The coronavirus pandemic has been going on for a over a year and has impacted life as we know, especially in the travel industry. We’re finally starting to see travel pick-up especially on the domestic front.
As a result, most airport club lounges have been reopened for months or are reopening, however the same can’t be said about hotel club lounges.
On the airline club front, we’ve seen most Delta Sky Clubs, United Clubs, American Admirals Clubs, and all American Express Centurion Lounges fully reopen. However, when it comes to most hotel club lounges especially domestically, most lounges still remain closed.
Having traveled and based on reports, most hotel club lounges domestically are still closed. We’re talking about Westin Club Lounges, Marriott M Clubs, Hyatt Regency Lounges etc. These all are closed.
The one exception is on the luxury end when it comes to club lounges, it does appear that some Ritz-Carlton club lounges have opened, where elites don’t receive complimentary access.
Even in leisure markets where hotel occupancy rates are higher in 2021 than 2019, we still see club lounges closed. Take for instance the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, per the hotel site, the Grand Club lounge is “Unavailable until further notice”, despite Tampa being one of the better markets that has recovered from the pandemic.
If travel is truly picking up, especially domestically, is it too much to ask that hotels re-open hotel club lounges for elite members? We’re seeing some offer breakfast but many aren’t doing anything right now it terms of elite benefits.
Based on the current trends, unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re going to see most hotel club lounges open until 2022, once business travel start returning though hopefully some will open sooner.
What are your thoughts on hotel club lounges still primarily closed domestically? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.