Review: 10 Best Hotel Executive Club Lounges In New York

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Which are the best luxury hotels in New York with executive club lounges? Which hotels with club lounges are the most central and near Central Park, Times, Square, and Broadway? Some of the best choices include the InterContinental, Sheraton Times Square Hotel, and Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park.

If you are a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum or Titanium elite member, you will get free club lounge access at most Marriott and Sheraton hotels, with the exception of some JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. If you are a World of Hyatt Globalist member, you will get free access to their executive club lounges at Grand Hyatts and Hyatt Regency hotels. Everyone has to pay an extra fee or book a club room to access the Club InterContinental lounge at InterContinental hotels, whatever your loyalty membership level.

But you don’t need to be a top tier member to get free lounge access. Wherever you decide to stay, in New York or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free club lounge access, free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels, including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental, and more. In New York, we offer free lounge access at the InterContinental Barclay.

At hotels where we don’t offer free lounge access, typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:

  • Room upgrade to next category
  • Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
  • Complimentary Welcome Gift
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

I have compiled a list below containing the best executive club lounges available across luxury hotels in New York. I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. It is also worth considering the two Four Seasons hotels in New York when you stay in the Big Apple. While they don’t offer Executive club lounges, they are two of the best hotels in the city and are hard to beat. We have reviewed just why we think the Four Seasons in New York are the best.

Because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points, or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.

1. Ritz Carlton New York Central Park

In terms of sheer indulgence, rather than value, the Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park offers a Club Level which is hard to beat.

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 7 pm, 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. Stick around on Saturday evenings to indulge in their sumptuous caviar presentation.

2. InterContinental New York Barclay

InterContinental New York Barclay has one of the best executive club lounges in New York.
Club Lounge access is free here if you book via our luxury travel concierge along with benefits including room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The InterContinental New York Barclay is located behind Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store on East 48th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The hotel rooms here are large by NYC standards, but the bathrooms are quite cozy. There are 702 rooms, including 33 suites at this hotel, and the interior look is elegant and classy.

The lounge here is called Club InterContinental and is excellent. It can be found to the left of the lobby and is open from 6:30 am to 8 pm. It serves a delicious buffet breakfast, including gluten-free options, snacks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. Club guests can check in here and have the use of its business center and a meeting room.

You can see what we have experienced in terms of food and drink at the club lounge at InterContinental O2 in London and the club lounge at InterContinental Park Lane which will give you an idea of what to expect.

Access costs $100 USD for double occupancy or $80 USD per single guest on top of the room rate, but if you book a standard room at the Intercontinental in New York via our luxury travel concierge and you will get the lounge access absolutely free.

3. Grand Hyatt New York

This is our top club lounge choice in New York for overall value. Grand Hyatt New York offers a Grand Club Lounge 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. The rooms are large and offer a good level of luxury, although the 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 from 7 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 10 pm 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, yogurts, 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 honor bar from 5 pm 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 easy 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.

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.

4. JW Marriott Essex House

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 6:30 am until 11 am 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, yogurts, and an array of hot food; eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon, etc.

In the evening, you get crackers, cheeses, salad, and also had a couple of hot items like eggplant lasagna and a veal pasta that should fill you up. The alcoholic drinks offering is, however, paid for. Yes, sorry, but there are no free alcoholic drinks in this lounge. That said, this is still an excellent lounge, although a notch below the Ritz Carlton Club Lounge.

5. Hilton New York Midtown

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, bread, spreads, and more. There are soft drinks and cookies during the day, and in the evening, the complimentary hors-d’oeuvres buffet includes items like dim sum, shrimp, crackers and cheese, and similar. There’s a bar service in the evening, but this is a paid-for bar as usual in New York. However, this is 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.

6. Sheraton New York Times Square

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel Club Lounge is open 24/7. It offers gorgeous views through large panoramic windows on the 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. In fact, the Sheraton New York Times Square and Hilton New York Midtown club lounges have the best views, and both lounges give you a birdseye view of New York.

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 USD 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 from 6:30 am to 9:30 am on weekdays, and 7:30 am to 10:00 am on weekends. The spread includes fresh whole fruits, yogurt, 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 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 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 not free, and are available from 5 pm to 11 pm.

7. Sheraton Tribeca New York

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 luxurious than a 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 center.

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 hotel’s location 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.

Other hotels that 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.

8. New York Marriott East Side

New York Marriott East Side is a Rewards Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. Located on Lexington Avenue and 49th Street in Midtown East, the hotel has an enviable location near Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, and the United Nations Headquarters.

Reboot at the 24-hour fitness center and refuel with an expertly prepared espresso at illy Cafe, the on-site coffee shop. Settle into contemporary guest rooms and suites, all smartly accessorized with plush featherbeds, sleek marble bathrooms, and high-speed Wi-Fi; for special stays, reserve your Terrace Suite, which boasts a private outdoor patio overlooking NYC’s East Side.

There is a really nice M Club lounge at this hotel where you can grab a soft drink, water, or light snack, whenever you want. This M Club offers American breakfast, coffee, tea, snacks, a Napa Technologies wine dispenser, a Hydration station featuring purified and flavored waters, cold beverages: waters, sodas, juices, Honor bar, Free premium Wi-Fi (a $19.95 USD value, allows multiple devices and additional bandwidth for streaming videos, music, etc.), and business services (computers, phone, fax, scanner, and copier).

9. New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis is a Rewards Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel. This hotel is a vibrant fixture of Times Square and brilliantly captures the city’s spirit in modern style.

Located on West 46th Street and Broadway, you are ideally positioned for attractions, including the Theater District, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall. After an eventful day of sightseeing, retreat to your thoughtfully appointed, spacious hotel accommodations, some of which feature stunning views of Broadway.

Dine-in ann array of restaurants, including New York’s only revolving dining destination, where views of Times Square are spectacularly on display. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center and all-day in-room dining.

The 16th-floor executive lounge is complimentary for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum or Titanium elite members and has a fair to decent breakfast and also offers evening light bites, which are noted to be very similar or even the same most nights. Expect two or three hot options, including vegetarian and a cold buffet (cold cuts, cheeses, and so forth). After this, there are free cookies available. It is also worth noting that this lounge closes on weekends.

There’s no free alcohol in this lounge, which is similar to most domestic Marriott hotels, but the honesty bar has plenty to choose from if you want to pay for your alcohol (at the same price as the bar) and drink it in the lounge.

In case you choose this hotel, breakfast is served at 6:30 – 9:30. Evening food is delivered 5:30-9:30, milk and cookies are offered later, and the lounge closes at midnight.

10. Hilton New York JFK Airport

Hilton New York JFK Airport is in Jamaica, NY, within three miles of government buildings and businesses such as DHL and Swissport. There’s a free shuttle service departing every 30 minutes to destinations, including JFK International Airport and Federal Circle station. This hotel has a heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and Starbucks coffee as well as a Hilton HHonors Lounge, where you will receive complimentary breakfast and evening snacks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. In fact, this looks to be the best hotel club lounge at JFK airport.

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