Who doesn’t want to travel like a celebrity? Imagine bypassing the long line of guests at check-in and taking the VIP express lane right up to an exclusive private lounge where you can sit back with a glass of champagne and complimentary refreshments.
The key to VIP treatment is choosing a hotel that has a dedicated Club Lounge – and making sure you book a room or package that gives you access to it.
Never heard of a Club Lounge? That’s because it’s one of the hotel industry’s best kept secrets – an option loved by celebrities and wealthy travellers. To put it simply, Club Lounges are basically the hotel equivalent of flying at the pointy end of the plane.
Club Lounges tend to be located on the highest floors for jaw-dropping panoramic views and once you’re in, you’ll be treated to all kinds of extras. The Club Lounge at Marina Bay Sands, known as Club55, offers complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day non-alcoholic beverages, free drinks and canapes every evening, high-speed WiFi, complimentary local calls and free use of laptops, tablets, magazines and newspapers – all in a private wing away from the regular guests.
If that sounds like your dream holiday, read on for top tips on how to get a free room upgrade.
Ever tried to get upgraded on a flight? The same applies here. Make sure you’re dressed for the part and ask politely – you never know your luck!
Sign up for the hotel’s loyalty programme
Make sure to do it before your stay! When it comes to allocating rooms (and more importantly, allocating upgrades), hotels normally reserve the best for members of their program. But this doesn’t mean you have to resign to a life of only staying in the same hotel chain. Of course, the hotel will prioritise their top-tier members, but if there aren’t any Platinum or Gold members who are staying at the hotel during the same period, you’re next in line for an upgrade!
Get a Club Lounge room
If you’re all about the atas life, get a room or package with Club Lounge access to increase your chances of getting a complimentary room upgrade. VIP guests with Club Lounge access are normally upgraded to a higher floor with a better view automatically, which means you can take in the hotel’s most swoon-worthy views without even having to leave your plush king bed.
Find the best package
Some websites offer great packages that can earn you a complimentary upgrade. For example, most of the packages on Luxury Escapes include Club Lounge access and automatic room upgrades – all at no extra cost.
Text: Alicia Ng / Luxury Escapes