who use the lounge.
Usefully the lounge is not just a lounge, the staff will fix any problems and organise housekeeping etc at a time to suit you if requested. They can also check you in and check you out.
Is the InterContinental club lounge the best in Paris? The food is extensive, you could happily live off the food without needing to eat elsewhere. The drink offering is extensive and the hotel is grand, classic and beautifully restored. I think this is the best club lounge in Paris.
Hôtel du Collectionneur
The Hôtel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, facing the Parc Monceau and is a short walk from the Champs-Elysées and the Rue du Faubourg St Honoré. Its style, inspired by the transatlantic liners, invites you to rediscover the splendour of the 30s in an elegant and distinguished atmosphere.
Guests in their 88 Executive Rooms and 59 suites enjoy free access to their Executive Lounge. Here there is space to relax, a large-screen television and a decked terrace where you can enjoy breakfast as well as snacks and refreshments throughout the day.
Complimentary snacks, drinks, and alcohol are always available. The staff are super nice and offer a varying array of bites in the evening. One night they have a sushi dinner and usually the lounge food is enough to fill you up. The hotel is about a 20-30 minute walk to Eiffel Tower, and only a couple of blocks from Champs-Elysees so is a great choice and in our opinion offers the second best club lounge in Paris.
Hilton Paris Opera Executive Lounge
When you book an executive room at the Hilton Paris Opera you get access to their Executive club lounge. Following its $50 million refurbishments and reopening as a Hilton in January 2015, the hotel is simply beautful.
The Executive lounge on the mezzanine level is lovely and serves a full range of food and drink including water coffee and soft drinks throughout the day. Breakfast is decent and in the evenings between 6 pm and 8 pm there are snacks including sandwiches, various salads and cheese as well as an array of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available.
The Hilton Paris Opera is within a 30-minute walk of all of the key tourist sites, or use the Metro public transport system. by Metro, this hotel is a mere 5-10 minutes from all the sights. While the location is not absolutely ideal for those who like to be on top of the action, the hotel is beautiful and the lounge is excellent, making it a good choice and placing it in the third position of my listing of the best hotel club lounges in Paris. This hotel costs around 80,000 Hilton HHonors in redemption or around €300 if you are paying.
Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel Club Lounge
The Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel is around 15 to 20 minutes Metro ride to Champs Elysees, so although the club lounge is good (not great but good), the location is quite far from the sights so this is not the best hotel to choose in Paris.
Book a club room, which is located on the high floors at Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel, and you get access to their club lounge. These gorgeous premium rooms and suites at the Renaissance Paris La Defense Hotel provide a luxurious retreat amidst the energy of France’s capital city. Special amenities in every club room include bathrobes, slippers, Tokyo Milk products and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
The newly renovated club lounge is open from 6:30 am-9:00 pm and offers loads of space and a private terrace for guests. Start your day with a delicious Continental breakfast, available from Monday to Friday. In the evening, stop by for delectable snacks and small bites, complemented by a nice glass of wine. Evening snacks are available from Sunday through Thursday. Throughout the day, additional refreshments including free water/juice/coffee and a selection of fresh fruits are also available.
So to reiterate the above, you don’t have the canapes and drinks service in this lounge on the weekends. Unlike most Marriott properties, this hotel has taken away their Friday and Saturday executive floor lounge happy hour as well as Saturday breakfast in the club lounge. They do provide a voucher for the main hotel breakfast restaurant when breakfast isn’t available in the lounge, but on a weekend, don’t expect free drinks and nibbles in this lounge as this rather unusual setup means that you can’t take advantage of the lounge freebies in the evenings on the weekend!
From the wide selection breakfast (you can also request eggs and omelettes to order) to the gourmet appetizers and drinks, including champagne from 5:30pm until 9:00pm, this lounge is a great choice. But if you are travelling on a weekend be aware that you will miss out on any evening happy hour.
Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel Club Lounge
The Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel is a Marriot/Bonvoy Category 8 property. The hotel is located in the heart of the ninth arrondissement on Boulevard Haussmann, about a 30-minute drive from Orly (ORY) or a 40-minute drive from Charles de Gaulle (CDG). It’s a five-minute walk from Galleries Lafayette and Printemps department stores and in a nice neighbourhood for local restaurants.
Access to an executive lounge is usually pretty valuable as it includes cocktails, wine and beer to 9.30pm plus hot/cold snacks from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. Soft drinks are supposedly served until midnight. The reality of this lounge is not as good as it sounds.
In fact, this lounge here is pretty terrible. Hot, smelly (of food) with no view. There is little to choose from food-wise and the quality is poor. Inexcusably so. Breakfast is a buffet affair with little choice. Low-quality bacon and sausage are the hot plates and you get basic breads, fruit and yoghurt. A very meagre spread. About the only positive is a decent coffee machine. They had even run out of bottled still and sparkling water during our last visit.
