Worth the upgrade? Is it
Is it worth it to spend a bit extra and upgrade yourself to the executive floor the next time you travel? At most hotels the executive floor (sometimes called club floor or VIP floor) is available at an additional cost. These rooms tend to be larger, at a higher elevation where you get a better view, and also include a number of other perks that might be beneficial to you depending on the nature of your trip.
Is it worth it? Yes, and no. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time at the hotel or if you’re travelling with a family, then yes, an upgrade is definitely worth it. Most hotels include a children’s area in their executive lounge as well as all-day complimentary snacks and drinks.
However, if you’re staying in an all-inclusive hotel where all-day food and drinks are already provided for all guests, then it won’t be worth the extra RMBs.
Take Kerry Hotel Beijing for example. An upgrade from their standard floor to their club floor costs approximately an additional ¥250 per person. The exact price varies depending on the BAR rate at the time. Perks include a later check-out (provided the hotel is not completely booked) at 4pm. If you have a later flight to catch, or if you just like to sleep in and get ready at your own pace, then compared to their regular 12pm check-out time, it’s definitely more relaxing.
Breakfast is a different story too. Club floor guests can enjoy a more private breakfast, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the hotel. The meals are served in the club lounge each morning and you can expect a more refined spread including made-toorder options. If you have a dietary preference or allergies, a quick chat with your receptionist during check-in and you can be sure that the club lounge manager has it in his/her notes when you come to breakfast in the morning. Vegan? They’ll prepare margarine instead of butter just for you. It’s all part of the club lounge culture to provide you with a thoughtful home-away-from-home experience.
In the afternoon, the club lounge will put out an exclusive spread of canapés, cocktails, and wines on the house from 5:30pm-8pm. For those of us who love to unwind with great food and drinks, this alone is reason enough to upgrade.
Let’s do a bit of calculations. An average drink at Centro is around ¥70. An upgrade is ¥250 per person. So, if your average night out consists of more than three cocktails, well, then your upgrade practically pays for itself.
Want to snag yourself the best club floor deal? We recommend shelling out the extra bucks in advance and book it before you arrive at the hotel. Rooms on the club floor tends to get snagged up before the others. While they’re generally pretty similar, each hotel (even those under the same group) has their own perks and benefits.
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