Ex­ec­u­tive Floors

Worth the up­grade? Is it

City Weekend - - What's In It - Mina Yan

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.

It’s a suite view

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Business or leisure, they’ve got it all cov­ered

Kerry Ho­tel

Bei­jing

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