The food served up later in the day is also pretty horrible. Hot rice and “something” that I couldn’t figure out, but the look was so unappealing you would have to be exceptionally hungry (starving?) to eat it! In the evening, the choice of drinks is poor with no decent canapes. This has to be the worst club lounge in Paris.
Four Seasons George V Paris
Four Seasons George V Paris is one of the best hotels in Paris. It has a wonderful indoor pool and spa and a guarantee of luxury rooms and service, a truly glorious example of a historic hotel in Paris. It does have a lounge, La Galerie Lounge to be exact, which showcases Flemish tapestries, 19th-century paintings & furniture, as well as exquisite objets d’art.
This is not, however, a club lounge. This lounge is more like a bar or a lounge where you might take afternoon tea. The fundamental difference being that you have to pay for drinks and food in this lounge, unlike the offering in a club lounge where everything is free, once you have paid for the access and are through the door.
Although we cannot offer club lounge access at this Four Seasons hotel, we can book you in with some incredible benefits.
Our Special Offer
You will benefit from the following perks at every Four Seasons Hotel including the Four Seasons Paris if you book with luxury travel concierge:
Breakfast for two people per bedroom.
Food and beverage credit or spa credit of USD100 per stay (where you can spend your credit depends on the hotel but the value is always $100).
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites).
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms.
Complimentary welcome gift.
Beyond the centre of Paris, the Disney Hotels also offer club lounges. Club level lounges aren’t available at all hotels in Disneyland Paris. The Disneyland Hotel has the Castle Club, Newport Bay has Compass Club, New York has the Empire State Club and Sequoia Lodge has Golden Forest Club lounge.
Are these Clubs Worth The Money?
If you are considering a stay at club level in these hotels, it’s worth knowing what you are getting. Taking the Newport Bay Compass Club as an example (you will get similar benefits across all the hotels), you get an exclusive private check-in which is a separate check-in, via the Compass Club reception away from the main check-in, check-out area.
Compass Club Lounge Review At Newport Bay Hotel, Disneyland Paris
Compass Club rooms are located on the top two floors of the main building of the Newport Bay hotel. Compass Club room types consist of standard and family rooms along with larger suites.. Compass Club rooms offer upgraded furniture and bedding, better views (as the rooms are higher), turn down service which includes Disney chocolate coins are left on your pillow, one complimentary Fastpass per day, great for using on the most popular rides such as Big Thunder Mountain and Ratatouille. Suites receive VIP Fastpasses which gives unlimited Fastpass access to rides.
Finally, Compass Club rooms get lounge access. The lounge is an art deco themed club lounge for club level guests only. The only way to access this lounge is if you have paid for a club room. The lounge is divided into a lounge with loads of comfy seats, a bar and dining area which is where the breakfast and afternoon tea is served. The lounge is Disney-ed right up with a giant star filled ceiling and hilarious animated portholes which make you feel like you’re at sea.
Complimentary newspapers (The Telegraph) and magazines were available and TV’s show… the Disney channel. Hell or heaven depending on which way you look at it!
Compass Club guests are entitled to take breakfast in the Compass Club lounge rather than in the main restaurants, which is a more serene experience than the super busy Yacht Club or Cape Cod. There are also no allocated breakfast time slots for compass club guests, you just arrive for breakfast when you want it. Breakfast is an extensive array of hot cooked breakfasts as well as cereals and pancakes.
Afternoon tea is served in the Compass Club Lounge daily from 16:00 to 17:45 with a range of sweet snacks, Disney cakes and hot and cold drinks, check the spread out here. During the day there are complimentary hot and cold drinks.
Is it worth the paying to upgrade to this club level and lounge? The average Compass Club room costs around 100GBP more per night over a standard room and is worth paying extra for but it is worth mentioning that alcoholic drinks are not free here unlike the club lounge at the InterContinental in the centre of Paris. You can order a beer, wine, champagne etc in the club lounges across Disney but you have to pay for them. In addition, the evening nibbles are just that, not a full meal so you will still need to eat out. Expect a small dish of nibbles but there is usually no significant food after afternoon tea is finished.
Wherever you are going, contact our luxury travel concierge if you would extra benefits and perks like a free breakfast, complimentary room upgrade, spa & restaurant credits, welcome gift, early check-in and late checkout, on your next booking at almost any luxury hotel. Luxury hotels we can offer these benefits at include the Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Aman, Belmond, Bulgari, The Luxury Collection by Starwood SPG, JW Marriott, Hyatt hotels, Kempinski and many more.
We have also reviewed the best executive or club lounges in London hotels.
(Image: Club Lounge London O2)
Disclosure: Most reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.